I need to make my return flight out of London, however I will be in Paris that morning. Is it possible to take the train from Paris to London and then to Heathrow in one day without too much trouble? thanks
Ok, flight(Virgin Atlantic) leaves Heathrow at 5:30 PM. Train gets into London at 10:50 AM. I'm hoping that gives me enough time to make all the transitions necessary to make it to the plane on time.
If in Paris, why the return flight from London? Seems a waste of time and money. Have you considered a flight to London from Paris? Airport to airport. But the short answer is yes you can do it. Depends on how late your flight is out of Heathrow. Once in London, you are a good hour to Heathrow by tube. Late in the day Heathrow can get zooish so it can be slow getting checked in and through security. As long as you provide an adequate cushion of time, you can do it.
I must warn you that the Eurostar was 40 minutes into London once for us. Allow for the unexpected.
I have to return from London since it's the back end of a round trip ticket. Otherwise I would fly out of Paris. I think if I allow plenty of time I should be able to make it happen. Thanks for the feedback.
What time is your flight? I calculate you will need 5-6 hours to get from your Paris hotel to Heathrow; I would allow 6 hours. Then they want you at the airport 3 hours before your flight. You might be able to fudge a little on this, but I wouldn't arrive with too little time to spare. A quick connection between St Pancras station in London and Paddington would be via taxi, then the Heathrow Express to Heathrow. Be sure you know which terminal you will be using. If this seems difficult, or impossible, you could change your plans and stay in London or at Heathrow the night before your flight. Make Eurostar reservations as early as possible or it will cost too much $$$.
Please share the time of your flight (which terminal please?) and the proposed Eurostar departure time from Gare du Nord. You will be moving back in time as you transit the Channel Tunnel.
You will have plenty of time. You could probably walk. Might even taken in an hour or two of sightseeing.
Frank: An hour or two of sight-seeing? I think not!! Her plane leaves at 5:30 pm which means she needs to be at Heathrow at 2:30. It will be 11:00 am by the time she gets off the Eurostar at St. Pancras. Given that she will need to have lunch some time thereafter, I figure she has a cushion of one hour. Just about right.
With luggage, sight-seeing isn't much fun. At St Pancras there are places to eat or shop. Ditto for Paddington. My experiences at Heathrow (terminal 1) include access to plentiful shopping and eating. If you can deal with your luggage and want to save a few bucks you should have plenty of time to take the Tube, Piccadilly Line, from Gare du Nord (across the street from St Pancras) to Heathrow. It takes about an hour.
Lighten up Norma - it was a little "tongue in cheek." I also suggested she could walk. Surprise you didn't rip on that.
Sorry,Frank. From this distance I didn't notice the tongue in your cheek. I'll watch for it from now on!
Thank you all for your input. It will be my first trip to London and Paris and I'm extremely excited! I'm also going to Munich and Vienna. I don't mind the extra time I may have at Heathrow, I'd rather have extra time than be rushing!