Driving from Paris to Amsterdam

Nov 9th, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Driving from Paris to Amsterdam

My partner and I are traveling to Paris during the last week in November. We are considering driving to Amsterdam, due to the cost of the train or airfare (on a budget). What is the weather like typically at that time of year? Would driving be recommended? It will be my first trip to both cities and I am very excited. This will be his fourth and has driven through Europe before. Thanks for you replies. A
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Nov 9th, 2010, 07:37 PM
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Are you sure it would be cheaper than taking a train with a discount fare? Don't know what the cost of a car rental would be, but I checked on Mappy, and it said it would cost €57.60 just for fuel, and an additional €14.60 for tolls; a total of €72.19. You can get PREM fares for very little if you do it soon for those dates.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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Thanks nukesafe. I've been wondering if it would be more cost effective to purchase train tickets once we are there as opposed to ordering online. It seems I've been told it would be more affordable. The cheapest fare we have been able to find in $240.00 round trip. It's about the same for an airline ticket.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 08:57 PM
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There is a 6:25 a.m. train that would cost less than 100€ for two. I found it on this site: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train. Mid-day tickets are much more expensive, but would still be cheaper than a car rental which probably would be a minimum of $40 per day and would require not just the fuel and tolls listed by nukesafe but the cost of parking the car in Amsterdam.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 11:28 PM
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Are you returning your car back to NL? if not there are huge repatriation fees to take into account.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 11:51 PM
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Look at Thalys - good fares if bought in advance could do it for 45 euros - 3.5 hours!
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Nov 10th, 2010, 01:22 AM
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Another vote for the train, not least because parking in Amsterdam is very, very expensive and you could well lose any savings you made by driving on the parking charges.

It takes about 5 hours to drive, assuming the weather is good and you don't hit any traffic - however the chances are you will hit traffic - either in Lille, Antwerp or Amsterdam. It is an incredibly boring drive.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 02:17 AM
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I would suggest booking the train in advance, using the national rail websites.

It is an easy drive - allow 5 hrs. Problem would be cross border drop off fees and city centre parking costs.

The cheapest train info I could find was :

Journey time: 3h:18m
From: PARIS NORD 06:25 29/11/10
To: AMSTERDAM CS 09:43 29/11/10
No exchange, no refund
Standard Class Seat : £42.50

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Nov 10th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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I think the key is that this is a boring drive. Fine to rent a car if you want to spend a few days exploring smaller towns - but just to go from P to A I would buy discount train tickets now.
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Nov 13th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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Thanks to everyone for their input. Got discount tickets!!
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