Central Station & Trains, Amsterdam

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  • Difficult to board trains for some people
    Difficult to board trains for some...
    by Britannia2
  • Construction works at the East side of the station
    Construction works at the East side of...
    by pieter_jan_v
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    Absolutely on time!

    by micas_pt Written Dec 12, 2003

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    Trains leave absolutely on time! I was on Centraal Station to get train back to Schiphol Airport on time, but on wrong side of platform, just a few meters away as well as some other tourist couple. And when we all realized that, we moved to correct side of platform and waved at the train. And still, the train left leaving us behind, waiting for next train or alternative transportation.

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    Construction season

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Construction works at the East side of the station

    Around the Central Train Station works are in progress.
    A new busstation will be build at the North side of the building with a pedestrian area at ground level and a motorway underneath.
    Furthermore new metro and (high speed) train tracks are under construction.
    The metro works needs digging and the train works need overpasses to be build.

    At times expect heavy construction works going on. It's is well planned, but may confilct with your plans at times.

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES (VVV)

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2009

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    I thought I had everything I needed so that I wouldn't have to go to a T/Info centre. I did, but I didn't know where the Bus station was to get the bus to Muiderslot castle. It wasn't either of the two by Central Station, I was told by a Bus driver, Out of town. So, I went to the Info/centre outside central station, and it was jammed full of people. I took my number, and to my horror, saw that there were 50 people infront of me. I stayed for a little while, in that time, nobody had moved, the centre was grossly understaffed, and you couldn't help yourself to information. Wasted time, and I never got there. My Hotel told me where to catch the Bus, but I didn't have time left to visit. Try to avoid if possible.

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    beware of crack fiends by centraal station

    by thelovelymissjane Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Beware of toothless crack fiends that try to offer you accomodations.

    we were stalked all over the city by one of them, despite the fact we said we were not interested.

    he was trying to sell us a room in a boarded up hotel.

    I'm sure that person is probably still there, trying to lure unsuspecting tourists .

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    SOME AMSTERDAM TIPS

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Some tips:
    * Beware of pickpockets (mostly junks), and do not ever leave baggage unattended.

    * When travelling take care of choosing the station you wanna go for, because some cities have different "central" station (e.g. The Hague Central and The Hague Hollands Spoor - Amsterdam Central and Amsterdam RAI)

    * Want to change money, then visit the GWK (Grens Wissel Kantoor), that is the best for money-change in Euro (Western Union money transfer service). You can find one just outside of Amsterdam Central Station, Stationsplein. For credit-card find ATM.

    * Be aware the public toilets in malls, official buildings may ask some money when visiting ...

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    Difficult to board trains for some

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 27, 2009

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    Difficult to board trains for some people

    Hollands trains are generally good but for the disabled or elderly some can be difficult to board or alight from. Some of the platforms at Centraal Station are slightly curved too which extenuates the problem ( see photo).
    The Dutch Railways website does have advice for disabled travel but it seems that advance notification of travel is needed so that ramps can be put up to the doors from the platforms and it also seems proof of disability is needed.
    This is a pity because the trains go virtually everywhere and are frequent but the disabled traveller (in my opinion) is at a great disadvantage.

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    Don't forget to print your train e-tickets

    by mumymama Written Nov 25, 2009

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    I booked train tickets from Amsterdam to Paris through NS Hispeed Internet , but I did not print the tickets as the confirmation was in Dutch - I printed the confirmation form instead. So, I had to pay again for the same tickets on train.

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    The trains to Amsterdam Centraal

    by annase Updated Nov 23, 2007

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    As in any large city you should beware of pick pockets. A few years ago, thefts on the trains to Amsterdam Centraal from the Schiphol airport and back were a real problem. I don't know what's the situation now, but at the time I spoke to guy whose laptop was nicked because he left it unattended for a few seconds, as he went to alert someone that they left their mobile phone behind by accident. Of course, the mobile phone was left behind on purpose and it turned out to be a stunt that the thieves were trying to pull on some unaware tourist and it worked.

    If you do travel on the trains to Amsterdam, do not under any circumstances leave any of your belongings unattended (not even for a second).

    If possible, take a train that doesn’t stop on any of the other stations within the city limits, in particularly Amsterdam Lelylaan, where lots of the thieves used to get on the trains because it's the first station on the way to town from the airport, and therefore an easy target for the thieves.

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    Central Station Pick Pockets!!!

    by TrvlnGrrl Written Dec 27, 2005

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    Ok everyone says it "watch out for pickpockets" and I did. I lived there a good part of a year before it happened to me. Always wore a over the sholder strapped purse and kept one hand on it at all times..and never used a cash machine anywhere near the station...(they will actually walk behind you as you enter your code and then follow you to steal your bank card.)Anyway it happened to me on the way back from holiday, one of the busiest travel days of the year for dutch...it was crowded and I had a huge winter coat on from skiing and was carring a bag or two..and somewhere between getting off one train and getting onto another..it was cut off of my body without me noticing because of the full hands. I was not alone either, I was traveling with 3 other people who didnt see it happen it was so fast. Usually its when someone bumps into you...but i didnt even notice that with the crowds. My bank card was actually used within 15 mins of being stolen too! So everyone watch out! ohhh and the train station police are nice, try to help, but there really isnt anything they can do.

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    Shops near Central Station

    by nyc_chef_1971 Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Yup, nice!

    These coffeshops often time make you purchase a minimum to hang and smoke. I admit, I'm a light weight, and if I had to sit there and smoke three "J"'s I would not be able to move for a week....LOL. Stay away from the big, flashy places. A very cool place is De Rokerij. This is the place to chill!

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    There are only two dangers...

    by vlasis Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There are only two dangers while in Amsterdam:
    First, while you are in the Central Station watch out for smugglers and pickpockets. They are easily identified. The same advice is while walking on the streets, don't pay any attention or begin a dialogue to people who want to sell you coke or hash, they can walk for miles with you trying to persuade you. The second danger is that you have to look down in order not to walk on poep: dog's s..t in dutch!! Especially at night, where you can't see them clearly.

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    The junkies and vagabonds at...

    by chelley Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The junkies and vagabonds at Centraal Station. They may offer to help you put coins in the left luggage lockers or ask you for a newspaper - anything to engage you in conversation before begging for money. This is not a safe place for anyone on their own. Travel with someone and stay with them - even befriend another traveller and stay together - particularly if you need to be at the station at night - OR stay on the platforms and don't go downstairs - the police manage to keep them away from the platforms...

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    Recently a lot of robbers have...

    by Arjen2001 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Recently a lot of robbers have been active on the trains from Amsterdam to Schiphol (and back) and on the different train stations. They let some money fall on the floor, point in a certain direction, distract you in other ways and run with your suitcase or other luggage. So be carefull out there. No need to say that you have to be carefull for pickpockets in the city as well!

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    Central Station

    by Igraine Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    In and around Central Station they are very busy with making a new metro line ( the North - South line). Some parts are covered up and the shops have been replaced to the West wing of the station..

    The main entrance to the station has been closed and will remain so for at least a year. Please use the entrance at the western side (left if you facing the station) All places are still accesable of course but it might not be were it was last time you visited.

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  • When leaving Central Station...

    by stevenmiles Written Aug 24, 2002

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    When leaving Central Station you will be approached by young people offering to find you accomodation. Do not engage them in conversation.

    Also some people offer to assist in buying tickets from the machines for travelling on the trains. They often charge you for the ticket you want, and when you look at the ticket you will find it is a discount ticket for which you require a student pass.
    They have made a few guilders at your expense, but you will need to go and purchase new tickets from the ticket desk

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