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Catch the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam

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!

Ready to book? Check out our page below for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train

It takes an average of 42m to travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train, over a distance of around 37 miles (59 km). There are normally 163 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and tickets for this journey start from €17.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 32m
Price€17.20 - €21
Distance37 miles (59 km)
Frequency163 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationRotterdam
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Amsterdam to Rotterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Rotterdam for Wednesday 27th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:38 Amsterdam-Centraal12:19 Rotterdam CentraalIC direct 932 NS Get tickets41m, direct
11:41 Amsterdam Lelylaan12:19 Rotterdam CentraalRegionalExpress 5832 NS Get tickets38m, 1 change
11:53 Amsterdam-Centraal12:34 Rotterdam CentraalIC direct 1034 NS Get tickets41m, direct
11:58 Amsterdam Zuid12:34 Rotterdam CentraalRegionalExpress 4334 NS Get tickets36m, 1 change
12:08 Amsterdam-Centraal12:49 Rotterdam CentraalIC direct 934 NS Get tickets41m, direct
12:11 Amsterdam Lelylaan12:49 Rotterdam CentraalRegionalExpress 5834 NS Get tickets38m, 1 change
12:15 Amsterdam-Centraal12:54 Rotterdam CentraalThalys 9346 NS Get tickets39m, direct
12:22 Amsterdam Lelylaan12:54 Rotterdam CentraalRegionalExpress 4634 NS Get tickets32m, 1 change
12:22 Amsterdam-Centraal13:03 Rotterdam CentraalIC direct 1036 NS Get tickets41m, direct
12:25 Amsterdam-Centraal13:06 Rotterdam CentraalIC direct 9236 NS Get tickets41m, direct

NS and Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam

You can travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam on NS and Thalys 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Rotterdam

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Rotterdam start at €17.20 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €18.45.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price18.23
on the day
avg. single price18.45

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 to Rotterdam 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 to Rotterdam? 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 to Rotterdam take?

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.

How fast does the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam travel?

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.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam?

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.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leave?

The first train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leaves at 00:07 from Amsterdam Central. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leave?

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.

What's the distance between Amsterdam and Rotterdam by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam cover a distance of around 37 miles (59 km) during the journey.

Which train companies operate between Amsterdam and Rotterdam?

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.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Amsterdam to Rotterdam.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam to Rotterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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