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How to travel Amsterdam to Antwerp (and back)

 

Antwerp (Antwerpen/Anvers) is the second largest city in Belgium and a major European seaport. It is located around 130km from Amsterdam.

Travel between Amsterdam and Antwerp is possible by high speed or standard rail plus various coach (bus) services...

1. Amsterdam-Antwerp by Train

The best way to travel between Amsterdam and Antwerp is to take the train which will get you into the centre of either city. There are currently a few choices available:

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(1) The high speed Thalys service running from Amsterdam Central station to Paris Gare du Nord via Amsterdam Schiphol airport, Rotterdam Central, Antwerp Central and Brussels Zuid/Midi. Amsterdam-Antwerp is timetabled at 12x daily and the journey (most of which is high speed track) takes just 1 hour 12 minutes.

(2) The Intercity Brussels which runs 16x daily between Amsterdam and Brussels Zuid/Midi with a stops at Schiphol, Den Haag HS, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Antwerp Central, Antwerp Berchem, Mechelen, Brussels Airport, Brussels North and Brussels Central. Allow about 2 hours 20 minutes to make the Amsterdam-Antwerp journey.

(3) There is also a Belgian stopping train between Antwerp and the Dutch border town Roosendaal which takes just over 45 minutes. From Roosendaal there are regular Intercity services to Rotterdam where you can connect onto the Intercity Direct to Amsterdam. Total journey time is around 2 hours 15 minutes.

Thalys: Classes of travel on Thalys are Comfort 1 (1st class) and Comfort 2 (2nd class). Comfort 1 includes drinks and snacks served at your seat, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi internet. Comfort 2 passengers can purchase food and drink at the onboard bar. All seats onboard have individual electric power outlets.

Thalys has airfare-type tickets with mandatory reservations. The cheapest one-way fares for Amsterdam-Antwerp on Thalys are called "No-Flex" and start at €29 for Comfort 2 and €49 for Comfort 1. A full flex Comfort 1 fare is €96 one-way.

Slightly cheaper special offer fares are sometimes available - such as 1st Minute fares which are put on sale exactly 3 months before travel. Try to book your Thalys tickets well in advance as prices can rise significantly close to departure.

amsterdam - brussels thalysantwerp central station

Intercity: Fixed prices (2017) are in effect for travel on standard trains: Amsterdam-Antwerp one-way costs €34.40 (2nd class) or €57 (1st class). Other cheaper fares are the super day return during weekdays: €42.60 (2nd class) or €70.60 (1st class); Benelux weekend return: €41.20 (2nd class) and €57 (1st class) which is valid Fri-Sun out and Sat-Sun back. International tickets can be used on the Intercity Direct trains where a supplement is normally required for domestic travel.

Holders of Dutch Railways NS discount cards receive a fare reduction off the Netherlands segment of travel. Travellers aged under 26 get a 35% discount off international tickets for travel between Netherlands and Belgium using standard trains.

As Belgium and Netherlands are members of the Schengen Zone agreement you do not need to go through a passport control check when travelling between Amsterdam and Antwerp.

How to book online: try Belgian Rail's international site B-Europe (accepts all credit cards) or the NS International site

For more info see our International trains to/from Amsterdam page.

2. Flights Amsterdam-Antwerp

There are currently no flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Antwerp airport (ANR). KLM fares originating from Antwerp via Amsterdam include a ticket for travel on the Thalys to Schiphol.

See Belgian airports to Amsterdam

3. Amsterdam-Antwerp by Coach

eurolines bus amsterdam

Eurolines runs a 6x daily coach service from its Amsterdam Duivendrecht to Antwerp (Van Stralenstraat near Antwerp Central). Routes and stops vary so journey time ranges from 2 hours 15 minutes to 4 hours. If taking Eurolines try to choose one of the faster services. Prices start at €9 one-way.

The Eurolines sales offices are located at Rokin 38 in Amsterdam centre and at its Duivendrecht terminal; in Antwerp the sales desk is at Van Stralenstraat 8.

Other coach companies serving Amsterdam and Antwerp are OUIBUS (2x daily, from €9) and Flixbus (4x daily, from €9). Both operate from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

Also see travel options from Amsterdam to Brussels

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