bus travelThere are a few different ways to travel between Paris to Amsterdam.  The routes between Paris and Amsterdam by plane, train and bus are all popular because the two cities are major population and tourist centres in their respective countries.  This article will take a closer look at the reasons why you might want to visit both cities, and at the available options for travelling between Paris and Amsterdam.

Paris

If you haven’t been to Paris yet, you probably can’t wait to see some of the famous sights for yourself: the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame as well as the River Seine are all magical and much loved by visitors and residents alike.  There are regular hop-on, hop-off bus tours available if you want to see some sights before heading off to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a wealth of sights and attractions for visitors and has an abundance of culture and history to explore.

You could hire a bike and cycle around the famously flat city or along the canal paths, or just spend time in a pavement café watching the world go by.  Or you could visit any of the many museums on offer: the Rijksmuseum (mainly featuring Dutch artwork), the National Maritime Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House are all worth spending time in.

Flights

Flights between Paris and Amsterdam are relatively expensive because budget airlines do not seem to operate between the two capitals.  The flight time is only just over an hour but you will spend extra time waiting for check in, security and baggage.  You can expect to pay £100 for a round trip.

Trains

You can catch a local service (but expect to change at least once) or an intercity train from around £35 if you book in advance but will cost considerably more nearer the departure date. The intercity train will take just over three hours to get you from Paris Nord station to central Amsterdam.

Car

You can drive from Paris to Amsterdam if you are brave enough to face the Paris ring road.  The distance is around 315 miles, and you can expect your journey to take around 5 hours.  Remember that the cost of parking your car in either capital city will be high.

Bus

You can catch a bus from Paris to Amsterdam.  Some services only depart from stations outside Paris that you will need to get to by Metro.  However, iDBUS services run from Paris Bercy in central Paris and there are several services throughout the day.  You don’t need to book in advance to get low prices, which start from around £30 and go up to around £50 depending on the day and time that you want to travel.  The journey takes just under seven hours but you only need to check in half an hour before departure.

iDBUS is a cheap, reliable option with comfortable seating and free on board Wi-Fi and bilingual staff, making it great value for money.

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