France & Italy by train

Rail tour from Paris to Rome

14 to 21 day Italy & France tour

Travel to: Paris, Lyon, Nice, optional daytrip to Monaco , Genoa, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Rome.

To start your journey through Italy and France, get acquainted with the dazzling streets of Paris. Then get on board the trains in France, and watch countryside flash past on your way to Lyon. Let this old city enchant you and taste the wonders of this gastronomic capital. Move south to Nice, where the sun is always shining and take an optional day trip by train over to royal Monaco. Over the border, hop on board the trains in Italy, which will take you to the impressive port of Genoa and onto the majestic coastline of Cinque Terre. Stop over with the train to Pisa, Italy’s crooked gem, and finish up in historic Rome.

This trip is perfect for you if you love:
Fabulous food, sunny weather, history & coast

Type of traveler
This Italy & France tour is suitable for everyone! For families & seniors, we recommend you choose a slightly slower travel pace when you configure your trip.

What’s included in the price

All you need to travel swiftly by train:

  • Train tickets (Eurail / Interrail Pass, learn more)
  • Reserved seats for your trains
  • Itinerary summary detailing your trip & documentation
  • Handling, printing and shipping

No additional fees or taxes.
Hotels and sightseeing are not included.




  • Prices include all rail tickets for 1 adult
  • Huge discounts for children!
  • Free shipping of your train tickets
  • No additional fees or taxes
  • Free cancellation within 72 hours

Destinations in this Italy & France tour

Travel to the following cities and experience all things fabulously French and impressively Italian. You can find our recommended hotels and sightseeing on the destination pages.

Eiffel tower, Paris, FranceParis
Elegant culture – Artistic ambience – Monumental history

Paris info | Hotels in Paris


Lyon, FranceLyon
Gastronomic capital of France – River views – Rich historical center
 
Lyon info | Hotels in Lyon


Nice, FranceNice
Sun-soaked beachside – Eternally entertaining – Colorful art museums
 
Nice info | Hotels in Nice


MonacoMonaco (optional)
Seaside luxury – Glamorous society – Exciting atmosphere

Monaco info


Genoa, ItalyGenoa
Bustling port city – Historic monuments – Elegant coastline
Genoa Info | Hotels in Genoa


Cinque Terre, ItalyCinque Terre
UNESCO heritage site – Unique coastline – Stunning views
Cinque Terre info | Hotels in Cinque Terre


Pisa, ItalyPisa
Intriguing architecture – Charming academic atmosphere
 
Pisa info | Hotels in Pisa


Vatican, Rome, ItalyRome
Timeline of history – Feast of Roman art – Infamous cuisine
 
Rome info | Hotels in Rome

Your Italy & France tour by train:

Travel by train from Paris to Lyon

Departure station: Paris Gare de Lyon
Arrival station: Lyon Part Dieu
Duration: 2 hours approximately
Type of train: TGV Direct. High Speed Train
Facilities on board:
1st class:
Access to lounges at the station in the following cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Rennes, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lyon Part Dieu and Lille Flandres.
Free newspapers, magazines and drinks at your disposal.
Free WiFi in the lounges and at the station.
Welcome drink and snack on board.
Possibility to order a cold meal at your seat (payable on board).
Extra comfortable and spacious seats with extra legroom.
Power points at your seat.

2nd class
Payable WiFi service on some services, available to all customers.
Bright carriages.
Comfortable travel for families.

Travel by train from Lyon to Nice

Departure station: Lyon Part Dieu
Arrival station: Nice Ville
Duration: 6 to 7 hours approximately
Number of changes: 1 (in Marseille)
Type of train: TGV Direct. High Speed Train and SNCF Regional train
Route description:
1. From Lyon to Marseille: Traveling on TGV trains
2. From Marseille to Nice: Traveling on TER regional trains.
Facilities on board TGV:
1st class:
Access to lounges at the station in the following cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Rennes, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lyon Part Dieu and Lille Flandres
Free newspapers, magazines and drinks at your disposal
Free WiFi in the lounges and at the station
Welcome drink and snack on board
Possibility to order a cold meal at your seat (payable on board)
Extra comfortable and spacious seats with extra legroom
Power points at your seat

2nd class
Payable WiFi service on some services, available to all customers.
Bright carriages
Comfortable travel for families

Facilities on TER regional trains:
With fewer facilities on board, they provide you however the opportunity to enjoy the local culture while travelling. Travel time is the same as TGV trains, the main difference is that TER trains don't take reservations.

Travel by train from Nice to Monaco

Departure station: Nice Ville
Arrival station: Monaco - Monte Carlo
Duration: 20 minutes approximately
Type of train: TER, Regional Intercity
Included ticket: Point to point ticket, to be purchased at the train station in Nice Ville. The price for a return ticket is € 7,00.
How to get there? In the morning, go to the train station Nice Ville and hop on the first train that heads to Monaco Monte Carlo. The journey will take 20 minutes approximately and you will witness the natural beauty of the French Riviera from your train window.
When to go? Our advice is that you catch one of the earliest trains in the morning and return to Nice when the sun goes down, in order to make sure that you make the most of the experience. Trains between these two cities run regularly, so you will have enough train connections throughout the whole day.
Important: The reason why you need to purchase a point to point ticket at the train station is due to the fact that there are no travel days left on your pass, but we didn't want to miss the opportunity to recommend going there on a day trip. It's definitely worth it! Therefore, this is an optional day trip, which means that you can either choose to visit Monaco or rather stay and enjoy one more full day in Nice. The choice is yours.

Travel by train from Nice to Genoa

Departure station: Nice Ville
Arrival station: Genova Piazza Principe
Duration: 4 hours approximately.
Number of changes: 1 (in Ventimiglia)
Type of train: Regional trains (no reservations needed).
Route description:

  1. From Nice to Ventimiglia: Take a regional intercity train from the train station Nice Ville and get off at Ventimiglia, a small Italian town situated at the border between Italy and France. The total train ride lasts less than an hour. These trains don't require any reservation, so you could choose the departure time yourself. Just hop on the first train which schedule matches your travel plans best, take a seat and enjoy the journey. We recommend leaving Nice early in the morning though, in order to make sure that you make the most of your travel day!
  2. From Ventimiglia to Genova: The time you travel from Ventimiglia on to Genova depends on your arrival time in Ventimiglia. This train takes no reservations and the train ride takes 2.5 hours approximately.

Important: Please keep in mind that you will have to change trains once, so make sure that you check the train schedules and plan your journey beforehand, at least one day before departure.

Travel by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre

Departure station: Genova Piazza Principe
Arrival station: La Spezia Centrale
Duration: 1.5 hours approximately
Type of train: Intercity train (reservation required)
Important: In order to get to Cinque Terre, you will have to change trains in La Spezia Centrale. This town could also be your home base during your Cinque Terre adventure.

Once you arrive in La Spezia, you could go to Cinque Terre straight away on the same day and use your train pass for that. If your accommodation is located in La Spezia, there are left luggage facilities at the station, where you can leave your belongings until your return.

However, if you prefer to take a rest first in La Spezia and visit the ‘five lands’ on the next day, please purchase a train ticket at the train station in La Spezia, and pick a village as a start. Price: €2 – 3
Every village is indicated with a big sign at the train station, so you won’t miss it!
The train ride will take 15 minutes at the most.

Travel by train from La Spezia to Pisa

Departure station: La Spezia Centrale
Arrival station: Pisa Centrale
Duration: 1 hour approximately
Type of train: Intercity train (reservation required)

Travel by train from Pisa to Rome

Departure station: Pisa Centrale
Arrival station: Roma Termini.
Duration: 3 hours approximately
Number of changes: 1 (in Florence)
Type of train: Le Frecce High Speed Train and Trenitalia Regional train.
Facilities on board High Speed trains:

  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant/bistro
  • Bar
  • WiFi Internet
  • Power sockets

Facilities on Trenitalia regional trains:
With fewer facilities on board, they provide you however the opportunity to enjoy the local culture while traveling.

Route description:
1. From Pisa to Florence: Traveling on regional trains (no reservation).
2. From Florence to Rome: Traveling on High Speed trains (reservation needed).

We have made sure that there is room for you to visit the capital city of the Tuscany region, Florence, before you head on to the final destination of this trip: Rome.

How to get there? In the morning, go to the train station Pisa Centrale and hop on the first train that heads to Firenze S.M.N.. The journey will take one hour approximately and you will witness the natural beauty of the Italian countryside from your train window.

When to go? Our advice is that you catch one of the earliest trains in the morning and continue your journey to Rome when the sun goes down, in order to make sure that you make the most of the experience and your day! Trains between Pisa and Florence run regularly, so you will have enough train connections throughout the whole day. This train ride takes no reservations, which means that you don’t need a separate ticket for this journey; just hop on and choose your spot. And do not forget to carry your pass with you and fill out the travel date!

Important: Spending the day in Florence on your way to Rome is optional. You could also choose to immediately change trains in Florence upon arrival at the train station and travel on to Rome, directly. If this is your wish, please let us know and we will arrange the train seat reservations  from Florence to Rome earlier in the day.


Practical info about this trip

There are two main airports in Paris: Orly (ORY) and Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

How to get from Paris Orly to the city centre?:

  • By bus/airport shuttle Air France (available for passengers of any airline). Buy your ticket online here.
  • By taxi: price between €40 - 50 approximately.

How to get from Paris Charles de Gaulle to the city centre?:

  • By train: The easiest and cheapest way to get into the centre of Paris. Take: RER B (blue) train line from terminals 2 and 3. Heading in the direction of: Robinson, Antony or St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse. Tickets one way: €9.25. You can buy the tickets from one of the blue ticket machines (not yellow machines, as they sell only TGV tickets) or from a rail agent in a booth. Journey time: 50 minutes approximately. The train will stop at the main train stations in Paris such as Gare du Nord.
  • By bus/Roissybus: They run every 15 to 20 minutes daily. Tickets one way: €9.25. You can buy the tickets on the bus; paying with cash is the only payment method accepted. Journey time: Up to an hour.
  • Night buses (N140 and N143): run 7 days a week. Tickets one way: €5.70. You can buy the tickets on the bus.
  • By bus/airport shuttle Air France (available for passengers of any airline). Buy your ticket online here.
  • By taxi: price around € 50 approximately.

 

The main airport in Rome is Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (better known as Fiumicino):

Travelers on intercontinental flights will arrive at / leave from this airport, situated 30 km away from the city.

How to get to the city centre from Fiumicino and back:

By bus/ private shuttle:
Airport Connection Services (Shuttle Bus): It will take you directly from Fiumicino Airport to the city centre. Price: From € 27 For more information, see here.

Airport Shuttle. Transfers to/from your hotel, quick and easy.
Price: €25/one person; + €6 for each additional passenger. Max. number of passengers: 8 For more information, see here.

Regular Public Buses:
SIT: Connections (from Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini (central train station) Price: Tickets available on the bus. For more information, see here.

By taxi:
Single ride: €48 aprox. Tip: Try to catch a ‘Comune di Roma’ taxi, as the taxis registered at Fiumicino Airport are more expensive.

FAQ about this trip

Yes you can! Modify your trip by filling out the form on this page.

Our trips can start on any date, all year round! The price is the same, regardless of when you leave or how long you stay in each city, because we use a rail pass for your train travels. You can pick the start date of your choice on the checkout step after clicking "Book Trip".

All you need to travel swiftly by train:

  • Train tickets (Eurail / Interrail Pass, learn more)
  • Reserved seats for your trains
  • Itinerary summary detailing your trip & documentation
  • Handling, printing and shipping

No additional fees or taxes.
Hotels and sightseeing are not included.

That's up to you! All our trips are customizable in length. We make a recommendation for the number of nights in each city, but you are free to stay longer if you like. You can choose how long you would like to stay in each city on the booking page, after you click "Book Trip".

This trip is only available in first class.

Many Eurail passes for adults are only available in first class and that is the reason why this trip is not being offered in 2nd class.

Travel first class for more space and comfort. First class may also include more amenities than second class (for example, a welcome drink). This will depend on the type of train and railway company.

All our tours are independent tours. This means that you will travel by yourself, without a tour guide. To help you plan your trip, we provide many sightseeing tips for the cities included in our trips. Go to our destination overview page to find links to the cities and the sightseeing. Sightseeing can be booked via our partner Viator. They also offer many guided tours.
To help you book your hotel, we have listed hotels in 3 price categories for you in each of the cities included in our trips. Hotels are selected based on great ratings, good location and a good price. You can find these recommendations by going to the city pages via our destinations page. You can book hotels via our partner booking.com. Just click on the link on the city page.
To make your travel as convenient as possible, we have planned for you to use the best train connections available. We will book your trains after your order has been paid and therefore we cannot confirm times yet. We will book your trains (where possible) in the morning. In the booking process, you can choose whether you would like to leave as early as possible to make the most of your day, or whether you would like to have a relaxed breakfast and leave afterwards. If you have questions about the travel times, please let us know, we are happy to help. You can find the travel durations in the "trip itinerary" section of this trip page.

Why travel with a rail pass?

We want to help you travel through Europe in the easiest, and most enjoyable way possible. This is why we organize for you to travel with a Eurail pass. This rail pass allows you to cover vast distances and multiple destinations with only one ticket.Read more about travel with a Eurail pass here.

Freedom & flexibility

Stay flexible for certain parts of your journey. For example, plan spontaneuous day trips.

Save costs

By offering you a train pass, we are able to bring you trips at an attractive price. And our prices are fixed throughout the year!

Added benefits

You will receive a guide where you can find added extras, such as discounts on local transport and sightseeing.

Do you like our train travel holiday concept, but you are looking for different destinations than we currently offer? Our custom trip research team might be able to help you! Read more about our train trip modification service.