Plane vs. Train: Watch the TPG UK Team Race From London to Paris

Aug 1, 2019

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What are the possible ways to get to Paris? Well, there’s driving. There’s the train. Of course, there’s flying. And, for anyone feeling extra adventurous, there’s always cycling.

But what is the fastest option for getting from London to Paris? At TPG UK, we wanted to figure it out. So, we sent Head of Video Jean Arnas (train) to race Director of Content Nicky Kelvin and Social Media Editor Liam Spencer (plane) from Buckingham Palace to the Eiffel Tower.

Watch the full video of the race here:

Here’s the cost and time breakdown for each option:

Plane

  • Tube: £2.90
  • Heathrow Express: £22
  • Airfare: 4,500 Avios + £17.50
  • Taxi in Paris: £50
  • TOTAL COST: £92.40 + 4,500 Avios
  • TOTAL TIME: 11am departure; 4:21pm arrival

Train

  • Tube: £2.90
  • Eurostar ticket: £123
  • Taxi: £12.60
  • TOTAL COST: £138.50
  • TOTAL TIME: 11am departure; 4:27pm arrival

While the plane prevailed in this instance, our key takeaway is that there’s no one definitive answer to which is fastest 100% of the time. In Jean’s case, a 15-minute delay under the English Channel was all that was needed for the plane to come in first.

What’s your favourite way to get between London and Paris?

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