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How to get from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal by train

Planning to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal by train? Start your journey with us.

On average, it takes 43 minutes to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal by train, with around 106 trains per day. However, you can get to Amsterdam in just 39 minutes on the fastest services operated by NS, the main train company in the Netherlands.

As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. You’ll be travelling on one of NS Intercity Direct trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam, a high-speed version of NS Intercity trains.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Centraal in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Amsterdam-Centraal, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you’re ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Amsterdam has something for everyone. Whether it’s the city’s many fascinating museums, lively restaurant scene or world-class nightlife, you won’t be short of things to do in Amsterdam! Check out our Amsterdam travel inspiration hub for the lowdown on the best spots in the city, and use our Journey Planner to find cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal.

Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal by train

It takes an average of 44m to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal by train, over a distance of around 37 miles (59 km). There are normally 91 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal and tickets for this journey start from €16.80 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 39m
PriceFrom €16.80
Distance37 miles (59 km)
Frequency91 trains per day
First train00:12
Last train23:42
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationAmsterdam-Centraal
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Thalys, Flixbus, NS, SNCB

Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal for Tuesday 28th June 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:11 12:52 41m, direct
12:24 13:05 41m, direct
12:41 13:22 41m, direct
12:54 13:35 41m, direct
13:05 13:44 39m, direct
13:11 13:51 40m, direct
13:24 14:05 41m, direct
13:41 14:22 41m, direct
13:54 14:35 41m, direct
14:05 14:44 39m, direct

NS, Thalys, SNCB and Eurostar trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal

You can travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal on NS, Thalys, SNCB and Eurostar 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.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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).

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal starts at €16.80 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-Centraal 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-Centraal? 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-Centraal take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam-Centraal is 44 minutes, with around 91 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-Centraal by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal is 39 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal can start from as little as €16.80 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.

Is there a direct train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 90 direct trains from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal 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-Centraal leave?

The first train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 00:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal 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.

What's the distance between Rotterdam and Amsterdam-Centraal by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal 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-Centraal to Rotterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Amsterdam-Centraal for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/28/2022. 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 07/03/2022 for travel on 07/03/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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