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Distance between London and Paris



Driving non-stop from London to Paris

How far is Paris from London? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 278 miles or 447 km

Driving time: 5 hours, 35 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.




Flying non-stop from London to Paris

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between London, United Kingdom and Paris, France. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 212 miles or 341 km

Flight time: 55 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 66 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/6th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




London to Paris road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Paris, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 5 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in London.

Drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Canterbury and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 46 minutes then stop in Calais and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 39 minutes then stop in Aire-sur-la-Lys and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 54 minutes then stop in Albert and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 50 minutes then stop in Compiegne and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 52 minutes and arrive in Paris.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:






London to Paris airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: London Luton Airport (LTN)

Arrival airport: Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 85 minutes

Getting to your destination: 42 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from LTN to CDG on easyJet and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 55 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from London to Paris including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 5 hours




Plan a trip to Paris

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Paris, France. There's an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: Which airport is better to fly into?. A great place to eat might be Café de Flore. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Paris like Eiffel Tower. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Paris like Best views of Paris for dates?. Click the button below to explore Paris in detail.






How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Paris to London, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know London, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about London!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 278 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 35 minutes
flight distance is 212 miles
flight time of 55 minutes
Paris is 1 hour ahead of London
570 London travel answers
704 Paris travel answers





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