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What is the best way to get from Southampton to Paris by rail?

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  • January 24, 2018 21:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' or the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite</a>'.<br /><br />The '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=">Paris Pass</a>' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>. You would purchase the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=">Paris Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html">http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html</a>.<br /><br />The '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow">Paris Visite</a>' just covers local transportation in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow">Paris Visite</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html">http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html</a>.<br /><br />There is also the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow">Paris Museum Pass</a>', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. You would purchase the '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335">Paris Museum Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html">http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html</a>.<br /><br />Various other city passes and tours for <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> can be found here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/</a>..
  • January 24, 2018 21:35
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi William,<br /><br />A connection from Southampton to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> does involve changing trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> along the way. You would purchase tickets by entering a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the Rail Europe homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>. For a trip from Southampton to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would just have to break up your search once in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a>. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Southampton to London and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris">London to Paris</a>.<br /><br />Trains from Southampton to London are South West trains, and the trains from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris">London to Paris</a> are <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> high-speed trains.<br /><br />When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that trains from Southampton to London can arrive into either the Waterloo station or the Victoria station, while trains from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris" rel="nofollow">London to Paris</a> depart from the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international">St Pancras International station</a>. For the purpose of a connection to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>, I would recommend choosing an option from Southampton to London that arrives into the Waterloo station.<br /><br />To get from the Waterloo station to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international">St Pancras International</a>, you would take the Northern Line of the Tube to the Leicester Square stop. At Leicester Square, you would then switch to the Tube's Piccadilly Line, which you would take right to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international" rel="nofollow">St Pancras International</a>. You would pay to board the Tube locally at the turnstiles before boarding.<br /><br />The commute from Waterloo to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/place/london-st-pancras-international" rel="nofollow">St Pancras International</a> takes at least 30 minutes in duration, but I would still recommend allowing yourself at least 1hr40 minutes to make the connection. The <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> (London-Paris) is different from other trains in that passengers must check-in at least 30 minutes before departure.<br /><br />Generally, trains in the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a> can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> train can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure..

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