Trains Paris to Amsterdam

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Facts

Trains Amsterdam <> Paris 

Booking horizon  4 months 
Duration 3h18
Distance  477km 
Train company Thalys
Station Amsterdam Amsterdam Centraal
Station Paris Paris Gare du Nord

Timetable, route and costs

Use our journey planner at the top of this page to find all tickets from Paris to Amsterdam. 

Buy all cheap train tickets here at HappyRail for the train from Paris to Amsterdam. The best chance to get cheap tickets for the Thalys between Paris and Amsterdam is to book early, you can buy tickets up to three months in advance, and / or avoid weekends and rush hour trains.  

Trains from Amsterdam to Paris

The Thalys is the direct train between Amsterdam Centraal and Paris Gare du Nord and is a very comfortable high speed train with free wifi and a on board bistro. In the first class a meal and a drink in included with the ticket. First class passengers can also use the station lounges at Amsterdam Centraal and Paris Gare du Nord.  

Connections and duration

Everyday you can take up to eleven direct trains between Amsterdam and Paris. The first train starts very early in the morning, the last train departs early in the evening. The travel time between the two cities is 3 hours and 18 minutes. Between Brussels and Paris and Rotterdam and Amsterdam the Thalys reaches speeds up to 300 km/h. 

Is is also possible, and sometimes cheaper, to take the intercity train from Amsterdam to Brussels and change to the direct Thalys from the Belgian capital to Paris. The journey takes about 1.5 hours longer, but can save you a lot of money. 

If you are travelling with a bike, you are not allowed to take the Thalys unless you completely fold your bike. But here is a good alternative: take the regular train from Amsterdam to Lille with one change in Antwerp and take the direct TGV from Lille to Paris. Not all but a few TGV's have special places for bikes on board. Only for the TGV you have to make a reservation. You can take your bike from Amsterdam to Lille just with you, but you have to a special inyternational bicycle ticket at the station.  

Costs / Prices 

If you book early the cheapest fares for trains from Paris to Brussels start at € 35. If you wait to the last moment ticket prices rise to app. € 135

Sleeper / Overnight trains 

There are no  night trains running anymore between Paris and Amsterdam.  

Scenery 

The route from Paris to Amsterdam is through flat land in The Netherlands and Belgium and some hilly scenery in France; the scenic highlight is the passing of the "Moerdijkbrug" just before the stop in Rotterdam, the bridge crossing the "Hollandsch Diep", a very wide river. 
In France and Belgium the train is running besides a highway; it's almost unreal to see the cars as if they are parked, that's a spectacular part.

Travel by Thalys

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders 
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

France by train - Train tickets & info

Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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Paris Gare du Nord - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare du Nord is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the Thalys (to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne), Eurostar (to London) and TGV's to Lille and regional trains to Reims. You can walk from the station to Montmartre and the Sacre Couer (about 30 minutes)

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-23h15
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h10
  • Bike: 25 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 35 minutes, Metro 4 and 9 
  • Bus: 40 minutes, Bus 42
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 30 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 20 minutes, Metro 4 and 7
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Lyon 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 30 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 25 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 4 minutes, Metro 4
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz  

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 15 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

Paris Gare du Nord - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare du Nord

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Hotel Amiens***

Walking distance: 5 minutes. Affordable, modern rooms. Typical Parisien hotel. 
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Hotel Whistler****

Brand new hotel in opposite of the station. Very modern, high ratings.
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Hotel Terminus Nord****

Classic hotel next to the station. Modern rooms. Typical Parisien bistro. Rating 7+
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•  Find more cheap hotels:
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Paris Gare du Nord - Rental cars

Rent a cheap car at the train station

Cheap rental cars near Paris Gare du Nord - Rent a car in Paris

Rental Cars

8 rental car companies. A few have offices in the departure hall. Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar and more.   


 

 

Amsterdam Centraal - Info

Railway station Amsterdam, Amsterdam Central

Amsterdam Centraal is the name of the main station in Amsterdam and is located in the centre. You can walk from the station to the canals, Dam Square and to other major attractions.

If you want to go to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum which are located at the other side of the centre you can walk for of about 30 minutes, take a tram or the newly opened underground. You can also easily rent a bike. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: yes, available throughout the station
  • Lockers: yes, available 24h
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, but not recommended! (Park your car for free at Diemen or Halfweg station) 

To the city centre

  • Walking: 10 minutes (to the Dam, the central square) 
  • Bike: OV Bike
  • Subway:  2 minutes to the Rokin stop. It's superfast.
  • Tram: 10 minutes
  • Bus: don't take it. It's not going to the centre.
  • Taxi: yes. Including Uber.

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are announced.

Finding your carriage: 

  • You can find the right spot where the train stops, by looking at the table with train compositions that can be found on the platform.

Amsterdam Centraal - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Amsterdam Central Station

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Ibis Styles Amsterdam Central Station***

Right next to the station. Basic, but very convenient and affordable.  
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Hotel Westcord City Centre***

Five minutes from the Amsterdam Central station by foot. Comfortable and clean. Good rates seen the location in the heart of the city. 
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Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Hotel Victoria****

Super-centrally located hotel, opposite the train station. Built in the 19th century, recently renovated. 
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•  Find more cheap hotels:
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Amsterdam Centraal - Rental Cars

Rent a cheap car at Amsterdam Central train station

Cheap rental cars near Paris Gare du Nord - Rent a car in Paris

Rental Cars

Three rental car companies at the station. Sixt, Alamo and Enterprise.