Vintage Brochure - London to Paris / Pullmans and Trains de Luxe, 1923
From London to Paris
There are four direct ways of journeying from London to Paris by train and boat. The shortest in point of distance is the route via Newhaven and Dieppe, 225 1/2 miles. In point of time the shortest route is via Folk-stone and Boulogne, which is 259 1/2 miles. The journey via Dover and Calais covers 2881/4 miles and that via Southampton and Havre, 3411/4 miles.
By way of Folkstone and Boulogne, the journey is scheduled to require 7 hours and 12 minutes; via Dover and Calais, 7 hours 25 minutes; via Newhaven and Dieppe, 8 hours 20 minutes; via Southampton and Havre, 15 hours and 37 minutes.
Travelers who are not good sea-voyagers and who dread a bad channel-crossing are frequently influenced to select the route which will give them the shortest time in the open sea. Via Calais the actual sea-passage is from one hour and ten minutes to one hour and a half; via Boulogne it is one hour and forty minutes; by way of Dieppe it is about three and one-half hours, and by Southampton it is a night's journey of about seven hours. These figures do not include the time consumed in getting in or out of a harbor.
Passengers from the continent to England may also travel via Cherbourg and Southampton in one of the large ocean steamships making calls at the French port. This method of crossing to England is becoming very popular.
Pullmans and Trains de Luxe
On some of the railways in Southern England there are "modified" pullman cars, as distinguished from the ordinary corridor and compartment cars. On many of these the compartment idea is still preserved and in a pullman it is possible to obtain a quiet breakfast without going to the diner. The pullman, however, is not in general use.
An elaborate system of trains de luxe cover the greater part of Europe—at least those portions touched by the heaviest travel. These trains de luxe consist of sleeping cars and dineri and are usually the fastest means of accomplishing continental railway journeys. Where through trains can be made by the passenger, the latter will find it a much more satisfactory method of journeying than by studying the time table for himself and trying to make his own connections. Even if he is much experienced in European travel, he will usually find it to his advantage to obtain his information about trains and connections from a well-known travel bureau.