Amsterdam is a must-see for anyone in the Netherlands, we get it, but what if we told you Nijmegen was a little over an hour away? Now you’re intrigued. Sure, tulips may come from Amsterdam, but Dutch history comes from Nijmegen – after all, it’s the oldest city in the country, being over 2,000 years old! Blending the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Amsterdam with the oldy-worldly charm of this ancient city makes for the perfect way to see some of the best of the Netherlands, and all you need is a spare 70 minutes!
NS trains will get you between the cities with ease – they come with First Class and Second Class options, plus with plenty of services that run all day and some into the night, you can add this fantastic day trip to any of your other plans. So, fill up on stroopwaffles, take a canal tour or sneak a shy peek into the famed red-light district before heading to Nijmegen to chill. Here’s where you can really appreciate the history and culture of the country and beyond, with a wealth of museums exploring not just the city’s Roman past but also boasting colourful artefacts from Africa and Asia. Ready to explore the past and the present? Start by exploring our information about train times and tickets below.
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 to Nijmegen 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 and Nijmegen is 1 hour and 39 minutes, with around 111 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 to Nijmegen is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Train tickets from Amsterdam to Nijmegen can start from as little as €21 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from Amsterdam to Nijmegen. Travelling from Amsterdam to Nijmegen by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Amsterdam to Nijmegen leaves at 00:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Nijmegen leaves at 23:03. 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 to Nijmegen cover a distance of around 88km during the journey.