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Travelling by train from Amsterdam to Paris in under 3 and a half hours

On 1st October 2023, Thalys became Eurostar. Thalys' red trains will stay the same, including the classes and services available on board, but every Thalys train now displays the Eurostar name and logo. 

➡️ Head to our dedicated Eurostar page for more information.

Looking to travel from Amsterdam to Paris by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Amsterdam to Paris can take just 3 hours and 20 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Eurostar. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and free WiFi as standard. Why not upgrade to Comfort or Premium class for a little luxury along the way?

You won’t have to wait around for luggage once you arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, as it’ll be with you on the train. What’s more, the station is super close to the city's main attractions, so you’ll be able to get straight into exploring the city. If you’re headed to Paris for end-of-year festivities, check out our tips for what to see around New Year’s in Paris

All year round, jump on the metro and head for iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, or check out Sacré-Cœur, which is only a short walk away from Paris Gare du Nord. If you need more inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Paris.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for info on:

Amsterdam to Paris by train

It takes an average of 4h 28m to travel from Amsterdam to Paris by train, over a distance of around 268 miles (431 km). There are normally 16 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Paris and tickets for this journey start from £31.42 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 21m


268 miles (431 km)


16 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £31.42

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Eurostar

Amsterdam to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Paris for Tuesday 23rd April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:11 11:36 3h 25m, direct
09:11 13:07 3h 56m, 1 change
10:11 13:45 3h 34m, direct
11:11 15:06 3h 55m, 1 change
12:11 15:39 3h 28m, direct
12:25 17:14 4h 49m, 3 changes
14:11 17:36 3h 25m, direct
15:11 18:36 3h 25m, direct
16:15 19:36 3h 21m, direct
17:11 20:39 3h 28m, direct

Eurostar trains from Amsterdam to Paris

You can travel from Amsterdam to Paris on Eurostar 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.

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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 luggage, and onboard food and beverage carriage. 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 1st October, 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 colour scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar classes from Amsterdam to Paris

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar when travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Onboard services on Eurostar

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Amsterdam to Paris.


Although there's no weight limit for your luggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.

Each bag must be clearly labelled and must be no longer than 85 cm (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 75 x 53 x 30 cm (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you travelling 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 café-bar in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're travelling 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 sweet and savoury 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 plug sockets at your seat so you can charge your devices while travelling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, buying a child ticket guarantees them their own seat.

You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.


Currently, only certain Eurostar trains running between London and Brussels can transport fully assembled bikes - contact Eurostar for more information. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 85 cm long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard luggage.

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 135 x 85 x 30 cm). Foldable bicycles are also allowed and count towards standard luggage limits.


The rules around travelling with your pets depend on whether you're travelling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:

Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:

  • Pets are not permitted on board.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs can travel, but they must be accompanied by their owner. You must also reserve a ticket for your assistance dog at least 48 hours before travel, by filling out Eurostar's contact form.

Trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Small dogs and other pets weighing less than 6 kg can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 45 x 30 x 25 cm).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around £26), and the dog must travel on your lap or on the ground, on a lead and with a muzzle.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs, whatever their size, travel for free.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

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 the contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

If you're travelling to/from the United Kingdom:

  • Arrive at least one hour before your train's scheduled departure time, then head to the Eurostar Assist desk or ask a member of staff.
  • If you have a wheelchair, you must reserve a wheelchair space in either Standard Premier or Business Premier - you'll only pay for a Standard Class ticket. Someone can travel with you at a discounted rate.

If you're travelling on red trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 70 cm long and 120 cm high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 150 cm in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any luggage must not exceed 300 kg.
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.

Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:


  • There's no restriction on liquids. However, there are restrictions on alcohol: you can take 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person to enjoy on the journey, but large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're travelling with large quantities of alcohol, you should contact a courier service.

Sports equipment:

  • You can travel with a golf bag as long as it's no larger than 120 x 35 x 35 cm.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 85 cm long.
  • Camping gas or butane bottles are not permitted on board.
  • Camping utensils or tools such as pocket knives and Swiss army knives are permitted provided the blades are less than 75 mm long. Folding knives where the blade locks into place are prohibited.
  • You can bring bats, snooker or pool cues and darts on board if they're stored in a protective case.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris starts at £31.42 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.

Get festive in France – celebrate the festive season in Paris!

Paris, the City of Love and the City of Lights – a perfect pairing for the festive season! There’s plenty to do to keep busy this winter in the French capital:

  1. Go window-shopping at some of Paris’ most famous department stores: Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you wander through the streets and admire the window displays of Paris’s department stores. From Printemps to the Galeries Lafayette, there are decorations and animations galore in the store windows. If you have time, why not head inside and discover the decorations inside too?
  2. Spend New Year’s Eve on the Champs-Élysées: get dressed up to the nines for New Year’s in a city known for its fashion sense! There are lots of places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris, whether you’re with friends or family. If you fancy counting down to midnight with thousands of others, head to the Champs-Élysées to watch the fireworks!
  3. Go ice-skating at the Hôtel de Ville: Every year, there’s an open-air ice rink at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Get your skates on and practice your moves in this gorgeous location!
  4. Discover the Christmas markets: a dozen or so Christmas markets pop up every year in Paris. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover artisan products and taste speciality food and drink which will tickle your taste buds. We’d recommend taking a stroll around the Montmartre Christmas Market while drinking a warm cup of mulled wine and admiring all the Christmas lights.

Getting from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city centre

If you’re visiting Amsterdam from abroad, you might be arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Want to know how to get to the city centre from the airport? Keep reading for more details.

Trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal station is the fastest and cheapest way to get to the city centre. Trains are operated by NS, the main rail operator in the Netherlands. Services run every 10-15 minutes from 6:00 am and 1:00am (they depart every hour during other times). The journey takes around 15 minutes, leaving you in one of Amsterdam's most central and best-connected locations.

Buy your ticket from Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam Centraal with Trainline.

Buses from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The Amsterdam Airport Express, or Bus 397, departs from the airport several times an hour from 5:00 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 in quite central areas.

You can buy a ticket online with Trainline. It’s also possible to pay with a contactless card on the bus, or purchase a ticket from the ticket office during its opening hours.

How to get to Amsterdam Centraal station

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.

All you need to know about Amsterdam Centraal station

Arriving in Paris

Arriving at Paris Gare du Nord station from Amsterdam

When travelling 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 neighbourhoods straight away! In the station, you’ll find Métro and RER trains to take you all over the city, from Montmartre to Le Marais.

Using public transport in Paris

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 T+ ticket. The T+ 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.

Travelling 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 7:00 am to 12:30 am (though some lines will stop running earlier). Many buses also operate on Sundays and bank holidays. You can purchase bus tickets from Métro stations (it’s the same T+ ticket as for the metro) or buy a ticket from 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.

Explore Europe by train with an Interrail Pass

After visiting Paris, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With an Interrail 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 an Interrail Pass if you’re a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country. If you’re not a European citizen or resident, you can use a Eurail Pass instead. 

Where to go next after Paris

Whether you’re heading to the UK after your sojourn in Paris or you’re looking to explore somewhere else on the continent, we’ve got you covered.

Head from Paris to London

It’s easy to travel from Paris to London with Eurostar. You’ll be familiar with the station already, as the train leaves from Paris Gare du Nord (where the train from Amsterdam arrives). It can take just 2 hours and 16 minutes, and there’s no waiting around for your luggage once you’re in the UK – you can just grab your bags and go!

Find out more about what Eurostar offers, including its Standard Premier and Business Premier classes, and book your tickets with Trainline.

Board a train to Barcelona

If you’re looking to explore more of Europe by train, why not head south from Paris to Barcelona? TGV INOUI trains run direct from Paris to Barcelona and can take just 6 hours and 29 minutes to reach the Catalonian capital. Plus, there’s no need to wait around at the airport for hours before boarding – simply turn up at Paris Gare de Lyon and hop on the train!

Speed away to Brussels

Want to visit another of Europe’s bustling capitals? Brussels might be the place for you. Home to beer, waffles, fries and much more besides, there’s plenty to see and do in the Belgian capital.

The journey from Paris to Brussels can take just 1 hour and 23 minutes on the fastest Eurostar services, which means less time spent waiting around and more time to explore! So, what are you waiting for?

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 4 hours and 28 minutes, with around 16 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 21 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Paris can start from as little as £31.42 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 11 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 06:11. 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 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.

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.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

From the Venice of the North to the City of Love

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 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 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.


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Richard, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Amsterdam and Paris.

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