37 Best Day Trips from Paris by Train to Other Countries & France

Ah, Paris—the City of Lights and Love. A dream destination for many travelers. Yet, amidst its undeniable charm of iconic spots, hidden gems, and impressive views, sometimes you need a break from the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city.

What if I told you that Paris hosts one of the fastest trains in the world, and it can bring you to different cities in France and even countries in just a few hours?

I have traveled around Europe four times, and I am always amazed at how quickly I can reach different countries on the train.

Paris is one of those excellent starting points for day trips around France and to different countries such as Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, and more.

In this guide, I will share the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries and some of the beautiful cities and towns in France, plus the duration* of each train ride.

I will also give you a detailed guide on how to take the train from Paris and some important tips for your day trip.

*Train duration is based on Google Maps on the earliest possible trip starting at 6 am. Don’t worry, most lines are until midnight so you don’t have to wake up super early!

Best Day Trips from Paris by Train to Other Countries

I love slow travel, where I can spend ample time in each country, city, or town to truly experience it. But sometimes, it’s not just possible to stay longer.

If you’re in Paris and would like to visit multiple countries in a short time, you’re in luck!

Thanks to the excellent train connectivity in Europe, there are many incredible day trips from Paris to other countries. Here are the best ones:

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 30min

Colorful waterfront scene in Amsterdam with vibrant flowers in the foreground, a bicycle leaning against a fence, and historic Dutch buildings. Amsterdam is a favorite for those seeking the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Amsterdam, Netherlands, one of the best day trips from Paris by train

How can you resist Amsterdam with its charming canals, world-class art, open-mindedness, and bike culture? 

I might be biased as I lived for so many years in this amazing city, but if you haven’t yet visited Amsterdam, please do so. You won’t regret it!

Amsterdam is a versatile city. It can offer history and culture in its more than 70 museums, leisure activities with its canal cruises and attractions, lots of things to do at night, and an open-minded vibe with the famous Red Light District.

Some of the things to do and see in the city are visiting the Anne Frank House, strolling through the city’s parks, visiting the Bloemenmarkt flower market, and admiring the paints of Van Gogh. 

For a unique experience, visit the Westerkerk Church, one of the best Instagram spots in Amsterdam for its panoramic views of the city.

Pro tip: Buy your train tickets in advance, plan your itinerary to make the most out of your trip, and consider renting a bike so you can visit more in less time. You can also see the best of Amsterdam in 2 hours on a bike tour!

Amsterdam is one of the best day trips from Paris by train that will make you come back!

By Simina of Travel with Simina

2. London, United Kingdom

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 33min

View of the iconic Tower Bridge in London under a clear blue sky, with a red sightseeing boat on the Thames River, often visited during the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
London, UK

With its red double-decker buses and fish chips, London is very different from Paris even though it is only about two hours away by train.

Once you arrive in London, take the tube to Waterloo. From there it is a short walk to iconic sights such as Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus.

After looking at the Eros statue at Piccadilly Circus, continue up Regent’s Street and Bond Street for a bit of shopping.

An alternative is to spend a day visiting the many excellent museums in London. The British Museum is so large you could spend a whole day there. Are you a Harry Potter fan? See the behind-the-scenes secrets of Harry Potter with this studio tour.

Before heading back to Paris it is worth exploring the area around St Pancras train station. In recent years the area has seen significant investment and Granary Square has many superb restaurants.

One such place is the Indian restaurant Dishoom. You can spot it in the long queue outside.

Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations are good starting points for exploring the rest of the UK. You can even take the train from here to small towns in Scotland, such as Arisaig!

By Kristin of Scotland Less Explored

3. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 17min

Aerial view of Luxembourg City's historic architecture with a spire church, terraced buildings, and tree-covered hills. Luxembourg is one of the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Luxembourg City

Luxembourg is one of the most unique day trips from Paris by train to other countries.

What makes a day trip to Luxembourg so appealing is that you don’t just visit a city in one day, you can visit the whole country.

Luxembourg is so small that you only need a few hours in Luxembourg City to see the sights. The main sights in Luxembourg City are the Palais Grand-Ducal, Constitution Square, and the Bock Casemates. 

Personally, it took me about 2 hours to walk around and see everything there was to see. The rest of the time can be spent going to one of Luxembourg’s castles. You can also see the best of Luxembourg on an e-bike!

Public transport is free in Luxembourg (one of the reasons I don’t consider Luxembourg expensive to visit) so you can go to the castles completely free of charge.

Vianden Castle is the most popular one to visit and it’s the best too. The views are unbelievable and the castle is so well-preserved. 

But make sure you are back in Luxembourg City in time for your train back to Paris. It also takes just over 2 hours for a direct return.

The city also has the best restaurants in the country where you can eat before taking the train back. Grund is a nice part of Luxembourg with pretty houses and nice restaurants. 

By Josh of A Backpacker’s World

4. Zurich, Switzerland

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 20min

A boat cruising on the Limmat river with the St. Peter church spire in the background, in Zurich, accessible from Paris by train for a day trip.
Want to a Swiss City? It’s possible with a day trip from Paris by train!

Why travel from one of the world’s most expensive cities to another for just a day trip? The answer is simple – it’s Switzerland, particularly Zurich. This city has a fairytale-like quality that is hard to resist.

During my visit to Zurich, I was completely captivated by its vibrant energy and picturesque charm.

Walking through Zurich’s Altstadt (Old Town) feels like stepping into a storybook. The narrow lanes are lined with pastel-colored houses, quaint squares, and drinkable fountains, all set against the backdrop of elegant homes by the river.

Zurich is the epitome of slow travel at its finest. Don’t miss Lindenhof, a serene hilltop with panoramic city views. It also has a perfect spot to relax, read some slow travel inspirations, or even play a game of chess.

Nearby, you’ll find St. Peter’s Church – Zurich’s oldest church, known for having the largest tower clock face in Europe. Continue your walk to the church of Grossmunster – one of Zurich’s landmarks with its twin towers.

If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, a hike to Uetliberg mountain provides breathtaking views of Zurich and its lake, capping off an unforgettable day trip to Switzerland’s enchanting city.

If you decide to stay longer in Switzerland, head to Lucerne, my favorite city in Switzerland.

By Gladis of Happiness on the Way

5. Bruges, Belgium

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 30min

Canal in Bruges with traditional Belgian buildings and the spire of the Church of Our Lady under a sunny sky. Bruges is one of the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Bruges, Belgium

Another one of the best day trips from Paris by train is the fairytale city of Bruges in Belgium. 

With its unique blend of history and romance, Bruges will transport you to a world of cobblestone streets, picturesque canals, and captivating architecture.

Take a stroll along the canals to enjoy postcard-perfect views of the reflections of the quaint houses and ancient bridges. You will find lovely shops, inviting cafés, and centuries-old buildings at every corner.

Another place to check out is the Grote Markt in the historical center of Bruges. This central square features beautiful Flemish-style architecture, historical monuments, and several cafes and restaurants.

However, the most perfect way to explore the city is by boat. A boat tour along the canals is a true must-do experience on a day trip to Bruges, providing a stunning perspective of the city’s architecture and landmarks from the water!

By Alina of World of Lina

6. Trier Germany

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 44min

Exterior view of the ancient Trier Cathedral in Germany with its Romanesque architecture and a neatly kept courtyard. Trier Germany is off-the-beaten-path destination for the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries
Trierer Dom in Trier, Germany

Trier Germany sits right at the corner of Germany, Luxembourg, and France on the lovely Mosel River near the enchanting hunsrück forest.

It’s a small city known for its vertical vineyards, amazing outdoor activities, and historical spots. It’s known as the oldest Roman city in Germany

The best things to do in Trier include wandering through the Porta Nigra Roman gate, visiting ultra-cool boutiques, the Roman baths, the Karl Marx museum, and of course its 9 UNESCO world heritage sites located within this small city.  Oh, and wine.  Lots of wine and much cheaper than in Paris. 

But the weirdest thing to do is visit the site where Jesus’s crucifixion robes are housed inside the impressive Trierer Dom cathedral. It’s spooky and cool and only open for the first 10 days after Easter

Trier, the OG of German cities, has a past so rich it’ll make your head spin. If you’re a history buff, this is the place to be. You’ll be inspired, awed, and left wondering how the heck they managed to build such amazing stuff so long ago.

And for foodies, don’t worry this is a hub of ethnic restaurants packed with flavor (unlike many German small cities, unfortunately).

By Morgan Fielder of Crave the Planet

7. Antwerp, Belgium

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 6min

Twilight view of the Grote Markt in Antwerp, Belgium, showcasing the Brabo Fountain and illuminated 16th-century guild houses. Antwerp is among the famous day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, located in the Flemish Region of Belgium, is one of the best day trips from Paris by train with a lot of things to do.

What makes Antwerp unique is the city’s historic walkable city center where you can see beautiful historic architecture. One of the best sights in the historic center is the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is a Roman Catholic cathedral whose construction finished in 1521.

Antwerp is also home to many great museums, such as The Rubens House, which was the house and workshop of the famous painter Rubens, and the MAS, which is a museum that is dedicated to Antwerp’s connection with the world.

Zoo Antwerpen is a must-see sight as well. This is one of the oldest zoos in the world where about 5,000 animals can be seen.

St. Anna’s Tunnel is one of the city’s best-hidden gems. This is a tunnel under the Scheldt River that opened in 1933 and that allows pedestrians and cyclists to go to the left bank of Antwerp.

By Daniel of North Carolina Travel Guides

8. Geneva, Switzerland

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 11min

View of Geneva, Switzerland, with vibrant buildings lining the lake's edge and the majestic Alps in the background, a popular destination for the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland offers a seamless blend of sophistication and natural beauty. Geneva’s unique charm lies in its postcard-like lakeside setting surrounded by the majestic Alps.

Geneva also hosts a myriad of global organizations and diplomatic missions. You can explore the city’s rich cultural scene by visiting the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain or the United Nations headquarters.

For a touch of history, the Old Town reveals narrow cobblestone streets and the St. Pierre Cathedral.

A hidden gem awaits at Bois de la Bâtie, an off-the-beaten-path oasis where locals unwind amidst its green landscape.

Don’t forget to indulge in Swiss culinary delights, from decadent chocolates to exquisite cheese.

9. Aachen, Germany

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 15min

The Aachen Cathedral in Germany, a stunning example of medieval architecture with intricate Gothic details, captured on a sunny day with green trees surrounding the structure, a must-see on the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Aachen, Germany

Aachen is an often-overlooked city in Germany yet it’s one of the best day trips from Paris by train.

The city is home to the iconic Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the last surviving relic of the palace of Charlemagne, the founder of the Holy Roman Empire.

In addition to its historical significance, Aachen is known for its geothermal waters. The bubbling hot sulfur springs beneath the city were revered by the Romans, who once called Aachen home.

Now, visitors can enjoy the thermal baths, saunas, and spa treatments at Carolus Thermen, Aachen’s most famous spa.

For a taste of these local springs, you can also visit Elisenbrunnen, a neoclassical pavilion where both locals and tourists come to sip the fountain waters. The fountain waters are heated by the geothermal springs and have a distinct sulfur smell.

10. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 41min

Unique cube houses in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with their yellow facades and unconventional tilted design against a blue sky with fluffy clouds, embodying the innovative architecture that awaits on the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Cube Houses in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is a city that is often overshadowed by its more famous counterpart, Amsterdam. However, it offers a unique perspective on Dutch culture with its distinctive blend of modernity and tradition.

What sets Rotterdam apart is its post-World War II transformation, where the city emerged as a canvas for avant-garde architecture and a hub for contemporary creativity.

You can admire the audacious Cube Houses and the iconic Erasmus Bridge, each contributing to the city’s skyline with a touch of modern elegance. You can also see stunning views of Rotterdam and beyond from the top of the Euromast Tower.

Did you know that the Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe? You can experience this innovative port on a city cruise in Rotterdam while admiring the city’s skyline.

For an off-the-beaten-path adventure, you can explore Delfshaven, an untouched historic district that survived the destruction of World War II. It features canals, cobblestone streets, and charming cafes.

11. Cologne, Germany

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 54min

The Cologne Cathedral stands tall beside the Hohenzollern Bridge over the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany, with a tourist boat cruising by. This iconic Gothic church with its dual spires is a highlight of the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Cologne is a city in Germany that although is not traditionally known for its beauty, its unique atmosphere makes it one of the most popular cities in the country – and perhaps even the coolest.

The city is home to many grand sights, a vibrant nightlife, and locals who maintain a positive, tolerant, and life-affirming mindset.

At the center of the city lies the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, which survived both World Wars. This cathedral is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in Europe.

Cologne’s Old Town is a charming area with cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings and lively squares alongside trendy boutiques and cafes giving the city a unique and dynamic character.

If you happen to visit in July, check out the city’s colorful gay pride festival. You’ll also find hundreds of gay bars and clubs clustered in the city center as Cologne has long been known as Germany’s self-proclaimed gay capital.

For those looking for a unique experience, the Belgian Quarter offers a trendy and eclectic escape with avant-garde shops, art galleries, and inviting cafes.

12. Leuven, Belgium

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 1min

The ornate Gothic architecture of the Leuven Town Hall in Belgium, with its numerous statues and spires reaching into the blue sky, perfectly encapsulates the architectural treasures to be discovered on the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Leuven Town Hall, Belgium

Leuven is a beautiful Belgian city that is perfect for exploring at a leisurely pace. At every turn, you’ll discover something new.

In the heart of the city, you’ll find The Grote Markt, home to the famous Town Hall and the Tafelrond, which has been rebuilt four times over the past 500 years due to its tumultuous history.

The city is also well-known for its Beguinages, which are unique communities that date back to the 13th century. These communities provided communal living spaces for religious and single women.

Leuven hosts two historic Beguinages, the Groot and Klein Begijnhofs, each with serene courtyards and quaint homes that tell the story of a vanished era.

Near Klein Begijnhof, you’ll find another hidden gem – Thiery Wing – a building constructed from the ruins of World War I. This offers a glimpse into Belgium’s resilience.

Lastly, the M-Museum is Leuven’s contemporary cultural highlight. It blends historical and modern art in an innovative space that challenges and delights visitors.

This makes Leuven a perfect blend of historical depth and contemporary flair, ideal for those seeking both history and modernity in one charming city.

13. The Hague, Netherlands

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 20min

Contrast of the classic 18th-century Mauritshuis museum building and the modern skyscrapers of The Hague, Netherlands, with a foreground of vibrant orange tulips and serene water, a unique cultural blend found on the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands

The Hague is a unique Dutch city that offers a blend of global landmarks and coastal relaxation, all within a day trip from Paris by train.

It is known as the international city of peace and justice, with significant landmarks such as the Mauritshuis Museum, home to Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” and The Binnenhof, the world’s oldest parliament building still in use.

To capture the essence of the Scheveningen fishing village, visit the Panorama Mesdag, which is a stunning 360-degree painting. The Peace Palace is another must-see landmark, symbolizing The Hague’s contribution to global justice.

To end your day, head to Scheveningen Beach, where the serene sea offers a relaxing experience. For an authentic local experience, visit the Zeeheldenkwartier neighborhood, which is filled with unique shops, cozy cafes, yoga studios, and lively markets, showcasing the everyday Dutch lifestyle away from the crowds.

The Hague is a compelling and enriching escape from Paris, with its mix of international significance and beachside relaxation.

14. Basel, Switzerland

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 4min

Historic and colorful riverside buildings in Basel, Switzerland, with the Basel Minster cathedral's spires standing out against the blue sky. This peaceful riverside view is representative of the sights encountered on the best day trips from Paris by train to other countries.

Basel, located in the heart of Europe, is one of the best day trips from Paris by train for those seeking a memorable adventure.

Start your day trip by visiting the Basel Minster, which is a cathedral with unique red sandstone walls and a patterned tile roof that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

As you explore Basel’s Old Town, you’ll come across Basel Town Hall. This striking building is cloaked in vibrant red and boasts exterior frescoes that are just a hint of the artistic treasure trove waiting for you in its courtyard.

The Rhine River, a lifeline for centuries, offers breathtaking views of Basel’s picturesque riverfront from the Middle Bridge. This view showcases the city’s serene beauty and the harmonious blend of past and present.

No trip to Basel would be complete without visiting the Spalentor, which is a majestic gate that once marked the western entrance to the Old Town. This well-preserved tower, with its intricate sculptures and tiled roof, serves as a timeless reminder of Basel’s medieval fortifications, inviting you to step back in time.

15. Ghent, Belgium

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 2min

Twilight over the Graslei, the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, with medieval buildings illuminated against the night sky and reflections on the calm river. This vibrant scene highlights the cultural experiences accessible on the best day trips from Paris by train.
Graslei in Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium, is a top pick for simple day trips from Paris by train to other countries.

Just a few hours from Paris, Ghent is a unique combination of medieval history and modern-day charm. The city has lively streets, cozy restaurants, and trendy bars that are unmatched anywhere else.

A visit to the Gravensteen Castle is a must-do activity on your day trip. The tour of the castle is organized like a numbered ‘waypoint’ based system, which feels like a medieval adventure game or simulation.

It is full of interesting facts about the castle’s history, the Count, and other related people who lived in the castle.

Ghent is an excellent choice for a day trip as it is less crowded than other cities, and most attractions are easily accessible on foot.

The Patershol district is a peaceful area with beautiful old buildings, cozy restaurants, and trendy bars. It is perfect for those who want to experience Belgian culture without straying too far from Paris.

16. Frankfurt, Germany

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 43min

The Römerberg plaza in Frankfurt, Germany, bustling with activity, features traditional half-timbered houses and the Old St. Nicholas Church tower. A statue of Lady Justice foregrounds the scene, with red and white flowers adding a pop of color. Frankfurt is one of the easily accessible day trips from Paris by train
Römerberg in Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, often overlooked as a major airport, is a perfect day trip from Paris by train that combines historical charm with modern vibrancy.

At the heart of Frankfurt’s old town lies Römerberg, which is a public square that serves as the center of the city’s historical narrative. It also houses the Römer, Frankfurt’s city hall for over six centuries.

This square is home to picturesque half-timbered structures that were meticulously reconstructed after WWII. It provides a glimpse into medieval Frankfurt, which is especially magical during the enchanting Christmas market season that brings every fairytale Christmas to life.

The next best thing to do is cross the river Main, the Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge) is not just a pathway, but also a monument to countless love stories, adorned with thousands of love locks.

The view from the bridge offers a panorama of Frankfurt. You can continue to stroll along the riverside path which is a hidden gem amidst the city’s bustling life.

A day trip to Frankfurt captures the essence of Germany – the warmth of tradition and the freshness of contemporary life.

17. Brussels, Belgium

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 29min

The Grand Place in Brussels at dusk, showcasing the historic guild houses with ornate facades, and the cobblestone square bathed in the warm glow of a setting sun
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels offers a delightful mix of savory cuisine, medieval architecture, and endless chocolate shops, making it an amazing day trip from Paris by train!

And what better way to start your day trip than with Belgian waffles? Here’s a local tip: Vitalgaufre is known for having the best waffles in town!

The Grand Place, one of the most photographed spots in Europe, captures the city’s medieval grandeur. It is surrounded by cozy bookshops and chocolate stores that are too tempting to resist.

Speaking of temptations, no trip to Brussels is complete without indulging in Belgian chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you can take a chocolate tour that will introduce you to these hand-crafted treats and connect you with locals and fellow travelers.

Pro tip: Don’t rush between attractions. Savor the food and beer (if you’re into it), wander through the Royal Palace gardens, and if time allows, venture out to the Atomium for breathtaking views. Brussels is a city that’s best enjoyed at a relaxed pace, where the true essence of Belgian life unfolds in its streets and squares.

Best Day Trips from Paris by Train within France

Paris, while iconic and romantic, is indeed just the beginning of what France has to offer. Why not take a day trip from Paris to the most beautiful towns and cities in France?

18. Disneyland Paris, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 37min

A vibrant photo capturing the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, with its pink and blue spires and golden accents, set against a clear blue sky with streaky clouds. Disneyland Paris is among the best day trips from Paris by train.
Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is one of the best day trips from Paris by train, taking you from the heart of the city to a fairytale land.

Swap the architectural splendor and patisseries for enchanting castles and rollercoasters. In 45 minutes, the RER A train line delivers you from central Paris to Marne-la-Vallee station, directly in front of the gates of Disney Village.

Depart early to beat the crowds. The toughest part of this day trip by train from Paris will be which of the two Disney Parks to visit first. Will it be Disneyland Park, where classic Disney tales and Star Wars legends are brought to life, or Walt Disney Park, home to the fun-filled colorful worlds of Pixar and the heroes of the Marvel universe?

For young and old alike, Disneyland Paris is a place of thrills. Wander down Main Street and meet your favorite Disney Characters. Pop into the cute shops to purchase the obligatory Mickey Mouse ears. Experience the soft morning light over Sleeping Beauty’s Disney Castle.

Disneyland Paris is hugely popular so a Premier Access pass is recommended so you can skip the queues as wait times can be up to 2 hours during peak times.

The train from central Paris to the gates of this dreamland is not only efficient but also economical. While shuttle services are available, these cost €20 per person one-way, whereas the metro takes you from the iconic streets of Paris to the Magic Kingdom for just a few euros.

Sprinkle some stardust on your itinerary and plan the ultimate fun day trip from Paris by train!

By Kaz of The Honeymoon Guide

19. Versailles, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 52 min

Inside the opulent Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, with its grand crystal chandeliers, ornate gilded sculptures, and ceiling frescoes depicting classical scenes. Versailles is a splendid example of French grandeur and a famous day trip from Paris by train.

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous day trips from Paris by train, and breathtaking is an understatement.

It is a symbol of royal grandeur with its magnificent architecture, rooms, the famed Hall of Mirrors, and the magnificent French-style Gardens of Versailles. We spent 10-20 minutes in each room and were in awe of how royal luxury looks and feels like.

I highly recommend joining a tour or listening to the audio guide to get to know more about the function of each chamber and some interesting stories.

However, we felt overwhelmed. Good thing, there’s a hidden gem – 35 minutes walk from the Palace.

The Grand Trianon is a pink marble palace, less extravagant but equally beautiful. With almost no crowds, you can explore the palace at your own pace. 

Also located in the Estate of Trianon is Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet, a charming village with rustic cottages, a lake, and a fully functioning farm.

I recommend doing a full-day for a day trip to fully experience the French grandeur along with a French charming village escape.

20. Strasbourg, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 46min

Half-timbered houses of Petite France reflecting on the calm waters of a canal in Strasbourg, France, with vibrant pink flowers in the foreground. This picturesque scene is one of the many charming views to enjoy on the best trips from Paris by train.
Petite France in Strasbourg

Our day trip to Strasbourg was my first taste of a French-German fairy tale. Located on the French-German border, this city is known as the “capital of Christmas.” If you happen to visit this medieval town during Christmas, you’re in for a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale.

If not, fret not; Strasbourg is enchanting all year round. And if you’re visiting for only a day, make sure to visit the Petite-France area, with its picturesque canals and half-timbered houses.

I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a fairy tale with its cobblestone streets and the remnants of its medieval past. Best part? It’s accessible with a day trip from Paris by train!

Continue your stroll through the iconic Barrage Vauban, which offers stunning views of Petite-France and the ancient Ponts Couverts, a series of bridges and towers dating back to the 13th century.

No visit to Strasbourg is complete without marveling at the Gothic grandeur of its cathedral, Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg. Seriously, I stood for at least 10 minutes outside the cathedral, just soaking in the elaborate exteriors and stunning stained glass windows.

Cap off your day in Strasbourg with a traditional Alsatian dinner. Try traditional dishes like fondue, spaetzle, quiche, and tarte flambée with a cheese platter and a glass of French wine. Can you get more French than this?

21. Giverny, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 6min

A peaceful pond adorned with water lilies and surrounded by weeping willows and diverse greenery in Monet's garden in Giverny. This idyllic setting is an ideal day trip from Paris by train, offering a glimpse into the world that inspired impressionist masterpieces.
Giverny, France

Giverny is a perfect day trip from Paris by train or a good stop on a Northern France road trip.

Giverny is located West of Paris and is the small village where Claude Monet lived for a large part of his life. His house and gardens are still being preserved to this day and are open to visit. The gardens are so beautiful and truly worth your time.

Monet designed the gardens himself and got his inspiration here for several of his paintings. He filled his house with his own art and art from others, such as Japanese prints.

The gardens and house are beautiful and interesting to see. They’re very well kept and you get a good idea of how Monet and his family lived.

Giverny is for you if you enjoy wandering around beautiful gardens. When you’re a flower lover these gardens are a must. There are so many colorful flowers.

It’s also perfect for you when you want to know more about Monet, and impressionism and want to see where he lived and got part of his inspiration.

Do keep in mind that, at least during the Summer, it’s really crowded. In Giverny, there’s also the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny. Get your combination ticket for the museum, house, and gardens here.

By Cosette from KarsTravels

22. Mont St Michel, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 4hr 1min

Mont Saint-Michel, a historic abbey atop a rocky island, towers over a green field where sheep graze under a blue sky. This iconic sight is a top destination for a scenic day trip from Paris by train.
Mont St Michel, France

Mont St Michel is located in Normandy and is a popular day trip from Paris by train.

It is a medieval island commune that is famous for its imposing Benedictine abbey which was built in the 11th century. The abbey is dedicated to archangel Michael, which makes it an important pilgrimage destination.

Visitors have to walk through a charming village that has been inhabited for centuries to reach the abbey. The views of the surrounding landscape from the ramparts are absolutely stunning.

Mont St Michel is surrounded by a tidal bay, which makes access to it very
unique as it is determined by the tides. It is accessible via a causeway by foot at low tide, though the causeway gets submerged at high tide so the timing of your visit determines how you can get

You should be prepared for walking when visiting Mont St Michel. It can
get crowded during the day.

By Hanit Gyani of Gotta Love New York

23. Marseille, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 36min

The Calanques of Cassis, where rugged white limestone cliffs drop sharply into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Accessible from Marseille, this natural wonder is a highlight for those taking a longer day trip from Paris by train and seeking breathtaking coastal scenery.
The Parc National des Calanques in Marseille, France

Marseille, the oldest city in France, was founded by the Greeks around 600 BC. It offers an interesting historical day trip or a breathtaking seascape.

Start your day trip at its highest point at the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. This stunning piece of architecture offers breathtaking panoramic views and is a symbol of Marseille’s rich history.

From the basilica, you’ll find the Vieux-Port, which reflects Marseille’s rich past and dynamic present. Note that these glitzy bars and historical ambiance used to be a bustling Greek port.

Nearby, the Mucem museum delves into the Mediterranean’s cultural heritage, showcasing the city’s role as a cultural crossroads.

Not into history? Spend your day at The Parc National des Calanques. You’ll fall in love with its dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, and secluded coves like Calanque de Sormiou.

Either way, end your perfect Marseille day trip by turning back to the Vieux-Port for a lovely dinner that mirrors the city’s Greek taste and French sophistication.

24. Lyon, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 56min

The picturesque Saint-Georges church and red footbridge span the Saône River in Lyon, with the historic hillside district of Fourvière in the background. Lyon, famous for its culinary delights and UNESCO-listed architecture, is a famous day trip from Paris by train.

Lyon is one of the best day trips from Paris by train. It’s a short two-hour train ride from the Gare de Lyon in Paris and has a wide variety of attractions to entertain every traveler.

Start your visit with a funicular ride to the top of Fourvière Hill.  Take in the panoramic views of Lyon and marvel at the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica. 

The gilded mosaics inside the basilica are simply stunning.  For a unique perspective, take a guided rooftop tour of the basilica.

Then, head down the hill and explore the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon and its vibrant ochre-colored buildings.  Seek out Lyon’s traboules, hidden passageways that cut through buildings and open into charming and beautiful courtyards. 

If you’re a foodie, you will love your visit to Lyon, known as the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a cozy bouchon. Don’t miss Lyon’s gourmet food market, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

One of the most special attractions in Lyon is its trompe-l’oeil murals.  You won’t want to miss these incredibly realistic frescoes, such as the famous Mur des Canuts mural or the Fresque des Lyonnais.

No matter how you choose to spend your day, you’ll be glad that you took this day trip from Paris by train!

By Lisa Garrett of Travel to Lyon

25. Etretat, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 26min

View of the 'Elephant Cliff' in Étretat, a natural arch that looks like an elephant's trunk reaching into the sea. A popular natural attraction for a relaxing day trip from Paris by train.
The Elephant Cliff, Etretat, France

Etretat is located on the West coast of France in Normandy and makes for a perfect day trip from Paris. It is mostly known for its impressive cliffs that jut dramatically into the sea.

As you visit Etretat, one of the best things to do is hike along the cliffs. The panoramas you can see here are absolutely breathtaking and resemble the cliffs that you can also see in the south of England. The “Needle” and “The Elephant” are the most iconic arches and are geological gems.

Beyond its geological features, Etretat consists of a picturesque village with charming architecture and cobbled streets and a seaside promenade with a small beach.

In town, you can find small art galleries and cozy cafes while SUP boards and kayaks are for rent to explore the cliffs from the sea.

Etretat will mainly please nature enthusiasts, photographers, geologists, and those seeking a peaceful retreat. Do note that Etretat has seen a surge in tourism in recent years though.

While Étretat’s beauty is undeniable, it’s important to plan your visit outside peak tourist seasons to avoid crowds.

By Annelies of Travelers & Dreamers

26. Reims, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 46min

Reims is one of the best and easiest day trips from Paris by train. This is a photo of the Cathedral of Reims France

Reims is one of the best day trips from Paris by train. In less than an hour, you can reach the capital city of the Champagne region. Take the train from Gare de l’Est and exit in Reims; they run multiple times per day.

The city has beautiful architecture and is home to the most important champagne houses in the world. Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, and Pommery are only a few examples.

My personal favorite is the house of Charles Cazanove, which hosts special Christmas edition showrooms. You can also check smaller villages from Reims, such as Hautvillers or Chigny-Les Roses, for a less crowded experience.

Reims is the perfect destination for couples. The vineyards and wine houses are so romantic and offer tastings for two. It is a great destination for any adult traveler, but not really family-friendly, as wine tasting is not suitable for children.

Apart from wine tasting, you should also check out the Reims Cathedral and the Tau Palace. If you book an organized day trip from Paris to Champagne, they usually stop by Reims Cathedral as well.

Another favorite city spot is the lush vineyards right outside the city center. Take a walk there and enjoy the beautiful hills full of grapes.

By Sabrina from Shades of Summr

27. Bordeaux, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 3hr 52min

The gothic spires of Bordeaux Cathedral stand out against a twilight sky, with the warm glow of street lights illuminating the bustling square below. A captivating scene for those visiting Bordeaux, a gem among the best day trips from Paris by train.
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, a picturesque city in southwestern France, is a gem that beckons travelers worldwide. 

Known for its world-class wine, stunning architecture, and rich history, Bordeaux is an ideal destination for day trips from Paris by train.

Bordeaux’s blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy makes it unique. The city’s beautifully preserved 18th-century architecture, elegant boulevards, and the banks of the Garonne River provide a captivating backdrop.

For wine enthusiasts, Bordeaux is a mecca with numerous vineyards and châteaux in the surrounding region, offering wine tours and tastings.

But the hidden gem lies in Saint-Émilion, a medieval wine village a short train ride away. Here, cobblestone streets wind through vineyards and ancient cellars. You can savor the region’s renowned wine while exploring its unique underground catacombs.

My experience in Bordeaux was genuinely outstanding. The city’s rich cultural heritage, exceptional wines, and the enchanting Saint-Émilion made it a memorable day trip. Bordeaux’s charm and authenticity will leave you wanting to return for a more extended stay.

By Victoria of Guide Your Travel

28. Eparnay, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 27min

A colorful display of wildflowers in the foreground with a large, green sign reading 'Capitale de EPERNAY - Champagne' in the background, indicating Epernay's status as the heart of the Champagne region. This town is a celebrated day trip from Paris by train for those interested in champagne tasting and vineyard tours.
Epernay, a beautiful day trip from Paris by train

Located in the Champagne region of France, Epernay is an ideal destination for Champagne lovers. Also known as the “world’s capital of Champagne”, Epernay is a beautiful small town in the French countryside, where you can taste some of the world’s best wine.

The most iconic area in Epernay is the Avenue de Champagne, along which you will find the famous Champagne Houses, where they produce and store the wine.

Several tours take you around some of the most famous  Houses, like Moët & Chandon and Perrier-Jouët, where you get to taste several different champagne varieties. Many tours also include a visit to their huge underground cellars, which run for kilometers and store millions of Champagne bottles.

Besides visiting the famous Houses, exploring the surrounding countryside is another great activity to do in Epernay. You can take a tour that will drive you around the vineyards or rent a bicycle and explore on your own.

By Sharon of the Roads Beyond

29. Colmar, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 29min

A quaint cobblestone street in Colmar, lined with traditional half-timbered houses painted in vibrant colors and adorned with flowers. Colmar, with its picturesque Alsace architecture, is a delightful day trip from Paris by train.
Colmar – one of the easiest day trips from Paris by train

Colmar is one of the most picturesque cities in France, and it’s an easily accessible day trip from Paris by train! 

On a day trip to Colmar, you’ll have enough time to visit all the tourist attractions in the city and maybe visit one of the neighboring villages – Riquewhir and Eguisheim are considered some of the most beautiful villages in France.

What makes Colmar a unique travel destination in France is the unique blend of French and German influence, which you can find in the architecture, language, and cuisine. 

Once you reach Colmar, head straight to the Little Venice. This picturesque quarter features several canals, lined with cobblestone streets and colorful half-timbered houses. You can grab a French pastry, stroll the streets, and admire the architecture.

A fun activity to add to your itinerary is the cruise along the canals to see the city from a different perspective.

The most popular time to visit Colmar is during the Christmas market season when the whole town transforms into a Christmas fairytale.

Colorful half-timbered buildings get covered in Christmas decorations, and the smell of mulled wine permeates the streets.

However, the city gets very crowded, and I found it more enjoyable to visit in spring.

To reach Colmar from Paris, you’ll take a train to Strasbourg and then switch to a train to Colmar. Many trains depart from Paris in the morning and return in the late afternoon, making it a fantastic destination for a day trip.

By Natali of She’s Abroad Again

30. Nancy, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 49min

The facade of the Nancy Cathedral, with its two ornate towers, is seen from a narrow street lined with classic French architecture under a soft-lit sky. Nancy, known for its rich history and architectural beauty, makes for a culturally enriching day trip from Paris by train.
Nancy Cathedral in Nancy, France

If you’re looking for one of the best day trips from Paris by train, Nancy must be on your list! While this city may not even cross your mind when thinking about France, it is worth visiting.

Nancy is a perfect destination for those looking to escape the busy nature of Paris but still want to be in a charming destination. You will still find beautiful French architecture, delicious cafes, and many historical sites.

Not only this, but the prices in Nancy are less expensive than in Paris, and you won’t run into crowds. 

Something that stands out about Nancy is its architectural beauty, art culture, and history. You’ll almost feel as though you’re in a mini version of Paris when visiting!

One of the best things about Nancy is the beautiful Place Stanislas. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the city’s central square and is the most popular attraction. The square is surrounded by architecturally picturesque buildings and different shops and cafes.

In addition to Place Stanislas, other must-sees during a visit include the Parc de la Pépinière, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, and the old town. Nancy’s blend of art, parks, and shopping will keep anyone entertained! 

By Tamara of My Elated Odyssey

31. Rouen, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 21min

A lively square in Rouen with traditional half-timbered houses, bustling cafés, and open-air dining areas. Known for its rich history and medieval architecture, Rouen is a charming day trip from Paris by train.
Rouen, France – a historical day trip from Paris by train

The ideal way to escape the bustle of Paris is with a day trip to Rouen. Located directly on the Seine, Rouen serves as the capital of the Normandy region.

History buffs should rejoice because this town has substantial historical significance and was once a well-known medieval settlement in Europe. 

Seeing the Rouen Cathedral, going to St. Joan of Arc’s Church, and wandering through the alleys are some of the best things to do in Rouen.

You’ll think you’ve stepped into a fairytale with its lovely half-timber homes and cobblestone streets. This is a fantastic method to become acquainted with this small town and experience life as a true local.

One of France’s most striking examples of a Gothic and Renaissance church is the Rouen Cathedral. The paintings of this cathedral by Monet have also made it quite famous.

Another must-see place to go in Rouen is the Church of St. Joan of Arc. Being the final resting place of Joan of Arc also makes Rouen very special.

The French revered her as a saint and saw her as a heroine. While inside, you can view beautiful stained glass windows. Outside, you will find a tribune garden.

Contributed by Samantha Oppenheimer of Find Love and Travel

32. Château de Chantilly, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 46 min

The elegant Château de Chantilly, with its classical French architecture and ornate towers, under a clear blue sky. This historical gem is a highlight among the best day trips from Paris by train, offering a peaceful escape into France's rich heritage.
Château de Chantilly, one of the easiest day trips from Paris by train

Looking to experience a glimpse into the storybook charm of France? Then, Château de Chantilly is the perfect day trip from Paris by train.

The Château de Chantilly is a beautiful architectural masterpiece that is significant in French history. It was once the residence of Henri d’Orléans, the son of the last King of France.

This prince was a renowned collector and turned Chantilly into a haven for his vast collection of manuscripts and artworks.

Today, the Château boasts the second-largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre, featuring masterpieces by artists like Raphael, Poussin, and Ingres.

The Château’s stunning 16th-century sepia-toned windows are unique and depict the story of Psyche from Greek mythology. The windows shimmer in bright golden hues, adding to the beauty of the Château.

The Château is not overcrowded, and its scenic setting amidst farms and watermills is like visiting Versailles with fewer people. It’s a perfect blend of historical depth, cultural richness, and natural beauty.

33. Fontainebleau, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 45 min

The grand entrance of the Château de Fontainebleau, framed by its majestic horseshoe-shaped staircase, showcases the Renaissance architecture and stately elegance, inviting visitors to explore one of France’s historical treasures. An easy day trip from Paris by train.
Château de Fontainebleau

Located just over a 45-minute train ride from Paris, the charming town of Fontainebleau is home to another hidden magnificent Château, galleries lining the cobblestone streets, and one of the largest forests in France that has inspired lots of painters!

At the heart of Fontainebleau lies the Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site of immense historical depth and architectural beauty. It was continuously inhabited by French royalty for seven centuries and was preferred by Napoleon as “the true home of kings.”

However, Fontainebleau’s allure extends beyond the chateau’s opulent walls. The surrounding forest, one of the largest in France, continues to inspire artists and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

In the nearby village of Barbizon, you can wander its cobblestone streets lined with galleries; it offers a peek into the lives of artists like Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet.

If you’re visiting on Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday mornings, the grand square next to the tourist office is converted into a street market.

It’s a perfect way to soak up the authentic ambiance, much like Rue Cler. After all, Fontainebleau is a true representation of the vibrant local life in France.

34. Lille, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 30min

The striking Belfry of the Chamber of Commerce in Lille, France, towers above the classic French and Flemish Renaissance-style buildings, under a clear blue sky. This cultural and architectural richness is what makes Lille a top destination for the best day trips from Paris by train.
Lille, France, an off-the-beaten-path day trip from Paris by train

Located just a hop away from the Belgian border, Lille in northern France is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends Flemish culture with French charm. Its compact size means you can easily explore the city’s main attractions on foot.

One of the must-see spots in Lille is the Beffroi de Lille, the tallest viewpoint in the city. Standing at 104 meters, this belfry is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides breathtaking panoramic views of Lille.

Another gem worth visiting is the Grand Place, also known as La Place du Général-de-Gaulle, where you can marvel at regal buildings in Flemish style, including the impressive 19th-century Colonne de la Déesse.

Don’t miss the Palais des Beaux-Arts, which is one of France’s largest museums and a treasure trove of fine arts, modern art, and antiquities. From Raphael to Rembrandt and Rodin, the museum showcases an extensive collection of masterpieces.

Lille is one of the best day trips from Paris by train, offering a delightful taste of the region’s unique heritage and vibrant atmosphere.

35. Loire Valley, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 2hr 36min

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, an iconic Renaissance castle with multiple towers and chimneys, framed by autumn leaves. This majestic sight is a prime example of the destinations reachable by day train trips from Paris.
Chateau de Chambord in Loire Valley

Looking for a day trip filled with fairytale castles? Head to Loire Valley, the valley in central France that is known for its stunning castles like Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, and Château de Cheverny.

Chenonceau Castle, also known as the ‘Castle of the Ladies’ or Château des Dames, captivates visitors with its unique design that arches over the Cher River. Its history is as intriguing as its architecture, having been influenced and owned by several remarkable women throughout the ages.

Not far away, the Château de Chambord stands as a testament to French Renaissance architecture inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site the the largest castle in the Loire.

To fully experience the Loire Valley, I recommend joining a group tour that combines visits to different châteaux. This tour combines Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, and Château de Cheverny.

This way, you don’t have to worry about transferring to different châteaux and can instead focus on immersing yourself in their fairy-tale charm.

36. Amiens, France

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 22min

Dusk falls on a quiet street in Amiens, France, with the silhouette of the gothic Sainte-Anne church spire against a purple sky, and street lights casting a warm glow. This peaceful town atmosphere exemplifies the serene experiences of an easy day trip from Paris.
Amiens, France – a hidden gem among the best day trips from Paris by train

Amiens is a hidden gem in the north of France. Despite the destruction it faced during WWII, Amiens has beautifully preserved its heritage, notably through the Cathedral of Amiens.

This Gothic masterpiece is not just the largest medieval building in France but also the biggest cathedral in Europe.

But the allure of Amiens extends beyond its cathedral. The Saint-Leu district offers visitors a glimpse into the medieval life of craftsmen and artists who once thrived in the area. The narrow cobbled streets and colorful half-timbered houses add to the charm of this district.

A visit to Amiens would be incomplete without exploring the Hortillonnages, known as the “Little Venice of the North.” these floating gardens, accessible only by traditional “barques à cornets,” provide a serene escape into nature.

Amiens is a city that captures the essence of French heritage and natural beauty. Definitely, one of the best day trips from Paris by train!

37. Saint-Malo

Travel time from Paris by train: 1hr 22min

Aerial view of Saint-Malo, a picturesque coastal town in France and a top choice for the best day trips from Paris by train, with its historic walled city, sandy beach, and turquoise sea.
The walled city of Saint-Malo, a unique day trip from Paris by train

Saint-Malo, located on the Brittany coast, is one of the best day trips from Paris by train. This city is known for its history of piracy and as a gateway to the “New World”.

Saint-Malo allures visitors with its impressive 17th-century walls. Despite the destruction caused by World War II, the city was reconstructed and has preserved its historic charm and skyline.

Exploring this walled city, “La Ville Intra Muros,” is one of the best things to do in Saint-Malo. You’ll stroll through cobblestone streets, lined with local shops, cafes, and the majestic St Vincent’s Cathedral.

This cathedral is an impressive blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles and also serves as the resting place of Jacques Cartier, the discoverer of Canada.

From the ramparts and the fortified city, you can also visit Bon Secours Beach, with its unique seawater pool.

Saint-Malo’s fascinating history, lively old town, and stunning beaches make it an unmissable destination that is easily accessible for a memorable day trip from Paris.

Map of the Best Day Trips from Paris to Other Countries and France

Types of Trains in Paris

The public transportation system in Paris and the Île-de-France region includes different types of trains for commuting within the city, its suburbs, and beyond. To give you an idea, here’s a breakdown of the types of trains you can find in Paris:

Paris & Île-de-France Trains

  • Metro: Paris’s metro system, with 16 lines, is one of the city’s most iconic symbols. It’s known for its art nouveau entrances and unique station designs, providing a quick and efficient way to navigate the city​​.
  • RER (Réseau Express Régional): This network of regional trains extends deep into the suburbs of Paris, with fewer stops within the city itself. The RER consists of five lines (A to E), three of which (A, B, and D) pass through the central Châtelet-Les-Halles station​​.
  • Transilien: These suburban train lines connect Paris’s main stations to suburbs not reached by the RER. The name Transilien is a play on words for the “transit” of “Franciliens,” the inhabitants of the Île-de-France region​​.

France National Trains

  • TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse): France’s high-speed trains, known as TGV, connect major cities within France and to other European countries. You’ll most likely take this day from day trips from Paris by train to other countries.
  • Intercités: These are traditional SNCF express trains that connect cities across regions in France, serving longer distances than TER regional trains but slower than the TGV high-speed trains​​.
  • TER (Transports Express Régionaux): Regional train systems for each part of the country, connecting major cities in each region with one another and with smaller cities and towns​​.

International Trains

International Trains: Services like the Eurostar connect Paris to London, while Thalys trains link the city with Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. There are also high-speed ICE trains of the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) that connect major European cities at speeds up to 300 km/h​​.

Tips for Your Day Trip from Paris by Train

Picked one of the day trips from Paris by train? Here are some tips to ensure that your day trip is as wonderful as the destinations themselves:

  1. Plan Ahead: Plan: Research train schedules in advance to make the most of your day. SNCF and Thalys offer extensive networks connecting Paris to numerous destinations. Book early to snag some great deals.
  2. Travel Light: Pack the essentials: a lightweight backpack with water, snacks, and a camera for comfort.
  3. Wear Comfortable Shoes: You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable footwear is a must for exploring without discomfort. The last thing you want are blisters to stop you from exploring!
  4. Choose Your Destinations Wisely: While the allure of famous cities like Strasbourg or Brussels is undeniable, don’t overlook the charm of smaller towns like Giverny.
  5. Embrace Local Cuisine: Local flavors are famous for a reason. Don’t miss out on culinary delights like Belgian chocolates in Brussels or a hearty Alsatian dinner in Strasbourg.
  6. Pack Food: Restaurants and cafes near attractions can be full or pricey. Packing fruits, nuts, and sandwiches ensures you have affordable and convenient meal options.
  7. Visit Major Attractions Early or Late: To avoid crowds, visit popular spots either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon.
  8. Take Time to Wander: Some of the best discoveries are found when you least expect them, so allow yourself some unplanned exploration time.
  9. Learn a Few Phrases: Knowing basic phrases in French or the local language can enrich your travel experience.
  10. Be Mindful of Return Times: Keep an eye on the time to avoid missing the last train back to Paris.

FAQs: Day Trips from Paris by Train

Which countries can you visit by train from Paris?

From Paris, you can easily take trains to several countries, including Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

How many days do you need in Paris?

To really soak in the sights and sounds of Paris, aim for at least 3 to 5 days. This gives you enough time to explore major landmarks, museums, and neighborhoods without rushing and even taking a day trip from Paris by train.

What is the easiest country to travel to from Paris?

The easiest country to travel to from Paris by train is Belgium, with direct high-speed trains to Brussels taking just over 1 hour.

Wrap Up: Best Day Trips from Paris by Train

Taking a train from Paris makes it easy to explore beautiful places in France and nearby countries.

Whether you’re excited to see the grandeur of Versailles, the scenic Alps of Switzerland, or the bustling streets of London, there’s so much to discover just a train ride away. So, where will your next train adventure take you?

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