Paris is a beautiful city, everyone knows that, but few people think of travelling there by bus. Yet it is incredibly cheap to travel to Paris by bus and you can put the money you save on travel to good use exploring all that the city has to offer.
If you were to book a package deal holiday to Paris, you would probably travel by train or plane, which both take around two hours (though you would need to add in extra time for checking in and waiting for your luggage if flying). You would then have an itinerary of scheduled visits and tours, to make sure you get to see all the famous sites. Some people like that kind of trip: it’s all done for you and you don’t really have to think about your journey or what you’re going to be doing on any given day of your holiday.
But travelling independently has two important advantages. Firstly, you can choose to travel very cheaply and set your own times and dates for arrival and departure. Secondly, you can decide what you want to see and when you want to see it. If you’ve had a night out in a Parisian club on one night, you might not want to be up at the crack of dawn to go and see the Louvre. There are plenty of good guide books on the market that cover Paris, London and anywhere else you might choose to visit as part of your trip (you could, for example, take an iDBUS trip to Paris Charles de Gaulle and take a flight or connecting train to pretty much anywhere you want).
Paris to London
You could, of course, take an organised coach trip to Paris from London. These trips tend to be favoured by elderly people on a budget who want to experience the sights without having to worry about getting around and about on their own. But booking a bus trip to Paris with the sole aim of getting there and back as cheaply as possible is very popular amongst students, families and people travelling on business.
To travel independently, and cheaply, just decide when you want to travel and how long you want to stay for. Then book your tickets (with iDBUS it doesn’t matter when you book, the price will always be the same) and get searching online for what you want to do.
Create your own schedule and allow for flexibility: you might find that you want to spend longer at some attractions and decide to sacrifice your planned visit to another site to accommodate this.
Remember that Disneyland Paris is a short bus journey away from central Paris, so if you want to visit then save a day of your holiday for that. At £35 a ticket in the height of summer with most coach companies, you can always book another trip from London to Paris to take in any sites you miss first time round!