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It's very easy to reach Haarlem by train

Haarlem has a very beautifull trainstation designed by architect D.A.N. Margadant. It was built between 1905-1908. I will tel you more about it in another chapter.

The first railway track in the Netherlands was built in 1839. It's the track from Haarlem to Amsterdam.

From and to Amsterdam central trainstation, it is at about a 17 minutes trip. Trains depart and arrive like every ten minutes.

To the beach (Zandvoort) you can catch a train and it will take you at about 10 minutes. In the summer trains will go more frequently to Zandvoort, but during other seasons, there still depart like two trains an hour.

Almost every town in The Netherlands has it's own trainstation and can be reached very easily by train.

For more information about journey and price I advise you to check out this website:
It's in English.

International trips (for example to Belgium) are possible as well. You have to depart from Amsterdam central trainstation in that case.

For more information about journey and price of international trips, I advise you to check out this website:
It's in English.

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Apr 04, 2011

There is always a train

More than 50 trains per day are leaving Amsterdam Centraal for Haarlem which means that you have not to worry about timetables. Just go to the station and take the train, you have only a few minutes to wait for it, The ride is about 15 minutes.

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Apr 21, 2006

Trains to Haarlem

Haarlem is very easily reached. The train can bring you there in no-time. From Amsterdam Central the train only takes about 15 minutes. What's even better is that a train leaves for Haarlem about every 10 minutes. The trains leave Amsterdam Central at these times past every hour:

.07 Intercity takes 13 minutes
.11 Fast train takes 15 minutes
.21 Stoptrain takes 17 minutes
.37 Intercity
.41 Fast train
.51 Stop train

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Apr 04, 2011

Sprinter to/ from Amsterdam

Getting to Haarlem from Amsterdam is really easy. There are several trains every hour, the sprinter train you see in the picture goes every 30 min and takes only 15 min to get to Haarlem. It's 6 Euro return, which I think is a great price.

Next to the train station there is a little tourist office where you can buy a little map and then it takes only 10 min walking to the city center.

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May 16, 2005
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Haarlem is close enough to Amsterdam so one can go there quite easily as a day trip. The ride takes only 15 minutes and there are numerous trains throughout the day. So take a break from the capital and visit this historic town.

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May 12, 2006

Train is very convenient to get there

The Haarlem station is one of the nicest stations I have seen (inside). Outside it just looks like a modern building but the interior really is worth entering.
Haarlem station is very well situated in the city and in front there is a central square with bus stops.

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Jul 05, 2003


After arriving at the airport take the train to Haarlem, especially if you are travelling light. If you have a lot of heavy luggage a taxi would be the best way to get to your accommodations in Haarlem.

Also, getting from town to town if you dont have a car is easy, just take the train. It's fast, convenient, and relatively inexpensive.

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Nov 17, 2002

Taking the train to Haarlem...

Taking the train to Haarlem from Amsterdam is really easy. There is a train almost every 15 minutes and it only takes 15 minutes to get there. You can either get the Sneltrain or the Stoptrain depending on how you feel. The Sneltrain is faster as it stops at less stations but when it is a really cold day, like the day I was there then the comfort of a warm train is very inviting - even if it does take slightly longer to get there.
The best way to find your way about Haarlen is by using the power of your own two feet :-)

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"Haarlem - City of Flowers"
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"Between us, I prefer Haarlem to Amsterdam."
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"An Easy Day Trip From Amsterdam Central"
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From/to Haarlem by train

Haarlem is well connected with Amsterdam as well as with other cities in the so-called Randstad like Den Haag, Utrecht and Rotterdam. Leiden and Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) are a little more complicated to reach (change at Amsterdam/Sloterdijk for that) while Amsterdam is even served up to eight times per hour. A trip from/to Amsterdam takes between fifteen and twenty minutes, depending on the type of train. The train station is a five to ten minute walk away from Haarlem city centre, along Jansstraat and`Jansweg.

The Dutch train system is easy to use, the touch screen vending machines have an English menu and except Fyra, you can use all train types with the same ticket. Have a look at the Dutch railway website for information about prices and times.

Haarlem is one of the stations which are a sight in itself, for further information please check the “Things to do” section.

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Sep 30, 2013

From Haarlem to Amsterda by train

Unless you rented a bike and love to endure biking between this two cities, the best transport there is is the regional train from Haarlem main train station.

Fare is EUR7 for return ticket.

As usual it took me awhile to buy the ticket the first time as the vending machines don't want to accept my credit card, so I have to ask the kind old man at the tobacco shop right beside the entrance/exit. So he told me to go 1 floor up and get down on the other side which is in fact the main entrance and the ticket office is right there. I did and bought my ticket from there.

From Grote Markt (central square), it's an leisure 10-minute walk to the main train station.

Travel from Haarlem to Amsterdam is quite easy and takes only 15 minutes per way. Th train ends at Amsterdam Centrall where you will have to take a 10-15 min. stroll to get to Dam Square.

CHeck their website for train schedule and finding your way.

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Jun 19, 2010

Cycles on trains?

more a question, is it ok to take cycles on the trains from Haarlem to Amsterdam? I cant see anything on the train website. In London you can when its not a peak time train so assume its similar? Any ideas would be great!

Apr 29, 2012


We took the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem. It takes less than 15 minutes though we did have some delays at the station.

Interesting fact* The distance from Amsterdam to Haarlem is the same as from the tip of Manhattan to Harlem in New York.

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May 01, 2003

Things To Do Near Haarlem

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Frans Hals Museum

I always imagined the Frans Hals Museum as being a big building like the Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam. Nothing could be in greater contrast when I saw the real museum for the first time unexpected. It was...
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Teylers Museum

The oldest museum in the Netherlands is a wonderful trip back into the 18th and19th century. It was founded in 1778 with the fortune of the cloth merchant Pieter Teyler who also possessed an art...
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St. Bavo Cathedral

I really liked this ancient church. Its entrance is not obvious at all. Basically, you go right round the back and enter through a small shop in a small attached building and then through an even...
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Canal Tour

As we walked along the the embankment of Spaarne River/ Canal we found there were several small boats offering tours. These were mostly open boats offering a similar service to what is offered on the...
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Grote Markt

The Stadthuis is one of the three buildings which really stand out on Haarlem's Grote Markt (the others being St Bavo and the Vleeshal). It stands on the west of the square. Originally, from around...
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Do not buy the Tulip Bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens. Although they will not tell you and you will find Nothing written about this - the tulip bulbs they sell at Keukenhof are considered to be ANNUALS. All...
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