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.
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 Centraal 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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal is 32 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 00:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal cover a distance of around 36 miles (58 km) during the journey.