We love going to France, we have been a few times, little man’s first trip was to Lyon by plane when he was only two months old. We then went again in 2010 by plane and visited Paris for the first time. For Christmas 2013, we decided to pack our bags and drive to Lyon to spend the festive period with our cousins over there.
So far, we have been to France by airplane and car, but we haven’t used a coach service before. As a matter of fact, we have never tried a long distance coach, so we were not sure what to expect. A few months ago, I shared about iDBUS Premium Long Distance Coach, offering trips from London to France, we wanted to try the service and see how it compared to our previous journeys.
Last weekend, we finally had the chance to visit Paris on board of iDBUS, a high quality coach service completely kitted with comfortable and wide seating, adjustable reading table, foot rest and reclining seats. The bus itself is very comfortable and ideal for long journeys, it also offers free wifi and plug-in points on each row of seats, so you can stay connected while travelling.
It took us 9 hours to get to Paris by coach, which sounds long compared to flying, but the journey went by very quickly. There are several departures per day, every day of the week, as an example, there are 7 different coaches leaving from London to the centre of Paris, departing from 6am to 11.30pm, so you can choose a suitable time to travel according to your schedule.
We prefer to travel overnight as much as possible, as little man tends to sleep and the time goes by quickly. We left London in the evening on the 11.30pm coach and arrived in Paris at 9am local time. At the beginning of our journey, little man watched a few DVDs on a portable player, while I checked my emails using the free wifi provided. He soon felt asleep and slept for five hours, he then watched a few more DVDs until we arrived in Paris. It was great knowing that he could watch as many DVDs as he wanted, and I could charge my phone in the electrical socket in the bus.
iDBUS already offers affordable tickets, but I thought I would let you know that they are even cheaper this month. Until 30th January, iDBUS is offering 30,000 tickets at promotional prices across all of its destinations starting at 9 euros. You can travel from London to Lille for £8 and to Paris for just £16. Great timing to treat your loved ones to a weekend away in Paris on Valentine’s Day!
While in Paris, you could visit Arc de Triomphe, built in memory of those who fought and died for the country during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. You could then stroll along Champs-Elysees and enjoy a spot of shopping.
You must visit the Musee du Louvre and the Pyramids, displaying a wide collection of objects and works of arts, including The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. A visit to the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is a must, to appreciate one of the finest examples of the French Gothic architecture. It is free to enter Notre Dame, the inside of the cathedral looks absolutely gorgeous and we were even able to listen to some of the service.
Needless to say, you should spend some time at the Tour Eiffel during your trip, it is the tallest structure in Paris and it looks so beautiful at night. There are also restaurants in the tower, and you could enjoy a glass of champagne while admiring the city.
We all had a great holiday, it was my mum’s first time in Paris and she loved it. I have been before, but I never get tired of visiting Paris or France. Not only the coach journey was very comfortable, but iDBUS on-board services, namely free wifi, electrical sockets and information in real-time, made the trip very pleasant.
We had a great journey with iDBUS to France and we are looking forward to our next holiday, perhaps Lyon next time?
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