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Amsterdam - Paris Travel

 

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 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, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels Zuid/Midi.

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Classes of travel on Thalys are Comfort 1 (1st class) and Comfort 2 (2nd class). Comfort 1 includes drinks and snacks served at your seat, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi internet. Comfort 2 passengers can purchase food, drink and WiFi credits at the onboard bar. All seats onboard have individual electric power outlets.

Thalys Comfort 1 passengers can also get access to the NS International lounges at Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol stations.

The cheapest Amsterdam-Paris one-way fares are called "No-Flex" and start at €35 for Comfort 2 and €79 for Comfort 1 - though you should book well in advance as the Thalys is extremely popular. Thalys tickets go on sale 3 months prior to travel.

The highest Comfort 1 Flex fare one-way is €205; Le Salon (a private lounge sitting 4) costs €820.

Reservations are mandatory and prices can increase significantly closer to the travel date. Special offer fares can be a little cheaper than the no-flex tickets - such as 1st Minute fares which are for travel exactly 3 months out.

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 €39 (Comfort 2) or €62 (Comfort 1).

Is it possible to travel Amsterdam-Paris on standard trains? Sort of, from Amsterdam you can travel to Antwerp (about 2 hours via Rotterdam or Roosendaal) - 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, significantly lower than Thalys.

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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 option.

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KLM operates 6 daily flights between Amsterdam and Paris using Boeing 737 aircraft. Partner Air France has 5 daily flights using Airbus A320 planes. Flights are spread evenly throughout the day with departures running from about 0700 to 2100.

Return fares are priced from €99 - though you will pay extra for checked luggage.

Lufthansa (Star Alliance) also sells flights between Amsterdam and Paris with a connection in Frankfurt. They offer about 8 daily connection possibilities and tickets will set you back from about €200.

As France and Netherlands are within the Schengen Zone you do not need to go through a passport control check when travelling between Amsterdam and Paris.

From Schiphol it is easy to travel to central Amsterdam by train, taking 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

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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 up to 7x daytime services and 1 night service. The trip takes around 7-8 hours. A standard one-way trip is priced at €35 although special offer fares can be cheaper.

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 - open daily 0600-2300. Other Eurolines Paris sales points are at Clichy (75 bis boulevard de Clichy), La Sorbonne (55 rue Saint Jacques) and Versailles (4 avenue de Sceaux).

Megabus also runs a 2x daily coach service between Amsterdam (Zeeburg Park & Ride) and Paris (Porte Maillot Coach park). Prices start from around €15 one-way with a journey time of 7 1/2 hours.

iDBUS operates a 4x daily premium coach service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk station and Paris Bercy. The journey time is just under 7 hours and fares start at €35 one-way.

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