Trade one dam for another by taking the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. In just 40 minutes, you can be in The Netherlands' “Second City”, enjoying a freshly brewed beer from one of the many startups, or you can take in the city’s stunning architecture (Cube Houses, anyone?).
The great thing about this journey is the convenience factor – you’ll go from city centre to city centre and lose absolutely none of that precious sightseeing time. Rotterdam’s main train station is in the “Cool District”, so our top tip would be to walk around and see how cool it really is!
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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.
Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.
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 Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam is 42 minutes, with around 163 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.
Thalys high-speed trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam can travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The fastest journey time from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train is 32 minutes.
The average train ticket price from Amsterdam to Rotterdam usually costs around €18.23 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €17.20 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 87 direct Thalys or NS trains that travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam each day with an average journey time of 42 minutes.
The first train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leaves at 00:07 from Amsterdam Central. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leaves at 23:52 from Amsterdam Central. 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 Rotterdam cover a distance of around 37 miles (59 km) during the journey.
Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam are operated by Nederlanse Spoorwegen (NS) – the national railway company in the Netherlands, or Thalys – a high-speed train company connecting the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany.