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:
(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.
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.
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.
3. Amsterdam-Antwerp by Coach
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.
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