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Trains to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the perfect base for exploring the Netherlands by train. Its key position on the European rail network also makes it a popular first stop for travellers from Britain setting off to explore the continent by train - a journey made all the easier since the launch in 2018 of Eurostar's new direct train service from London. Service frequency on that new route will increase from June 2019.

The city’s celebrated canals and traditional gabled housing give the centre of Amsterdam a remarkable small town feel. Its compact size makes the city ideal for exploring on foot or by bike. The city is notably gay-friendly and laid back. Whether you just want to take the pulse of local life in backstreet cafés or sample Amsterdam’s world-class art galleries, the city is first and foremost a place to chill. The Rembrandt House Museum will be much in the limelight during 2019, as Amsterdam marks the 350th anniversary of the painter's death.

The main rail hub is Centraal Station (often just called CS). It is at the northern edge of the city centre. Amsterdam is a key hub in the Dutch national rail network with departures at least hourly to most major cities across the Netherlands.

Amsterdam has an excellent range of direct international connections. These include regular Thalys services to Brussels and Paris. An hourly Intercity (IC) service leaves Amsterdam for Antwerp and Brussels, serving Rotterdam along the way. There are seven daily ICE departures to Cologne and Frankfurt. IC trains leave every two hours for Hannover and Berlin. There is a useful direct daytime train to Basel in Switzerland. Although there have been no direct international night trains from Amsterdam since late 2016, there is an evening fast train from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf which connects conveniently into direct overnight services to Munich, Innsbruck, Linz and Vienna.

Country guide

Train tickets in the Netherlands

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.