Fastest journey2hr 59m
Travelling by train from Paris to Amsterdam has never been easier. The route is served between nine and twelve times per day by high-speed Thalys trains. Additional options are available with one easy change of train at Brussels Midi.
The 524-kilometre journey from Paris to Amsterdam takes in three countries: France, Belgium and the Netherlands. All three countries are members of Schengen so, while there may be some light-touch security checks on the train, there are no border formalities as such.
Ticket sales for your journey from Paris to Amsterdam usually open three months in advance. This is a popular business route and you are likely to find better deals if you opt for off-peak services.
Paris to Amsterdam
The sleek red Thalys trains used on the Paris to Amsterdam route are very much like regular French TGVs, but with Thalys’ own distinctive corporate decor. The departure point in Paris is the Gare du Nord. These very comfortable trains take not much more than three hours for the run to Amsterdam Centraal, making just four intermediate stops along the way: two in Belgium and two in the Netherlands. The route crosses Picardy and Flanders, so lots of pancake-flat terrain with glimpses of pretty towns and villages along the way.