Want to spend some time in the capital of the Netherlands and looking for more information on how to travel by train from Paris to Amsterdam? You’ve come to the right place!
On average, the journey time by train from Paris to Amsterdam is 4 hours and 15 minutes. Each day, around 13 trains run on this popular route, with the fastest service taking you from Paris to Amsterdam in just 3 hours and 19 minutes. Generally, the journey time can be longer on weekends and holiday, so make sure you use our Journey Planner at the top of this page to search for a specific travel date.
On this route, all trains depart from Paris Gare du Nord station and arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station. While you can choose to travel from Paris to Amsterdam by train, plane of car – taking the train is by far the quickest option when planning city to city journeys. Not only will it take less time, travelling by train is the environmentally friendly option. You can travel from one city centre to another in just over 3 hours, so you’ll be swapping croissants for canals in no time.
If you’re planning on travelling directly from Paris to Amsterdam, Thalys’ high-speed trains will whisk you there at speeds of up to 300 km/h. Whichever class you travel in, you’ll enjoy comfortable seating, free WiFi and plug sockets to charge your electronics during your journey. Fancy treating yourself? Opt for Thalys’ Premier (First Class tickets) for that bit of extra luxury and space – including at-seat dining and access to the Thalys lounge in Paris prior to boarding.
Once you’ve arrived at Amsterdam Centraal station, you can start exploring the city. If you want to travel around the city like a local, hire some bikes and pedal over bridges and canals. Also, Amsterdam is home to some of Europe’s best museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House Museum.
Eager to start your journey? Begin your search for train tickets from Paris to Amsterdam in our Journey Planner – we’ll show you times and highlight the cheapest fares. For more information, keep reading to find FAQs about the journey, as well as tips on how to keep the cost of train travel as low as possible.
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 Paris to Amsterdam 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 Paris and Amsterdam is 4 hours and 37 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 Paris to Amsterdam is 3 hours and 19 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Amsterdam can start from as little as $21.86 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 Paris to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Paris to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Amsterdam leaves at 06:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Amsterdam leaves at 20:55. 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 Paris to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 268 miles (431 km) during the journey.
Travelling from Paris to Amsterdam is much easier and faster than we first thought it would be. Planning for a week in Europe starting in Paris and then heading further afield, Amsterdam became a serious option with Thalys high-speed trains taking around 3 hours 20 minutes to whisk us from Gare du Nord to Amsterdam Centraal. It seemed like a no-brainer, so off we went.
Thalys have 3 classes of travel onboard and we found out reservations were mandatory as this will guarantee a seat at time of booking. Whilst each class includes things such as WiFi, for a 3-hour trip we opted for the “Premium” ticket (or First Class to most travellers). Included in the price of the ticket is an at-seat hot meal service and drinks. Deciding to get two good full days in Amsterdam we opted for one of the early morning services and enjoyed breakfast on the train.
Gare du Nord is a hive of activity and there’s plenty at the station to keep you occupied, from cafes, shops or people watching. There’s always something going on here. We found the platform information easy to find as its displayed on the large screens around the station. Thalys trains are easy to spot as well, their deep red colour and slick styling means they stand out among all the other trains.
Before boarding at Gare du Nord its worth noting that there’s a small security check, although not long I’d recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before departure to give yourself enough time to pass security, board and get settled.
Once on-board the time begins to fly and as you gaze out the window as Paris passes you by before the countryside begins to surround you, and everything turns green.
As a direct train service to Amsterdam Centraal there was no need to change trains and only a few stops along the way. As you head north of Paris the first calling point was Lille, a brief stop and then on to Belgium and the capital, Brussels. Again, we’re soon flying along and heading into the Netherlands via Antwerp and Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a great place to see something a little unusual out of a train window. Just outside the station, Rotterdam Zoo straddles the railway on either side. Here we caught a glimpse of some of the animals living there and lots of storks nesting on top of telegraph poles.
In just over 3 hours 20 minutes we’re arriving at Amsterdam Centraal and you can’t help but notice the stunning Gothic meets Renaissance Revival architecture – look up as you walk out through the ticket hall, the ceilings are impressive! Before you head off down the canals and towards the heart of the city, consider heading across the lake on one of the free ferries. You will head across the IJ where you can get a truly panoramic view of Amsterdam and its surroundings from the viewing platform on top of A’DAM lookout.
Amsterdam is a terrific city and one we’ll return to in the future, hopefully by train!
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.