How to get to Amsterdam train station

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Amsterdam Centraal Station is easily accessible from various parts of the city and surrounding areas. Here are a few ways you can get to the station:

Get to Amsterdam Railway station On Foot

If you are staying in central Amsterdam, it may be possible to walk to Amsterdam Centraal Station. The station is located near many central landmarks, including Dam Square and the Red Light District.

By Bike to Amsterdam Centraal 

Amsterdam is famous for its cycling culture, and there are numerous bike paths and bike parking facilities near Amsterdam Centraal

By Tram or Bus to Amsterdam centraal

Numerous tram and bus lines stop at Amsterdam Centraal Station. For example, trams 4, 14, and 24 will take you directly to the station from various parts of the city. You can use the OV-chipkaart, a contactless payment card, to pay for your fare on trams and buses.

By Metro

Amsterdam Centraal Station is served by several metro lines. For example, lines 51, 53, and 54 will take you directly to the station..

By Train

If you’re coming from another city in the Netherlands, or even from another country, you can take a train to Amsterdam Centraal Station. The station is a major transportation hub and is served by both national and international train services..

By Ferry

Free ferries from Amsterdam Noord (North) to Amsterdam Centraal Station run day and night, and can accommodate pedestrians, and cyclists.

By Car or Taxi

If you’re arriving by car, bear in mind that parking in central Amsterdam can be difficult and expensive. The station is easily accessible by taxi, but given the city’s busy traffic, it might not be the fastest option.

From Schiphol Airport

Direct trains from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station run frequently and the journey only takes around 15-20 minutes.

You can check the 9292 app and website can also provide comprehensive public transportation directions in the Netherlands.

Map to Amsterdam Centraal Railway provided by GVB, Amsterdam’s Public Transport Company 2024.


Most frequently asked questions about Amsterdam Centraal Station.

How to get to Amsterdam Centraal station?

  • Train:   Amsterdam Centraal is a central train station, and many national and international train services connect to it. If you’re arriving from other cities or countries, you’ll likely arrive by train.
  • Tram:   Amsterdam has an extensive tram network, and several tram lines stop at or near Amsterdam Centraal Station. Trams are a convenient way to travel within the city.
  • Metro:  The metro system in Amsterdam also connects to Centraal Station. Metro lines 51, 53, and 54 have stops at Centraal Station, providing additional transportation options.
  • Bus:   Various bus lines serve Amsterdam Centraal Station, making it accessible by bus from different parts of the city.
  • Bicycle:   Amsterdam is a bike-friendly city, and many people prefer cycling. There are bike racks and facilities near the station where you can park your bicycle.
  • Car: If you are driving, Amsterdam Centraal Station is located in the city center. However, parking in the city center can be challenging, and it’s often more convenient to use public transportation.
  • Boat: Given Amsterdam’s network of canals, you may also arrive at Centraal Station by boat or water taxi.
  • Walking:   If you are already in the city center, walking to Amsterdam Centraal Station is a viable option. The station is centrally located and easily accessible on foot.

How early to get to Amsterdam Central Station?

  • Domestic Trains (within the Netherlands): If you have a ticket and there are no specific seat reservations, arriving 15 to 30 minutes before your departure is usually sufficient.
  • International Trains: For international trains, especially those going to countries with border controls, it’s advisable to arrive at least 45 minutes to an hour before departure. This allows time for any necessary passport checks and security procedures.
  • Reserved Seats: If you have a reserved seat, arriving a bit earlier (30 to 45 minutes) can provide you with more relaxed boarding and seating.
  • Peak Travel Times: During peak travel times or holidays, it’s wise to arrive a bit earlier to account for potential crowds and longer lines.
  • Ticket Pickup and Security: If you need to pick up tickets or there are security checks, allow extra time. Ticket counters and security lines may experience varying wait times.