Amsterdam Central Station Centraal train

Amsterdam Central Station (Dutch: Amsterdam Centraal)

Information for passengers: map, local transport (metro, tram, bus), tickets, lockers, parking …

Amsterdam Centraal Central Station is the largest station in the city of Amsterdam, with approximately 200,000 travelers per day.
It is centrally located and for many visitors it is the gateway to the city.

You will find in this guide all the important information for passengers, such as: General map, info on how to continue by local transport, tips on buying tickets, lockers, cheap parking and much more.

Amsterdam Centraal Station

The famous station building was extensively renovated in 2018 and is a listed building (image: R.+P.Skitterians)

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Arrive in Amsterdam: continue your trip with local transport (metro, streetcar, bus…).

Amsterdam has a good local transport system and the train station is well connected to local transport.
Many passengers arriving at Amsterdam Centraal station use metro, streetcar or bus to get to their destination.

Metro / subway at Amsterdam Centraal station

Metro U-Bahn Nahverkehr Haltestelle

The station has its own metro stop. (image: travelguide.amsterdam)

The station has its own stop for the metro. It is called “Centraal Station”.

The metro network of Amsterdam has a total of 5 lines. Four lines stop at the station’s stop.

The stop “Centraal Station” is the terminus of three metro lines:

  • Metro line 51 (Amsterdam Centraal – Isolatorweg)
  • Metro line 53 (Amsterdam Centraal – Gaasperplas)
  • Metro line 54 (Amsterdam Centraal – Gein)

In 2018, the new line 52 (Noord station – Zuid station) was opened, which also has a stop at Centraal station.

Download
Map / plan: metro lines in Amsterdam / route map (250 KByte).

The stop “Centraal Station” is located in the upper right corner of the map.

Access to the metro station is only possible with a valid ticket.

Amsterdam Bahnhof Centraal Metro U-Bahn

The “Centraal Station” metro stop is located directly under Amsterdam Station (Image: Johan Wieland, CC BY-ND 2.0 license)

Public transport – ideal for discovering Amsterdam

For visitors to the city, public transport is the No.1 mode of transport.
Parking in the city center is expensive and all sights and museums are easily accessible by metro, streetcar or bus.

Amsterdam public transport tickets: Which ticket option is best for me?

Whether single trip by e-purse or OV card, day ticket, “I amsterdam Card” or “Amsterdam Travel Card”, here you will find detailed information & current ticket prices. So you can quickly and easily find the right ticket for your Amsterdam stay.

If you briefly inform yourself before your trip, which ticket fits best for your purposes, this will save money, time and stress abroad.

Our tip – if you don’t want to deal with the fare system and ticket machines:

The day or multi-day ticket of the municipal transport company GVB is the best choice for most visitors to the city. With this ticket you can use metro (subway), GVB city buses, streetcar (tram) and ferries for free and unlimited during the whole validity period (1-7 days).

The tickets are very cheap, compared to other European citites . For 2021 fares range between €5.30 and €8.50 a day, depending on period of validity

You can purchase the ticket online ahead of time via the English-language website of the authorised GVB ticket seller without having to pay a surcharge (click here). This means you no longer have to deal with ticket machines and fare systems abroad.
This saves time and nerves – after all, there are better things to do in Amsterdam …

Streetcar / Tramway

Amsterdam Cetraal station has two streetcar stops, “Stationsplein (Station Square)” in front of the main entrance of the station and “Westseite (Westzijde)”.

A total of 9 streetcar lines serve these two stops.

Tram Straßenbahn Bahnhof

The station has two streetcar stops  (image: travelguide.amsterdam)

Streetcar lines 2, 11, 12, 13 and 17, which leave the station via Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in the direction of Leidseplein or Rozengracht stop at “Westzijde”.

Download:
Map – streetcar lines in Amsterdam / route map

Bus station “IJzijde” (IJ side)

Until the new IJzijde bus station was built, the bus stops for local and regional transport were scattered all around the station. Not easy and comfortable for passengers.

With the large new building on the north side directly on the IJ embankment, this has changed. Now almost all bus lines, whether from the city’s public transport company GVB or also from the bus companies EBS and Connexxion stop at the central bus station “IJzijde”.

The 24 stops are not permanently assigned to specific bus lines. They are allocated dynamically. An electronic display at the entrance of the bus station shows passengers the current stopping place of the bus lines.

IJzide Bus Haltestelle Fähre

“IJzijde” – bus station and ferry pier (image: M.Bußman)

Important national and international train connections

There are numerous national and international train connections to Amsterdam Centraal.

Here are some important train connections for visitors to the city:

Train NameCompanyDestinationvia
ICE 100Nederlandse Spoorwegen; Deutsche BahnBaselArnhem – Oberhausen Hbf – Duisburg Hbf – Düsseldorf Hbf – Cologne – Sieburg/Bonn – Frankfurt Airport – Mannheim Hbf – Karlsruhe Hbf – Offenburg Hbf – Freiburg Hbf – Basel Bad
Intercity 77Nederlandse Spoorwegen; Deutsche BahnBerlin (Ostbahnhof) Amersfoort Centraal – Deventer – Hengelo – Bad Bentheim – Rheine – Osnabrück Hbf – Hannover Hbf – Berlin Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
Eurostar 9100EurostarLondon St Pancras InternationalRotterdam Centraal – Brussel-Zuid – Lille-Europe
Thalys 9300ThalysParis Gare Du NordSchiphol Airport – Rotterdam Centraal – Antwerpen-Centraal – Brussel-Zuid

Lockers at Amsterdam Centraal station

gepäck schließfach amsterdam centraalLuggage lockers are available in the main building.

Lockers – prices for 24h (2021)

For a small locker you currently (2021) pay 7,50 €, for a large locker 11,00 € for the first 24 hours.

Opening hours: daily from 05:00 h – 01:00 h

Book luggage storage online in advance

Where should I put my luggage if I arrive early in Amsterdam, for example, but can’t move into my accommodation until around afternoon?

A well-organized luggage storage can therefore save a whole vacation day.

There are also many possibilities to store your luggage outside the train station.

There is a simple solution to this problem. You can book luggage storage online befor your trip via this website (click here). his works similar to booking a hotel.
The advantage compared to the lockers at the train station: With an online reservation there is no “We are unfortunately fully booked…””.

Map / Plan: Amsterdam Centraal Station

Here you can find our interactive map.

If you zoom in more, you will find all stores, restaurants in the station but also e.g. a detailed map of the platforms.

If you zoom out further, you can explore the surroundings of the station.

hotel amsterdam CentraalPopular hotels around Amsterdam Station

Due to its central location, many travelers are looking for accommodation near the train station.

Another advantage: If you return early, you can sleep longer because the way to the train station is not far.

Name Description SR Price from Link

A-Train Hotel

Hotel for railroad fans – opposite the train station. The interior is in a railroad look 140 Euro Pictures, reviews, availability, prices.

Hotel Library Amsterdam

good value for money 116 Euro Pictures, reviews, availability, prices.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

274 rooms, modern interior, central location 210 Euro Pictures, reviews, availability, prices.

Houseboat Westerdok

Bed & Breakfast houseboat near train station – an unforgettable experience 125 Euro Pictures, reviews, availability, prices.

Mauro Mansion

Hotel in a 16th century canal house with individually decorated rooms 120 Euro Pictures, reviews, availability, prices.

How much does a train ticket to Amsterdam cost?

Many visitors travel to Amsterdam by train. Unlike Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Central Station is centrally located in the city center. Since there are many high-speed connections to Amsterdam, the travel time is short. In addition, train travelers do not have the costly problem of finding a parking space in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Centraal Station ticket price

ICE, Eurostar, Thalys – many high-speed connections run through Amsterdam Centraal – if you book early, tickets are cheap (image: E.d.Redelijkheid, CC 2.0 License)

Prices for a train ticket to Amsterdam

For several years, the ticket price is determined by supply and demand. Popular and much booked travel times are more expensive than rarely booked connections.

With a little luck, you can travel from Berlin, Paris or London to Amsterdam from €19.90 (one way, 2nd class).

Amsterdam Centraal train ticket price

With the Amsterdam Centraal destination station, you arrive in the middle of the city – you don’t need another ticket for e.g. the airport transfer (Image: R.Dammers, CC 2.0 License)

1  Book early

Book as early as possible, then it is well possible to still catch a cheap ticket price. About 3-4 months before the travel date, in our experience, prices increase.

2  Book online directly at SNCF Europe

Convenient and easy is the booking at the European portal of the French national railroad SNCF (even without departure station in France).

3  Cheap travel days

Cheap travel days for Amsterdam are usually Saturday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The remaining days tend to be used more by commuters and business travelers.

Public transport – ideal for discovering Amsterdam

For visitors to the city, public transport is the No.1 mode of transport.
Parking in the city center is expensive and all sights and museums are easily accessible by metro, streetcar or bus.

Amsterdam public transport tickets: Which ticket option is best for me?

Whether single trip by e-purse or OV card, day ticket, “I amsterdam Card” or “Amsterdam Travel Card”, here you will find detailed information & current ticket prices. So you can quickly and easily find the right ticket for your Amsterdam stay.

If you briefly inform yourself before your trip, which ticket fits best for your purposes, this will save money, time and stress abroad.

Our tip – if you don’t want to deal with the fare system and ticket machines:

he day or multi-day ticket of the municipal transport company GVB is the best choice for most visitors to the city. With this ticket you can use metro (subway), GVB city buses, streetcar (tram) and ferries for free and unlimited during the whole validity period (1-7 days).

The tickets are very cheap, compared to other European citites . For 2021 fares range between €5.30 and €8.50 a day, depending on period of validity

You can purchase the ticket online ahead of time via the English-language website of the authorised GVB ticket seller without having to pay a surcharge (click here). This means you no longer have to deal with ticket machines and fare systems abroad.
This saves time and nerves – after all, there are better things to do in Amsterdam …

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