Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal Station) is the largest railway station in the Netherlands, as well as the country’s most visited national heritage site. Serving up to 250,000 passengers every day, it’s the city’s most important transport hub, offering both national and international train services.
Whether you’re riding the city trams and local trains around Amsterdam, catching a long-distance train to Paris or Brussels, or heading to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you’re likely to pass through Amsterdam Central Station at some point during your travels. Sightseeing walking tours of the city often include a stop to admire the station’s striking 19th-century façade, while boat tours of Amsterdam’s canals leave from the quays right outside the station.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Facilities at Amsterdam Central Station include ATMs, restrooms, luggage storage, a tourist office, currency exchange, and a range of coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, and shops.
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the station.
- Amsterdam Central Station is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Amsterdam Central Station is built upon three artificial islands on Stationsplein at the center of Amsterdam’s canal ring and within walking distance of many of the city’s central attractions. The northern terminus of Metro lines 51, 53, and 54, the station serves numerous national and international train services, several GVB tram and ferry routes, as well as local and regional buses operated by GVB, Connexxion and EBS. Taxis and water taxis can be found outside the station and trains to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport depart every 10 minutes and take around 20 minutes.
When to Get There
Amsterdam Central Station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and gets particularly busy during the weekday rush hours (early morning and early evening). However, if you have an early morning departure or late-night arrival, you may find many visitor facilities are closed.
A Walking Tour of Amsterdam
Thanks to its strategic central location, Amsterdam Central Station is within walking distance of many popular tourist sights. Follow the scenic waterfront lanes into the atmospheric Red Light District; loop around to see attractions such as the Rembrandt house, the Amsterdam Museum, and the Anne Frank House; and finish by admiring the historic monuments of Dam Square.