Figuring out how to get from Rotterdam to Amsterdam without needing to drive? Take one of the direct trains running daily from 00:12 to 23:43 and you’ll be whisked over from Rotterdam’s central station to Amsterdam-Centraal. It’s a lot easier than facing potential traffic issues or dealing with the hassle of city-centre parking!
Spend just half an hour on a high-speed NS train and you’ll be in the heart of the Netherlands’ vibrant capital in no time. Spend your day discovering the city’s many wonderful museums and shopping hotspots or simply basking in the ambience of the canal-lined streets.
Treat yourself by upgrading to First Class and you’ll get free access to the NS International Lounges at Amsterdam-Centraal, as well as more spacious seats to sink into. Read on for more information and train times, as well as all the FAQs for this route.
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.
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.
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 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 and Amsterdam is 43 minutes, with around 106 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 to Amsterdam is 39 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Rotterdam 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 to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 106 direct trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam leaves at 00:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rotterdam 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 to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 37 miles (59 km) during the journey.