How To Travel Amsterdam to Paris (and back)
Paris is the capital of France and a major international city and popular tourist hub. It is located around 425km south-west from Amsterdam.
Let's look at options for travel between Amsterdam and Paris by high-speed train, flights and bus.
1. Amsterdam-Paris by Train
The train is without doubt the best way to travel between Amsterdam and Paris.
With large sections of high-speed rail track in place in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, this journey can be made in under 3 hours 20 minutes. You also have the convenience of departing and arriving in the heart of the city.
The Amsterdam-Paris rail journey is made using the Thalys trains which runs up to 10x daily between Amsterdam Central station and Paris Gare du Nord. The Thalys makes stops at Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels Zuid/Midi.
Classes of travel on Thalys are Standard, Comfort and Premium with all seats having individual electric power outlets.
Standard has 2nd class seating, free WiFi and food/drink available for purchase at the bar.
Standard tickets can be changed for a €15 fee (plus price difference) and are 50% refundable. There are cheaper Standard Mini fares which are not changeable or refundable.
Comfort has 1st class seating, free WiFi (with more data) and food/drink also available for purchase at the bar.
Comfort tickets can be changed for a €15 fee (plus price difference) and are 50% refundable. Access is granted to the NS International lounges at Amsterdam, Schiphol airport or Rotterdam
Premium is a proper 1st class ticket with 1st class seating, free WiFi (with more data), food/drink served at your seat and a selection of newspapers and magazines available.
Premium ticket holders can access the Thalys lounges in Paris as well as the NS International lounges. Tickets are freely changeable and 100% refundable.
Thalys tickets are bookable up to 4 months out. The cheapest Standard Mini fares for Amsterdam-Paris will cost €35-€65, though you should book as early as possible. Standard fares cost €67-€135, Comfort fares cost €72-€155 and Premium fares range cost €135-€205.
If you have a rail pass (such as Interrail or Eurail) then do note that these are only valid for Thalys travel with an additional reservation fee. This currently costs €15 to €35.
Is it possible to travel Amsterdam-Paris on standard trains?
Sort of, you can travel from Amsterdam to Antwerp using the Intercity Brussels train - then take a Belgian Intercity to Lille Flandres (2 hours).
There are TGV services running from Lille Flandres and nearby Lille Europe stations to Paris Gare Du Nord (1 hour). TGV reservation fees for rail pass holders vary from €6-€18, a bit lower than Thalys.
How to book online: Amsterdam-Paris by rail can be booked at the NS International site
See international train services from Amsterdam for more info on rail travel from Amsterdam.
2. Flights Amsterdam-Paris
Amsterdam-Paris is a well served air route by Skyteam's Air France-KLM with non-stop flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) taking around 1 hour 15 minutes.
Although the flying time is relatively short, when you account for transfers to/from the airports, security and waiting then the Thalys train is undoubtedly the quicker and more convenient city-to-city option.
KLM operates 6 daily flights between Amsterdam and Paris using Boeing 737 aircraft. Partner Air France has 5 daily flights using Airbus A320 series planes. Flights are spread evenly throughout the day with departures running from about 0700 to 2100.
Return fares are priced from €110 - though you will pay extra for checked luggage.
Transavia flies 2x daily from Amsterdam to Paris Orly (ORY) using Boeing 737s. Return fares start at €65 without any optional extras.
As France and the Netherlands are within the Schengen Zone you do not need to go through a passport control check when travelling between Amsterdam and Paris.
Schiphol Airport to central Amsterdam is straight forward by train, taking just 15-20 minutes. From Charles De Gaulle you can take the RER train to downtown Paris which takes 40 minutes.
3. Amsterdam-Paris by Coach
Eurolines runs a frequent coach service from its Amsterdam Duivendrecht terminal to Paris international bus station Galliéni at Galliéni metro station.
Every day Eurolines has up to 5x daytime services and 1 night service. The trip takes around 8 hours and a standard one-way trip is priced from €18.
Eurolines has a sales outlet in Amsterdam at its Duivendrecht terminal.
In Paris the Eurolines sales offices are at Galliéni terminal at Boite 313, 28 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, Bagnolet - open daily 0600-2300, Clichy (75 bis boulevard de Clichy), La Sorbonne (55 rue Saint Jacques) and Paris Porte de Charenton (41 boulevard Poniatowski).
OUIBUS operates up to 7x daily premium coach service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk station and Paris Bercy. The journey time varies between 6 hours 15 mins and 9 hours. Fares start at €19 one-way.
Flixbus also offers up to 11x daily coach services from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Paris with one-way fares from €17. The main Flixbus stop in Paris is Bercy (Seine) at 210 quai de Bercy.
Flixbus also has up to 2 night services departing from Amsterdam Bijlmer station (bus stop Hoogoorddreef) to Paris Bercy.