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How To Travel Amsterdam to Antwerp

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. Note that there have been some significant changes to service frequencies due to the ‘coronavirus’ measures.

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. It can be easily booked using either the NS International site or the Thalys site with prices starting at €20 one-way.

There are currently a few choices available:

(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

Thalys is currently running 7-9x daily (weekdays), 4x daily (Saturdays) and 5-6x daily (Sundays) and the Amsterdam-Antwerp journey 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 Airport, 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.

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Amsterdam-Brussels rail route map via Antwerp

(3) There is also an hourly Belgian stopping train between the Dutch border town of Roosendaal and Antwerp (train direction: Puurs) which takes just over 45 minutes. The train stops at the following Antwerp stations: Antwerpen-Noorderdokken, Antwerpen-Luchtbal, Antwerpen Centraal, Antwerpen-Berchem and Antwerpen-Zuid.

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

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Thalys train at Amsterdam Central

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 and food/drink can be purchased at the bar. Comfort tickets are either cheaper non-flexible fares or changeable ones – which 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 and free access to an international press app. 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. Standard fares cost €39-€73, Comfort fares cost €45-€80 and Premium fares range cost €81-€98.

Intercity: Standard prices (2020) 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 €38.00 (2nd class) or €61.00 (1st class).

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Intercity Brussels train at Amsterdam Central

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 the 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 train tickets online: Amsterdam-Antwerp rail tickets can be easily booked at the NS International site (Thalys and Intercity) or the Thalys site (Thalys only)

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 train to/from Schiphol.

3. Amsterdam-Antwerp by Coach

The coach is the cheapest travel option between Amsterdam and Antwerp with a journey time that varies between 2 and 3 1/2 hours, depending on the service and stops.

Flixbus is a German coach company that offers services between Amsterdam (Sloterdijk station and Bijlmer) and Antwerp up to 7x daily. Fares start at €9 one-way. Book your Flixbus ticket here

Blablabus (formerly Ouibus) has up to a 3x daily coach service between Amsterdam and Antwerp. The lowest fare starts at €9 one-way.

For more on travel to Belgium see Amsterdam-Brussels travel options and Amsterdam-Bruges and Ghent

Hotels/Activities

In Amsterdam you can book your hotel with Booking.com here. For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book with GetYourGuide here

In Antwerp you can book your hotel with Booking.com here. For a selection of tours and attractions in Antwerp book with GetYourGuide here

This article was originally published in 2015 and has continuously been updated. Last update 15 September 2020.

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