Thinking about travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train? We’ve got you covered.
It usually takes around 44m to travel the 37 miles (59 km) from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train, although you can get there in as little as 39 minutes on the fastest services, meaning you'll be in the Netherlands' 'Second City' before you know it. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available.
You'll either be travelling with an NS or Thalys train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. Both offer comfortable seating and plenty of room for luggage, so you can’t go wrong either way.
To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save.
If you're ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Rotterdam with us today. Want to find out more? Keep reading for timetables, FAQs, and money-saving tips, or read our guide to day trips from Amsterdam, if you want to learn more about what you can do on your day trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam.
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.
Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).
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 44 minutes, with around 108 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 Rotterdam is 39 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Rotterdam can start from as little as €16.80 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 to Rotterdam without having to change trains. There are 106 direct trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam leaves at 23:49. 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.