Amsterdam has a number of railway lines and train stations operated by the Dutch national rail company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen).
The main hub of the city is Amsterdam Central (Amsterdam Centraal) station on the northern edge of the city centre – here you will also find trams, buses, ferries and the metro.
Our exclusive map below details the basic rail and train station network around Amsterdam – which could be useful if you are not familiar with the city. For more detailed info on the stations themselves see Train stations in Amsterdam
Trains between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal station run on the line via Amsterdam Lelylaan and Amsterdam Sloterdijk.
If you need to travel from Schiphol Airport to:
- Amsterdam Zuid (business district)
- Amsterdam RAI (Convention and Exhibition Centre)
- Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA (stadium/events area)
then you need to take the separate southern rail line which does not go via Amsterdam Centraal.
Note that the Amsterdam Metro (run by GVB) is a separate network not shown on this map. Most of the main train stations also have an associated metro station – only Schiphol Airport, Muiderpoort, Science Park and Diemen are not on the metro network.
The metro allows direct links between some Amsterdam stations which would otherwise require a change of train when using the rail network. For example, the metro links Amstel to RAI; Zuid to Sloterdijk and Zuid to Centraal Station.
Please check out our Metro Map of Amsterdam which includes both metro and train lines.
|The following 2 ticket options could be useful for visitors as they combine rail travel (including the airport journey) with other transport in Amsterdam:|
Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€18/€24/€30) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€21/€31.50/€40.50) for unlimited travel in entire Amsterdam region. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis on NS trains (in region), regional buses and Amsterdam GVB transport. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.
International Trains – You can check timetables, prices and make bookings for all the international train services to/from the Netherlands at the NS International site
The map also shows the direction of travel to reach various other cities in the Netherlands (marked in yellow).
There is a high-speed rail track running south-west from near Schiphol Airport. It is used by the domestic Intercity Direct service to Rotterdam/Breda; the Intercity Brussels to Antwerp/Brussels; the Thalys to Antwerp/Brussels/Paris and the Eurostar to London.
This map and article was originally published in 2010 and has been regularly updated. Last update 17 December 2022.
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