Night train from Milan to Paris

My husband and I will be traveling from Florence thru to Paris in early May of 2012. We are trying to decide whether to take the night train out of Milan (do a day of sightseeing in Milan) into Paris or to fly straight from Florence into Paris. Could use some advice on how the night trains are? Thanks!

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8637 posts

A new night train service called Thello began operation last month. For more information, visit this page on the Man in Seat 61 site. No budget airlines fly between Florence and Paris. Take the train directly to the Pisa airport and fly to Paris on easyJet.

Posted by Laura
Cottonwood Heights, USA
8 posts

Thanks Tim for the tips and links! Do you think it is worth the hassle (and night of hotel room savings) to take a night train?

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8637 posts

People seem to fall into one of two camps. Either they can't get a good night's sleep, wake up tired, and swear they'll never take one again. Or they sleep well and appreciate saving the cost of a hotel and having more daylight hours for sightseeing. (Even relatively short flights use up a fair number of daylight hours because of the time it takes to get to and from airports, go through security, etc.) My wife and I have taken one night train (Nice to Paris) and we'd certainly do it again. To save money, we shared a couchette with strangers. No problems. However, if money were no object, we'd have preferred to book a two-bed sleeper.