If you want to travel from London to Paris and decide to do so by bus, you should expect your journey to take around 8 hours (to Charles de Gaulle) or eight-and-a-half hours (to central Paris Bercy). But with some prices fixed at £35 with iDBUS you’ll consider the length of the journey a minor inconvenience, especially if you go prepared!
There are lots of things you can do to stave off boredom on a long bus journey but there is little you can do to improve your comfort if you have inadvertently chosen an old bus with basic facilities to travel in. So the first thing you need to do is research bus companies that will take you from London to Paris that will do so in style. You want comfortable seats, plenty of legroom, on board facilities like free Wi-Fi and plug sockets (to keep your electronic equipment going for eight hours).
There are things you can do both before you depart from LondonVictoria coach station and after you arrive at Paris Bercy because both stations are centrally located within the two capital cities.
With iDBUS you only need to arrive half an hour before your bus leaves, but if you get to Victoria coach station early out of anxiety that you might be late, then try some of these ideas to pass the time until you need to check in:
1. Browse the local shops.
Victoria coach station is very central to major shopping areas in London.
2. Go and see the Changing of the Guards.
Buckingham palace is about a fifteen minute walk away and the changing of the guards happens at 11.30am in good weather.
3. Go sightseeing.
Explore the local area: Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and numerous museums are all within easy walking or tube distance.
The same can be said of Paris: if you intend to travel further a field and are going to catch another iDBUS from Paris Bercy to, say, Milan, then you might want to build in a little extra time to enjoy Paris before your connecting bus leaves.
You could take a one hour, hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city starting at Paris Bercy and taking in sites including Notre Dame, le Jardin des Plantes, the Bastille Opera, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Hotel de Ville.
On the bus itself, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel from central London, through the English countryside, then onto the French countryside before arriving in central Paris. You could take your favourite electronic devices such as your laptop, digital music player or games console. You could even plan your holiday itinerary by searching online for places to visit: on an iDBUS you can access free Wi-Fi and use their electrical sockets so that you don’t run out of battery part-way through your journey.