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Amsterdam to Paris
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Hi everyone,
 
I am trying to figure out the most economical and best way to get to Paris from Ams.  I was originally thinking about flying but easyjet and ryanair do not fly between the two cities.  Any ideas?
 
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I think the Thalys train is the “best” way, although it can be expensive.  Look for bargain fares at www.thalys.com

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Hi everyone,

I am trying to figure out the most economical and best way to get to Paris from Ams.  I was originally thinking about flying but easyjet and ryanair do not fly between the two cities.  Any ideas?

Thanks!

Eurolines will run you about EUR 32 but it takes a long long time by bus. I would agree with oldlady and suggest you take the train.
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If you go to the Thalys site, select France as your country. Start looking for tickets 3 months out. Price out the cost of a return ticket, and if you don’t need both halves, throw the second half away. It’s usually cheaper by far to buy a return ticket. If you buy the tickets, select the option to print them yourself – don’t have them mailed.

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I will be going the other way (Paris to Amsterdam) and was planning on relying on my eurorail pass to make the trip.  Is this going to be a problem if I try to reserve my seat a 1-2 days before the train leaves?

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Thalys would be one of the best options provided:
1) You book well in advance
2) You buy tickets for off peak hours, for eexample in afternoon rather than early morning or evening.

I got one for 50 EUROs on a sunday afternoon, I booked arund 25 days in advance.

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DFed:  Short time frames for reservations can be a problem using a eurailpass on a Thalys train.  There are special “passholder fare” reservations that are inexpensive, but these sometimes sell out.  I would buy the reservation as soon as possible.  Try getting them at the nearest train station to wherever you first arrive in Europe.  There are other train options besides the Thalys trains.  You have to make a couple of connections but it usually doesn’t take that much longer.  Check out this “special note” about Thalys trains http://railpass.com/…
from the “info center” at www.railpass.com

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Could you expand a little on the other options for when Thalys is booked up between Amsterdam and Paris?  (There are plenty of seats, just none for eurail pass holders)
 
Tomorrow we need to figure out how to get back from Arnhem to Paris and when we went to book the Train yesterday all of them for tomorrow were already sold out. 
 
I know that we do not need reservations for Arnhem to Amsterdam and we are told we do not need reservations for Amsterdam to Brussles so I guess the challange is going to be getting from Brussels to Paris.
 
I’m trying to do some frantic searching right now while i have a wifi connection but i tought that asking here couldn’t hurt either. Wink
 
BTW: We paid the same as desibabu (50 euro)  for our reservation from Paris to Amsterdam and ‘booked’ that one 2 hours before departure.
 
We are learning the hard way about needing reservations…
 
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Look up the “special note” on Thalys trains in the supplements section at www.railpass.com  using the link in my earlier post.  This is pasted from that site:

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Alternative #1 (cheapest & easiest): Transfer at Lille-Flandres (France); and transfer again at Gent-Sint-Pieters (Belgium) or Tournai (Belgium). TGV trains run between Paris and Lille-Flandres. Regional (no reservation required) trains connect Lille-Flandres to Brussels, though you will need to change trains in either Gent-Sint-Pieters or Tournai. This connection operates every 1 or 2 hours, total travel time is 2:30 – 3:00. To find these connections is the online schedules, enter “Lille” as the VIA city.

Alternative #2: Transfer at Lille, France between TGV trains. TGV trains run between Paris and Lille-Europe, between Paris and Lille-Flandres, and between Lille-Europe and Brussels. You can walk from Lille-Flandres to Lille-Europe in 10 minutes. This connection operates 6x per day, total travel time varies between 1:49 and 2:40 (depending on length of layover in Lille). To find these connections is the online schedules, enter “Lille” as the VIA city.

Alternative #3: Transfer at Paris CDG Airport. TGV Trains run between Paris CDG Airport and Brussels, RER trains (free with railpass) run between CDG Airport and downtown Paris. This connection operates 5x per day, total travel time is 2:40. These connections do not appear in the online schedules.

4 Euros per domestic (Paris – Lille) TGV train; 10 Euros per International (Lille or CDG to

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Thanks for the prompt reply.  You are a lifesaver for us.  The answer was there in front of my nose, I just needed the hit over the head to see it.
 
This REALLY helped us a lot!
 
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Rather than start a new thread, I’d figure I will post here.
 
Using thalys.com From Paris to Amsterdam, I want to book a train. I do not get the option to print my own ticket. I cannot have my tickets mailed to me since I’m out of the country. The other 2 options are an Automated ticket machine in France only.
 
So what does that mean? Do I get a confirmation email when I have paid, then I punch a code into the machine?

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What I did was to select France as my country, go through the search procedure, select the tickets, and select Print your own tickets.
Do not try to have them mailed to you.
 
I also found it was cheaper by far to search for the cheapest roundtrip fare – it was much cheaper than a one-way fare, but I can’t speak of this particular instance.

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The other 2 options are an Automated ticket machine in France only.
I would select “print your own ticket” if available, but if it isn’t you should have no problem. You’ll get a confirmation number and you just enter it at the automated ticket booth and it will print out your ticket.  The ticket booths let you select your language are a pretty user friendly in English.  I’ve purchased a ticket at the automated ticket booths in France, but not printed out a ticket that I bought on-line.  I have, howerer, printed a ticket that I bought on-line at the kiosk in Italy and it was really slick.  You just choose the appropriate action (like “print your ticket” or whatever) from the menu on the kiosk, enter your confirmation number and it prints your ticket.