How to Travel From Hamburg to Paris

Cars on the Autobahn at night.
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Are you planning a trip from Hamburg to Paris but are having trouble deciding whether it would make more sense to travel by plane, train or car? Hamburg is roughly 450 miles from Paris, which makes flying the most attractive travel option for most. It certainly is the most pragmatic choice if you need to get to Paris as quickly as possible, but if you have a bit more time to enjoy, taking the train or renting a car can be an interesting and picturesque alternative mode of travel.

Flights

International carriers including Air France, KLM and Lufthansa offer daily direct flights from Hamburg to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. Direct flight times run about an hour and a half.

Trains

You can get from Hamburg to Paris by train in under 8 hours, with many trains connecting in Cologne, Germany to high-speed Thalys lines.

Paris by Car

In smooth traffic conditions, it can take 10 hours or more to get to Paris from Hamburg by car, but it can be a nice way to see some picturesque stretches of Germany and France. Expect to pay somewhat hefty toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.

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. The Paris Ground Transport Options guide covers the options that you have.