How to Travel From Rome to Paris by Train, Bus, Car, and Plane

Rome in July

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With Paris and Rome being two of Europe's most famous capital cities, they classify as essential pit stops on many tourists' Eurotrip itineraries. They are 1107 kilometers (688 miles) apart, but the driving distance is more like 1,420 kilometers (880 miles). Traveling by car takes more than 13 hours, so most people opt for a quick, two-hour flight instead. Otherwise, there are buses and trains that run the route regularly.

  Time Cost Best For
Train 11 hours from $115 Fast and reliable ground transportation
Bus 20 hours, 30 minutes from $59 Getting a deal during peak season
Plane 2 hours, 15 minutes from $59 Arriving on a time crunch
Car 14 hours 1,420 kilometers (880 miles) Exploring the local area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Rome to Paris? 

The cheapest bus ticket is actually the same price as the cheapest flight; however, cheap flights are tougher to come by, especially during the high season. Whereas flight prices soar in the summertime, bus tickets can always be found for as little as $59 if you book them far enough in advance (up to six months—the sooner you book, the better). FlixBus departs from Rome Tiburtina and Rome Anagnina several times per day, but here's the catch: The ride takes 20 hours at best. A flight, on the other hand, takes just over two hours.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Rome to Paris? 

The fastest way to travel from Rome to Paris is undoubtedly by plane. Flights depart from any of Paris' three airportsRoissy-Charles de Gaulle (the busiest), Orly, and Beauvais-Tillé Airport—and arrive either at Fiumicino or Ciampino in Rome. According to Skyscanner, there are nearly 150 flights per week connecting these two cities, offered by international carriers like Alitalia and Air France and low-cost regional airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair. Flights to Beauvais Airport—home of the budget carriers—tend to be cheaper, but because it's located in the far outskirts of Paris, you should plan to spend about an hour getting to the city center. Depending on which time of the year you go and how far in advance you book, you're looking at $50 to $250 for a plane ticket.

How Long Does It Take to Drive? 

Even in the best conditions, it takes about 14 hours to drive from Rome to Paris. The benefit of driving is that you can make a spectacular road trip of it, stopping by Florence, Bologna, Milan, and Geneva, Switzerland, along the way. The downfalls are, of course, the time it takes as well as all the tolls you'll have to pay. According to ViaMichelin, the most direct route (The Autostrada A1, which is the oldest in Italy, to the A6, France's "Motorway of the Sun") will likely wind up costing you a total of nearly $200 in tolls.

How Long Is the Train Ride? 

You can get to Paris from Rome in 11 hours by train, but the average duration is more like 13 hours, 30 minutes, according to Rail Europe. This route is serviced by a high-speed TGV train and the Italian Frecciarossa, which goes about half the speed of the TGV. Trains depart from Roma Termini and arrive at Paris Gare de Lyon, both of which are walkable from the city centers. Tickets start at $115.

You can also replace a night in a hotel with a stay on one of the overnight trains. It tends to cost slightly more and, if you're a solo traveler who doesn't want to spend extra on a private sleeper, you might be bunking with a few strangers, but it's a great way to save money and potentially make some friends.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Paris? 

If you plan to fly, then the best time to travel to Paris from Rome is May or October, on either side of the busy—i.e. expensive—summer tourist season. During these months, flight prices start at $59 instead of $75 (June) or $100 (August).

Bus tickets can be snagged for cheap any time of the year, but you must book them as early as possible. You're more likely to get a deal if you travel during off-peak times (the earliest or latest departures versus mid-day), too. Trainline also recommends that you book your train travel as early as possible and avoid peak times (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays).

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Paris? 

U.S. passport holders are allowed to visit France for tourist or business purposes for up to 90 days without a visa.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport? 

If you plan to fly into Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, the easiest way to get into the city center will be by the RER train, which departs every 10 to 20 minutes from terminals 1 and 2 and takes about 35 minutes to get to the center. It's the fastest and the cheapest public transportation option, with single-journey tickets costing about $12. However, the Roissybus—which costs slightly more—is also an option. It takes an hour to get into the center. If you're flying into Orly, rather, you can take the RER train (lines B or C) for about $13 or the Orlybus for $10.

What Is There to Do in Paris? 

Paris, France, is simply brimming with art, culture, and world-famous cuisine. You can kick off your trip by visiting its renowned historical landmarks and museums, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe, but if you're not one for crowds, then you might rather wander about the more low-key market streets to see what kind of pastries and cheeses can be found. The hilltop village of Montmartre is ridiculously charming and though it's a bit of a jaunt from the city center (and it continues to gain more tourist momentum year after year), it's a true taste of old-world Paris not to be missed.

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