Traveling by train to Paris from Amsterdam is a fast, efficient and budget friendly option. High speed rail company Thalys connects the two cities with multiple train services which operate on a daily basis.
You can take the train from Amsterdam to Paris from as early as 6h17 in the morning, to as late as 19h17 in the evening.
Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Paris leave from the centrally located Amsterdam Centraal.
Trains from Amsterdam to Paris arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, close to the city center.
The distance between Amsterdam and Paris is 268 miles however when traveling by train, the route between the two cities is about 310 miles long.
Traveling with Thalys on their high speed rail service means journey times between Amsterdam and Paris can take as little as 3h17.
Traveling by bus takes 7h30; traveling by plane takes 1h15; traveling by car takes 5h
When taking into account time spent at the airport when traveling by plane, or in traffic when traveling by bus or car, it is clear that taking the train to Paris from Amsterdam can be one of the fastest ways to travel.
The train stops at the following stations: Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam Centraal, Antwerpen Centraal and Bruxelles-Midi in Brussels, before reaching Paris Gare du Nord.
Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris can be the fastest method of travel, with journey times of just 3h17. A number of travel classes are available, including Comfort 1 (first class) and Comfort 2 (standard or economy class). Free WiFi is available, food and drink is available to purchase on board and individual sockets are placed at each seat to allow you to charge your electronics. There is also the opportunity to view stunning Dutch, Belgian and French scenery as you travel through three countries to reach your destination of Paris.
Grab a picnic: there are plenty of beautiful parks in Paris such as the Jardin des Tuileries, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Parc de Belleville. In the warmer months, Paris' green outdoor spaces are the perfect place to take a picnic and people watch, joined by local Parisians.
Visit a museum: from the Louvre to the Musee d'Orsay, there are plenty of opportunities to get your daily dose of culture in Paris. You can view works by artists including Picasso, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci – whose famous work, the Mona Lisa, can be seen in the Louvre Museum.
Walk along the Seine: visitors to Paris can wander along the banks of the River Seine and take in the city's architectural beauty. Iconic landmarks such as Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower can be viewed as you walk along the river.
Eat French cuisine: France is famous for its food and wine so don't miss out on a typically French dining experience in Paris. Try the delicious macarons, visit a French 'patisserie' and buy a croissant or pain au chocolat for breakfast, and dine in a charming French restaurant in the evening.