Vive La France on Paris weekend trips by Eurostar

Accordion music in Montmartre, the views from the Eiffel tower, browsing the markets at Clignancourt . . .  there is just so much to pack into those Paris weekend trips by Eurostar. Cheap return fares now make these getaways all the more attractive. Paris is a city that is seductive all year-round, so why not book yourself a weekend to enjoy a little Gallic romance and style?

Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) now offers substantial savings on return tickets from London to Paris. Our favourite deal has to be the £69 return, a great bargain that, unlike so many eye-catching fares, is not too difficult to secure.

The easy-to use Eurostar online booking site shows at a single click the availability of the cheapest fares. Choose your dates and snap up your tickets. Be aware though that these £69 fares are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

You could just book your train travel and then choose your own hotel in your favourite part of the city. If you want to adopt a more laissez-faire attitude though, why not book one of the Eurostar city-break packages, which could end up saving you money, given that Paris hotels are rarely cheap?

Prices vary according to the month of travel, but as a rough indication, city-breaks are available from £146 per person for a 1-night stay or around £300 per person for a 3-night stay in a range of accommodation across the city. This is mostly in comfortable 3 star hotels, but with the option for something a little fancier if your break is to mark a special occasion, or you just feel like seeing Paris in style.

To get around the city, it's a smart idea to buy the Paris Visite pass, a travelcard that will cover all your journeys by metro, bus, suburban train, and even the trams and Montmartre funicular. It's your passport to seeing as much of the city as possible on your Paris weekend trips by Eurostar.

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