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Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal station

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.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal by train

It takes an average of 17m to travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal by train, over a distance of around 7 miles (12 km). There are normally 155 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal and tickets for this journey start from €4.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 13m
Price€4.60 - €42
Distance7 miles (12 km)
Frequency155 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam Schiphol Airport
Arrival stationAmsterdam-Centraal
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsNS, Amsterdam Airport Express

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal for martedì 9º mar 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
00:30 00:48 18m, direct
00:38 00:51 13m, direct
00:41 00:58 17m, direct
00:50 01:14 24m, 1 change
01:00 01:18 18m, direct
01:08 01:21 13m, direct
01:11 01:28 17m, direct
01:20 01:44 24m, 1 change
01:30 01:48 18m, direct
01:38 01:51 13m, direct

NS trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal

You can travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal starts at €4.60 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.
lowest price found
from4.60
on the day
avg. single price5.58

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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-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 Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam-Centraal is 17 minutes, with around 155 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 Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam-Centraal by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal is 13 minutes.

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

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.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 131 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.

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

The first train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 11:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 10:50. 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 Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam-Centraal by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal cover a distance of around 7 miles (12 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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Schiphol to Amsterdam by train

Review by Luke McDonough

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.

About Luke

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.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/03/2021. 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 22/02/2021 for travel on 18/08/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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