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Travelling by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam

Two of the Netherlands' most beautiful cities, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, are less than 40 miles apart, so you can speed between them in just half an hour by train. Over a hundred NS trains connect Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam each day, so there's no need to worry about missing out on a seat.

Once you get to the Dutch capital, you'll be able to walk around its famed cobblestone streets and besides its iconic canals, exploring local museums and snapping photos at its many squares. Be sure to take a tour around the Museum District to see works from the likes of Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you need more inspiration, read our guide to the top things to do in Amsterdam - we've also included the best restaurants and shopping hotspots to stop by!

Hesitating? Scroll down and let us convince you with plenty of information about train times and ticket prices.

Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 40m to travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 36 miles (58 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from €16.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 38m
PriceFrom €16.60
Distance36 miles (58 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train12:10
Last train14:55
Departure stationRotterdam Centraal
Arrival stationAmsterdam
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, Thalys, NS, BlaBlaCar Bus

Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam for Tuesday 3rd August 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:40 13:21 41m, direct
12:55 13:35 40m, direct
12:58 13:38 40m, direct
13:10 13:51 41m, direct
13:26 14:07 41m, direct
13:40 14:21 41m, direct
13:55 14:35 40m, direct
13:58 14:38 40m, direct
14:06 14:44 38m, direct
14:10 14:51 41m, direct

NS and Thalys trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam

You can travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam starts at €16.60 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam? 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam is 40 minutes, with around 15 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 Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam is 38 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam can start from as little as €16.60 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam leaves at 12:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam leaves at 14:55. 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 Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/03/2021. 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 09/20/2021 for travel on 09/20/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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