Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is situated some 1,100km east from Amsterdam.
Let’s look at the options for travel between Amsterdam and Warsaw by air, train or bus.
1. Amsterdam-Warsaw by Air
Due to the distance, flying is by far the most convenient option. Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Warsaw Frederic Chopin airport (WAW) take around 2 hours.
KLM (Skyteam) has up to 3x daily non-stop flights using Boeing 737 or Embraer 190 aircraft. Prices start from around €150 return not including checked luggage.
LOT Polish Airlines (Star Alliance) has 3x daily non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Warsaw using Boeing 737 and Embraer 195 aircraft. Prices are broadly similar to KLM.
2. Amsterdam-Warsaw by Train
It is possible to travel Amsterdam-Warsaw by rail during the daytime – this will take about 13-14 hours and 1 change is required in Berlin.
The journey is made up of the Amsterdam-Berlin IC train and then the Berlin-Warsaw Eurocity Express. Each trip takes about 6 hours 30 minutes.
Amsterdam-Warsaw: You could depart Amsterdam Central at 0900 on the Berlin-bound IC train which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1534. Then take the 1653 Eurocity service which gets you into Warsaw Centralna at 2318.
You could also take the early 0502 Berlin train from Amsterdam which would then get you into Warsaw as early as 1922.
Warsaw-Amsterdam: From the opposite direction, take the Eurocity from Warsaw departing at 0939 which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1606; then take the 1623 IC train which arrives at Amsterdam Central at 2300. Note the tighter connections on the Warasw-Amsterdam trip.
For the early birds there is also a 5am departure from Warsaw which would get you to Amsterdam by 1900.
One-way fares for Amsterdam-Berlin are priced from €40 (2nd class) and €70 (1st class). Berlin-Warsaw starts from €30 (2nd class) and €60 (1st class) each way.
Consider making an overnight stop in Berlin to reduce the risk of missing a connection and to have a wider choice of fares.
How to book online: Amsterdam-Warsaw by rail can be booked at the NS International site.
If splitting your journey via Berlin you can also book separate tickets at German Railways Bahn.de site – if booking we advise registering with the site so you can check/reprint tickets if required.
3. Amsterdam-Warsaw by Coach
German coach company Flixbus operates up to 5x daily Amsterdam-Warsaw connections. A change of coach is required in either Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Wroclaw or Krakow depending on the service chosen. Journey times are 19-23 hours and singles cost from €29 if booking well in advance.