Amsterdam Zuid is a business district area located in the south of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Zuid is a short train ride away from Schiphol airport and has direct metro connections to all main Amsterdam stations including Central, Amstel, Sloterdijk and Bijlmer-ArenA.
It is close to the RAI Amsterdam exhibition and convention centre and has a number of good hotels. Over the next decade Amsterdam Zuid station is being transformed into a major hub and will handle international train services such as the Eurostar.
In this article we will see how visitors can get to Amsterdam Zuid from various points around the city.
Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Zuid
TRAIN: The train is the quickest way to get to Amsterdam Zuid from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport taking just 6-7 minutes. Both Intercity and Sprinter trains run from Schiphol to Zuid up to 14x hourly with many different final destination including Almere Oostvaarders, Amersfoort Schothorst, Kampen Zuid, Lelystad, Nijmegen, Utrecht Central or Venlo.
The cost of a one-way train ticket (2021 prices) from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Zuid is €3.10 (2nd class) or €5.12 (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.
The journey is also covered by the multi-day Amsterdam Travel Ticket, see public transport ticket options available for Amsterdam for further info.
BUS: Connexxion bus 341 runs from Schiphol Plaza to Amsterdam Zuid station up to 4x per hour. However the journey time is 25-30 minutes, so we would normally recommend sticking to the much faster train. A 90 minute Bus Tram Metro (BTM) ticket costs €6.50.
TAXI: A taxi from Schiphol Airport to the Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA area will cost about €35. Uber is also present in the city and an UberBlack trip would be in the range €31-40.
Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Zuid
Amsterdam Zuid lies about 4.5km south of Amsterdam Central station. The fastest way to travel from Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Zuid is to take the north-south metro line.
METRO: The relatively new north-south metro line 52 (opened 2018) offers a direct metro service from Amsterdam Central metro station to Amsterdam Zuid. The metro runs up to 10x per hour and the trip takes 15 minutes. A GVB 1 hour ticket costs €3.20.
See our Amsterdam Metro map to see other stations.
Transport company GVB runs metro, bus and tram services around Amsterdam and offers good value multi-day tickets. These are valid on a full 24 hour basis ranging from 1 day (€8.50) to 7 days (€37); a children’s 1 day ticket is €4.
These tickets are very useful if you are based in Amsterdam Zuid, allowing you to connect onto the metro and tram which get all over Amsterdam. Note, these tickets are not valid for train travel so you can’t easily travel to Schiphol airport with them.
GVB Tram 5 from Amsterdam Zuid to Westergasfabriek travels via the city’s museum district (Rijksmuseum/Van Gogh Museum/Stedelijk) and Leidseplein. The tram stop at Amsterdam Zuid is found at Strawinskylaan.
GVB tram 25 runs south to Westwijk via the town of Amstelveen.
GVB also runs a few bus services from Zuid to various points around the city periphery.
Book GVB multi-day tickets online here for pick-up at a GVB service point at Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Zuid or Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena. You can also pick-up at Amsterdam Schiphol airport at the Connexxion red van sales point at bus platforms B9-15.
TAXI: A taxi between Amsterdam Central and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA will cost about €30. An UberBlack ride would cost €38-50.
RAI Amsterdam to Amsterdam Zuid
The RAI Amsterdam convention centre is only about 1km from Amsterdam Zuid. It is possible to walk from RAI to Zuid through Beatrix Park in about 10-15 minutes.
Alternatively you can take the metro line 52 from Europaplein to Amsterdam Zuid station.
Amsterdam Zuid by Car
Amsterdam Zuid is easily reached by road as the A10 ring-road motorway runs right through the area. This connects to the Dutch motorway network which can get you to Schiphol airport and other cities.
There are a number of large car parks in the Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam RAI areas. This includes the P+R at RAI – though to get the special parking rate you must use public transport to go to central Amsterdam.
Hotels at Amsterdam Zuid
There are a number of good hotels around the Amsterdam Zuid area including:
Last update 4 January 2021 (originally published in 2019).