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Getting from Rotterdam to Amsterdam by train

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.

Rotterdam to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 40m to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 37 miles (59 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from €16.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 38m
PriceFrom €16.60
Distance37 miles (59 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train12:06
Last train14:40
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationAmsterdam
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsThalys, Flixbus, NS, BlaBlaBus

Rotterdam to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Amsterdam for Tuesday 29th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:26 13:07 41m, direct
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

NS and Thalys trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam

You can travel from Rotterdam 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 to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam 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 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 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 to Amsterdam take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam 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 and Amsterdam by train?

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

How much does the train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam cost?

Train ticket prices from Rotterdam 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 to Amsterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Rotterdam 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 to Amsterdam leave?

The first train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam leaves at 12:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam leaves at 14:40. 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 and Amsterdam by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 37 miles (59 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rotterdam to Amsterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Amsterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/29/2021. 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 06/15/2021 for travel on 06/15/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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