March 7, 2016
Getting to Northern France
Northern France is located at the crossroads of 3 major European capitals — Paris, London & Brussels — making it a central spot for people travelling in Europe.
Due to its prime location, Northern France is only 45 minutes to 2 hours at most by road from the Paris city centre, and 20 minutes to maximum 2 hours from CDG airport. It’s easy to organise day trips from Paris, or stopovers between Paris and Brussels or Paris and London, for travellers short on time. Short stays in Northern France are also a great option for those who want to explore more without wasting precious time taking transportation.
How to get to Northern France by road?
Driving to and through Northern France is easy with highways connecting all main sights and cities.
From Paris: 1 to 2 hours
From CDG: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
From London: 4 hours
From Brussels: 1,5 hours
From Amsterdam: 3,5 hours
How to get to Northern France by rail?
For individual travellers, some cities are easily accessible by rail.
Chantilly: 30 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord
Amiens: 1 hour from Paris Gare du Nord
Château-Thierry (Champagne area): 45 minutes from Paris Gare de l’Est
How to get to Northern France by air?
CDG airport is only 20 minutes from Northern France. Some sights and accommodations such as the Domaine de Chantilly, Parc Astérix and the Château-Hotel Mont Royal are so close to the airport that it makes sense to spend that last, magical, night in Northern France rather than in Paris. Bonus: You don’t waste time getting to the airport the next day.
Easy excursion from Paris
Looking for a day outside the madness of the French capital? Take an excursion to the Domaine de Chantilly or Parc Astérix, shuttles are available from the Paris city centre.
By shuttle: Park shuttles are available from the Louvre museum in Paris, leaving at 9 am and returning at 6:30 pm.
By train + shuttle: RER B from Paris Gare du Nord to CDG terminal 1 – 3 and park shuttle (running every 30 minutes, starting at 9 am).