The frontage of Roma Termini station, the location of the taxi rank and bus station

How to travel from by train from the capital of France to Italy's equally magnificent capital city

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Paris to Roma / Rome by train

Travelling by train from Paris to Rome / Roma is compromised until summer 2024 due to the reconstruction of the route from France to Turin, as a consequence of a landslide.
Until then what are typically the longer, but more scenic, routes through Switzerland, are the only option for an end-to-end rail journey in a single day from Paris to Rome.

Hence when looking up the journey you will see a plethora of journey options - because there are multiple trains between Paris to Switzerland and on from Switzerland to Milano, where connections need to be made for Rome / Roma - as there are no direct trains from Switzerland to the capital of Italy.

What ShowMetheJourney has done is cherry pick from these journeys via Switzerland to highlight the options which don't also require a third connection between trains
So they are not the fastest combination of trains, but they are the easiest options - until the line to to Torino reopens.

When that route taken by the direct Paris to Italy trains does have a confirmed open date, and tickets come back on sale, the notes below, will then re-apply.


When the direct route re-opens:

How you travel from Paris to Roma by train depends on whether you set off from the French capital in the morning, or depart in the early afternoon.

Depart from Paris before 07:00 and one one of the two options available for the end-to-end journey involves taking the Italian Frecce train, which has been newly introduced to this route to Italy from Paris; and making a connection on to another Frecce train on to Roma in Milano Centrale station.

The early morning alternative route involves taking TGV train to Torino Porta Susa station and connecting there into a Frecce train on to Roma, and this option is also available when setting off from Paris in the early afternoon.

Travelling overnight isn't an option worth considering on this route, it's possible to depart Paris on the TGV train to Torino, which typically departs Paris at 14:43 and connecting into an InterCity Notte train on to Roma, but the transfer time is only 18 mins.
Therefore as it's a connection that can't be guaranteed, separate bookings for each train are required, so it's quite a gamble!

Routes you can take to go from Paris to Roma / Rome

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

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Via stations: Torino Porta Susa

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Via stations: Milano Centrale

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Via stations: Basel SBB/Bâle CFF and Milano Centrale

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Via stations: Genève/Geneva-Cornavin and Milano Centrale

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