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To reach Amsterdam from Paris, the train is one of the best travel options. Thalys offers a number of daily train services for this route.
Thalys offers a direct train service from Paris to Amsterdam on an hourly basis throughout the day, from 6.25am in the morning.
Thalys trains from Paris to Amsterdam leave from Paris Gare du Nord (Paris Nord)
Trains from Paris to Amsterdam arrive at Amsterdam Centraal, near to the city center.
As the bird flies, the distance between Paris and Amsterdam is 268 miles. By train, the reality is a distance of a little over 310 miles between the two cities.
With the high speed rail service operated by Thalys, the journey between Paris and Amsterdam is just 3h17 when traveling by train.
By bus, the journey is 7h30; by plane, the journey is 1h15; by car, the journey is 5h.
The train stops at the following stations: Bruxelles-Midi in Brussels, Antwerpen Centraal, Rotterdam Centraal and Schiphol Airport, before reaching its destination of Amsterdam Centraal.
You can choose between a number of travel classes: Comfort 1 (the equivalent to first class) or Comfort 2 (standard class or economy). In Comfort 1, you can enjoy: comfortable seats and more legroom; a food and drink service at your seat; free newspapers and magazine in multiple languages; and access to a private lounge on board. In Comfort 2, you can purchase food and drink at the Thalys Welcome Bar on board the train as well as make use of individual sockets from which to charge electricals. Free WiFi is available on board for all passengers.
Explore the Jordaan district: The old worker's quarter of Amsterdam is full of charm. Restaurants, art galleries and small boutiques line the narrow streets of Jordaan. Make it your mission to find your favorite place, tucked away in a secret corner or just off a cobbled street.
Get your dose of culture at the Museumplein: The Museumplein, a space in the Museumkwartier of Amsterdam, is the cultural center of the city, bringing together a number of museums and exhibition spaces including those of the Rijksmuseum and its 8,000 works, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.
Take a bike ride along the canal: The preferred method of transport in Amsterdam is without a doubt the bicycle. So hop on your bike (which you can easily hire in the city) and join the hoards of Dutch cyclists. A beautiful and typically Dutch way to explore the city and its canals.
There are plenty of reasons to escape Paris for Amsterdam, whether for a long weekend or a city break. A number of great events take place each year and are the perfect reason to take the train to Amsterdam:
King's Day: April 27 – a number of festivities and events take place to celebrate the birthday of the King.
Amsterdam Open Garden Days – visit Amsterdam's private canal house gardens as they open to the public for one weekend only.
Gay Pride: July/August - Amsterdam's Gay Pride festival is one of the largest Gay Pride festivals in Europe.
Mysteryland: August – one of the most famous dance music festivals in the world.
Grachtenfestival: August – the famous classical music festival held on Amsterdam's canals. Not to be missed!
The PINT Bokbierfestival: October – the little sister of Germany's Oktoberfest.
The Amsterdam Light Festival - from the beginning of December to mid January – the city lights up with artworks and light shows.