How to Travel From Munich to Paris

Oktoberfest, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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Are you planning a trip from Munich to Paris but are having trouble deciding whether it would make more sense to travel by plane, train or car? Munich is roughly 430 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.

Travel by Plane

International carriers including Air France and Lufthansa and low-cost regional companies such as Air Berlin offer daily direct flights from Munich to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. Flight times run about an hour and a half.​

Travel by Train

Travel by train from Munich to Paris has been considerably optimized thanks to a new high-speed TGV train service connecting the two cities in approximately 6 hours. Non-direct trains usually stop in Stuttgart, with a total travel time of just over six hours as well.

Travel by Car

In smooth traffic conditions, it can take 7.5 hours or more to get to Paris from Munich by car, but it can be a nice way to see some picturesque stretches of Germany and Eastern France. Expect to pay somewhat hefty toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.