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 here (with €1.50 discount).
2. Local bus to Eindhoven rail station then Intercity train to Amsterdam Central (singles: €3.50 bus + €19.70 train, run regularly all day).
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 a stop at Utrecht. This costs €24 one-way or €40 for an open return. Children 0-3 travel free. Tickets can be bought at the AirExpressBus desk in the arrivals hall at Eindhoven airport. Alternatively buy your tickets online via Terravision for €22.50 one-way or €38.50 return - a €1.50 discount on the walk-up fare. Payment is accepted by credit card and Paypal. You can print your tickets at home and go straight to the coach.
For sheer convenience this is the easiest way to travel from Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam and the price is similar to the combined local bus and train fare.
At Eindhoven airport arrivals walk out of the terminal and the coach stop is just opposite the local bus stop.
In Amsterdam the coach stop is outside the Holland International canal cruise office on Prins Hendrikkade - close to the south-western side of Amsterdam Central Station.
For the return journey from Amsterdam to Eindhoven airport, the first bus leaves at either 0515 or 0545 (0715 Sun). Try to arrive at Eindhoven airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight departure.
(2) Local Airport Bus to Eindhoven Station + NS Intercity Train to Amsterdam (or elsewhere)
Note that the OV-chipkaart (public transport smart card) is in use in the Netherlands which has made public transport a bit more complicated for visitors.
For the following journey from Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam you can keep it simple and just buy standard single tickets for both the local bus and intercity train; if you plan to use a lot of public transport then you could purchase a plastic anonymous OV-chipkaart (costs €7.50 and lasts 4-5 years) to which can be added travel credit - travelling using credit (checking-in and -out using the card readers) works out a little bit cheaper than standard singles.
The AKO newsagent (open 0600-2000) at Eindhoven airport sells anonymous OV-chip cards with €10 travel credit for €18 - this will work for the local bus but at the station you would need to add further credit and activate it for train travel.
Local bus: From Eindhoven airport you first take bus 400 or 401 (operated by Hermes, a Connexxion subsidiary) which go to the bus terminus at Eindhoven NS railway station. The airport bus stop is a short walk from the arrivals terminal. 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. Children 0-3 travel free.
If checking-in and -out using a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart the single journey is a bit cheaper at around €2.14.
Intercity train: At the bus terminus walk into the adjacent Eindhoven NS station.
The Dutch railways is now also using the OV-chipkaart system - passengers can either buy a disposable OV-chip ticket (for a €1 surcharge over the standard fare) or use credit on a personal or anonymous OV-chip card. It is mandatory to check-in and check-out of your rail journey using the card readers on the platforms.
You will need to have a minimum of €20 credit balance if using an anonymous OV-chip card for train travel. If you bought a card at the AKO newsagent at Eindhoven airport you will need to add further credit at the station desk or ticket machine - this will also activate the card for use on the rail network.
The standard fare from Eindhoven to Amsterdam Central costs €18.70 (2nd class) or €31.80 (1st class) - plus €1 surcharge if buying a disposable ticket. Children 4-11 only pay €2.50 each (no surcharge) for a Railrunner ticket which is valid all day on the rail network. Children 0-3 travel free.
You can buy train tickets at either the Tickets & Service desk or at the yellow and blue ticket machines. Debit cards (Dutch PIN/Maestro/V-Pay) and credit cards (Mastercard/Visa) are accepted at both; if you want to pay by cash go to the desk as the machines only accept euro coins.
For more detailed info and tips on train tickets please check our How To Buy A Dutch Train Ticket Guide.
The train stops at Den Bosch, Utrecht and Amsterdam Amstel before arriving at Amsterdam Central station. Don't forget to check-out on your arrival.
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. In that case we would advise just taking the above direct coach from Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam.
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. The modern single terminal has recently been expanded - 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 including an AH To Go mini-supermarket, AKO newsagents and Starbucks café.
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.