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Fly, drive or take the train – we assess the best way to get to places like Disneyland Paris, France, Belgium and Holland

Fly, drive or take the train – we assess the best way to get to places like Disneyland Paris, France, Belgium and Holland

We compare the time and cost of ways to get to northern Europe to help you decide whether to go by train, plane or car

If you are heading to Disneyland Paris or  elsewhere in France, Belgium or Holland – how will you get there?

What is the fastest and cheapest mode of transport – plane, train or car and ferry or channel tunnel?

We have done the maths for you.

Starting in the Midlands at 5am with a destination of Disneyland Paris, here is what we discovered:

  Method Time Cost Total
Plane Plane then train  4 hours 30 minutes (assuming 2 hours at airport, flight and train 1 hour 15 mins each) £130 per person £520
Train Virgin Trains then Eurostar 5 hours 22 minutes £150 per person £600
Car and tunnel Eurotunnel 6 hours 44 minutes Fuel £120, tunnel £130, tolls £25 £280
Car and ferry DFDS 7 hours 24 minutes Fuel £120, ferry £100, tolls £25 £245

 

a plane taking off

Going by plane is the fastest option

In conclusion

Obviously the time and cost does vary from day to day but you can say three things with some certainty.

Driving will usually be the cheapest for a family of four.

Flying will most likely be the fastest.

The train will probably be the most relaxing, stress-free way to travel.

You could always mix and match by driving to a Eurostar stop such as Ebbsfleet in Kent and then catching the train to Disneyland. We found it a good option which you can read about here.