Central Station & Trains, Amsterdam
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.
Centraal Station (CS) lies in the heart of Amsterdam, only a few minutes walk from the Dam. Four times a day the high-speed train "Thalys" arrives here, coming from Paris and Brussels/Antwerp.
The train station is a beautiful and big building. In front of the building is a big square where you will find the tourist office, tram terminal and boat rentals.
Luggage lockers can be found at the left side of the train station. For 3.5 EUR you can put your luggage away for 24 hours. The luggage room, however, is closed from 11 pm to 7 am.
Having only travelled to Amsterdam by plane and coach - I have never actually arrived at Centraal Station. It has regular connections with key cities in Germany, Belgium and France as well as larger towns and cities in other parts of the Netherlands. Just outside the station are the trams #4, #9, #16 #20, #24, #25., as well as buses and taxis.
The photo was taken at dusk - from PrinsHendrikkaade.
Amsterdam's Centraal Station - busy, bustling and hectic during the day... and much the same at night! You can get trains here to other cities within the Netherlands and the ICE train to other European countries. The staff here are (in my experience) very helpful and patient with non-Dutch travellers! The queues at the ticket offices are long and the ticket machines don't accept paper money so be prepared!
The website has more info in English.
Update!! - I DID arrive at the station on my last visit to Amsterdam in Sept 04!! We traveled through Belgium and France and arrived at Centraal Stn late at night. It was seedy and full of lurking weirdos. Called a cab pdq to take us to the hotel. The cab driver didn't know the way... it was a good job we did.
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.
I like the look of the Centraal Station. It has a reddish majestic air about it. The station is huge as its the Focal point of all trains (domestic and international) in the Netherlands.
The station is equipped with many restaurants/fast food outlets, a very good Tourist Information centre, public amenities, money changers ..etc.
Having said that, there is major construction work near the station when we were there. Apparently the works have been going on for some time now.
An interesting read over at http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail.php?ID=208
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
CENTRAAL STATION Map
Here are the smaller Amsterdam train stations:
For traveltimes look at the Dutch Railway site or the
Dutch Public transportation site.
Real time Public Transportation info on the local map.
At Central Station in Amsterdam, I went to buy my ticket from the counter. I was going by Train to Apeldoorn, then train to Utrecht, then train back to Amsterdam. What I didn't know was that I could BUY ALL THIS ON THE ONE TICKET, there and then, and at a cheaper cost. Just don't lose your ticket, as Inspectors do get on the Trains. It doesn't matter how many towns you visit, as long as you start at Amsterdam and finish at Amsterdam, you can buy a all in one return ticket.
1. from Schiphol International Airport
From the airport it is quite easy to reach Amsterdam. Underneath the airport are the stages from where trains leave almost every ten minutes towards Amsterdam Central Station. The fare is cheap and the connection is swift.
2. from other places outside The Netherlands
There are intercity-trains from Paris and Brussels (Thalys) as well as from Germany (Frankfurt - Köln - Düsseldorf and Berlin - Hannover) that offer a comfortable ride and have as endstop Amsterdam.
,b>3 from other places within The Netherlands
Our country has more or less a combination between a train and a metro-network. The density is high and the frequency on busy lines as well (every 15 minutes). For further details look at the Dutch Railways (called "NS").
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.)
We took a train (Thalys) from Paris to Amsterdam and arrived at the Central Station. We had no Hotel reservation nor departure tickets. But we found all of the help we needed right there at the train station. We bought our tickets (Amsterdam to Prague) at the conviently located ticket office. We then walked down the street and got a couple of great rooms at the Swissotel Amsterdam.
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:
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
Centraal Station is located on the north end of the city center and is easiest way to get to and from Amsterdam from within the Netherlands. I only rode the train to and from the airport, but it was easy and quick. My only complaint was that the doors into the main cabin are very narrow and getting through with a large briefcase or backpack can be a bit of a challenge.
However, it only takes about 20 minutes and is cheaper than any other mode of transportation including bus, so why not?
GVB buses to/from the Central station (In front of the Victoria Hotel- city side):
-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
-34-Central Station-Banne Buikssloot
-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
-301-Central Station-De Rijp
-304-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
-307-Central Station-Purmerend Korenstraat
-308-Central Station-Purmerend Tramplein
-312-Central Station-Edam Busstation
-316-Central Station-Edam Busstation
EBS Night buses:
-N10-Central Station-Edam Busstation
Connexxion buses to/from the Central Station (In front of the Victoria Hotel- city side):
Connexxion Night buses:
GVB Night buses from/to the Central station (East side at the bridge - city side):
-348-Central Station-Station Sloterdijk
-353-Central Station-Baden Powellweg
-357-Central Station-Hogeschool in Holland
-358-Central Station-Schiphol Airport Plaza
-361-Central Station-Nieuwe Purmerweg
Please read the ticket rules for the night buses!