Do you want to witness some of Van Gogh's most incredible creations firsthand? Or maybe you just feel like relaxing in cafes beside idyllic canals? Either way, the train is the best way to get from Hannover to Amsterdam.
Trains run straight from Hannover Central station to Amsterdam Centraal, leaving the German city on a daily basis. All direct services are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), which can take as little as 4 hours 20 minutes to reach their destination. That's very competitive with driving or flying - neither of which offer on-board buffets or easy bicycle storage.
Once you arrive in Amsterdam, explore the city's many cycle routes and get around like a local. But whether you're on foot or in the saddle, attractions like the Rijksmuseum, the Vondelpark, or the Anne Frank House, all within walking distance of the station, will keep anyone occupied. Start your search for times and tickets above, or continue reading to find out more about the journey, timetables, how to find cheap tickets, and much more.
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Hannover Hbf and Amsterdam is 7 hours and 2 minutes, with around 37 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam is 4 hours and 10 minutes.
Train tickets from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam can start from as little as $24.10 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam leaves at 11:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam leaves at 10:09. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Hannover Hbf to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 204 miles (328 km) during the journey.