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How to Get to Utrecht, Netherlands

 

The city of Utrecht lies in the centre of the Netherlands and is about 45km south of Amsterdam.

Utrecht Central Station is the main domestic railway hub of the country with direct rail services to most of the major Dutch cities. There are also some international trains and coaches serving Utrecht.

Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Schiphol airport - There is a regular rail service from Schiphol to Utrecht Central which makes stops at Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Bijlmer. The train continues south to Eindhoven and Maastricht or Heerlen. The journey takes 33 minutes and costs €8.30 (2nd class) and €14.10 (1st class).

A taxi from Schiphol to Utrecht would normally cost around €90 on the meter. Some companies can offer lower fixed fares. For example, local Utrecht taxi company UTC (+31(0)30 2300 400) has a fixed €55 Utrecht-Schiphol fare either way.

utrecht central station

Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Central - Services run every 15 minutes also stopping at Amsterdam Amstel - the journey takes 27 minutes. One-way tickets costs €7.20 (2nd class) and €12.20 (1st class).

Getting to Utrecht from Rotterdam - There is a 4x hourly service from Rotterdam which goes to Utrecht, via Rotterdam Alexander and Gouda. This 38 minute trip costs €9.90 (2nd class) or €16.80 (1st class).

If you are heading to Utrecht by rail from France/Belgium/UK - then you should change at Rotterdam and not Amsterdam. This can include Eurostar passengers from London who changed in Brussels, Thalys passengers from Paris/Brussels/Antwerp and Intercity passengers from Brussels/Antwerp.

Randstad night train service - Note there are hourly night trains running from both Utrecht and Rotterdam on the following route: Rotterdam-Delft-Den Haag HS-Leiden-Schiphol-Amsterdam-Utrecht.

Getting to Utrecht from Eindhoven - An intercity service runs from Eindhoven to Utrecht via Den Bosch 4x hourly. The 50 minute trip costs €13.60 (2nd class) and €23.10 (1st class). More info here for those arriving at Eindhoven airport. Note, there are no night train services.

Note, all above prices are valid for 2014. Note there is a €1 surcharge to purchase disposable train tickets - see our guide how to buy a Dutch train ticket.

International train services to/from Utrecht - The regular ICE train between Frankfurt/Cologne/Dusseldorf and Amsterdam makes a stop at Utrecht central. There is also a daily service to/from Basel in Switzerland. In addition, all the night train "sleeper" services to/from Amsterdam (Basel/Zurich/Munich/Berlin/Copenhagen/Prague/Warsaw) make a stop in Utrecht.

ice train utrecht

On arrival at Utrecht central station head upstairs from the platform to the main hall. The station contains a NSHispeed international rail ticket counter, ATM machines, a bureau-de-change, a number of cafes and fast food outlets, Albert Heijn To Go mini supermarkets, an Etos chemist and a newsagent.

The station and surrounds are concrete monstrosities built in the 1960s and a major renovation project is well underway to improve the area. To leave the station head through to the connected Hoog Catharijne shopping centre whose exit(s) will take you towards the city centre.

The opposite side of the station which includes a new hall will lead you to the Jaarbeurs exhibition and convention centre and Jaarbeursplein square, where the following coach services operate from:.

Eurolines - There is a 2x daily coach serving London Victoria (a day service and an overnight service). There are also direct Eurolines services from Utrecht to Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Prague and Barcelona. Onward connections throughout Europe are possible. The Eurolines Utrecht ticket office can be found at at Stationsplein 57.

NS replacement buses - During periods of maintenance and/or service disruptions, rail replacement buses run from Jaarbeursplein.

Brabant Liner - This is a domestic intercity bus (services 400/401 run by Veolia) which travels between Utrecht and the southern city of Breda. The journey takes about 90 minutes. From Utrecht this bus departs from the bus station west which is also accessible from the new station hall. In Breda, the bus arrives just outside the railway station.

Driving to Utrecht - We don't recommend visitors drive if they only need to visit the city centre, as parking rates are expensive. Utrecht is a central motorway hub surrounded by the following roads - the A2, the major north-south artery linking Amsterdam to Maastricht; the A12 linking Arnhem and Den Haag; the A27 which connects Almere to Breda and the A28 which goes to Groningen via Amersfoort and Zwolle.

a27 road utrecht

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