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    Map of the station and square.
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    Take train to Centraal

    by vickss Updated Oct 3, 2009

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    Best way to reach Centraal or the mdidle of Amsterdam through train directly from the airport. It costs about 3.5-4 euro per head.. Besides manual counters you can also get the tickets through self service kiosks in the terminal building close to the underground entry point to the train departures.
    the machines accepts credit cards and I think also cash in Euro.
    Before going down through the escalators you need to validate the ticks in the small yellow machines which are placed next to the escalator entry point.

    Journey time is around 20 minutes.. check the website below for more details

    On the train from airport to Centraal

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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 Station

    by zrim Written Oct 14, 2003

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    This must be the must photographed location in Amsterdam--I think every VT page on Amsterdam has a picture of the train station. So why should my page be any different.

    It is big, bold, beautiful, busy....eh, it's a train station.

    The great thing about Centraal Station, though, is the fact that once you disembark, you are thrown right into the thick of the hustle and bustle ofcentral Amsterdam.

    Centraal Station
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    Central Station

    by LolaSanFrancisco Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    Heres a photo of this place. You'll be here alot. All trams come and go from here, and this is the main train station if your comming from another location in Europe. It's also walking distance Dam Square, and most likely your hotel.

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    Train is the best option

    by Richard_Townend Written Jan 8, 2004

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    From Centraal Station, get the train. Not only is it cheap. It is also comfortable and quick and you get to see the countryside as you travel the 15 miles or so from the airport.
    The railway station is based in the airport so you don't even have to go anywhere to get a train.
    Alternatives are taxis (very expensive and not necessarily quicker) and coaches (slower and more expensive).

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    Amsterdam Central.

    by A2002 Updated Jan 18, 2003

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    This is the central train station in Amsterdam. This is where you should arrive from Schipol if you are going to the main tourist areas. There are many trams and buses that stop outside the station.

    There are very good and extensive transport system to other parts of the Netherlands from this station.

    North, South, East, West, where do you want to go? :-)

    Amsterdam Centraal.

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    Trains, Central Station

    by BlueBerry_7 Updated Nov 23, 2002

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    The train system is not as useful within Amsterdam as the tram, bus, metro, and light rail network. In addition to Centraal Station, which is the public transportation hub, there are seven stations in the city: Station Zuid World Trade Center, Station RAI, and Amstel Station in the south; Station Lelylaan, Station De Vlugtlaan, and Station Sloterdijk in the west; and Muiderpoort Station in the east.

    Because the transportation system is highly integrated, all railway stations are served by two or more of the other modes as well. The train comes into its own for longer distances. It's by far the best way to get to Schiphol Airport, Haarlem, Amsterdam's seaside resort Zandvoort, Hoorn on the IJsselmeer shore, and all other points in Holland. The system is Europe's most punctual-almost 98% of trains leave and arrive within 4 minutes of the scheduled time.

    Inside Central Station

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    Centraal Station - A Quick Guide

    by johngayton Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Getting to and from Amsterdam, either to and from the airport or to other Dutch, or further afield, cities, will usually involve passing through Centraal Station. Not only is this very busy station one of the easiest that I have ever come across to work out but is interesting as building in its own right. Train information is presented on traditional timetables around the station as well as on electronic displays and if you are still confused there are generally 2 help desks more than willing to assist with queries. Most ticket purchasing is usually done by self-service machine, though beware that these don't necessarily accept all cards - a fact that still really infuriates me!!! If, for whatever reason, you don't use the machines the ticket office will sort you for a small surcharge.

    One particularly useful thing is the electronic display specifically with the airport trains on it, which platforms they are leaving from and which also indicate whether the trains are fast or slow.

    Of all the railway stations I have so far passed through this is definitely my personal favourite (London Paddington also being in the running) - AND you can get a pretty decent lunch at 1'er Klasse (see restaurant tip!).

    Phone No is the tourist office:

    Half-hidden By The Construction of New Metro! Ticket Machine Schiphol Info Train On Platform
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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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    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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    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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    Central Station

    by fishandchips Written Jan 26, 2006

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    The start point of many trips to Amsterdam is either the airport or Central station. There is a very regular service between both so easy to get into the middle of town. It's a short walk up the street to Dam Square where you can start your tour of the wonders of Amsterdam.

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    Train Tickets

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    There are still train tickets counters at the West Hall of the station.

    For tickets (single, day return, day travel card, railrunnerand other special upgrades or deals) there are Ticket Machines available.

    From October 1 2009 the new electronic ticket called OV/chip card will be introduced.

    Electronic tickets and the old paper tickets will be used next to each other for some years.
    The electronic ticket can be used at all public transportation, the paper train ticket is only valid for train travel.

    For complete organised train travels, visit the Treinreiswinkel at Singel 393.

    Central Station - International ticket counter Central Station - National ticket counter Central Station - National ticket counter
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    Central Station

    by Boca24 Written May 16, 2004

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    Central Station is a very busy train station and services Amsterdam. Its like any other station in any major city around the world. Of course be aware of pickpockets but its location in the city makes it an easy way to arrive.

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    Central Station

    by Boca24 Written May 16, 2004

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    Central Station is a very busy train station and services Amsterdam. Its like any other station in any major city around the world. Of course be aware of pickpockets but its location in the city makes it an easy way to arrive.

    Central Station

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