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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:

amsterdam to antwerp rail map

(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 14x daily and the journey (most of which is high speed track) takes just 1 hour 13 minutes.

(2) The Intercity Brussels which runs 13x daily between Amsterdam and Brussels Zuid/Midi with a stops at Schiphol, Rotterdam, Breda, Noorderkempen (Belgium), Antwerp Central, Antwerp Berchem, Mechelen, Brussels Airport, Brussels North and Brussels Central. Allow about 1 hour 53 minutes to make the Amsterdam-Antwerp journey.

Note, there are also Intercity Brussels trains operating between Brussels and Den Haag HS up to 4x daily. The Den Haag-bound train does not go to Amsterdam - you need to then change in Rotterdam.

(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: Thalys: Classes of travel on Thalys are Standard, Comfort and Premium with all seats having individual electric power outlets.

Standard has 2nd class seating, free WiFi and food/drink can be purchased at the bar. Standard tickets can be changed for a €15 fee (plus price difference) and are 50% refundable. There are cheaper Standard Mini fares which are not changeable or refundable.

Comfort has 1st class seating, free WiFi (with more data) and food/drink can be purchased at the bar. Comfort tickets can be changed for a €15 fee (plus price difference) and are 50% refundable. Access is granted to the NS International lounges at Amsterdam, Schiphol airport or Rotterdam.

Premium is a proper 1st class ticket with 1st class seating, free WiFi (with more data), food/drink served at your seat and a selection of newspapers and magazines available. Premium ticket holders can access the Thalys lounges in Brussels as well as the NS International lounges. Tickets are freely changeable and 100% refundable.

Thalys tickets are bookable up to 4 months out. The cheapest Standard Mini fares for Amsterdam-Antwerp will cost €29, though you should book as early as possible.

amsterdam - brussels thalysantwerp central station

Intercity: Standard prices (2018) are in effect for travel using intercity trains although cheaper "early bird" fares (book online in advance) are also available. Amsterdam-Antwerp one-way costs €36.40 (2nd class) or €60 (1st class). Early bird one-way fares start at €20 (2nd class) and €28 (1st class) Mon-Thu and €26 (2nd class) and €37 (1st class) each way Fri-Sun. Early bird fares are valid on any service on the ticket day.

Holders of Dutch Railways NS discount cards receive a slight fare reduction off the standard fare for the Netherlands segment of travel.

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: Amsterdam-Antwerp by rail can be booked at 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

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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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