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Rothenburg Germany to Paris

We need to get from Rothenburg to Paris within 24 hours....what is the best way to get there...having a hard time finding trains that work that route.
thanks! Marilyn

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What about going to either Munich or Frankfurt -- and then catching a quick commuter flight? There are some very cheap options that way.

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do you know how far it is from Stuttgart to Rothenburg and if we could rent a car...guess there is an overnight train from stuttgart to paris...but want to rent a car just for the day...is that a bad idea?

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There is a rail connection from Rothenburg to Stuttgart every hour. It take 3-4 hours. If you use a Bayern-Ticket and a Baden-Württemberg-Ticket it will cost €54 total for all (up to five) of you.

That train can be booked from Nachtzugreise, but apparently not online. Call them at 011 49 1805 14 15 14.

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By "That train" I mean the night train from Stuttgart to Paris.

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i thought it was only about 75 miles from the ancient city of Rothenburg to Stuttgart....the 4-hour train ride is confusing me...thanks

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According to Michelin's website, the shortest distance from Rothenburg to Stuttgart is 124 km which is about 77 miles. By that route they say the travel time is 2:34. There is a faster route (1 hour 32 minutes) but it is about 90 miles.

There is a 2:47 minute connection at 17:06, but that uses an IC, so you can't use the Ländertickets. And that train gets to Stuttgart at 19:53, so you would have a long wait for your night train at about 23:30.

There is also a 2 hr 46 minute connection getting into Stuttgart at 21:18, but it used a bus for the first leg. I assumed you wouldn't want to take the bus, so I set the modes of transport for regional trains only. With that setting there were 2 trains before 23:00, one took 3:12; the other took 3:47. I just approximated that at 3-4 hours.

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Why does the train take so long. First, when they built that ancient city of Rothenburg, they didn't give much thought as to future rail lines and how people might get to Stuttgart, so Rothenburg to Stuttgart is not very direct. You have to first go to Steinach, which is directly east of Rothenburg (Stuttgart is to the west). Then you have train changes again in Würzburg or Ansbach. Finally, these are regional trains; they make a lot of stops.

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Renting a car to drive from Stuttgart is always a good idea. Alternatively from Rothenburg take the train to Nuremberg (90mins ride) and then an Air Berlin low cost flight to Paris (www.airberlin.com). From Stuttgart there are a few high-speed train connections to Paris. Journey time is 4 hours only.

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We are going from Paris to Rothenburg on our upcoming trip in about a week and a half. You can get between the two by train with a travel time of about 7:30. There are some new high speed trains from Paris that start running right after we are making this journey that may cut down this time a little bit.

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What are the trains that run from Rothenburg to Paris...I'm having trouble getting a good answer on the raileurope website.

Thanks!

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As Dan said there will be a high speed train soon.

Currently, the best route would be taking the train that leaves Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bahnhof @ 06:57 and arrives Paris Gare du Nord @ 16:05. It does not run on week-ends - click days of operations. Duration is 9 hours 8 mins.

You change at Steinach & Wurzburg & Koln (Cologne)at Koln you take the Thayls which is a fast train and you must have seat reservations.

Steinach & Wurzburg are small stations.

Once you have decided which train you want - print out the details.

That way you will know all your stops, arrival platforms and departure platforms.

Familiarize yourself with this Die Band site.

Enter from: Rothenburg ob der Tauber to: Paris.
Change the date ahead a few days, change the time time 06:00 click Search Connection, enter an age for travelers..click Search Connection again.

You can click Later as many times as you want to see later trains.

You can hover over the Station Stop of the trains.

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I just took a look at www.bahn.de to look at the trips from Rothenburg to Paris. If you look for after June 10, there are some options that are more in the 7-8 hour range for time of travel. This is with the new high speed train service I mentioned earlier.