Give your trip to Amsterdam the best start by choosing a train transfer! We can get you from baggage reclaim to a canal-side café serving Stroop waffles in just 14 minutes. Add to that the option to travel in First Class on the train plus plenty of extra space for luggage and it’s a no-brainer!
Arrive right in the heart of the action, with Chinatown in one direction, the infamous Red Light District in the other and those iconic waterways all around. Why not start by finding a waterside bar and raising a glass of local beer to trains? We think they deserve it. Cast your eyes over our information page below to help plan a great trip.
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.
SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.
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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-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 Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam-Centraal is 17 minutes, with around 200 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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal is 13 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal can start from as little as €4.60 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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 165 direct trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 00:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal cover a distance of around 8 miles (12 km) during the journey.
Like most who visit Amsterdam somewhat spontaneously, my journey to the Dutch capital began at Schiphol Airport (although you could mistake the place for one gigantic shopping mall – brilliant if that’s what you’re into). Luckily, it was really easy to find the train station itself as it was well signposted throughout.
Once at the station, you can either print your tickets off or use a Mobile Ticket, though I decided to go with both just to cover all bases. I ended up using the paper tickets to tap in and out (there are no barriers at Schiphol, but there are at Amsterdam Centraal). On the station screens the info was in Dutch, but the place names aren’t spelt very differently so it’s easy to figure out where you’re going.
Trains to the city are fairly regular, with waiting times of less than 10 minutes, and a speedy journey of only 15-20 minutes. Onboard, there’s plenty of room for both baggage and long legs – I was able to stretch out after a cramped flight – a welcome relief). The train met all my expectations as a modern traveller, with toilets, WiFi and bicycle spaces available. Some announcements are made in English while onboard, though primarily in Dutch.
Before I knew it, the ride was over and I was at Amsterdam Centraal station, which is placed in an excellent location in the centre of the city. I crossed one bridge on foot and was immediately into the vibrant De Wallen area, where most tourists start off their adventure.
Overall, an incredibly quick and efficient journey. The train is without a doubt the best way to get to Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport.
Luke is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.