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    Map of the station and square.
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    Remember to 'tap'!

    by leics Updated Apr 3, 2015

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    I recently returned from a visit to Amsterdam, having last been there in 2013.

    I'm almost certain that on my two previous visits I didn't have to 'tap' my train tickets as I entered and left the railway stations. Maybe I should have done but ignored it.

    I certainly ignored it this time, even though the ticket itself told me (in English) that I needed to 'tap' in and out. I just didn't read the ticket. :-(

    I'm used to 'tapping' Oystercards and similar bits of plastic but the thought of tapping a paper card, as opposed to sticking it into a machine so it could have a date stamped on it, simply never even entered my head,

    Fortunately, I didn't get caught by a ticket inspector and meeting up with Dutch VT-er PJ soon put me right. After that I merrily tapped my way into and out of every station I used.

    What you need to do, once you have your ticket, is just stick it on top of one of the machines at the entrance to the platform area of a station. The machine will beep at you and, presumably, your ticket registers the fact that it has been 'tapped'. So when an inspector checks it he or she will know that you are not trying to fiddle the system and travel with a non-valid ticket.

    So remember to tap your train tickets in and out! :-)

    Tapping machines. :-) Amsterdam Centraal
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    To and from Schiphol.......

    by leics Written Apr 3, 2015

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    It is very easy indeed to take the train from Schiphol airport into Amsterdam Centraal.

    Everything is very well-signed within the airport and there are numerous ticket machines in the Arrivals area. Unfortunately, these machines no longer accept euro notes. They accept OV chipkaarts, credit cards and coins. If, like me, you don't want to use your own card (and thus pay the associated foreign exchange charges) you'll have to get your ticket from the ticket office. It costs the same: 5.20 euro one-way.

    Remember to 'tap' your ticket as you enter the platform area and 'tap' it as you leave (see tip below)!

    Platforms on all Dutch stations, including Schiphol, have clear signage. Trains to and from the airport are frequent and the journey into Amsterdam takes around 20 minutes. Some trains have stops, some do not...it depends on the departure time and train.

    Be warned that trains to the airport can sometimes be very crowded.There is no way of predicting this: it all depends on the day, the time and how many other people decide to use the train at the same time as you do! But it's only a short journey so standing up is not a problem.

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    Buses to/from the Central Station

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    GVB buses to/from the Central station (In front of the Victoria Hotel- city side):

    -18-Central Station-Louweshoek
    -21-Central Station-Geuzenveld
    -22-Zaanstr.-Th.K .v. Lohuizenlaan
    -48-Central Station-Station Sloterdijk

    GVB buses to/from the Central station (East side in front (city side):

    -32-Central Station-Olaf Palmeplein
    -33-Central Station-Waterlandplein
    -34-Central Station-Banne Buikssloot
    -35-Central Station-Molenwijk
    -42-Central station-KNSM Laan

    EBS buses from/to the Central Station (New first floor bus platforms at the North-side; after 0.40AM In front of the Victoria Hotel- city side):

    -110-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -118-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -124-Central Station-Purmerend Tramplein
    -125-Central Station-Landsmeer
    -225-Central Station-Landsmeer
    -301-Central Station-De Rijp
    -304-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
    -306-Central Station-Middenbeemster
    -307-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
    -308-Central Station-Purmerend Tramplein
    -311-Central Station-Marken
    -312-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -314-Central Station-Hoorn
    -315-Central Station-Monnickendam
    -316-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -317-Central Station-Hoorn

    When you like to combine an EBS-day trip and GVB city services ask for the Amsterdam & Region day ticket (also available from the Local tourist office VVV Ticketshop). Price is € 13.50.

    EBS Night buses:
    -N01-Central Station-Purmerend
    -N04-Central Station-Purmerend
    -N10-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -N14-Central Station-Hoorn

    Connexxion buses to/from the Central Station (In front of the Victoria Hotel- city side):

    -170-Central Station-Uithoorn
    -172-Central Station-Kudelstaart
    -174-Central Station-Amstelveen-Wilnis

    Connexxion Night buses:
    -N70-Central Station-Uithoorn-Wilnis
    -N71-Central Station-Aalsmeer-Kudelstaart
    -N92-Central Station-Zaandam
    -N94-Central Station-Assendelft

    GVB Night buses from/to the Central station (East side at the bridge - city side):

    -348-Central Station-Station Sloterdijk
    -352-Central Station-Burg.Eliasstraat
    -353-Central Station-Baden Powellweg
    -354-Central Station-Galjoen
    -355-Central Station-Bijlmerpark
    -357-Central Station-Hogeschool in Holland
    -358-Central Station-Schiphol Airport Plaza
    -359-Central Station-IJburg
    -361-Central Station-Nieuwe Purmerweg
    -363-Central Station-Kometensingel
    Please read the ticket rules for the night buses!

    Buses in front of the Victoria Hotel Bus 170 to Amstelveen and Uithoorn Bus station; East side of the Central Station Bus station; East side of the Central Station Map of the bus stop locations - Amsterdam
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    Central Station Modernisation

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 19, 2014

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    The Amsterdam Central Station is being reconstructed.

    Works that are in progress:
    - Underground station for the North-South metro
    - New taxi stand at the West side
    - Cyclist Tunnel from the ferry to the city side
    - High speed train (Thalys and Eurostar) facilities (2016)

    New Station impression on YouTube.

    High Speed Line to Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels.

    Impression of the new bus station Impression of the new West side Impression of the new East side Bus station construction progress (May 2011) Construction at track 11 (early 2012)
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    Train - The Central Station

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 19, 2014

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    The Amsterdam Central Station was the first Dutch Station designed by an architect. In 1876 P.J.H. Cuypers started the design with the aid of A.L. van Gendt. From 1882 till 1889 the 306 by 30 meter building was constructed.

    The most used train connection is the one from the
    Schiphol Airport Station to the
    Amsterdam-Centraal Station

    CENTRAAL STATION Map

    Here are the smaller Amsterdam train stations:
    -Amsterdam-Amstel
    -Amsterdam-Sloterdijk
    -Amsterdam-Bijlmer ArenA
    -Amsterdam-Holendrecht
    -Amsterdam-Muiderpoort
    -Amsterdam-Science Park
    -Amsterdam-Lelylaan
    -Amsterdam-RAI
    -Amsterdam-Zuid-WTC

    For traveltimes look at the Dutch Railway site or the
    Dutch Public transportation site.

    Real time Public Transportation info on the local map.

    Amsterdam Central Station: East side tracks View to the North East side of the Central Station ICE train to Frankfurt at track 2 Track 2 Amsterdam Centraal Station seen from 't IJ
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    CS Public Transportation locations & destinations

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 19, 2014

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    In 2012 a new public transporation location system was introduced identifying the following areas designated with a letter:

    A - Tram 4, 9, 16, 24, 25 & 26.
    B - Tram 1, 2, 5, 13 & 17.
    C - Bus 32, 33, 34, 35, 391 & 394.
    D - Bus 392. Night bus 348, 352, 353, 354, 355, 357, 358, 359, 361 & 363.
    F - Bus 18, 21, 22, 48, 170, 172 & 174. Night bus N01, N04, N10, N14, N70, N71, N92 & N94.
    G - Bus 110, 118, 124, 125, 225, 301, 304, 306, 307, 308, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316 & 317.

    Next to above areas there are:
    -Basement Metro station for lines 51, 53 & 54.
    -Pedestrian/Cyclist ferries at the North side
    -Fast boat terminal to Velzen.
    -Taxi stand at the city side West (will be moved to the IJ-side West in the future).

    MAJOR AMSTERDAM DESTINATIONS:
    Museums:
    -Amsterdam Historic Museum. Tram 1, 2, 5.
    -Anne Frank House. Tram 13, 17. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Film Museum (new location). Ferry.
    -FOAM. Tram 4, 16, 24, 25.
    -Hermitage. Tram 9. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Jewish Historical Museum. Tram 9. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Maritime Museum. Bus 22, 48.
    -Rembrandthuis. Tram 9. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Rijksmuseum. Tram 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Stedelijk. Tram 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Tropen Museum. Tram 9. Bus 22.
    -Van Gogh museum. Tram 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.

    Theaters:
    -BIM huis. Tram 26.
    -Carré. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Concertgebouw. Tram 5, 16, 24. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -DeLaMar. Tram 1, 2 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Kleine Komedie. Tram 4, 9, 16, 24, 25.
    -Meervaart. Tram 17.
    -Melkweg. Tram 1, 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Tram 26.
    -Muziektheater. Tram 9. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Paradiso. Tram 1, 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Stadsschouwburg. Tram 1, 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.

    Attractions:
    -Albert Cuyp street market. Tram 16, 24.
    -Artis Zoo. Tram 9.
    -Hortus Botanicus. Tram 9.
    -Madame Tussauds. Tram 4, 9, 16, 24, 25.
    -Municipal Archives. Tram 16, 24, 25.
    -NDSM warf. NDSM ferry. Bus 391, 394.
    -NEMO. Bus 22, 48.
    -Nieuwe Kerk. Tram 1,2, 5, 13, 17. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -RAI Exhibition Center. Tram 4. Metro 51.
    -Westergasfabriek. Bus 21.

    City Squares and Parks:
    -DAM. Tram 4, 9, 16, 24, 25.
    -Leidseplein. Tram 1, 2, 5. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Museumplein. Tram 5, 16, 24. Bus 170, 172, 174.
    -Nieuwmarkt. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Oosterpark. Tram 9. Bus 22.
    -Rembrandtplein. Tram 4, 9.
    -Vondelpark. Tram 1, 2.
    -Waterlooplein. Metro 51, 53, 54.

    Hospitals:
    -AMC. Metro 54.
    -Boven IJ. Bus 34, 125, 392.
    -Lucas. Tram 13.
    -NKI-AVL. Bus 2, 18.
    -OLVG. Metro 51, 53, 54.
    -Slotervaart. Bus 2, 18.
    -VU Medical Center. Tram 16, 24. Bus 170, 172, 174.

    CS public Transportation locations Popular Amsterdam destinations CS Tram stop locations Amsterdam Central Station map
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    Central Station Bus station (North-side)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 20, 2013

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    At the North side of the Central Station a new first floor Bus station has been made. From here the following EBS buses from/to the Central Station arrive and depart:

    -110-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -118-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -124-Central Station-Purmerend Tramplein
    -125-Central Station-Landsmeer
    -225-Central Station-Landsmeer
    -301-Central Station-De Rijp
    -304-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
    -306-Central Station-Middenbeemster
    -307-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
    -308-Central Station-Purmerend Tramplein
    -311-Central Station-Marken
    -312-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -314-Central Station-Hoorn
    -315-Central Station-Monnickendam
    -316-Central Station-Edam Busstation
    -317-Central Station-Hoorn

    Map with the bus routes

    Tips for a bus daytrip using public transportation busses.

    Be aware that this bus station closes at 0.40AM; the night buses depart from the location in front of the Victoria Hotel (other side of the Central Station).

    G - Bus lines to Waterland Central Station Bus station - North-side Central Station Bus station - North-side The Bus Manager office G - Buses to Waterland
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    Beautiful and efficient

    by jlynyc Written Aug 17, 2013

    From Schiphol take a train into Central Station - it is the most efficient and cheapest way to get into Amsterdam central. Some trains make local stops, some go straight to Central Station, but either way you should be in Amsterdam central in 40 minutes, max. A taxi will cost about 50 euro one way.

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    Amsterdam CS - map.

    by breughel Written May 31, 2013

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    I added here a map of the station and square. You can see in front of the station exits the locations of the trams. The metro is to be reached by stairs (no escalator, annoying if you have heavy luggage) but there is one elevator near the GVB tickets and info offices.
    The bus stops are somewhat further.
    Pieter Jan made here a detailed review of all public transport coming together at what is the central transportation point of Amsterdam.
    Taxis are standing on the right of the exit.

    The busiest station of the Netherlands has still no waiting room for the Thalys train travelers, at least I did not find one. So that if you are early to catch your train to Brussels you have to wait standing. Brussels has a special waiting room for the Thalys trains but Paris has also not.

    Map of the station and square. View on CS. The only (?) elevator of the Metro.
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    In the Center

    by grandmaR Written Mar 19, 2013

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    This station was designed by the same person that designed the Rijksmuseum, and I can see similarities. There are two large clock towers but only one of those is a clock. The other is like the 'clock' on top of the town hall in Bermuda and tells you the wind direction from the wind vane that sits atop the station. The weather vane is said to symbolize the maritime trade on the waters of the Netherlands while the clock symbolizes the railway industry.

    On the 2009 visit I don't think we went into this station, but we were there a couple of times in front of it because the hop on hop off boats left from there and also the trams and buses came in to this point. Unfortunately when we were there, there was a lot of construction around the Central Station. I hope all that is gone now.

    Central Station surrounded by construction Towers of central Station Bus lane leading to the Central Station Bikes in front of Central Station
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    Amsterdam Central Station

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 19, 2013

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    This is the main Amsterdam railway station where all the international trains arrive and depart. It was built in 1889 in Neo-Renaissance style on an artificial island, supported by more than 10,000 tree trunks that were rammed into the sandy ground.

    Second photo: In the Central Station, track 8b.

    Third photo: GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam. They have a very well organized ticket and information office right in front of the central station. Take a number when you go in, and before you've had a chance to look around your number will flash on a screen and tell you which counter to go to. (Well, it might take a bit longer when a major international train has just arrived, but you get the idea.)

    1. Amsterdam Central Station (CS) 2. In the Central Station, track 8b 3. GVB Tickets & Info
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    To Amsterdam by train

    by HORSCHECK Updated Dec 17, 2012

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    In October 2012 I arrived to Amsterdam by train from Germany. There are many direct high speed train connections between the two countries and single trips can be booked for as low as only 29 Euro. I also left Amsterdam by train back to Germany.

    One of the advantages of arriving by train to Amsterdam is the fact that the Central Railway Station is located right in the heart of the city centre. In addition many public trams and buses stop somewhere on the Stationsplein square.

    The large railway station building is home to numerous little shops from fast food restaurants to currency exchange bureaus. There are also plenty of left luggage lockers, but be warned that you can only pay them with a debit or credit card with pin. No cash.

    To Amsterdam by train To Amsterdam by train Amsterdam Centraal: Platform sign To Amsterdam by train To Amsterdam by train
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    Centraal Station - Metropolitan, Country & Europe

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    For our 4 day stay in Amsterdam we booked a hotel 3 minutes walk from Centraal Station as this would enable us quick and reliable transport around Amsterdam city and the day trips to to attractions outside the city. On departing Amsterdam our next destination was Strasbourg, a 6 hour train trip departing Centraal Station.

    Our first visit to the station was a Sunday afternoon, just to check it out as we intended to take a day trip the next morning. Totally crowded at 5pm to the extent that we were a little worried how we would purchase our tickets next day.

    Monday morning was totally different, maybe because we did not arrive at the station until 9:30am, much less crowded than the previous afternoon and we easily obtained tickets and found the correct platform.

    The building is much larger than my photograph, my camera could not fit it all in.

    A most beautiful building on the exterior, a modern railway station inside. Built between 1884 and 1889 on 3 artificial islands and supported on 30,000 pilings. Thearchitect Petrus Cuypers produced a spectacular building.

    Approaching Centraal Station - Amsterdam Centraal Station - Close Up of Section of Building Superb Exterior Decoration - Amsterdam Centraal
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    Luggage Lockers at Centraal Station

    by steedappeal Updated Nov 13, 2011

    There are luggage lockers in several sizes. You can book one locker UP UNTIL 36 hours but no more! It is 4.90 Euros for the first 24 hours and 7.00 Euros x 2 for the remaining 2 days. If you cannot come back after day one then the machine will calculate automatically the next day (or two). I was a bit uninformed (and paranoid) so I came back within the 1st 24 hour period and re-booked another 24 hour period at the 4.90 rate. Refer to the time entered on your ticket and make absolutetly sure to return before your time expires otherwise (remember it is a max of 36 hours!!) otherwise there are additional fees and aggravation. The lockers are accessible 24 hours, however. This is information that I verified with the very helpful baggage agent (who is there only during specified times). My Mastercard debit card (which does not have a smart chip) worked without a problem (you can only pay with plastic).

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    Cash vs. credit cards at Centraal Station

    by steedappeal Written Nov 13, 2011

    I was surprised that NL Railways only accepts cash or a smart-chip based credit card at their ticket windows (unlike Belgian Rail)! There is a Travelex currency exchange next door (offering lousy rates) in a pinch. ***Make sure to buy tickets in advance because the lines to purchase can be very lengthy and frustrating.

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