Paris and then where? Read more about other towns and cities that are easily accessible by train from Paris. Because there doesn’t always have to be just Paris.
It is well known that it takes only about 2 hrs 20 mins to travel from London to Paris on Eurostar. Travel to the city of light in what feels like the speed of light. What is less well known, however, is that Paris is also a nucleus of European rail travel and that you can book to travel onwards to so many other places with our booking platform. Here are some of our favourite places to travel to from Paris, as well as the approximate journey time, number of changes you might have to take and how frequently trains can take you there*.
The Paris to Amsterdam train journey takes approximately 3 hrs 20 mins from Gare du Nord if you travel on a direct high-speed train. As with all train journeys booked with us, you will be able to see a clear breakdown of all the stops along the way before you purchase the ticket. If your journey has a change, this will either be a quick one at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam before heading to your final stop at Amsterdam Centraal station. Another option is travel to Amsterdam on a Paris to Brussels train with a change at Bruxelles-Midi station, adding anything from 30 mins to an hour to your journey. There are trains between these two capitals all day long, so this opens up a lot more Paris to Amsterdam options.
There’s a tapas of treats if you want to travel between Paris and Spain by train. Paris, Gare de Lyon to Madrid by train takes just over 9 hrs 30 mins on a high-speed train, with one change in Barcelona and a choice of two services a day - or three in mid-summer. Also going from Gare de Lyon, Paris to Barcelona is a direct service, taking 6 hrs 30 mins. You can choose between twice-daily year-round services to get from Notre Dame to Sagrada Familia - with up to four a day in mid-summer. You have even more of a choice if you make one change at Lyon, which may only add on an extra 30 mins to your journey. Paris to Barcelona is also a popular route for special offers, so keep an eye here for any flash sales, with prices sometimes as low as £25.
It is hard to imagine anywhere more romantic than Paris until you have discovered Rome or Venice. Travelling from Paris to these two cities is also possible, although there are few direct trains. The journey from Paris to Rome by train takes approximately 11 hrs, with one change in either Turin or Milan. Turin’s Porta Susa station is your best option as a changeover however, for an early arrival into Rome. You can also break this up rather nicely by taking the night-train to Milan. Leaving Gare de Lyon at 19.30, you get into Milan Centrale at 06.00 hrs and then transfer to Rome Termini in time for breakfast.
Travelling between Paris to Venice also takes around between 10 - 11 hrs, depending on the route you take. By booking all the way through to Santa Lucia station, on the banks of the Grand Canal, you will experience one of Europe’s most romantic train arrival moments. The journey itself is long, but just relax and revel in the romance of it all, winding your way through France and the Alps on a high-speed train into Northern Italy, where you change at Turin.
Art lovers or just lovers will also adore travelling from Paris to Florence by train. You can tuck up and read a whole novel during this trip that takes just under eight and a half hours if you take the route that has just one change in Turin. You can also travel on a route that goes through Milan, but this takes a little longer.
Paris to Switzerland by rail can work like clockwork. Paris to Zurich by train takes 4 hrs on a direct high-speed route from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, with a choice of four services a day. You can also catch the early morning Eurostar from London to Paris and be in Zurich in time for ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’.
Travelling Paris to Geneva by train is also a breeze taking 3 hrs on a high-speed direct train from Gare de Lyon, or just over 4 hrs with one change in Lyon. There are seven direct services a day, getting you from Montmartre to Mont Blanc in a heartbeat. Travelling from Paris to Lucerne by train has one change in Basel, but an early morning train from Gare de Lyon in Paris will get to you to the Altstadt in time for lunch.
Photo credits top to bottom: Paris station iStock ©manjik, Woman cycling in Amsterdam iStock ©RossHelen, Barcelona iStock ©Gatsi, Alle Ferrovia sign iStock ©lillisphotography, Lake Geneva at night ©markforce04
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