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?
Amsterdam can easily be reached by train from many European cities. In fact, we traveled from Paris to Amsterdam in just a few hours. The trains are clean and comfortable, and first class is actually affordable. Non-Europeans can purchase discount Eurail tickets online or from a travel agency back home.
The train will take you wherever you want through out Holland. It covers almost any place. And if it doesn't, busses will take you further.
It's works pretty simple. Just go to the station where you can find ticket machines everywhere. There are two different kinds: at the old one there's a list of all the places with codes next to them.
- Enter the code in the machine
- select the options you need: first class or second class, one way or return ticket, valid for the current day or a ticket without a date (then you have to stamp at the entrance of the platform).
You can pay by coins or a bankcard.
The new machine works the same way only the list of places appear on the touchscreen. You can only pay with your bankcard here!
In the station there are big yellow boards where you look up your destination, look at the time you want to leave and there you'll find the platform where the train will depart.
Make sure you buy a ticket otherwise you have to pay a fine! For any questions about how to get to your destination, ask the conductors on the train!
A lot of stations, especially the smaller ones, have a taxi service especially for train travellers. You buy your ticket for the taxi in the same way as your train ticket ( euro 3,50) This taxi will take you anywhere in the area of the trainstation. Be aware that you have to share the taxi with other travellers!
Lots of people visiting Amsterdam, who want to go to Antwerp (Belgium) by train.
Normal trains go every hour and take 2 hrs 9 min. from station to station. No reservation needed.
Thalys goes 6 times a day, takes 2 hrs and 23 min. Reservation needed and you have to change trains at Antwerpen Berchem (one stop before Antwerpen Central).
Earliest train (not a Thalys) goes at 7.23 hrs
Latest train (not a Thalys) goes at 21:23 hrs
Because you cross a boundary into another country, the fare is not shown on the website.
To give an idea: the fare from Amsterdam to Roosendaal (the last Dutch train station before crossing the border with Belgium):
Single ticket € 17,80
Return ticket € 30,30
You'll be using Dutch Railway which means you can check all this the national railway website. Go to link below and click English at the top.
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).
Amsterdam is the center of Holland, the center of excitment, the center for taking the trains to get around Holland. The rail tickets for a day, of on and off at selected cities you want to see, eat, or shop in, may begin early in the morning and you can board your last train a few minutes before midnight.
You can see quite a bit of Holland on this type of day trip. The train cars are kept extremely clean and the ride is smooth and I found it to be one of the better ways to get around Holland.
Well I took a train from Hamburg, and a special fare return ticket to Amsterdam cost me only a little less than 80 Euros. I thought it was a good bargain. There are no cheap flights directly from Hamburg to Amsterday, atleast not cheaper than this price. The duration of th ejourney was 5 hours 14 minutes.
It's best to get here by public transport, because cars are a real nuisance to park and keep safe int he centre. So best to take the train. You will more than likely arrive at the Central Station (pic), also if you arrive at Schiphol airport, as frequent trains link the airport with the city centre. From here, all forms of public transport radiate into the city. Easy-peasy!
Traveling by Train (2nd Class):
Schiphol (Airport) to Amsterdam Central: € 3.70
Amsterdam Central to Den Haag Central: € 10.70
Amsterdam Central to Utrecht Central: € 6.70
- By a ticket at a kiosk (check for payment by coins or credit).
- Second Class is cheaper.
- After ticket purchase, check the time/departure board for your platform number.
Traveling by Tram: € 2.60
- Enter either front of back of the tram (check for payee stand).
- After you purchase a ticket, swipe it in front of the chip card reader (and again when you exit
- Tram will announce stops and a LED sign will list the upcoming and next two stops.
- The payee attendant can give you a tram map (Public Transport/Tour Guide booklet).
- Trams buses and metros run from 06.00 to 00.30. Night buses run from 00.30 to 07.00.
that must be by train! Parking space is a rare thing in Amsterdam!If you want to know more, go to Access to Amsterdam without aggro .
You can walk, go on a boat trip or jump on a tram. Either way you get from one point to another :-)!There's a museumboat that takes you to the most beautiful spots and off course to some musea, it does not cost much and it is great fun!Animated gif from this site: http://www.bmz.amsterdam.nl/.
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