How to Get From Paris to Rome

Should you fly direct or make stops along the way?

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Paris and Rome are two of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. Chic Paris, with the famous sights of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Louvre museum, is Europe's most visited city. And then there's Rome, with its Colosseum and other ancient ruins to check out. But how should you travel between the two cities? 

Flying from Paris to Rome

Of course, the quickest way from Paris to Rome is by air.

 You might be surprised how cheap budget flights are in Europe: Compare Prices on Flights from Paris to Rome. Take note of which airports the airlines fly to and from, as there are four so-called 'Paris airports', some closer to the French capital than others (and there are two Rome airports too).

Direct Paris to Rome by Train 

The night train from Paris to northern Italy is called Artesia. It takes about 14 and a half hours to get from Paris to Rome. It leaves Paris from the Gare de Bercy Train Station. You must reserve your space on the Artesia and pay a supplementary fee. If you have a France-Italy Rail Pass you will pay less.

Many people like this option, although even with a rail pass it could be more expensive than a budget airline. 

All passengers on the Artesia sleeper trains from Paris to Italy must reserve a sleeping berth in either a sleeping-car or more economical couchette car (4 or 6 bunk-style beds.) You cannot just book a seat on these trains, although the beds convert to a seat for the morning.

Suggested Itineraries

Paris-Geneva-Milan-Florence-Rome The straightest route, with stops in of Europe's best cities along the way. No train journey is over four hours, making this the perfect route from France to Italy. Check prices and travel times on this itinerary.

Paris-Geneva-Milan-Genoa-La-Spezia-Pisa-Florence-Rome A longer version of the above route, taking in a few more destinations in Italy.

Check prices and travel times for this itinerary (you can easily remove stops if there are too many for you).

Bear in mind for these itineraries that Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in Europe (in fact, all of Switzerland is expensive), so you might prefer an itinerary that skirts around Switzerland. 

Here are a couple of options, the first going north and east around Switzerland, the second going south and west.

Paris-Nuremberg-Munich-Salzburg-Venice-Florence-Rome This route takes into Bavaria in Germany, before heading down into Salzburg (Austria) and into Italy. Check prices and travel times on this itinerary.

Paris-Lyon-Marseille-Nice-Monaco-Genoa-La-Spezia-Pisa-Florence-Rome Come down through France and along the French Riviera before following the Italian coast down towards Rome.  Check prices and travel times on this itinerary .

To create your own train itinerary, use this Interactive Rail Map of Europe.

Paris to Rome by Bus

Eurolines runs a bus from Paris to Rome, but it is slow and relatively expensive.

Paris to Rome by Car

The driving distance between Paris and Rome is about 950 miles, or around 1530 kilometers. The fastest way to go is on the French Autoroute to the Italian Autostrada toll roads.

These allow high speeds at a price.