Thank you for the response. I was looking online for travel nov 24. The high price may be due to such short notice. If the tickets were 35 euro I would def take the train. Maybe I’m lookjjg in the wrong websites.
1. You don’t want to drive in A’dam
2. You don’t want to drive in Paris
3. You don’t want drive via Antwerp (but you must)
4. Check european gasoil prices
5. Direct Train is 3 hours, car 5 hours (excl the above)
6. Brussels is not worth it
7. Bruges: consider an overnight, combine with Ghent or Antwerp. By train :-)Edited: 14 November 2018, 13:27
8. Check French highway-toll
9. Trains go from centre to centre (or very near)Edited: 14 November 2018, 13:34
“Maybe I’m lookjjg in the wrong websites.”
I’m afraid you are indeed looking at sites of 3rd party train ticket resellers, because the highest price I see on the official website of Thalys for that date is €135.
Remember this for the rest of your life; the ONLY place you should ever book train tickets is on the official website of the company that actually runs the train. In case of Thalys trains, that is https://www.thalys.com
All other websites should be avoided like the plague.Edited: 14 November 2018, 13:39
If you're thinking about a one way rental; someone's going to have to drive that Dutch licensed car back to the Netherlands for you, and that's going to cost you. (also the tolls to drive back)Edited: 14 November 2018, 14:24
If you are planning on doing this one way then the drop off fee will be about €300 - €400. The drive is slow and tedious. Tolls and fuel will be about €65 and it will take circa 6 to 8 hours depending on traffic.
As said parking ;-(. https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Routes will show you routes and also cost.
You don't say if you want to do this in one day or over 2 or three days but honestly take the train. If you were looking to drive to save money then that likely won't work.
You can get to Paris stress free on the 24th in 3h30 for €130 in 1st class on the Thalys. Or take the IC train to Brussels for €33. Stop over there and have lunch maybe then catch the 16:17 Thalys to Paris for €51 so in total €84.
Or take the bus all the way. Flixbus, Ouibus etc.
Thank you everyone for your responses. They are extremely helpful. You all went above and beyond in providing thoughtful responses. I was planning to drive rountrip over 7 days but now I’m reconsidering the option. I just returned from driving in Ireland which was much easier than the roads you all have described.
There's somehow always a bias here in favour of Thalys.
The bus costs you about 15-20 euro for 6:30-8:00 hours (bus stops at some metro/tram station outside the center). Ouibus operates 14 direct busses that day, Flixbus 8 and Eurolines 8. Often with USB ports, power sockets etc, a bit like an economy airline seat.
If the 120 euro extra is worth the faster and more comfortable Thalys, is up to you. But I would choose the bus with that price difference.