Cheapest way to get from Paris to Venice
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jun 28, 2008 1:30 PM Last Post By: BpGuruagain
Jun 22, 2008 6:00 PM
Jun 22, 2008 11:47 PM
1I don't know the cheapest way, nor does anyone else for that matter, because low cost flights vary in price according to date, time of day and how much you book in advance. So you'll have to do your own homework on that one.
Eurolines bus service does that journey for €69 single (€63 if you're under 26).
For air fares, use these two websites:
Don't forget to add on the cost of transfers to and from the airports, plus any supplements for luggage, etc; etc.
Jun 23, 2008 9:15 AM
2If you want to save the cost of a night in a hotel, you can take a direct night train from Paris to Venice. Booked far enough in advance (up to three months allowed) at www.voyages-sncf.com, you can get a Prem's fare of €35 for a bunk in a six-person couchette or €55 for a bunk in a four-person couchette. (It's well worth spending a little more for the extra space and comfort.) Standard fares are a fair amount higher. There are also sleepers with beds for even a bit more money. For a description of the Paris-Venice night train with photos of the sleeping accommodations, go here.
Jun 23, 2008 9:57 AM
3Looking at what qwovadis is suggesting re the train through the Alps and what timothy is suggesting re a night train, you have to ask whether the OP is making this trip as part of his/her travels or just wants to get from A to B to do a job.
It actually illustrates an often seen thing here on the TT. So often 'cheap' is such a priority that you wonder why people bother travelling. I mean how often have you seen a post here saying, 'What's the best way to get from Paris to Venice? How long should I take doing it, where should I stop along the way, what is the most scenic route, etc. etc.
It always seems to be 'what's the cheapest way.'
The OP says s/he is planning a trip in September. I would take that as meaning this is for pleasure not business. That being the case, how can anyone make a case for missing out on the Alps enroute as a night train would do.
So my advice arianah is to keep cheap in mind but not at the expense of what is worth doing.
Jun 24, 2008 9:43 AM
4The Man in Seat 61 makes a pretty good case for taking the Paris-Venice night train. Saving the cost of a night in a hotel is not the only reason to take a night train. A person also has more daylight hours for on-one's-feet sightseeing because one avoids the time and expense of getting to and from airports. However, taking the Cisalpino during the day is certainly worth doing for its own sake, I'm sure. I know that I'd love to take that ride!
Jun 24, 2008 12:10 PM
5I'm not trying to suggest that people should never take a night train timothy. If you have done the journey several times, spent weeks in the Alps on other trips etc. then seeing them from a day train might not be such a big deal for someone.
But there does seem to be a lot of first time travellers who think 'cheap' is the prime criteria in deciding what to do. That I think is the wrong way to approach decisions about travel. The first criteria in my opinion has to be about what I want to see and do on my trip. If I don't care to see the Alps then yes a night train could be a good idea provided that comfort is also not a prime consideration. I'd rather sleep in a real bed.
My objection is about the weight that the cost factor is given in the equation. There is no point in an art lover going to Paris but not being willing to spend the cost of a ticket to the Louvre.
Jun 24, 2008 12:20 PM
6Surely it's up to the OP to decide? After all, we're not dealing with nursery school kids here.
Obviously, if seeing the Alps is a priority he'll take the day train - if cheapness or speed (because of limited time) is his priority he'll take the night one.
And full marks to those who present him with the alternatives!
As for 'an art lover going to Paris but not being willing to spend the cost of a ticket to the Louvre.' - the shrewd but impecunious traveller will so arrange his visit as to be there on the day there's free entry.
Jun 25, 2008 1:58 AM
7Cheapest way from Paris to Venice is by EUROBUS. Check with French Tourism Office
the contact address of EUROBUS and inquire if other bus companies operate. If you take a day bus, you can see the surroundings on the way. Pleasant stopovers for lunch and dinner are relaxing and gives a possibility to meet other passengers. If it is a night bus,
it is safe (unlike the night trains in Italy). Arriving in Venice night time has the disadvantage
of meeting the difficulty of finding a hotel room.
The next cheapest alternative is the train. Sleeping cars are the safest (but mostly their windows are sealed, which is a problem for many), couchettes sometimes do not have
locks on the compartment doors and are not always safe. Day trains are more enjoyable
and one can see the surroundings while travelling.
Author of THE SECOND VENICE, STOCKHOLM STORIES, SMALL MIRACLES, WISDOM IN SMILE, LIGHTNING AND A BOUQUET OF ROSES
Jun 28, 2008 3:27 AM
Jun 28, 2008 6:40 AM
Jun 28, 2008 6:56 AM
10'it's easy to arrange all your travel around one free day a month.'
My information is one free day a week (Monday). Has it now changed?
Oh yes, I see it +has' - merde!
Still, according to the louvre's own website, certain people can have free admission, as follows: -
Free Admission to the Louvre
Admission to the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix is free for the following (valid ID required):
Visitors under the age of 18
Unemployed individuals and visitors receiving benefits (proof of entitlement required, dated within the last six months)
Disabled visitors and their guests or helpers
Teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts (valid proof required)
Artists affiliated to the Maison des Artistes (in France) or the AIAP (Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques)
A list of acceptable proofs of entitlement is available at the museum from the Information Desk (under the Pyramid).
Free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14.
People under the age of 26 can also get in free every Friday evening between 6.00pm and 9.45pm.
Edited by: GoldenOldie
Jun 28, 2008 9:15 AM
Jun 28, 2008 10:16 AM
Jun 28, 2008 1:30 PM
13Silly answer. Visiting the Louvre is not the point of either the post or the point I was making about 'cheap' as a prime criteria. You continually avoid the point Oldie and quote things out of context. Is it that you don't get it or that you just like to find little things to nit pick about?
Try responding to all of what I wrote, " Who cares who can visit the Louvre free. It's an EXAMPLE, not a point to be debated. The point is that cheap should not always be the prime criteria.", if you feel the need to respond at all, otherwise don't respond to what I write. Out of context quotes are pathetic.
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