Thinking about taking the train from Zaandam to Amsterdam? We’ve got you covered.
It usually takes around 12 minutes to travel the 6 miles (9 km) from Zaandam to Amsterdam by train, although you can get there in as little as 11 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 160 trains per day running on this route. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You'll be hopping on a Nederlanse Spoorwegen (NS) service on your way to Amsterdam. As the main rail operator in the Netherlands, all trains are modern with comfortable seating.
Train tickets from Zaandam to Amsterdam start from £3.69 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.
Keen to book your train tickets to Amsterdam? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.
It takes an average of 12m to travel from Zaandam to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 6 miles (9 km). There are normally 160 trains per day travelling from Zaandam to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from £3.69 when you book in advance.
6 miles (9 km)
160 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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.
NS Second Class is perfect for you if you're looking for free WiFi and generous luggage allowance at an affordable price.
Upgrade to NS First Class and enjoy more onboard amenities, including adjustable seats and more legroom.
There are no luggage weight limits on NS trains, so long as you can carry your bags by yourself.
There is no onboard catering on NS trains.
The majority of NS Intercity trains have free WiFi on board. If your train has WiFi available, connect to the network 'Wifi in the train' to get online.
Children under 4 travel free on NS trains. Children between 4 and 11 years old can get a 'Railrunner' ticket, which costs €2.50 a day, for unlimited travel.
Outside peak hours (from 9am to 4:30pm, and after 6pm), at the weekend, on bank holidays and during the summer months, you can take your bike on board NS trains. Bikes must be placed in the designated storage spaces, which you can find by looking for a bike symbol on the side of the carriage. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal luggage.
Small pets are allowed on board, provided that they travel on your lap or in a suitable travel carrier. Guide dogs are also allowed on board but must be recognisable as guide dogs for the blind or another type of assistance dog. Larger dogs can travel on NS trains, so long as they wear a muzzle and are kept on a lead - you must also buy a dog train ticket.
If you need help getting on or off the train, you can reserve NS Travel Assistance. This service is available 7 days a week. You need to specify the help you need on your online NS account and reserve assistance on the NS website, on the NS app or by phoning (+31) 30 235 78 22.
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 Zaandam 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 Zaandam and Amsterdam is 12 minutes, with around 160 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 Zaandam to Amsterdam is 11 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Zaandam to Amsterdam can start from as little as £3.69 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 Zaandam to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 153 direct trains from Zaandam to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zaandam to Amsterdam leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zaandam to Amsterdam leaves at 23:48. 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 Zaandam to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 6 miles (9 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam to Zaandam.