How to Get from Paris to Valencia

Can You Get from Northern France to Eastern Spain in One Day?

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia
••• City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia. Image: O Pallson/Creative Commons (Some Rights Reserved)

Unless you're willing to hop on a plane, getting from Valencia to Paris won't be easy, although it's not impossible. The two cities are around 1,400km (870 miles) apart and there are no direct trains, but if you want to travel between them for whatever reason, you still have a few options. Here are our best tips for getting from France to Spain (or vice-versa) with the least amount of hassle. 

If You're Worried About Time, Take the Train

Despite there being no direct trains, traveling by rail is still much quicker and easier than by bus.

As you will lose a whole day traveling, I'd recommend taking the night service: you can save a night's accommodation and sleep through much of the journey.

Bear in mind, the total journey time via train is still around half that of the bus, even taking into account transfers. You will normally need to transfer in Barcelona, though there is a night service that requires an extra change in Toulouse. You can book European rail tickets here

Save Some Cash, Take the Bus

The bus from Paris to Valencia takes about 19 hours and costs about 119 euros. The service is run by Linebus, though ALSA sells the same ticket for more money! Use Movelia to get the best price.

Rent a Car and Hit the Road

It takes about 12 hours to travel the 1,400km from Paris to Valencia. Take the A71, A75, A9 and E15. You might want to consider a stop in Toulouse or Barcelona.

If you have questions about renting a car in Spain, you can for more information on the matter here.

One you're ready, you can book your car in advance here

When All Else Fails, Take to the Skies

If you're willing to splurge on a plane ticket, it really is the quickest way to get from Paris to Valencia. You can find cheap tickets via Priceline, especially if you book more than six weeks in advance (which is a good rule of thumb in general).

I'm Here, Now What?

Congratulations! You made it. Nothing like a good road trip to add some spice to your holidays!

If you're in Paris, read our Guide to Paris By Arrondissement to find the best ways to spend your stay in the City of Lights.

If you've traveled to Valencia, we've also got you covered. Here are 25 Things To Do in the city, including everything from excellent museums, delicious food, shopping and scenic day trips. You can book a hotel in advance quite easily using TripAdvisor, and for first timers, here's all you need to know about Spain's third-largest city.