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 travellers.
The following article provides a brief overview of each station in Amsterdam. At the end we also list some convenient hotels near each station where applicable.
Amsterdam Centraal Station - Central Station is Amsterdam's main transport hub where you can connect to 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 shops, cafes, fast food outlets, ticket sales points for domestic and international (NSHispeed) trains and a first class lounge.
Just outside there is a VVV tourist information office and a GVB (public transport) tickets & info office. Note, the station has been undergoing extensive renovation with the building of the North-South metro line.
Domestic train services from Centraal go to most parts of Netherlands; international services include the Thalys to 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 just a short distance away - take the station's south exit and walk down Damrak street. Be aware of passing trams and also that pickpockets are known to operate in the station area.
Amsterdam Amstel - This station near the river Amstel (south-east of the centre) opened in 1939. It has some interesting art-deco murals in the main hall. Trains run as follows: south to Utrecht and beyond; northbound to Alkmaar and Den Helder (via Centraal); a Sprinter stopping train to Rotterdam.
Amstel also has a metro station at the central platforms. Next door is the Eurolines international coach terminal. Tram 12 heads west from Amstel to Sloterdijk via Museumplein.
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA - Modern train and metro station complex south of Amstel re-opened in 2007 after a major refurbishment. Same train services as Amstel plus an Intercity to Schiphol originating from Utrecht/Eindhoven. 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 Amsterdam south-east) is a major office district of Amsterdam with the likes of ABN-Amro, ING, Cisco Systems, Adidas-Reebok present. It is also the site of large social housing flat blocks.
|Amsterdam Zuid - Train and metro station in the major Zuidas office district directly south of central Amsterdam. The rail line through Zuid station originates from Schiphol and heads both east and south. The east line goes to Weesp, Hilversum and Amersfoort. A flyover (after RAI) connects to Bijlmer-Arena, Utrecht and further south.|
Zuid station is useful for visitors coming from Schiphol who are staying in the south of the city. Tram 5 can get you into the city centre. There are a number of cafés and restaurants around the station catering to the many office workers in the area.
Amsterdam Muiderpoort - Station in the residential eastern (Oost) suburb of Amsterdam connected to Amsterdam Central. The rail line then splits - 1 going to Amstel (south) and the other going to Weesp (south-east). Stopping train (sprinter) services only. Trams 3 and 7 head through the city centre.
Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Train and metro station in the west of Amsterdam. The station has 2 levels serving 2 different lines originating from Amsterdam central. Trains on the upper level go to Schiphol airport and south-west Netherlands. Trains on the ground level platform head to Haarlem, Zaandam and further north. Sloterdijk is an office district with significant presence from government and telecoms.
Amsterdam RAI - Train and metro station just east of Zuid station (same line). RAI is the home of Amsterdam's main exhibition and conference centre.
Note, only stopping trains serve RAI from Schiphol (Intercity trains stop at Zuid). Tram 4 goes from RAI station to Centraal.
Duivendrecht - 2 level train / metro station between Amstel and Bijlmer ArenA which also has the line from Schiphol to Weesp. Passengers heading south from Schiphol used to change here but no longer since the flyover was added in 2006 to connect the crossed lines.
Amsterdam Lelylaan - Train / metro station in the south-west of Amsterdam (directly south of Sloterdijk) on the Amsterdam central - Schiphol line. Located in the western residential suburb of Slotervaart. Trams 1 and 17 go to the city centre.
Convenient Nearby Hotels for Amsterdam stations:
Bijlmer-ArenA: Hampton by Hilton ArenA Boulevard
Amsterdam Sloterdijk: Holiday Inn Express Sloterdijk