Paris - Rome, train or plane?


Oct 7th, 2013, 05:20 PM
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Paris - Rome, train or plane?

I've got to go from Paris to Rome in April 2014.
I've decided to either fly or catch a train.
The train option would be a TGV to Milan, and then and Italo train to Rome.
If I went on a plane, I would fly with Vueling.
The train is 10ish hours, and the plane is only 2.

Price isn't really an issue, so I am just wondering what the nicer option.
I would rather catch a train as I think it would be more enjoyable, but I need some other people's opinion.

Thanks, Ed.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 06:47 PM
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For me train travel wears thin after a few hours. I would fly.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 07:47 PM
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Definitely fly so you can enjoy Rome more.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 07:49 PM
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If you take the night train you save a night in a hotel and you arrive in Rome for a late breakfast. See - currently departures are at 7:14PM and arrival in Rome is at 10:20AM. It's too early to see timetables for your travel month, but it will give you an idea. The sleeping options range from a bunk in a shared cabin of six to a private single-bed cabin, and several in-betweens.

The plane trip will take you a lot longer than 2 hours from the time you are heading out to the airport to the time you arrive in the center of Rome.

There are many more options than Vueling - use with a date in the next couple of months, just to get an idea, and check again for real by about January or February or March for your dates.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 11:06 PM
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Paris-Milan by TGV is a nice scenic run - see the video I took a year or two ago,

Book at from just €29 (from €35 in 1st class).

Then book Milan-Rome by Italo at from around €30 - see video at

You can go Paris-Milan-Rome in a single day, or break up the trip a bit by staying overnight in Milan or Turin (the latter being one of Italy's moist under-rated cities, even if you're not a fan of the 1969 Michael Caine film "The Italian Job" - why not spend the morning there?)

If you choose to take the 14:41 TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon and stay over in Turin, you can have lunch at the amazing train Bleu restaurant inside the Gare de Lyon before boarding your train, - set 3-course lunch with half bottle of wine €56. They'll put your luggage in their cloakroom while you eat, they're used to that being at a station!
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Oct 7th, 2013, 11:33 PM
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If you reserve on Air France well in advance the price is not so bad and travel more civilized than on low cost airlines.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 11:49 PM
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Wow, I'm amazed that the man in seat 61 replied to me.
I've watched a few of your videos.

I've looked at flights and Vueling seems the cheapest. I don't want to go on the Thello,
so my only option is Flight or TGV + Italo. I'm leaning towards a flight at the moment.
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Oct 8th, 2013, 02:56 AM
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We recently took a flight from London to Nice. The flight was 1.5hrs but we were required to be at the airport 2 hours prior, plus 1.5hrs to get from our hotel to Gatwick airport, plus bus from the airport to central Nice.

I know that your journey is different but just factor all the extra time needed with flying. I'd prefer the train myself. Much less stressful and more enjoyable. And it's more environmentally friendly as well.
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Oct 8th, 2013, 04:08 AM
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I agree, generally trains are much less stressful.
BUT, there are no customs/passport control between france and Italy, so it could be easier.

Unless something REALLY compells me to Train, I think I'll just take a flight.
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