Diamonds from Antwerp and tulips from Amsterdam, this train route is as sparkly and pretty as both, because what can be less fabulous than a speedy ride on Thalys or NS trains? Especially if you treat yourself to their First Class options, which include free WiFi and a dedicated catering service.
You’ll have plenty of daily services to choose from, just in case you’re moving a little slower with that new diamond necklace on (or from a few too many Belgian fries), and a little over an hour to catch your breath before you arrive in stunning Amsterdam, where more delights in the form of tulips and stroopwafels await. Treat yourself to a multi-city train ride, read our FAQs below and book your train tickets from Antwerp to Amsterdam with us.
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.
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.
SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.
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 Antwerp to Amsterdam 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 Antwerp and Amsterdam is 1 hour and 41 minutes, with around 45 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 Antwerp to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Antwerp to Amsterdam can start from as little as €21 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 Antwerp to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Antwerp to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Antwerp to Amsterdam leaves at 06:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Antwerp to Amsterdam leaves at 21:50. 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 Antwerp to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 83 miles (133 km) during the journey.