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 not the only-- 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, their pros and cons.
Flying: The Cheapest & Easiest Way
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. On the French side, you'll be on the high-speed TGV rails, 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 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.
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Driving: A Scenic Route-- But Watch For Toll Fees
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.
Expect to pay rather expensive toll fees at several points throughout the trip, though.
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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 about your options in our guide to Paris ground transport options.
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