You’ll be forgiven for thinking Holland exploration begins and ends with Amsterdam, lots of visitors to this fabulous country don’t venture much further than the capital, but that’s why we’re here. Listen up, intrepid traveller, you’ve come as far as Amsterdam, you’ve seen the canals, the Van Gogh Museum and, dare we imply, the red light district, so go a little further and head to Leiden. After all, it’s only half an hour away, and if you loved the charming canals of Amsterdam, we’ve got a feeling you’ll love Leiden.
Holland’s trains are pretty fantastic, so you can expect a smooth and pleasant trip on your NS service between cities, with First Class and Second Class tickets available. You’ll arrive in central Leiden, where the station’s close neighbour, the Anatomisch Museum is a quirky first port of call. Wander further into the city to find the Botanical Gardens, a wealth of galleries and museums and plenty of canal fronts to enjoy a coffee alongside, all in a bit more peace and quiet than the capital. Ready to head out? Book a ticket above!
NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.
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 Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal 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 Amsterdam-Centraal and Leiden Centraal is 36 minutes, with around 184 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 Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal is 33 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal can start from as little as €10 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal without having to change trains. There are 114 direct trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal leaves at 00:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal leaves at 23:41. 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 Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal cover a distance of around 22 miles (36 km) during the journey.