A number of visitors coming to Amsterdam choose to arrive at Eindhoven airport (EIN), taking advantage of cheap flights from no-frills airlines such as Ryanair, Transavia and Wizzair.
The city of Eindhoven lies around 100km south of Amsterdam in the province of North Brabant. Eindhoven airport is located 7km to the west of Eindhoven city centre.
Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam transport: summary (2014 prices)
1. AirExpressBus direct coach service from outside airport to a stop near Amsterdam Central station (€24 single or €40 return, 5-9x daily). Book
2. Local bus to Eindhoven rail station then Intercity train to Amsterdam Central (single: €3.50 bus + €18.70 train, run regularly all day). Note rail works are ongoing in the Den Bosch area between 27th March and 16th April 2014 which may disrupt some Eindhoven-Amsterdam services.
Eindhoven airport taxi rates: to Eindhoven station €25; to Amsterdam from around €140 (fixed rate) or higher for meter fares.
Let's take a look at these travel options in more detail with some tips and advice for visitors...
(1) AirExpressBus Coach Service - Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam
AirExpressBus (BBA Tours) operates a direct coach service which runs from Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam via stops at Den Bosch and Utrecht. This costs €24 one-way or €40 for an open return. Children over 4 are charged the full fare. Tickets can be bought at the AirExpressBus desk in the arrivals hall at Eindhoven airport. Alternatively buy your tickets online via Terravision which gives a €1.50 discount.
In Amsterdam the bus stop is outside the Holland International canal cruise office on Prins Hendrikkade - close to the western side of Central Station.
For the return journey from Amsterdam to Eindhoven airport, the first bus leaves at either 0515 or 0545 (0715 Sun).
(2) Local Airport Bus to Eindhoven Station + NS Intercity Train to Amsterdam (or elsewhere)
Local bus: From Eindhoven airport you first take bus 400 or 401 (operated by Connexxion/Hermes) which go to the bus terminus at Eindhoven NS railway station. The airport bus stop is a short walk to the right from the terminal building. An electronic board at the bus stop will tell you the time of the next departure.
The journey time from the airport to Eindhoven station is just over 20 minutes. The buses run every day until midnight - on weekdays the service starts at around 0600, on Saturdays 0700 and Sundays 0800. The service frequency varies through the day running up to 8x an hour at peak times to 2x an hour in the late evenings.
A single fare costs €3.50. You can buy your ticket on board from the driver. Alternatively, some buses have a ticket machine half-way down the bus - these accept euro coins. There is also a ticket machine at the bus stop.
If you have a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart - the smart card travel system of Netherlands - then you can use your pre-loaded credit by checking -in and -out using one of the card readers on the bus. This makes the single journey a bit cheaper at around €2.14.
Note, you can buy an 'empty' anonymous OV-chip card (costs €7.50, lasts 4-5 years) at the AKO newsagent at Eindhoven airport - however, to load any credit at the airport you will need a Dutch PIN bank card. So visitors are advised to buy the standard single ticket. At Eindhoven rail station you can use cash to both buy an anonymous OV-chip card and load it with credit.
Intercity train: At the bus terminus walk into Eindhoven NS station and purchase your train ticket to Amsterdam Central.
A single costs €18.70 (2nd class) or €31.80 (1st class). Children 4-11 accompanied by an adult only pay €2.50 each for a "Rail Runner" ticket.
You can buy train tickets at the yellow and blue ticket machines - but note, they will only accept euro coins and Dutch PIN / Maestro / V-Pay debit cards. If you wish to pay cash by euro notes you must go to the Tickets & Service desk - they will charge you a €0.50 surcharge per ticket. Credit card payments are NOT accepted at all at Eindhoven station (neither desk nor machine).
For more info and tips on train tickets check our How To Buy A Dutch Train Ticket Guide. OV-chip cards are also valid for train travel, though you must have sufficient credit loaded.
The train stops at Den Bosch, Utrecht and Amsterdam Amstel before arriving at Amsterdam Central station.
The first service departs around 0530 (weekdays), 0700 (Sat) and 0730 (Sun). The last train leaves Eindhoven at around 2330 although there are hourly (slower) night trains running on Friday and Saturday nights. Printed yellow timetable boards can be found at the station or check the ns.nl website.
Be aware that the NS double decker Intercity trains on the route are not very convenient if you are carrying large suitcases - to reach the carriage you have to navigate stairs and the overhead racks are tiny! However you can find storage space on the floor between some opposing seats. Alternatively, just stay in the compartment near the doors - but don't leave your luggage unattended.
For travel from Eindhoven to Amsterdam Schiphol airport there is a separate direct service available during the day. It stops at Den Bosch, Utrecht, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA and Amsterdam Zuid - it does not go to Amsterdam Central.
One thing to watch out for is that engineering maintenance work at weekends can occasionally close part of the Eindhoven-Den Bosch-Utrecht rail line. This means replacement bus services running between the affected stations - if you are carrying luggage this can be quite a hassle, as well as delaying your journey by 30 to 60 minutes.
Amsterdam Central is the transport hub of Amsterdam - see Getting Around Amsterdam for cost-effective public transport options in the city.
Amsterdam to Eindhoven return trip: Just do everything above in reverse. The first train leaving Amsterdam to Eindhoven is around 0600 (weekdays), 0700 (Sat) and 0800 (Sun) though hourly night trains run on Fridays and Saturdays. Then take the 400/401 bus back to the airport.
Travelling from Eindhoven to other destinations in Netherlands? Direct intercity trains can get you to Breda, Den Haag, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg, and Venlo.
Hotel at Eindhoven Airport - The recently opened Tulip Inn is located directly above the airport terminal. With rates from about €70 and free WiFi, this is a very convenient option for Eindhoven flyers.
To book the Tulip Inn, please click here
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Eindhoven airport is the 2nd busiest airport in Netherlands after Amsterdam Schiphol. It is a small, modern facility with a single terminal on 2 levels - part of which is currently undergoing a small expansion. The upper level has a decent café and a panorama terrace overlooking the apron and runway.
The lower level has airline desks, departures and arrivals plus a few shops.
Airlines serving Eindhoven - Ryanair flies from Eindhoven airport to a wide variety of destinations around Europe. WizzAir has flights to EIN from various airports in Poland and Eastern Europe. Dutch airline Transavia serves a number of Mediterranean destinations. A few other airlines run flights to Turkey.