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About the journey from Paris to Amsterdam

The average journey time by train between Paris and Amsterdam is 4 hours and 15 minutes, with around 26 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.

  • All trains depart from Paris Gare du Nord station.
  • All trains arrive into Amsterdam Centraal (Central) station.

While it's possible to travel from Paris to Amsterdam by train, plane and automobile – taking the train is by far the quickest option when planning city centre to city centre journeys. Not only that, it’s much kinder on the environment, and you can arrive and depart from both city centres – so you’ll be swapping croissants for canals in just over three hours.  

If you want to travel direct from France to Amsterdam, Thalys high-speed trains can whisk you there at speeds of up to 300 km/h. Whichever class you choose to travel in, you’ll enjoy free WiFi, comfortable seating and plug sockets to keep your electronics charged during your journey. Opt for Thalys’ Premium (First Class) tickets if you want that bit of extra luxury and space – including at-seat dining and access to the Thalys lounge in Paris before you board.  

There are also indirect train routes that include a quick stopover in Brussels, where you’ll swap to either another Thalys train, an NS or SNCB Intercity train, or even the Eurostar. 

Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Paris to Amsterdam in our Journey Planner at the top of the page – we’ll show you times and costs and highlight the cheapest tickets. Keep reading to find FAQs about the journey and tips on how to keep the cost of train travel from Paris to Amsterdam as low as possible.   

Paris to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 7h 38m to travel from Paris to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 268 miles (431 km). There are normally 28 trains per day travelling from Paris to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from €35 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 07m
Price€35 - €260.20
Distance268 miles (431 km)
Frequency28 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationAmsterdam
Changes2 changes
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Paris to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Amsterdam for Wednesday 27th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:28 Paris Gare du Nord13:32 Amsterdam ZuidTGV INOUI 7005 SNCF Get tickets6h 04m, 4 changes
07:28 Paris Gare du Nord13:35 Amsterdam-CentraalTGV INOUI 7005 SNCF Get tickets6h 07m, 3 changes
07:28 Paris Gare du Nord14:06 Amsterdam AmstelTGV INOUI 7005 SNCF Get tickets6h 38m, 2 changes
09:30 Paris Gare du Nord15:32 Amsterdam ZuidRER 84640 SNCF Get tickets6h 02m, 5 changes
09:30 Paris Gare du Nord15:35 Amsterdam-CentraalRER 84640 SNCF Get tickets6h 05m, 4 changes
09:30 Paris Gare du Nord15:38 Amsterdam-CentraalRER 84640 SNCF Get tickets6h 08m, 3 changes
10:16 Paris Gare du Nord17:32 Amsterdam ZuidTGV INOUI 7025 SNCF Get tickets7h 16m, 5 changes
10:16 Paris Gare du Nord17:35 Amsterdam-CentraalTGV INOUI 7025 SNCF Get tickets7h 19m, 4 changes
11:46 Paris Gare du Nord18:32 Amsterdam ZuidTGV INOUI 7031 SNCF Get tickets6h 46m, 4 changes
11:46 Paris Gare du Nord18:35 Amsterdam-CentraalTGV INOUI 7031 SNCF Get tickets6h 49m, 3 changes

Thalys trains from Paris to Amsterdam

You can travel from Paris to Amsterdam 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 Paris to Amsterdam

Train tickets from Paris to Amsterdam start at €35 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €150.06.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price106.44
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price119.89
on the day
avg. single price150.06

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 Paris to Amsterdam 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris to Amsterdam? 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 Paris to Amsterdam take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Amsterdam is 7 hours and 38 minutes, with around 28 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.

How fast does the train from Paris to Amsterdam travel?

Thalys high-speed trains from Paris to Amsterdam can travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Amsterdam is 5 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Amsterdam cost?

The average train ticket price from Paris to Amsterdam usually costs around €119.89 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €35 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Amsterdam?

Yes. There are 0 direct Thalys trains that travel from Paris to Amsterdam each day with an average journey time of 7 hours and 38 minutes.

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

The first train from Paris to Amsterdam leaves at 07:28 from Paris Gare du Nord. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Amsterdam leaves at 20:04 from Paris Gare du Nord. 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 Paris and Amsterdam by train?

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

Which train companies operate between Paris and Amsterdam?

All trains from Paris to Amsterdam are operated by Thalys – a high-speed train company connecting the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany.

Looking for more information?

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

Our tips and tricks

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Getting from Paris to Amsterdam, fast.

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

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!


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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Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Amsterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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