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The train from Paris to Amsterdam usually takes 4h 37m, but can take just 3h 19m 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, on most services, free WiFi as standard.
Opt for Eurostar’s Premium (First Class) tickets if you want that bit of extra luxury, including at-seat dining and access to the Eurostar lounge in Paris before you board. Once you arrive in Amsterdam why not check out the city's major museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House Museum.
Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Amsterdam with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.
It takes an average of 4h 38m to travel from Paris to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 268 miles (431 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Paris to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from £31.54 when you book in advance.
From 3h 20m
268 miles (431 km)
13 trains per day
Direct trains 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).
In Standard class, you'll find comfortable seats, free WiFi and a large selection of drinks and snacks for sale in the onboard café-bar.
As well as all the facilities you'll find in Standard Class, in Eurostar Standard Premier you'll also get a light meal served at your seat for trips to and from London. Instead of Standard Premier, Red trains travelling around Europe have Comfort Class. Though you won't get a meal at your seat for trips solely in Europe, you'll get to sit back and relax in comfier seats.
For trains to and from London, Business Premier gives you the freedom to travel in your own time, with speedy boarding and Eurostar's exclusive Business Premier lounges where you can relax before your trip. In Premium Class, exclusively on trains in Europe, you'll benefit from complete comfort, including a free meal and free drinks at your seat.
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).
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.
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:
Trains in the rest of Europe:
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:
If you're travelling on red trains in the rest of Europe:
Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:
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.
With its central location in the city, Paris Gare du Nord station is easy to reach by all modes of transport.
Trains: TER and TGV trains from the northern suburbs of Paris, and cities like Calais and Lille, run into the station regularly. It’s also close to Gare de L’Est train station, around a 5–10-minute walk.
Metro: Metro lines 4 and 5 stop at Gare du Nord, as do RER lines B, D and E.
Buses: A lot of the local buses will stop at or near Gare du Nord station.
Taxis: There is a dedicated taxi rank outside the front of the station for drop-offs.
You should aim to arrive around 20 minutes before your train to Amsterdam is due to leave. Eurostar trains to other countries on the continent usually depart from platforms 7 and 8, and you’ll need to pass through a security gate to get onto the platform. There may also be luggage and security checks prior to you boarding the train.
Thalys trains usually arrive into platforms 13, 14 or 15 at Amsterdam Centraal station. From here, you’ll be straight into the IJhal (the main station area) as soon as you step off the platform.
Metro, bus and tram: You can reach the metro and bus station via the IJhal. For the metro, there are entrances in the hall and outside on the city-centre side. For buses, take the escalators to get to the bus platform. Trams depart outside the station.
Taxis: There are usually plenty of taxis waiting outside the station.
Walking: It's also easy to walk from the station to the city's main sights.
Bicycles: The main way to get around in Amsterdam, you can hire bikes from a shop within the station.
And of course, you don’t have to walk far to admire the miles of picturesque canals that loop the city.
Taking the train from Paris to Amsterdam is just the start. This vibrant city is full of amazing ways to spend your time there. Take a look at some of our inspirational guides to Amsterdam to help plan your visit.
The average journey time by train between Paris and Amsterdam is 4 hours and 38 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 20 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to Amsterdam can start from as little as £31.54 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.
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 06:19. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Amsterdam leaves at 20:53. 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.
Note: This review was written before Thalys became Eurostar in October 2023. See our Eurostar page for more information.
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 trains 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. The train was easy to spot as well - Eurostar trains between France and the Netherlands are a deep red colour and their 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 this was 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.