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 4h 30m, but can take just 3h 23m on the fastest Thalys 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, so you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey. When travelling 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. Travelling directly with Thalys, your journey will fly by in a mere 3 hours – that’s arguably faster than flying when you factor in transfer times form airports and all the queues to check-in!
When travelling from the centre 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.
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Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.
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.
The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Paris is 3 hours and 56 minutes, with around 13 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 $38.34 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 21:28. 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.
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 maximised 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 it’s 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 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.