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Travel entirely by day using a TGV from Paris to Italy, or opt for an overnight journey which starts with the Thello night train from Paris to northern Italy.
It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Rome. There is an overnight option, using the Thello night train from Paris to northern Italy, continuing to Rome the next day. Yet for those who prefer travelling entirely by day, the following journey works well.
There is a choice of two trains each day for the outbound journey from Paris to Rome. On the return there is just one train each day, getting back into Paris in the late evening. Changing trains at Turin Porta Susa gives the best timings in both directions.
Start your journey by boarding a high-speed TGV train from Paris to Turin. That train travels through Burgundy and the Alps, reaching Turin less than 5 hours after leaving Paris. In Turin you alight at Porta Susa station, from where there are connecting high-speed trains to Rome. Choose between an Italo or a Frecciarossa service. Both trains are very comfortable.
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 Rome
This 710-kilometre journey by train from Turin to Rome is almost entirely on state-of-the-art high-speed railway lines. Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa services leave a dozen times each day from Turin Porta Susa station for the journey to Rome. NTV Italo offer five departures a day on the same route. Note that tickets are not usually interchangeable between the two companies.
The fastest trains of both operators complete the journey in just four hours. Milan, Bologna and Florence are the main cities on this journey from Piedmont to the Italian capital. Upon arrival in Rome all trains first stop at Roma Tiburtina. Almost all then continue to Roma Termini.
The journey by train from Paris to Rome is easy. It is a journey that can be done entirely by day, but the following overnight option is also very useful.The direct night train from Paris to Rome has been axed from the schedules, so nowadays the key link in this journey is an overnight train that leaves the French capital every evening bound for Venice.
The night train’s first stop in Italy is Milan where you transfer to an early morning high-speed service direct to Rome. Instead of changing trains at Milan at the crack of dawn, you can also stay on the night train for another 2 hours to Verona or even another 3 hours to Padua, connecting in one of those cities onto a direct train to Rome. If you value your sleep and want to avoid that early morning change of train in Milan, just enter either ‘via Verona Porta Nuova’ or ‘via Padova’ in the booking tool above.
Whichever way you travel from Paris to Rome, bookings on this route normally open about four months prior to travel, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets.
Paris to Milan (night train)
The Thello overnight train from Paris to Milan departs from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. In the early hours, the train runs along the shore of Lake Geneva with – on a clear night – beautiful views of the Alps. There is a glorious moment in the morning when the train skirts the edge of Lake Maggiore.
There is just one scheduled stop in France (at Dijon) to pick up passengers, and no station stops on the overnight run across Switzerland. In the morning the train stops at Milan, before continuing to Verona, Padua and Venice.
Milan to Rome
All fast trains from Milan to Rome depart from Milan Centrale station. These include the premium Frecciarossa Trenitalia and the high-speed Italo services which run non-stop to Roma Termini in just under 3 hours. Some of these trains also serve Milan Rogoredo station.
Upon arrival in Rome, passengers can alight at Tiburtina or Termini stations. Most trains serve both stations; a small number stop at only one of the two. Whichever departure or arrival stations you choose, the journey from Milan to Rome offers a chance to experience European high-speed rail travel at its very best – and that applies equally to the NTV Italo and the Trenitalia services on this key route.
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