Are you planning a trip from Zurich to Paris but are having trouble deciding whether it would make more sense to travel by plane, train or car? Luckily, we'll help you weigh your options and make a decision based on a few basic pros and cons.
First: some geography: Zurich is roughly 600 miles from Paris, which makes flying the most attractive travel option for most people. This is certainly the most pragmatic choice if you need to get to the French capital as quickly as possible. However, if you can spare the extra time and wouldn't mind enjoying the scenic route, taking the train or renting a car can be an interesting and picturesque way to get there.
International carriers including Swiss Air and Air France and low-cost regional companies such as Air Berlin offer daily flights from Zurich to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. Remember, though, that once in the French capital you'll have to transfer to the city center via commuter train, taxi, or bus, adding at least and hour of travel time.
Taking The Train: A Long, But Often Scenic, Trip
You can get to Paris from Zurich by train in as little as 4 hours and 30 minutes via direct routes. Trains from Zurich to Paris arrive in central Paris at the Gare de L'Est or Gare de Lyon stations. Most of the time you'll need to transfer in Bern, Basel, Lausanne or other cities. A night train transferring in Milano, Italy and arriving at the Paris Bercy station is also available via the Artesia Night service-- but make sure you don't have an aversion to those creaky old sleeper cars, which you'll have to share with other travelers in bunk beds unless you want to dole out extra cash for a private car.
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Driving There: Another Picturesque Solution
In smooth traffic conditions, it can take six hours or more to drive, but it can be a nice way to see stretches of Switzerland and Eastern France. Expect to pay somewhat hefty toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.
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