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Considering a trip to the French capital and want more information on how to take the train from Amsterdam to Paris? Start your journey here!
On average, the journey time from Amsterdam to Paris is 3 hours and 57 minutes but can take just 3 hours and 20 minutes on the fastest Eurostar services. Each day, there are around 14 trains running on this popular route between these two capital cities. Also, as there are direct services available, you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey. When traveling on this route, you’ll always depart from Amsterdam Centraal station before arriving at Paris Gare du Nord station.
In the space of a few hours, you can go from stroopwafels and coffee shops to exquisite croissants and high fashion thanks to the high-speed trains from Amsterdam to Paris. Traveling directly with Eurostar, your journey will fly by in a mere 3 hours – that’s arguably faster than flying when you factor in transfer times from airports and all the queues to check in!
When traveling from the center of Amsterdam to the heart of Paris, there’s a certain romance about the train journey. You can relax in wide, comfortable chairs and marvel as the countryside rolls by. Also, you can enjoy free WiFi during your journey – perfect if you want to catch up on your favourite TV show or do a bit of work before you arrive.
Once you’ve arrived at Paris Gare du Nord Station, you can start exploring the city. If you’re not sure where to start, find inspiration in our guide to the best things to do in Paris, including visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, why not check out where Paris sits in our list of Europe's most iconic hotels?
Eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to read more information before booking, keep reading for FAQs, trip reviews and a full train timetable.
It takes an average of 4h 25m to travel from Amsterdam to Paris by train, over a distance of around 268 miles (431 km). There are normally 14 trains per day traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $39.98 when you book in advance.
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Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for baggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included). On October 1, 2023, Eurostar and Thalys joined forces and are now united under the Eurostar name. Eurostar now runs trains on more routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. These trains, with their distinctive red color scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).
In Standard class, you'll find comfortable seats, free WiFi and a large selection of drinks and snacks for sale in the onboard bar car.
As well as all the facilities you'll find in Standard Class, in Eurostar Standard Premier you'll also get a light meal served at your seat for trips to and from London. Instead of Standard Premier, Red trains traveling around Europe have Comfort Class. Though you won't get a meal at your seat for trips solely in Europe, you'll get to sit back and relax in comfier seats.
For trains to and from London, Business Premier gives you the freedom to travel on your own timetable, with speedy boarding and Eurostar's exclusive Business Premier lounges where you can relax before your trip. In Premium Class, exclusively on trains in Europe, you'll benefit from complete comfort, including a free meal and free drinks at your seat.
Although there's no weight limit for your baggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.
Each bag must be clearly labeled and must be no longer than 33.4 inches (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches (for trains in Europe).
Are you traveling to or from the United Kingdom? In Eurostar Standard Class, choose from a wide selection of drinks and snacks at the Eurostar Café, the onboard bar car in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're traveling in Standard Premier, a light meal and a drink will be served at your seat. Travel in Business Premier and you'll be treated to a gourmet meal, as well as a continuous drinks service throughout your journey.
For all other Eurostar trains (red trains, formerly Thalys), head to the bar car and choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as savory and sweet snacks.
In Premium class, you'll get a free meal served directly to your seat.
Eurostar doesn't have an onboard entertainment portal. However, there is free WiFi available, as well as UK and EU power outlets at your seat so you can charge your devices while traveling.
Generally, Eurostar trains running to and from the United Kingdom can't transport fully assembled bikes - though on certain trains between London and Brussels, you may be able to book a bike space by contacting Eurostar. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 33.4 inches long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard baggage.
For all other Eurostar trains in Europe, a limited number of non-foldable bikes can be brought on board, provided that the wheels are taken off and the whole bicycle is stored in a suitable cover (max. size 53.1 x 33.4 x 11.8 inches). Foldable bicycles are also permitted and count towards standard baggage limits.
The rules around traveling with your pets depend on whether you're traveling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:
Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:
Trains in the rest of Europe:
If you need help getting on or off the train, you should contact Eurostar directly before your trip. To use Eurostar's special assistance program, fill in this contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.
If you're traveling on trains to/from the United Kingdom:
If you're traveling on red trains in the rest of Europe:
Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
If you’re visiting Amsterdam from abroad, chances are you’ll be arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Want to know how to get to the city center from the airport? Keep reading for more details.
The train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal station is the fastest and cheapest way to get to the city center. Trains are operated by NS, the main rail operator in the Netherlands. Services run every 10-15 minutes from 06:00 am and 01:00 (they depart every hour during other times). The journey takes only 15 minutes, leaving you in one of Amsterdam's most central and best-connected locations.
The Amsterdam Airport Express, or Bus 397, departs from the airport several times an hour from 05:00 am to 12:30 am. You can take this big red bus right outside the main airport hall, and the trip takes about 30 minutes to arrive in central Amsterdam.
The bus does not go to Amsterdam Centraal station, but it does have stops near Olympic Stadium, Museumplein, and Leidseplein, which are still quite central areas.
Set in the heart of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam Centraal station is easy to reach on foot, or by using the local tram, metro and bus networks.
From the city center, you can take the tram to Amsterdam Centraal station. To buy a ticket, head to the ticket attendant who tends to sit in a booth towards the rear of most trams. Here, you can buy a one-hour ticket, as well as 24 and 48-hour tickets.
Amsterdam’s metro system is easy to use and can take you from most neighborhoods into the city center and to Amsterdam Centraal’s metro station – Central Station. You’ll need a ticket to travel on the metro – you can buy these from vending machines at all stations.
If you want to do some sightseeing while navigating the city, use Amsterdam’s bus system. Primarily operated by GVB, the city’s bus system runs routes from all over the city to Amsterdam Centraal station. You can buy single journey tickets or one-hour tickets from the driver.
What’s on offer at Amsterdam Centraal?
While you wait for your train to take you to Paris, there are plenty of facilities available at Amsterdam Centraal station to keep you busy:
Which facilities are in the NS International Lounge at Amsterdam Centraal station?
If you have a Eurostar Premium ticket from Amsterdam to Paris, you can access the NS International Lounge at Amsterdam Centraal station. To find the Lounge, head to Platform 2a. Here you’ll find:
When traveling with Eurostar, your train will arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station, in the heart of the French capital.
As soon as you’ve grabbed your bags and stepped off the train, you can start exploring the city’s most famous landmarks and neighborhoods straight away! In the station, you’ll find Métro and RER trains to take you all over the city, from Montmartre to Le Marais.
Taking the Métro in Paris
If you want to travel around Paris quickly, easily and cheaply, the Métro is the way to go! To buy tickets, you’ll need to head to the ticket machines found at all Métro stations.
Also, if you’re hoping to travel around Paris and France, we recommend you get a Tplus ticket. The Tplus ticket allows connections between Métro and RER trains and will take you to the city’s main stations where you can catch connecting TGV high-speed trains to other parts of France.
Traveling with kids? Children under 4 can travel for free on the Métro, RER, buses and trams as long as they sit on your lap. Also, kids under 10 get 50% off their tickets.
Taking the bus in Paris
Around 60 bus lines run through Paris. Each week, buses operate between Monday and Saturday from 07:00 am to 8:30 pm. You can purchase bus tickets from Métro stations, or the driver as long as you use cash.
Taking a taxi in Paris
To get a taxi from Paris Gare du Nord, just head to the concourse at the front of the train and take the exit on the right where you’ll see a taxi rank.
Boasting fascinating architecture, delicious cuisine and monument-lined boulevards, Paris is always a great idea! To help inspire your trip to the French capital, here are some ideas for things to do in Paris:
After visiting Paris, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.
You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.
The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Paris is 4 hours and 25 minutes, with around 14 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Paris is 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris can start from as little as $39.98 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Paris without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Amsterdam to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam to Paris leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Paris leaves at 21:41. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Paris cover a distance of around 268 miles (431 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Amsterdam.
Note: This review was written before Thalys became Eurostar in October 2023. See our Eurostar page for more information.
We found that Europe is extremely well connected by train and moving around was very easy and convenient. As a result, visiting several cities during our holiday was straight forward and we maximized the amount of time we had in each.
Amsterdam Centraal is perched right at the top of the city with the canal boats, buses and trams all providing easy access from wherever you stay. We took one final stroll through the Bloemenmarkt (flower market) before catching a tram back to Amsterdam Centraal. Amsterdam Centraal or CS as the locals call it is a beautiful station. Its Gothic meets Renaissance Revival architecture took our breath away on arrival, it does the same on departure with its turrets, stone reliefs and artwork glistening in the sunshine.
Once inside, look up to the ceiling for more superb artwork in the ticket hall. Almost immediately as you enter, you’ll need to scan your ticket at the gates. We purchased in advance and used mobile tickets on the Trainline app to enter the station. Once inside you’ll need to use one of three tunnels to access the platforms. Train information is shown on large screens across CS titled “Vertrekkende treninen” (which is “departing trains” in English). Helpfully the train, its destinations, platform number and carriage numbers are shown clearly.
Getting to Paris by train we opted to travel in Premium Class with Thalys– the equivalent of First Class. Not only do you get a comfortable seat with extra space but there’s also WiFi, power sockets and a hot meal service.
There was a total of four stations called at along the way, Schipol, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels with barely a few minutes between arriving and departing. For window gazers like me there’s plenty to see out of the window along the way, from fields of flowers and windmills as you pass through the Netherlands to the city centre and historical buildings that make up Belgium’s capital.
In what felt like no time at all, just over 3 hours and 20 minutes to be precise we’d left Amsterdam to our north and arrived right in the middle of Paris at Gare du Nord.
Gare du Nord is a big train station, with a lot of trains heading across Europe including to London, Berlin, Lille, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. We wanted to head down into the city so made a beeline for the exit below the Eurostar terminal and out onto Place Napoléon III.
Paris from here is at your feet and ready to explore. We headed to the hotel first, dropped off our bags and headed for the Seine and the Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa. A trip to Paris also wouldn’t be complete without trying macarons and fresh cream éclairs and you’ll find any number of patisseries as you explore this beautiful city.
Richard is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.