Wondering how to get from Maastricht to Amsterdam without needing to rent a car? It’s simple – take the train! There are direct services available every day from Maastricht’s central station to Amsterdam-Centraal station (the main station in the city). Let’s face it, it’s easier than dealing with potential traffic issues and the pain of city centre parking.
Spend less than two and a half hours on a high-speed Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) train and you’ll be whisked over to the heart of the vibrant capital of the Netherlands. Leave early in the morning and it’s just about close enough for a day trip. Spend your time exploring Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or simply wandering the canal-lined streets.
Fancy a bit of a treat? Upgrade to First Class and you’ll get free access to the NS International Lounges at Amsterdam Centraal station before you’re journey, as well as wider seats to stretch out in. Read on to find out more, including all the FAQs for this journey.
It takes an average of 2h 31m to travel from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal by train, over a distance of around 111 miles (179 km). There are normally 59 trains per day travelling from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal and tickets for this journey start from £27.39 when you book in advance.
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111 miles (179 km)
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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.
NS Second Class is perfect for you if you're looking for free WiFi and generous luggage allowance at an affordable price.
Upgrade to NS First Class and enjoy more onboard amenities, including adjustable seats and more legroom.
There are no luggage weight limits on NS trains, so long as you can carry your bags by yourself.
There is no onboard catering on NS trains.
The majority of NS Intercity trains have free WiFi on board. If your train has WiFi available, connect to the network 'Wifi in the train' to get online.
Children under 4 travel free on NS trains. Children between 4 and 11 years old can get a 'Railrunner' ticket, which costs €2.50 a day, for unlimited travel.
Outside peak hours (from 9am to 4:30pm, and after 6pm), at the weekend, on bank holidays and during the summer months, you can take your bike on board NS trains. Bikes must be placed in the designated storage spaces, which you can find by looking for a bike symbol on the side of the carriage. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal luggage.
Small pets are allowed on board, provided that they travel on your lap or in a suitable travel carrier. Guide dogs are also allowed on board but must be recognisable as guide dogs for the blind or another type of assistance dog. Larger dogs can travel on NS trains, so long as they wear a muzzle and are kept on a lead - you must also buy a dog train ticket.
If you need help getting on or off the train, you can reserve NS Travel Assistance. This service is available 7 days a week. You need to specify the help you need on your online NS account and reserve assistance on the NS website, on the NS app or by phoning (+31) 30 235 78 22.
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 Maastricht to Amsterdam-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 Maastricht and Amsterdam-Centraal is 2 hours and 31 minutes, with around 59 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 Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal is 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal can start from as little as £27.39 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 Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 22:31. 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 Maastricht to Amsterdam-Centraal cover a distance of around 111 miles (179 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Maastricht.