RAI Amsterdam is the largest convention centre in the Netherlands. With an exhibition area of over 90,000 square metres, the RAI is a popular choice for both national and international fairs, conferences, sports and cultural events.
In this article we will see how visitors can get to the RAI Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central.
RAI Amsterdam is located at Europaplein in the southern district of the city. It is approximately 4km from the city centre and 10km from Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
Schiphol Airport to RAI Amsterdam
There are a few options to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the RAI Amsterdam convention centre.
TRAIN ONLY: The easiest is to get a NS Dutch Railways sprinter train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam RAI station (direction Hilversum or Almere Oostvaarders). The journey takes about 10 minutes and runs up to 4x hourly.
Amsterdam RAI is the second stop on the trip just after Amsterdam Zuid station. Check the overhead boards at Schiphol Airport station platform to ensure your train stops at Amsterdam RAI. You should not take a train to Amsterdam Central which goes via another route.
Amsterdam RAI station is about 300m away from the exhibition centre on Europaplein.
The cost of a one-way train ticket (2022 prices) from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam RAI is €3.30 (2nd class) or €5.51 (1st class) plus a €1 surcharge if purchasing a disposable train ticket. See how to buy train tickets in the Netherlands for more detailed info.
TRAIN+METRO: Alternatively, get the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Zuid and then change to the North-South metro line 52. You then travel one stop (direction Noord) to Europaplein station which is very near to the RAI Amsterdam convention centre entrance – actually much closer than Amsterdam RAI station.
Note that the metro is operated by city transport company GVB – so you will either need an Amsterdam Travel Ticket or a separate GVB ticket for the metro trip. Please see public transport ticket options available for Amsterdam for further info.
It is also possible to walk (1km, 10-15 mins) from Amsterdam Zuid station to RAI thorough Beatrix Park.
TAXI: A taxi from Schiphol airport to RAI Amsterdam will cost about €30-35. Uber is also present in the city and an UberBlack trip would be around €33-43.
Amsterdam Central to RAI Amsterdam
METRO: To travel from Amsterdam Central station to RAI Amsterdam simply take the underground metro line 52. The journey from Central to Europaplein (direction Zuid) takes just 8 minutes with frequent departures. The train makes stops at Rokin (Dam Square/Spui), Vijzelgracht and De Pijp before reaching Europaplein. The train then terminates at Amsterdam Zuid station.
Metro fares include the GVB 1 hour fare (€3.20), the GVB 1-7 day tickets (€8.50 to €37) and children’s day ticket (€4). It is possible to purchase GVB day tickets online here and pick them up at Amsterdam Central or Amsterdam Zuid.
There is also a metro station at Amsterdam RAI (adjacent to the train station) which serves lines 50 and 51 – see our Amsterdam metro map. This can get you to other areas such as Amstelveen, Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena and Amsterdam Sloterdijk.
TRAM: GVB tram 4 travels between Amsterdam Central and Amsterdam RAI stations via the route Dam-Rokin-Rembrandtplein-Utrechtsestraat-van Woustraat-Rivierenbuurt-Europaplein. This is slower (but perhaps more scenic) than metro line 52.
TAXI: A taxi between RAI Amsterdam and the city centre should cost €15-20.
RAI Amsterdam by Car
RAI Amsterdam is located just inside the A10 southern ring road of Amsterdam and is easily accessible by car.
Extensive parking facilities can cater for over 4,000 cars. This costs €4.50 per hour or a maximum day rate of €27 (€21 if pre-booked).
Hotels at RAI Amsterdam
There are numerous hotel options around the area including a Novotel, Holiday Inn, Motel One and Okura. The new 650 room nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel is the largest hotel in the Benelux and is very convenient. Book your hotel at RAI Amsterdam
RAI Amsterdam, Europaplein 24, 1078 GZ Amsterdam
T:+31(0)20 549 1212
Last update 1 January 2022 (originally published in 2010).