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Travelling from Amsterdam to Paris by train

Go from stroopwafels and coffee shops to exquisite croissants and high fashion with a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. Travelling direct with Thalys, your journey will fly by in a mere three hours – arguably faster than flying when you take transfer times from airports and all the queuing at check-in into account!

There’s a certain romance about going by train from the centre of Amsterdam to the heart of Paris, too. Relax in wide, comfortable chairs and watch the countryside roll by. Alternatively, you can enjoy free WiFi during your journey – perfect if you want to catch up on shows or you need to work on the go. Before you arrive, why not check out our guide to the best things to do in Paris

You won’t have to wait around for luggage once you arrive into Paris Gare du Nord, the station is perfectly places so you’ll be able to get straight into exploring the city. Jump on the metro and head for iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, or check out the Sacré-Cœur, which is reachable from Paris Gare du Nord by foot.

First Class travel from Amsterdam to Paris

If you want to travel in style, why not choose a First Class train ticket from Amsterdam to Paris?

Thalys trains have a Comfort Class that offers larger seats in a spacious, quiet environment with faster WiFi. There's also a Premium Class that offers all that, plus at-seat catering, free newspapers, onboard taxi booking for your arrival and Thalys Lounges access in Paris.

Want to find out more about First Class train travel in Europe? Check out our guide to First Class v Second Class on European trains.

Ready to book? Search for tickets in our Journey Planner above, or read on for more info, including FAQs and trip reviews!

Amsterdam to Paris by train

It takes an average of 5h 1m to travel from Amsterdam to Paris by train, over a distance of around 268 miles (431 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 20m
PriceFrom €25
Distance268 miles (431 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
First train06:15
Last train20:25
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Thalys, BlaBlaBus

Amsterdam to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Paris for Friday 18th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:15 Amsterdam-Centraal10:38 Paris Gare du NordThalys 9316 SNCF Get tickets3h 23m, direct
07:22 Amsterdam Lelylaan10:38 Paris Gare du NordRegionalExpress 4614 NS Get tickets3h 16m, 1 change
07:25 Amsterdam-Centraal12:05 Paris Gare du NordIC direct 9216 NS Get tickets4h 40m, 1 change
07:28 Amsterdam Zuid12:05 Paris Gare du NordRegionalExpress 4316 NS Get tickets4h 37m, 2 changes
09:15 Amsterdam-Centraal12:35 Paris Gare du NordThalys 9328 SNCF Get tickets3h 20m, direct
09:22 Amsterdam Lelylaan12:35 Paris Gare du NordRegionalExpress 4622 NS Get tickets3h 13m, 1 change
11:15 Amsterdam-Centraal14:35 Paris Gare du NordThalys 9340 SNCF Get tickets3h 20m, direct
11:22 Amsterdam Lelylaan14:35 Paris Gare du NordRegionalExpress 4630 NS Get tickets3h 13m, 1 change
13:15 Amsterdam-Centraal16:38 Paris Gare du NordThalys 9352 SNCF Get tickets3h 23m, direct
13:22 Amsterdam Lelylaan16:38 Paris Gare du NordRegionalExpress 4638 NS Get tickets3h 16m, 1 change

Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Paris

You can travel from Amsterdam to Paris on Thalys trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris starts at €25 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam to Paris? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Amsterdam to Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Paris is 5 hours and 1 minute, with around 11 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Amsterdam and Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Paris is 3 hours and 20 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Paris can start from as little as €25 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Paris without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Amsterdam to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam to Paris leave?

The first train from Amsterdam to Paris leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam to Paris leave?

The last train from Amsterdam to Paris leaves at 20:25. 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.

What's the distance between Amsterdam and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Paris cover a distance of around 268 miles (431 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Amsterdam to Paris.

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From the Venice of the North to the City of Love

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

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.


About Richard

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.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/18/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/11/2021 for travel on 08/11/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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