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Day Trips to European Cities from London

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Just beyond London’s bustling streets and famous sights lies a world of European adventure—all within easy reach by rail. See below for our top picks of urban day trips, from the romance of Paris to the scenery of Edinburgh, to enjoy from London.

Paris — 287 miles (462 km) from London
Board the Eurostar, journey under the English Channel, and disembark in Paris, where a full day of French art and culture await. Admire the City of Love’s must-see highlights like the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees on a walking tour, drift past the Eiffel Tower and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed banks of the Seine River on a sightseeing cruise, and perhaps pay a visit to the Palace of Versailles, the jewel in France’s crown.

Edinburgh — 396 miles (637 km) from London
Edinburgh, Scotland’s proud capital, boasts spectacular scenery, centuries of colorful history, and famous landmarks including the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Explore the UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town and neoclassical New Town on a hop-on hop-off bus tour to see top sights such as St. Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland at your own pace. Don’t miss the chance to sample a wee dram at the famous Scotch Whisky Experience, formerly named the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre.

Cardiff — 158 miles (254 km) from London
The capital city of Wales, Cardiff is a short and sweet train ride from London and makes an ideal day trip for those wishing to explore this British neighbor. Follow an expert tour guide on a walking tour to top attractions such as Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Castle, and the National Museum, gaining insight into centuries of rich Welsh history along the way. Finish your tour with a visit to 13th-century Caerphilly Castle, one of the largest castles in Great Britain.

Brussels — 226 miles (365 km) from London
From fine Belgian beers to traditional chocolates to UNESCO-listed architecture, there are plenty of good reasons to day trip to Brussels from London. Travel directly into the Belgian capital by Eurostar, then board a hop-on hop-off bus tour and enjoy the freedom to explore top attractions such as the Atomium, the European Parliament, and the Royal Palace at your leisure.

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Luxury Paris Day Trip with Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, London, null
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Luxury Paris Day Trip with Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

4.5 star rating: Recommended 461 Reviews

Enjoy an unforgettable day in the French capital on this luxury day trip from London to Paris, with an included Champagne lunch at the Eiffel Tower! Travel on ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $302.90
$336.55 Save $33.65
Paris Rail Day Trip from London, London, Rail Tours
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Paris Rail Day Trip from London

4 star rating: Recommended 476 Reviews

Take a day trip from London to Paris by Eurostar train, and explore the city on your own or with a host ! Choose from an independent trip with a Paris hop-on ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $263.51
Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, ... 
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Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 176 Reviews

See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.62
Guided Paris Day Trip from London, London, Rail Tours
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Guided Paris Day Trip from London

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Embark on a 14-hour day trip from London to Paris by high-speed train. Your guide will show you the best sights on a panoramic city tour, including the Arc de ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $284.99
Guided Day Trip to Paris from London Including River Cruise, London, Day Trips
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Guided Day Trip to Paris from London Including River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Get reserved seating on Eurostar and experience a guided tour of Paris with a river cruise on the Seine. Then visit the Louvre museum and get entry to the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $342.28
Budget Independent Rail Tour to Paris by Eurostar, London, Rail Tours
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Budget Independent Rail Tour to Paris by Eurostar

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

Explore Paris at your own pace on this value for money, unescorted day trip from London. Your Paris package includes Eurostar tickets and a Visite Paris Metro ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.41
Paris Day Trip from London Including Visit to Versailles, London, Rail Tours
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Paris Day Trip from London Including Visit to Versailles

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Experience top Paris and Versailles attractions on this full-day guided tour from London! After your 2.5-hour train journey, relax on a comfortable coach for a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $442.53
Paris Rail Trip with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower Including Entry to the Louvre, London, Rail Tours
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Paris Rail Trip with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower Including Entry to the Louvre

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Reserved seats on Eurostar, enjoy a walking tour and entry to the famous Louvre. Also included is entry to the to second floor of the Eiffel Tower with a tasty ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $342.28
Day Trip to Brussels from London, London, Rail Tours
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Day Trip to Brussels from London

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Spend a day in Brussels on this day trip from London by Eurostar. Following a 2.5-hour train journey, explore the Belgium capital by hop-on hop-off bus, ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.30
Cardiff Day Trip from London, London, Rail Tours
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Cardiff Day Trip from London

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This tour takes you to the capital city of Wales, Cardiff for a full day of exploring. This trip includes a sightseeing tour with a local guide, entrance to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $81.63

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