Let an NS Intercity train whisk you from Amsterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal in less than half an hour. That’s quicker than driving and you won’t have to worry about finding a suitable parking space – what could be better?
As both stations are in the centre of each city, locals and tourist alike find taking the train a convenient way to travel between the two – it also means you can be admiring the icon Dom Tower just 10 minutes after stepping off the train. Keen to find out more? Keep reading to find train times, ticket prices and journey information.
It takes an average of 27m to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal by train, over a distance of around 22 miles (35 km). There are normally 106 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal and tickets for this journey start from £8.46 when you book in advance.
22 miles (35 km)
106 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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.
NS Second Class is perfect for you if you're looking for free WiFi and generous luggage allowance at an affordable price.
Upgrade to NS First Class and enjoy more onboard amenities, including adjustable seats and more legroom.
There are no luggage weight limits on NS trains, so long as you can carry your bags by yourself.
There is no onboard catering on NS trains.
The majority of NS Intercity trains have free WiFi on board. If your train has WiFi available, connect to the network 'Wifi in the train' to get online.
Children under 4 travel free on NS trains. Children between 4 and 11 years old can get a 'Railrunner' ticket, which costs €2.50 a day, for unlimited travel.
Outside peak hours (from 9am to 4:30pm, and after 6pm), at the weekend, on bank holidays and during the summer months, you can take your bike on board NS trains. Bikes must be placed in the designated storage spaces, which you can find by looking for a bike symbol on the side of the carriage. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal luggage.
Small pets are allowed on board, provided that they travel on your lap or in a suitable travel carrier. Guide dogs are also allowed on board but must be recognisable as guide dogs for the blind or another type of assistance dog. Larger dogs can travel on NS trains, so long as they wear a muzzle and are kept on a lead - you must also buy a dog train ticket.
If you need help getting on or off the train, you can reserve NS Travel Assistance. This service is available 7 days a week. You need to specify the help you need on your online NS account and reserve assistance on the NS website, on the NS app or by phoning (+31) 30 235 78 22.
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 Utrecht 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!
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.
The average journey time by train between Amsterdam-Centraal and Utrecht Centraal is 27 minutes, with around 106 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 Utrecht Centraal is 26 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal can start from as little as £8.46 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 Utrecht Centraal without having to change trains. There are 106 direct trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal leaves at 00:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Utrecht Centraal leaves at 23:54. 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 Utrecht Centraal cover a distance of around 22 miles (35 km) during the journey.