I am a 22yr old female travelling for the first time on my own in April and I'm not too sure what route would be best, most efficient and cost effective from Rome to Paris. I hear the overnight train is not a good idea for single females and with airlines such as Ryanair,the transportation to and from the airport cost a lot (as well as their strict luggage allowance) Does anyone have any advice? Thanx!
I think it is OK to do the overnight train from Paris to Rome. Make sure you reserve a couchette. If you do that, you will have no issue of safety. I have done two overnight trips between France and Italy and it was safe but I did reserve a couchette ahead of time. It is highly recommended. Hope this help.
I dont know about the Paris end but the airport that Ryanair fly into in Rome is close to the centre. There is a bus which is timetabled to arrive as the flights come in. A return trip from the airport into the centre cost me approx £8 last March.
Ryanair uses Beauvais airport in "Paris" but it's in the middle of nowhere and a bit awkward to get to, and takes about 90mins i think. Rome airport is closer than the main one to the centre.
Look at less budgety ones flying out of Orly or Charles de Gaulle, which may work out just as easy. French bOvernight train is fine, and i know many single females who have travelled this and similar routes. Be warned though that it is a relatively popular route and they have had a reorg which means there are less carriages, so couchettes can sell out a day or two in advance in summer. April unless you get unlucky you should be fine.
I think it is OK to do the overnight train from Paris to Rome. Make sure you reserve a couchette. If you do that, you will have no issue of safety.
Just a heads up - make sure you watch your bag or put in in a high place. My friends and I were in a couchette in an overnight train and someone tried to break into our "room." We all had our backpacks chained down and were sleeping with our daybags so we were ok, but we heard a girl shreak down the hall because she woke up and someone was going through her stuff. Most overnight trains are safe, but it pays to be cautious.
PS: After reading this over I realized that I may sound as if I'm against overnight train travel! lol, I'm really not trying to scare ya! To use a cheesy expression: better safe than sorry!