How to Travel From Florence to Paris

Flights, Trains and Car Rental Options

Florence locomotives.
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Are you planning a trip from Florence to Paris? If so, you may be having trouble sifting through your options to decide whether to travel by train, plane or car. Here's how to make an informed decision, and come up with a good plan.

Flights From Florence to Paris

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

International carriers including Alitalia and Air France and low-cost regional companies such as Easyjet and Ryanair offer daily flights from Florence (some leave from Pisa airport) to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport and Beauvais Airpor. 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.

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Trains From Florence to Paris

Florence is a little under 300 miles from Paris, which means that if you can afford to take the time, taking the train or renting a car can offer a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable way of traveling. Rather than spending several hours cooped up in airports, you'll take in the landscapes and perhaps even enjoy some unique cultural experiences along the way, as you move from Northern Italy through the South of France and finally up to the French capital.

 

You can get to Paris from Florence in roughly 10 hours by transferring to Milano Centrale station. Overnight trains on the Artesia night line will take significantly longer but are an option if you feel comfortable with the rickety sleepers.

Get to Paris by Car

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, though. This can be a good option if you wish to make stopovers to other cities in Italy or France on your way to Paris.

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. Read more about Paris ground transport options, including tips on whether renting a car or taking a taxi from the airport is a good idea.