I took a flight on Vueling airlines from Milan to Paris Orly. The plane cost $38.50. That is cheap until you factor in the train to the airport in Milan which was 13 euros per person and the 40 euro Uber to get to the Park Hyatt Paris. The flight was at 9:30AM so I didn’t get to sleep more in the serene Park Hyatt Milan bed. Having to deal with airport security, boarding, and deplaning also takes hours.
The alternative is to take a train. I once took an overnight train from Prague to Amsterdam and slept the whole way. I also took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and enjoyed that experience. The train from Milan to Paris is a long 14 hours but the respite from the chaos of airports and taxis would have been a welcomed change. On crazy trips like this one, it is nice to take a time out from the chaos.
- If the distance is far and you’re not in a hurry, I would opt for the train.
- If the cities are close, I would opt for the train.
- If the price is equal, I would opt for the train.
- If it isn’t summer, you should be able to buy a ticket at the train station.
Bottom line, I like trains.