Some visitors coming to Amsterdam arrive at Eindhoven airport (EIN), taking advantage of cheap flight offers from the likes of Ryanair, Wizzair and other airlines.
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 and back (2013 prices)
Amsterdam can be reached in 2 ways by public transport - a combination of local bus and then train or a direct coach service from the airport.
(1) Local Bus to Eindhoven Station + NS Train to Amsterdam
Local bus: From Eindhoven airport you first take Hermes bus 401 which goes to the bus terminus at Eindhoven 'NS' railway station. The journey time is just over 20 minutes. The airport bus stop is a short walk to the right of the terminal - an electronic board will tell you the time of the next departing buses.
A single costs €3.50. Tickets can be bought on board - either from the driver or some buses have a ticket machine half-way down the bus which accepts euro coins.
Alternatively, if you have a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart - the smart card travel system of Netherlands - then you can use your loaded credit by checking -in and -out using the card reader. This makes the journey a bit cheaper at around €2.10, though note that the card costs €7.50 to initially buy but does last 5 years.
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.
Alternatively you could take a taxi to Eindhoven station from the airport - however, this will cost around €20-25.
Train: At the bus terminus walk into Eindhoven station and purchase your train ticket to Amsterdam CS.
A single costs €17.90 (2nd class) or €30.40 (1st class). Children 4-11 accompanied by an adult only pay €2.50 each for a "Rail Runner" ticket.
If you have Euro notes then buy your tickets at the Tickets & Service desk who charge a €0.50 surcharge per ticket. The yellow and blue ticket machines only accept Euro coins and Dutch PIN / Maestro / V-Pay debit cards. Note, credit card payments are NOT accepted at Eindhoven - only at Amsterdam CS and Schiphol stations. For more info and tips on train tickets 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.
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.
Travelling from Eindhoven to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport? There is a separate train service going half-hourly from Eindhoven station to Amsterdam Schiphol. Note, after Utrecht this train stops at Amsterdam Bijlmer and Amsterdam Zuid, it does not go to Amsterdam Central.
One thing to watch out for is that engineering maintenance work (normally at weekends) can occasionally close part of the Eindhoven-Den Bosch-Utrecht rail line. In that case the NS runs replacement bus services - this would likely delay your journey by 30 to 60 minutes. For any queries ask one of the NS staff.
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 Fri and Sat.
(2) Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam Coach Service
There is a coach service which runs from Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam via Den Bosch and Utrecht. This is operated by AirExpressBus and costs €24 one-way or €40 for an open return. Children over 4 are charged the full fare (note that children 4-11 only pay €2.50 on the train, see above). Tickets can be bought at the desk at Eindhoven airport or online.
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 normally leaves at 0500.
See also our Getting Around Amsterdam section for cost-effective public transport options in the city.
|<<<Transport Network Map from Dutch Airports: Take a look at our airport transport connections map to visualise your onward journey from Eindhoven airport around the Netherlands.|
Eindhoven airport is a small, modern airport with a single terminal on 2 levels - part of which is currently undergoing a small expansion. The upper level has a decent but pricey 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 whilst Cityjet serve London City. Various other airlines run flights to Turkey.
Follow us on Twitter