How to Travel From Vienna to Paris

A passenger jet from the Austrian airline NIKI (owner Niki Lauda), a partner of the German airline Air Berlin, sits on the tarmac after landing at the airport (Aeropuerto de Son Sant Joan) on May 25, 2010 of Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Are you planning a trip from Vienna to Paris but are having trouble deciding whether it would make more sense to travel by plane, train or car? Vienna is roughly 650 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 getting to Paris.

Finding Flight Deals

International carriers including Austrian Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa and low-cost regional companies such as Air Berlin and NIKI offer daily flights from Vienna to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. You can book flights and complete travel packages at TripAdvisor. Also, be sure to check Skyscanner.

Vienna to the City of Light in 12 Hours by Train

You can get to Paris by train in around 11-13 hours, with most trains transferring in Munich, Zurich or Frankfurt and arriving in central Paris at the Gare de L'Est station. The downside of taking the train? Direct night trains from Vienna to Paris are scarce, so you should be a big lover of this mode of transport. You can book train tickets via Rail Europe.

How to Drive to Paris

In smooth traffic conditions, it can take 9-12 hours or more to get to the French capital from Vienna by car, but it can be a nice way to see stretches of Austria, Italy, Germany and/or Eastern France.

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

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. We've already mapped out your Paris ground transport options.

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