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Travelling from Amsterdam to Leiden by train

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!

Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal by train

It takes an average of 36m to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal by train, over a distance of around 22 miles (36 km). There are normally 184 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal and tickets for this journey start from €10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 33m
PriceFrom €10
Distance22 miles (36 km)
Frequency184 trains per day
First train00:04
Last train23:41
Departure stationAmsterdam-Centraal
Arrival stationLeiden Centraal
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsNS

Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal for úterý 7. prosinec 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:34 13:10 36m, direct
12:38 13:13 35m, 1 change
12:41 13:21 40m, direct
12:50 13:27 37m, direct
12:53 13:28 35m, 1 change
13:04 13:40 36m, direct
13:08 13:43 35m, 1 change
13:11 13:51 40m, direct
13:20 13:57 37m, direct
13:22 13:58 36m, 1 change

NS trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal

You can travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal on NS trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal starts at €10 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Amsterdam-Centraal and Leiden Centraal by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal is 33 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal?

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.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal leave?

The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal leaves at 00:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal leave?

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.

What's the distance between Amsterdam-Centraal and Leiden Centraal by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal cover a distance of around 22 miles (36 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leiden Centraal to Amsterdam-Centraal.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam-Centraal to Leiden Centraal for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/07/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/22/2021 for travel on 11/22/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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