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!
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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.
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.
Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).
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.§
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 Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam is 43 minutes, with around 102 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam is 39 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam can start from as little as €17.80 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 102 direct trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam leaves at 00:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam leaves at 23:42. 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 36 miles (58 km) during the journey.