How to Travel From Florence to Paris

Flights, Trains, Car Rental, and Bus Options

Florence locomotives.
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Are you planning a trip from Florence to Paris? If so, the 300-mile trip is driveable, but it may take you 12 hours to get there by car. You do have many options, such as travel by train, plane, bus, or car. Factors to look at include cost, travel time, and hassle.

Air Travel

Flying can be an inexpensive and popular option, especially if you are short on time and need to get between the two points as quickly as possible.

The flight is roughly two hours long and on average will cost about $200 to $300. You can bring the cost down on flights if you fly through less popular airports like Beauvais Airport and Pisa Airport or if you use low-cost regional air carriers like Easyjet and Ryanair.

International carriers including Alitalia, Air France, Easyjet, and Ryanair offer daily flights from Florence (some can leave from Pisa airport) to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, and Beauvais Airport. Flights to Beauvais Airport, located in the far outskirts of Paris (Ryanair flies there), may be a cheaper option, but you will need to plan on at least an extra hour or so to get to central Paris.

Trains

If you can afford to take the time, taking the train can offer a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable way of making the journey between Paris and Florence.

Rather than spending several hours cooped up in airports, going through security, and then arranging transport to and from the airport, a train would allow you to take in the landscapes and perhaps even enjoy some unique cultural experiences along the way.

The views of northern Italy, the South of France, and then the French capital are a sight to behold. 

You can get to Paris from Florence in roughly 12 hours for about $150 to $200. Overnight trains on the Artesia night line will take significantly longer but are an option if you feel comfortable with rickety sleeper trains.

Car or Bus

It can take 12 hours or more to get from Florence to Paris by car, but it can be an enjoyable way to see a few scenic stretches of Italy and France or stop for meals for a gastronomic road trip. Expect to pay toll fees at several points throughout the trip. This can be a good option if you wish to make stopovers to other cities in Italy or France on your way to Paris.

One major drawback with a car rental in Europe is that there are astronomical fees for "drop off" or transferring a car from one country to another. So, if you start your trip in Paris and end in Florence, just for dropping off the car in another country (even if it's the same car rental company), that can run you $1,000. That does not include the car rental fee. But, if you could do a round-trip visit and return the car where you got it, then you would not be subject to the drop fee. A car rental would run you about $400 for the week for a compact car.

Another motoring option is the bus. You can also take a bus directly from Florence to Paris. The bus fare would average about $90 and it would take you about 18 hours to get there.

Arranging Ground Transportation

If you are arriving in Paris by plane, you will need to figure out how to get to the center of the city from the airport.

There are several Paris ground transport options like renting a car, taking a taxi, or taking the train from the airport.