Central Station is the principal railway station in Amsterdam although there are a number of other stations around the city which may be useful for visitors.
The following provides an overview of each station in Amsterdam covering station facilities, rail services, transport connections and convenient hotels.
For a visual overview of all train stations in Amsterdam please see our Amsterdam Rail Network Map
Amsterdam Centraal Station
Central Station is located at the northern edge of the city centre and is Amsterdam's main rail and transport hub. You can connect here onto trams, metro, buses and ferries. The magnificent building was completed in 1889 and designed by Pierre Cuypers who was also architect of the city's Rijksmuseum.
The station contains various shops including AKO (a newsagent), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket), HEMA (well known Dutch general retailer), Erica Kruiderijen (health store), ETOS (chemist) and a flower seller. There are a number of cafés and fast food outlets including Starbucks, Julia's (NS pasta place), Wagamama, Exki, Grand Cafe and 1st Class Restaurant. The nearest large supermarket is Albert Heijn at Prins Hendrikkade 20 - exit the station (south) and cross the main road.
For taxis and free ferries head to the northern side exit (IJzijde). Trams depart from outside the southern exit side - here you will also find the VVV tourist information office and a GVB (public transport) tickets & info office. The underground Metro station (lines 51/53/54, see Metro map) can be accessed from here as well.
Note, the station has been undergoing extensive renovation with the building of the new North-South metro line - scheduled for completion in 2017.
Rail travellers can buy domestic tickets at the automatic ticket machines or sales desks. There is a NS International counter for international tickets. Other facilities at Amsterdam Central include the NS International lounge (for 1st class international ticket holders) and left-luggage lockers.
Domestic train services from Centraal go to most parts of Netherlands; international services include the Thalys to Brussels/Paris, ICE International and Intercity trains to Germany and a number of night trains to various points in Europe.
The city's Dam Square is a short distance away walking south down Damrak street. Be aware of passing trams outside the station and that pickpockets could be operating in the area
Amsterdam Amstel Station
This station near the river Amstel (south-east of the centre) opened in 1939. The main hall has some interesting art-deco murals and a few shops including Bruna (newsagents), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket), ETOS (chemist) plus a Julia's and Starbucks. Rail tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines or the NS Tickets & Service desk. Left luggage lockers are available.
GVB Metro lines 51/53/54 run through Amstel via the central platforms 2 (northbound) and 3 (southbound). Note the separate OV-chip card readers for NS and GVB - make sure you use the right one!
GVB tram 12 departs from Julianaplein outside and heads north-west from Amstel to Sloterdijk via Museumplein.
There are only 2 rail platforms at Amstel - platform 1 (for northbound trains) and platform 4 (southbound trains). The following services stop at Amstel: Intercity Den Helder-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem-Nijmegen; Intercity Alkmaar-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Den Bosch-Eindhoven-Maastricht; Sprinter Uitgeest-Amsterdam-Breukelen-Woerden-Rotterdam and Sprinter Uitgeest-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rhenen.
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station
Bijlmer ArenA is a modern train and metro station complex south of Amstel re-opened in 2007 after a major refurbishment. The area includes the Amsterdam ArenA football stadium, the Heineken Music Hall, the Ziggo Dome, a Pathé multiscreen cinema and Arena Boulevard shopping outlets.
Bijlmer (in south-east Amsterdam) is a major office district of Amsterdam with the likes of ABN-Amro, ING, Cisco Systems and Adidas-Reebok present. It is also the site of large social housing flat blocks.
Facilities at the station include AKO (newsagents), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket), ETOS (chemist) and Starbucks. Purchase rail tickets from the machines or at the desk.
GVB Metro lines 50 and 54 run through Bijlmer ArenA via the central platforms and various bus services run from outside the station.
Bijlmer ArenA is connected by rail to both Amsterdam Central and Schiphol airport - the latter via a flyover built in 2006 known as the Utrechtboog which connected Utrecht to Schiphol directly. Previously passengers on the Utrecht-Schiphol route had to make a change at Duivendrecht station, located just north of Bijlmer ArenA.
There are 6 rail platforms at Bijlmer ArenA with southbound intercity services usually at platform 7 and services to Schiphol from platform 2. The following services operate from Bijlmer ArenA: Intercity Schiphol-Amsterdam Zuid-Utrecht-Arnhem-Nijmegen; Intercity Schiphol-Amsterdam Zuid-Utrecht-Den Bosch-Eindhoven-Heerlen; Sprinter Uitgeest-Amsterdam-Breukelen-Woerden-Rotterdam and Sprinter Uitgeest-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rhenen.
Duivendrecht is a 2 level train and metro station between Amstel and Bijlmer ArenA originally opened in 1993. Facilities at the station include AKO (newsagents), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket) and some snack bars.
The main station hall is on the lower level which has the Schiphol-Weesp rail track running east-west. This connects Schiphol airport to various cities in the east (Hilversum, Amersfoort, Lelystad, Almere, Zwolle etc).
The upper level has the north-south rail track between Amsterdam and Utrecht which is served by the same Sprinter services as at Amstel and Bijlmer ArenA. GVB Metro lines 50 and 54 operate from the upper level central platforms.
Next door to Duivendrecht station is Amsterdam's Eurolines international coach terminal.
Amsterdam Zuid Station
This train and metro station is in the major Zuidas office district. Zuid station is useful for visitors coming from Schiphol airport who are staying in the southern area of the city.
Facilities at the station include AKO (newsagents), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket), HEMA (general retailer), ETOS (chemist), Paperchase (stationer) plus Julia's, Starbucks and various snack bars. Purchase rail tickets from the machines or at the service desk.
There are also a number of cafés and restaurants around the station - such as Wagamama - catering to the many office workers in the area.
GVB Metro lines 50 and 51 operate at Amsterdam Zuid as will the new North-South line 52 from 2017. GVB tram 5 runs from nearby to Amsterdam Central via Museumplein, Leidseplein, Spui and Dam.
The Zuidtak rail line connecting Schiphol and Weesp runs through Zuid station and the following services operate from Amsterdam Zuid:
Intercities Schiphol-Utrecht-Arnhem-Nijmegen; Schiphol-Utrecht-Den Bosch-Eindhoven-Heerlen; Den Haag-Leiden-Schiphol-Duivendrecht-Almere-Lelystad-Zwolle-Groningen/Leeuwarden; Schiphol-Hilversum-Amersfoort-Hengelo-Enschede; Schiphol-Duivendrecht-Hilversum-Amersfoort Schothorst.
Sprinters Almere Oostvaarders-Weesp-Duivendrecht-Schiphol-Hoofddorp and Utrecht-Hilversum-Weesp-Duivendrecht-Schiphol-Hoofddorp-Leiden-Den Haag.
Amsterdam RAI Station
Train and metro station just east of Amsterdam Zuid station on the same Schiphol-Weesp rail line. RAI is the home of Amsterdam's main exhibition and conference centre.
The station has an Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket). GVB Metro lines 50 and 51 serve RAI and tram 4 runs from outside to Amsterdam Central via Rembrandtplein.
Normally only the Almere Oostvaarders-Hoofddorp and Utrecht-Hilversum-Den Haag Sprinter services stop at RAI - although during big exhibitions some Intercity trains will make an additional stop here.
Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station
A train and metro station in the north-west of Amsterdam. Sloterdijk is an office district with significant presence from government and telecoms.
Facilities at the station include AKO (newsagents), Albert Heijn To Go (mini-supermarket), ETOS (chemist) plus Julia's, Starbucks and various snack bars. Purchase rail tickets from the machines or at the service desk.
GVB Metro line 50 runs through Amsterdam Sloterdijk and tram 12 serves Amstel station via Museumplein.
Sloterdijk is a major railway junction comprising the following rail lines: Amsterdam-Schiphol (upper level), Amsterdam-Haarlem and Amsterdam-Zandam (lower level). The following services operate from Sloterdijk:
Intercities Den Helder-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem-Nijmegen; Alkmaar-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Den Bosch-Eindhoven-Maastricht; Lelystad-Almere-Amsterdam-Schiphol-Den Haag-Rotterdam-Dordrecht-Roosendaal-Vlissingen; Enkhuizen-Hoorn-Amsterdam-Hilversum-Amersfoort; Amsterdam-Haarlem-Leiden-Den Haag/Rotterdam; Amsterdam-Schiphol-Den Haag.
Sprinters Uitgeest-Amsterdam-Woerden-Rotterdam; Uitgeest-Zaandam/Haarlem-Amsterdam; Zandvoort-Haarlem-Amsterdam; Hoofddorp-Amsterdam-Hilversum-Amersfoort Vathorst.
Convenient hotel for Amsterdam Sloterdijk is: Holiday Inn Express Sloterdijk
Amsterdam Lelylaan Station
Train and metro station in the south-west of Amsterdam (directly south of Sloterdijk) on the Amsterdam-Schiphol line. Located in the western residential suburb of Slotervaart. GVB Metro line 50 stops at Lelylaan whilst trams 1 and 17 go to the city centre.
The Lelystad-Vlissingen Intercity stops here as do the Sprinter trains from Hoofddorp to both Hoorn and Amersfoort.
Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station
Small local station in the residential Amsterdam Oost, an eastern suburb of the city. GVB trams 3 and 7 head to the city centre.
The rail line connects Muiderpoort to Amsterdam Central and then splits - one going to Amstel (south) and the other going to Weesp (south-east). Only Sprinter services stop at Muiderpoort: Amsterdam-Zwolle; Uitgeest-Rotterdam; Hoofddorp-Amersfoort Vathorst and Amsterdam-Rhenen.
Amsterdam Science Park Station
Another small station in Amsterdam Oost (opened 2009) located near the Amsterdam Science Park (a scientific research and business hub and residential area).
The station lies between Muiderpoort and Diemen with only Sprinter services making stops: Amsterdam-Zwolle and Hoofddorp-Amersfoort.
Amsterdam Holendrecht Station
Train and metro station in the south-east of Amsterdam near the AMC hospital. Holendrecht is served by GVB Metro lines 50 and 54.
The station lies on the Amsterdam-Utrecht rail track (south of Bijlmer ArenA) and has sprinter services Uitgeest-Rotterdam and Amsterdam-Rhenen.