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Taking the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal

Board a Thalys or NS train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal for a stress-free and convenient journey. What's more, you don't have to worry about driving through traffic jams and unfamiliar roads. Instead, let the train take you right to the heart of the city. Furthermore, trains are friendlier to the environment and you will also get the chance to take in the beauty of the scenic landscapes of the Dutch countryside.

Hop onto a Thalys train for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. These ultra-modern trains feature large and spacious seats with power sockets so you can plug in your electric devices and stay entertained throughout the journey. In less than an hour, you could be right at the heart of Amsterdam sailing on the canals as you enjoy the spectacular views of the city. You will be left wondering why you ever thought of driving.

Once you arrive at the Rotterdam Central Station, you can take a bike and food tour that will let you experience and taste Rotterdam's full glory. Or head to the home of Rotterdam's Philharmonic Orchestra, De Doelen, just a short walk from the station. If this sounds like music to your ears, read on for more information about the journey from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal, including train times, cheap train tickets, FAQs, and so much more.

Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal by train

It takes an average of 45m to travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal by train, over a distance of around 36 miles (58 km). There are normally 135 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal and tickets for this journey start from €17.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 32m
Price€17.40 - €34
Distance36 miles (58 km)
Frequency135 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationRotterdam Centraal
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, Thalys, NS, BlaBlaBus

Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal for Tuesday 8th Dec 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
13:25 14:06 41m, direct
13:28 14:06 38m, 1 change
13:38 14:19 41m, direct
13:41 14:19 38m, 1 change
13:49 14:48 59m, 1 change
14:08 14:49 41m, direct
14:11 14:49 38m, 1 change
14:19 15:18 59m, 1 change
14:38 15:19 41m, direct
14:41 15:19 38m, 1 change

NS and Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal

You can travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal 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 Centraal

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal start at €17.40 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 €17.57.
lowest price found
from17.40
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price17.54
on the day
avg. single price17.57

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 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 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 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 to Rotterdam Centraal take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Rotterdam Centraal is 45 minutes, with around 135 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 and Rotterdam Centraal by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal is 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal cost?

Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal can start from as little as €17.40 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 to Rotterdam Centraal?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam 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 to Rotterdam Centraal leave?

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

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

The last train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 23:52. 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 Centraal by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal cover a distance of around 36 miles (58 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal.
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 Centraal for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/12/2020. 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 23/11/2020 for travel on 24/11/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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