How to Travel From Brussels to Paris?

Flights, Trains, and Car Rental Options

A Thalys high-speed train.
A Thalys high-speed train. Jarrett Campbell//Some rights reserved under Creative Commons.

Are you planning a trip from Brussels to Paris but are having trouble sifting through your options to decide whether it would make more sense to travel by train, plane or car? If so, this guide is designed to help you sort through your main options-- and make a choice that's both budget-friendly and time-efficient.

Distance From Paris

Brussels is situated a mere 160 miles from the French capital, which means that if you can afford the time, taking the train or renting a car can offer a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable, way of traveling from Brussels to Paris than flying would.

With high-speed Eurostar and Thalys trains servicing Paris from Brussels daily in under an hour and a half (on average), this mode of getting there is probably the best option. This is especially when you take into account travel time from the city center to airports. 

Taking the Train: What Are The Options? 

You can get to Paris from central Brussels in roughly an hour and 20 minutes via the Thalys train network. In addition, Eurostar trains leave from Brussels and connect in Lille, France. Thalys and Eurostar trains arrive in central Paris at the Gare du Nord station, minimizing stress. First-class tickets are usually not much more expensive than economy and include full meal and drink service.

Flights: Carriers and How to Find Deals

International carriers including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Lufthansa and regional low-cost airlines such as Brussels Airlines offer daily flights from Brussels National to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris may be a cheaper option, but you'll need to plan on at least an extra hour and fifteen minutes to get to central Paris.

Brussels to Paris by Car: Why it May Not Be Worth It

In smooth traffic conditions, it can take roughly three hours to get from Brussels to Paris by car.

However, it's important to keep in mind that during periods of heavy traffic (such as during bank holidays and summer holiday periods), travel times can skyrocket. 

You'll also need to factor in toll charges for your trip: something travelers often forget to include in their budget. In the end, it may be more worthwhile to take the train instead. All will depend on whether you need to transport large amounts of equipment (perhaps for a family camping trip) or other goods. If you don't, the stress of driving may not warrant the trip, even if it can be a cheaper option. 

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. You also may want to consider taking a taxi from the airport, but this, again, will depend on how much you're willing to spend, whether you're traveling with small children or elderly visitors who may find public transportation options uncomfortable, etc. 

Traveling From Elsewhere in Europe? See These Related Features

Perhaps you've scheduled a trip that includes travel between several European cities, and need more information on the best ways to get to the French capital.

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