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Amsterdam - Paris Travel


Paris is the capital of France and a major international tourist hub - located around 425km south-west from Amsterdam.

Let's look at options for travel between Amsterdam and Paris on scheduled public transport...

1. Train

The train is without doubt the best way to travel between Amsterdam and Paris - with the opening of the high speed track between Netherlands and Belgium, the journey from Amsterdam Central to Paris Nord station can be done in under 3h 20 minutes.

thalys train amsterdam to paris

Thalys trains run between the 2 cities making stops at Schiphol airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels Zuid/Midi. The cheapest one-way "No-Flex" fares start at €35 one-way in Comfort 2 (2nd class) and €79 in Comfort 1 (1st class) - you must book well in advance to secure these promo fares. The highest Comfort 1 Flex fare one-way is €205; Le Salon (a private lounge sitting 4) costs €820.

Thalys seats are sold like airfares - so you must make a reservation. WiFi is available throughout the train, free for Comfort 1 passengers who also get a meal served at their seat. Comfort 2 passengers can purchase WiFi credits at the bar coach. All seats have access to power outlets.

See International Train Services from Amsterdam for more info on rail travel from Amsterdam.

2. Plane

air france amsterdam paris

Air France-KLM has 12 daily flights from Schiphol to Paris Charles de Gualle (CDG) airport - half the flights are operated by KLM using Boeing 737s whilst Air France uses Airbus A320s for the others. Scheduled flight time is approximately 1h 15 minutes.

Expect to pay from €99 for a return ticket.



Lufthansa also sells flights between Amsterdam and Paris with a connection in Frankfurt. They offer about 10 daily connection possibilities and tickets will set you back from €150.

At CDG you can connect onto the French TGV network or take an RER train into town which takes around 40 minutes.

Note, after accounting for airport transfers, check-in, security and waiting around, the Thalys train is quicker centre-to-centre than flying.

3. Coach

eurolines bus amsterdam

Eurolines runs a frequent coach service from its Amsterdam Amstel terminal to Paris (International Bus station Galliéni at Galliéni metro station). Every day Eurolines has 4-6 daytime services and 1 night service. The trip takes around 8 hours. Returns vary between about €28 and €76, and one-ways start at €15.

Eurolines has sales outlets in Amsterdam at Rokin 38A in the centre and at its Amstel terminal (Julianaplein 5); in Paris the sales office is at Galliéni terminal at 28 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, Bagnolet.

Megabus also runs a cheap 2x daily coach service between Amsterdam (Zeeburg Park & Ride) and Paris (Porte Maillot Coach park). Prices start from around €6 one-way. iDBUS operates a premium coach service between Amsterdam (Stadionplein) and Paris Bercy via Lille.


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