Working out how to get from Paris to Rotterdam? Take one of the daily direct trains and you’ll be whisked over from the centre of Paris to Rotterdam in just two and a half hours. Let’s face it, it’s a lot more relaxing than dealing with traffic and the hassle of city parking!
Here’s what you need to know about trains from Paris to Rotterdam. You’ll be transported over on a high-speed Thalys train at speeds of up to 300 km/h, departing from Paris Gare du Nord and arriving into Rotterdam Centraal. Leave Paris early in the morning for an easy day trip to Rotterdam. That way, you can spend your day exploring the city’s many museums, marvelling at the modern architecture or simply basking in the lively culture. Treat yourself by upgrading to Premium (equivalent to First Class) for more spacious seats and access to the Thalys Lounge.
Ready to book? Scroll down for the journey summary and train times, as well as all the FAQs for this route.
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 Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam is 7 hours and 55 minutes, with around 20 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 Rotterdam is 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Rotterdam can start from as little as €35 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 Rotterdam without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Paris to Rotterdam. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Rotterdam leaves at 07:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Rotterdam leaves at 22:54. 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 Rotterdam cover a distance of around 231 miles (372 km) during the journey.