Don’t want to fly? There are other options for getting to France

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Train from London to Dover Priory, then transfer bus to Dover Eastern Docks, foot passenger ticket from Dover to Calais and then train Calais to Paris – that’s 3 or 4 separate tickets but if needs must…… It will take much longer than the Eurostar – up to 10 hours compared to 2½ and will not always be particularly cheap at busy periods or short notice

Another option is to look at the long-distance bus services run by SNCF’s Ouibus – London to Paris city centre to city centre takes 10+ hours and standard cost varies by date and how far in advance you can book – although cheaper fares are available for advance booking. Once you’be got to Paris then you have more options available for getting to your final destination – which are unlikely to be so overwhelmed by excess demand as the French are not so reliant on flying for domestic travel. Again train is often a good option – and whilst the TGV lines are fast there are usually cheaper and slower regional trains (TER) on many routes – car hire is another option as is onward travel by bus with Eurolines offering destinations such as

Agen , Aix en Provence, Angers , Avignon, Bordeaux, Chamonix , Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon , Grenoble, Lille Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nîmes , Niort, Perpignan, Poitiers, Reims , Rennes, Saintes, Strasbourg , Toulon, Toulouse , Tours ,Valence and Paris
For more info on long-distance buses to and within France see SNCF’s Ouibus

Dover to Calais & Dunkerque, P&O Ferries and DFDS

Newhaven – Dieppe – DFDS

Portsmouth and Poole – Caen, Cherbourg, Plymouth – Roscoff (Britanny), Santander (northern Spain), Cork (Ireland) to Roscoff – Brittany Ferries

Weymouth – Cherbourg and the Channel Islands – Condor Ferries

Harwich – Hook of Holland – Stena Line

Hull – Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland) – P&O Ferries

Newcastle – Amsterdam – DFDS Ferries

For train travel in France bookable from the UK see Rail Europe and Eurostar

For car hire in France see

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