Fastest journey2hr 35m
Travelling by train from Paris to Rotterdam has never been easier. The route is served between nine and twelve times each day by high-speed Thalys trains. Additional options are available with one easy change of trains at Brussels Midi.
The 442-kilometre journey from Paris to Rotterdam 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.
Bookings for your journey from Paris to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam
The sleek red Thalys trains used on the Paris to Rotterdam 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 direct run to Rotterdam Centraal, making just two intermediate stops in Belgium along the way (at Brussels and Antwerp). The route crosses Picardy and Flanders, so lots of pancake-flat terrain with glimpses of pretty towns and villages along the way.
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