I'm landing at Heathrow on Monday morning, June 23, at 9:25 am. I have a flight to Paris at 12:45 pm. To avoid the rail strike and other related travel hassles, I'd like to find out about alternate ways to get to my final destination, Deauville, France. City Jet in London only flies to Deauville on Sunday and Friday, so it's out. Does anyone know of a way to get to Deauville that won't "break the bank," especially since I'll already be out the cost to Paris?
Hire a car? When you get to Orly or CDG or Le Bourget car hire places can rent you a car. It isn't a particularly long or difficult drive to the Channel plages.
Thanks, Nigel. But what I want to do is to go "directly" to Deauville from London and NOT go to Paris.
Absent a charter, Nigel has the quickest and least expensive way.
The only other direct option would be the weekend CityJet flights out of LCY.
Unfortunately, you can't have what doesn't exist.
Once again, I do not want to go to Paris. I want to go from London to Deauville, France without chartering a plane (ridiculous) or renting a car to drive to the ferry. So, the question was and is, is there a way to get from London Heathrow to some form of affordable transportation from London, England to Deauville, France without taking the flight I already have booked out of Orly? I'd already checked City Jet flights, as mentioned in my original post.
OK, let me see what I can whip up with my magic wand.
France is seriously Paris-centric.
First, nowhere convenient, and certainly not Paris, and not London on that day flies to Deauville, and since you rule out Paris anyway, you won't be flying.
The whole reason for this question is because you don't want to play with the French trains and this protracted strike - even though many trains are still running. So trains are out.
You don't want to drive because that would put you in Paris and you don't want that.
I guess that leaves boat. Portsmouth - Caen by ferry if they take foot passengers?
Or deal with the train strike and use your original plan?
Or personal jet pack, private helicopter, or private jet... but that might beat your budget.
Sorry - wand has packed it in....
As Nigel and Ed have wisely counseled, the only way you could get to Deauville without going to Paris (on a day when CityJet does not have a scheduled flight) would be to get thyself to a ferry and then . . . Rent a car or take a bus or train upon your arrival in France to get to Deauville.
As far as the train strike here, it's becoming weaker and weaker. Ironically, my guess is that you would have more difficulty getting in from Orly to the city on the RER B than you will getting your onward train to Deauville. So if taking the RER into town from the airport isn't in your plan, I would just go ahead with your current plan.
Luckily you're arriving a day before the air traffic controllers' strike!
Thanks, Kim. My plan is to take a taxi to Paris-St. Lazare, then purchase train tickets to Trouville-Deauville. Friends will meet me there.
you're welcome, pminahan.
Uh oh. Air controllers strike?! Is this just in France? I've been reading other England travel forum threads to glean info that might apply to my travel plans and unfortunately this would.