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Venice to Paris by day train.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Venice to Paris by day train.


My partner and I will be traveling from Australia in August and doing a Mediterranean cruise and then traveling from Rome to Venice for a two night stay. We have 3 days then before we fly home. We want to catch a train from Venice to Paris and stay at least 2 nights in Paris. Can anyone advise what is the best way to do this by train and get to see the best scenery? Also if we should break the trip and have a stop over part the way to Paris.

I look forward to any feedback.

Lido di Venezia...
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1. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

Are you sure you have enough time to do all that? Two nights in Venice isn't really very much, travelling to Paris by train will take an entire day and you couldn't do any intermediate stop if you want to spend two nights in Paris.

Personally, I'd spend more time in Venice and, if you really want to have a glimpse of what Paris is like, go there from Venice by plane.

In any case, there are three TGVs (high speed French trains) every day from Milan to Paris, which leave from Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station at 06:00 am, 08:50 am and 4:10 pm. Only the third one is good if coming from Venice.

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2. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

Thanks very much for your reply.

Imperia, Italy
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3. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

From Venice to Paris by day train, it may be better to change trains in Turin where your trains arrive and depart in the same station (Torino Porta Susa).

To get the 17.35 from Turin to Paris (this is the same train as the 16.10 from Milan) you can take a direct train to Torino Porta Susa from Venezia S Lucia at 11.32, or leave at 12.50 and have one level change of train in Milano Centrale to reach Turin (instead of going down to the Metro of you are heading for Milano Porta Garibaldi).

Alternatively, have an overnight in Turin with its many tourist attractions., and departures most days at 7.39, 10.15 and 17.35 for Paris taking under six hours.

Or take a cheap flight direct from Venice to Paris.

Edited: 7:16 am, October 27, 2013
Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

Thanks for your post Perlizia, might be best to do the overnight in Turin. Can you advise if the scenery on this trip is worth while or would it be best to simply fly?

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5. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

the fast trains are in tunnels which is not good for scenery

if you have to go to Milan then continue to Tirano and go on the Bernina Express

heading to Zurich and then fast train to Paris

will have to spend a night somewhere


Imperia, Italy
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6. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

The percentage of the overall journey that the fast trains between Venice and Paris spend in tunnels is tiny -massively under 1%. However on the journey through the Alps between Turin and Chambery the line does run mainly along the bottom of deep valleys (and through some tunnels), affording pleasant views but only glimpses of mountain tops.

Certainly the views from the Bernina Express are very much superior. But they come at the expense of a journey time which is twice as long.

Total centre to centre travel time from Venice to Paris by air including transfers and airport waiting times is likely to be nearly six hours, several hours less than the time taken by fast trains. It may also be cheaper if your baggage fits EasyJet limits. And the views from the plane could be excellent if you have a daylight window seat and there is no cloud. Only you can say what you'd prefer!

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7. Re: Venice to Paris by day train.

OPTION 1, fastest, cheapest:

1) Travel from Venice Santa Lucia to Turin Porta Susa in 4h10 from €29 booked at www.trenitalia.com. Trains run every hour from Venice to Milan, with many extending to Turin. It's ticketless, you just quote the booking number on board.

2) Travel from Turin Porta Susa to Paris Gare de Lyon by French TGV in 5h30 through pretty scenery, from €29 at www.capitainetrain.com. You print your own ticket. Google for Video Train Paris to Milan and you'll find various videos showcasing the scenery.

TGV trains leave Turin Porta Susa at 07:46, 10:15 & 17:35 arriving Paris at 13:24, 16:11 & 23:19 respectively. It's up to you whether you connect the same day or do an overnight in Turin (but Turin is well worth a look-round for a morning or afternoon or longer).

OPTION 2, the most amazingly scenic option:

1) Travel from Venice Santa Lucia to Milan Centrale by a very early morning train in 2h35 from €19 at www.trenitalia.com

2) 10:20 local train from Milan Centrale to Tirano arriving 12:50, fare €11, buy at the station, no reservation possible or necessary. Time for a beer and sandwich at Margy's Bar across the road.

3) Take the 14:02 Bernina Express from Tirano to Chur, and intercity train on to Zurich arriving around 19:53. Book at www.rhb.ch Overnight hotel in Zurich (or in Chur if you like). The Bernina route is arguably THE best train ride (or any type of ride) through the Swiss Alps. Fabulous.

4) Travel from Zurich to Paris in 4h05 by TGV from €25 pre-booked at www.sbb.ch or www.capitainetrain.com with print-at-home tickets. There's a range of departures daily.

OPTION 3, the medium scenery/time option...

1) Travel from Venice to Milan from €19 in 2h35, www.trenitalia.com

2) Travel from Milan to Zurich from €22 in 3h45 through the scenic Gotthard Pass, book at www.italiarail.com (in fact,. you can book Venice to Zurich as one transaction). Allow at least 1 hour in Zurich for connection in case of any delay.

3) Travel from Zurich to Paris in 4h05 by TGV from €25 pre-booked at www.sbb.ch or www.capitainetrain.com with print-at-home tickets. Range of departures daily.

Up to you if you overnight in Zurich or anywhere else in Switzerland.

Edited: 3:54 am, November 01, 2013
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