Are you planning a trip from Venice to Paris but are having trouble working through your options to decide whether to travel by train, plane or car? Venice is a little under 700 miles from Paris, which may lead you to assume that flying is the best-- if the only-- real option. This 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 offer a more picturesque, and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable, way of getting from one point to the next.
Read on for a breakdown of each of your options, as well as their pros and cons.
Flying: The Cheapest & Easiest Way
The easiest and cheapest way to get from one city to the next is flying. International carriers including Alitalia and Air France and low-cost regional companies such as Easyjet and Ryanair offer daily flights from Venice to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris (including some Ryanair flights) 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.
Taking the Train: The Picturesque (And Long) Way
You can get to Paris in roughly 10 hours if you take the train on the Italian side to Milan and then head on to Paris Gare de Lyon from there. It's also more ecologically friendly, generating fewer C02 emissions than flying does-- a definite boon.
On the French side, you'll be traveling along the high-speed TGV rail line, which will speed the journey from there. Overnight direct trains on the Artesia night line will take significantly longer, but are an option if you feel comfortable with the rickety, not always entirely private sleepers. If you have a couple of good books and enjoy staring out the window at the changing landscapes of Italy and France, this might just be a good way to go.
Driving: Enjoy the Scenery, But Watch Out for Toll Fees
For those of you who really enjoy a good, long, scenic drive, this is an interesting possibility. It can take upwards of 11 or 12 hours to get to Paris from Venice by car, but it can be an enjoyable way to see northern Italy and France, especially if you're prepared to stop overnight along the way and perhaps explore a town in southern France as an added bonus. Expect to pay rather expensive toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.
Arriving in Paris by Plane? Plan for Your Ground Transport in Advance
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 about the easiest ways to get from point A to B in our complete guide to Paris ground transport options.
If you're traveling between Paris and other Italian cities, you may be interested in perusing some of our other transport guides. Read up on the best ways to get from Milan to Paris, from Rome to Paris and from Florence to Paris. Since the latter two cities are significantly further away from the French capital than Venice is, the best options for getting to and from the French capital are not necessarily the same.