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Is the TGV the best way to get from Paris to Rome, and what does it cost?

Is the TGV the best way to get from Paris to Rome, and what does it cost?

Oct 30th, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Is the TGV the best way to get from Paris to Rome, and what does it cost?

we are thinking of taking a trip to Rome in March, 2010. Unfortunately, there are no direct flight tickets at the time we need to leave. We are thinking of flying to Paris for a few days and then going on to Rome. How long is the train ride and what is the approx. cost?
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Oct 30th, 2009, 01:25 PM
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Given the distance between these two cities, I'd fly from Paris to Rome.
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Oct 30th, 2009, 01:37 PM
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I have no idea on the cost, but it takes about 12 hours. YOu have to transfer at least once, most efficiently is probably in Milan. If you really are doing that to avoid changing planes, you aren't going to get a train without changing, either, except for the night train. That ones takes longer, of course, about 15 hours.
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Oct 30th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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i have taken the overnight train from Paris to Venice.
i enjoyed it. I cant remember the cost, I can look tomorrow when I get home.
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Oct 30th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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Is much easier flight to Rome..Two weeks ago I have flown from Rome to Paris(Orly) a 2 hours flight with Vueling Airline.
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Oct 30th, 2009, 02:28 PM
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To answer the question your title, no. TGV does not go from Paris to Rome.
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Oct 30th, 2009, 02:34 PM
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What's the rest of your intended itinerary like? Is it just Paris and Rome you're interested in?
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Oct 30th, 2009, 02:44 PM
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h swdob,

have a look at www.easyjet.com. they are presently showing three flights day in March from Paris orly to rome Ciampino for less than €30 pp each way - a total of less than €60 each return.

good luck with your planning,

regards, ann
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Oct 30th, 2009, 03:26 PM
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30 Euros must be for the ticket only but dont forget that many times the airline add additional surcharges to the ticket price , taxes and others.

Therefore the ticket will not cost 30 Euros but much more.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 05:14 AM
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If the lack of direct flight tickets to Rome is the reason for going to Paris, isn't an alternative to book flight tickets with layover somewhere else but with Rome as the final destination?

It appears that Paris is just a place to land and not a destination.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 06:24 AM
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Actually, the 30€ price says total price (I just checked a random date in March), but not checking luggage (11€).

ur Basket
Flight
1 Flights

* Paris Orly to Rome Ciampino
* Dep 17 March 2010
* Arr 17 March 2010

Flight
Paris Orly to Rome Ciampino

* Dep 17 March 2010 13:30
* Arr 17 March 2010 15:25
* Flight 4247
* 1 Adult
* 1 x €29.99

Hold Baggage
1 Checked bags

* 20kg total combined weight.
* 1 Checked bags each way
* 1 x €11.00
Total flights and options for all passengers:
€40.99
Total €5049
* Pay by Visa Electron: €40.99
* Pay by Visa Debit Card: €44.99
* Pay by Credit Card: €50.49
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Oct 31st, 2009, 06:51 AM
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I paid 50 with Vueling air,but left from FCO which was more convenient for me because my friends live at Ostia and they took me to the airport.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 08:24 AM
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hi kybourn

yes, I'd checked the extras before I posted!

easyjet is one of the airlines where the headline rate is actually the rate you pay, [apart from extras like luggage] unlike the dreaded Ryanair where the "taxes" can be many times the cost of the ticket.

we've been a lot of places with them and rarel had any problems at all. if I were the OP, that would be the way I'd go.

regards, ann
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Oct 31st, 2009, 11:08 AM
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We went to Venice via Paris last October and we flew from Paris to Venice (we would also have flown to Rome, had that been our destination). The overnight trains were very expensive and, even with the added cost of a shuttle from the airport that you would have in Rome, it will still most likely cost much less to fly (not to mention faster).

I would caution you about flying from Orly into Ciampano, however. You would most likely be flying first into Paris CDG and have the expense of getting to Orly and the expense of getting Ciampano into Rome which, when I checked, cost more than arriving at FCO.

We found our least expensive option was to book the flight Paris to Venice on Air France, by the way. Air Italia was really, really high.

This Christmas we are flying directly into Rome from Atlanta on Delta, so may I suggest you look for direct flights from an east coast hub, as well? Our flight from Columbus, OH to Atlanta then Atlanta into Rome is--taxes and all, out the door--$502. Unbelievable, so we grabbed it last June.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 11:16 AM
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It's not expensive to get to/from Ciampino. A taxi is cheaper than from FCO. Also, you can get the Terravision bus which is less than 10 Euros. If you do a local bus plus metro, it's even cheaper from Ciampino.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 12:31 PM
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MelJ - the OP says that they are spending a few days in Paris first.

so all they have to do is get to Orly from, presumably, central paris.

I agree that crossing Paris from CDG to Orly is no picnic. [another thing the French have no word for!]

there's no reason why getting into central Rome from Ciampino should cost any more than from Fiumincino, as Willtravel says.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 12:32 PM
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I have flown from FCO to Orly with Vueling Air,it took 2 hours and was a direct flight.

Ciampino used to be Rome International Airport and is much closer to rome that FCO.

If you are traveling with your family is much cheaper to take a taxi that it will take you directly to your hotel.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded. This is truly the greatest way to answer your travel questions! About the Paris-Rome trip, I seem to remember the train trip being much shorter, though the last time I did this was in 1979, on a EuroPass, so perhaps it isn't smart to trust my memory alone.
Thanks again,
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Oct 31st, 2009, 01:05 PM
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If I remember from one of my previous trips that I have taken few years ago, Paris /Milan with the TGV,was over 7 hours..

I was going going to Milan, therefore it was worth for me taking taking the train..But you are going to Rome..Milan/Rome with the fast train is pretty close to 5 hours or more.
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Oct 31st, 2009, 01:43 PM
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We're going from Paris to either Venice or Rome next trip, and we are going by train because we love taking the train. In fact that's the main reason we are not taking a night train; we enjoy the passing scene. Our plan is either to take the train from Paris to Venice, spending some time in the north, or going from Paris to Milan, taking an overnight in the north, and then heading down to Rome and Amalfi Coast. For speed/directness the plane would of course be preferred.

I love these railway websites (German and then Italian systems):

http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/index.shtml

or http://trenitalia.com/
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