How to Travel From Madrid to Paris

Flights, Trains and Car Rental Options

Are you planning a trip from Madrid to Paris? Unsure whether it's more advisable to get there by plane or train, or even considering renting a car? Madrid is roughly 650 miles from Paris, which may lead you to assume that flying is the best option. 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 is by far a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable, way of traveling.


International carriers including Iberia Airlines and Lufthansa and low-cost regional companies such as Vueling and Air Europa offer daily flights from Madrid to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris 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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Travel by Train

You can get to the city of light from Madrid in roughly 13 hours via a direct night train serviced by Elipsos on the Spanish side and French rail company SNCF on the French side. The downside of taking the train? Direct routes from Madrid to Paris are scarce, and connecting trains will be complicated. You should be a big lover of trains to choose this mode of travel.

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Get There by Car

It can take 12 hours or more to get to Paris by car from the Spanish capital, but it can be a nice way to see northern Spain and France.

Expect to pay somewhat hefty toll fees at several points throughout the trip, however.

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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: Paris Ground Transport Options

Also See: How to Get From Barcelona to Madrid