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. Note that there have been some significant changes to service frequencies due to the ‘coronavirus’ measures.
1. Amsterdam-Warsaw by Train
It is possible to travel Amsterdam-Warsaw by rail during the daytime – this will take about 12 hours and 1 change is required in Berlin.
The journey is made up of the Amsterdam-Berlin IC train (6 hours 30 minutes, runs 5-6x daily) and then the Berlin-Warsaw Eurocity Express (5 hours 30 minutes, 5x daily).
Amsterdam-Warsaw: You could depart Amsterdam Central at 0700 on the Berlin-bound IC train which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1322. Then take the 1342 Eurocity service from Berlin which gets you into Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central station) at 1911.
Warsaw-Amsterdam: Travelling from the opposite direction, take the Eurocity from Warsaw departing at 0640 which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1216; then take the 1234 IC train from Berlin which arrives at Amsterdam Central at 1900.
Note, while the above connections in Berlin are quite tight (both ways), there are later departures running. Alternatively make an overnight stopover in Berlin to break up the journey.
One-way fares for Amsterdam-Warsaw are priced from €37.90 (2nd class) and €56.90 (1st class).
Want to plan a stopover in Berlin? The German Rail site allows you to add a stopover point (Berlin) and stopover time when booking your ticket. This can sometimes work out cheaper than buying separate Amsterdam-Berlin and Berlin-Warsaw tickets. This is because the cheapest Amsterdam-Berlin and Amsterdam-Warsaw fares are the same price (€37.90).
2. 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 2-3x daily non-stop flights using Embraer 190 ‘Cityhopper’ aircraft. Prices start from around €150 return not including checked luggage.
LOT Polish Airlines (Star Alliance) has 2x daily non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Warsaw using Embraer 190 aircraft. Prices are broadly similar to KLM.
3. Amsterdam-Warsaw by Coach
German coach company Flixbus operates up to 3x daily Amsterdam-Warsaw connections. Most of the time a change of coach is required in either Germany or Krakow although Flixbus runs the occasional direct service. Journey times are 18-26 hours and singles cost from €40 if booking in advance.
This article was originally published in 2013 and has continuously been updated. Last update 5 October 2020.