Fastest journey11hr 34m
It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Naples. There is an overnight option, using the Thello night train from Paris to northern Italy and continuing the following morning on a daytime train to Naples. Yet many travellers prefer doing the journey entirely by day, using the following route.
You have a choice of two trains each day for the outbound journey from Paris to Naples. On the return there is just one train each day, which gets back to Paris in the late evening. Changing trains at Turin Porta Susa gives the best timings in both directions.
The journey starts by boarding a high-speed TGV from Paris to Turin. That train sweeps through Burgundy and the Alps, reaching Turin less than 5 hours after leaving Paris. In Turin, you join a high-speed train to Naples. This journey from Turin to Naples is on either an Italo or a Frecciarossa service. Both trains offer very high levels of comfort.
Bookings for this journey normally open four months in advance, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets.
Paris to Turin
Fast TGV trains leave the Gare de Lyon in Paris three times each day for Turin. These direct services speed south from the French capital, cutting through Burgundy to reach Lyon, their first stop. After that, the pace slows as the terrain becomes more mountainous. All trains on this route stop at Chambéry and Modane before entering Italy, where the train makes two stops at Bardoneccia and Oulx.
Upon arrival in Turin, the high-speed trains from Paris stop at Porta Susa station, an easy 10-minute walk west of the city centre. Porto Susa affords an excellent range of onward connections - including high-speed services to Florence and Rome, as well as direct trains to Verona and Venice. The TGV from Paris continues beyond Turin Porta Susa to Milan, dawdling rather than dashing on the final leg of its long journey from Paris.
Turin to Naples
This 940-kilometre journey is almost entirely on state-of-the-art high-speed railway lines. Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa services leave three to five times each day from Turin Porta Susa station, taking 5 hrs 30 mins for the journey to Naples Centrale. NTV Italo offer three departures a day on the same route. Note that tickets are not usually interchangeable between the two companies. Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome are the main cities on this journey from Piedmont to Campania.