If you're planning a trip from Rome to Paris but are having some trouble sifting through your options to decide whether to travel by train, plane or car, read on. We've broken down all the possibilities, weighing the pros and cons of each form of travel between the two capitals-- allowing you to make a choice that's both budget-appropriate and suited to your desired pace.
Rome is a little under 700 miles from Paris, which may lead you to assume that flying is the best-- if not the only-- option. And this certainly is the most pragmatic choice if you need to get to Paris as quickly as possible. However, if you have a bit more time to enjoy and are interesting in a scenic route, taking the train or renting a car can offer a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable, way of traveling.
Flights: Low-Cost Airlines Are King
International carriers including Alitalia and Air France and low-cost regional companies such as Easyjet and Ryanair offer daily flights from Rome to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Flight times are roughly two hours. Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris (including some Ryanair flights) tend to be a cheaper option, but you'll need to plan on at least an extra hour and fifteen minutes to get to central Paris.
Taking The Train: A Romantic, Old-World Option
You can get to Paris from Rome in roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes if you take the train on the Italian side to Milan Centrale and then head on to Paris Gare de Lyon from there. On the French side, you'll be on the high-speed TGV rails, which will speed the journey from there. Direct night trains are also available-- but just be sure you don't mind spending the night in one of those old-fashioned sleepers, potentially sharing a bunk with other travelers unless you want to fork out the extra cash for a private sleeper.
Get There by Car: Lovely Landscapes (and Annoying Toll Points)
It can take 13 hours or even longer to get to Paris from Rome by car, but it can be an enjoyable way to see large stretches of Italy and France. Expect to pay toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.
Arriving in Paris by Plane? Ground Transport Options
If you're arriving in Paris by plane, you'll need to figure out how to get to the center of the city from the airports.
Traveling from Other Italian Destinations?
If you're planning a more complex European trip and havent't quite decided what hubs to travel to and from, you may need information on how to get to other major Italian cities from the French capital. These guides might prove useful for your planning: