Liège is a major city in the Wallonia region of Belgium and lies close to the Dutch-Belgian border. It is around 30km from Maastricht and 200km south of Amsterdam. Liège is known as Luik in Dutch.
Are you looking to travel between Amsterdam and Liège? Let’s consider the transport options between the 2 cities by train and bus. Note that there are ongoing changes to service frequencies due to the ‘coronavirus’ measures.
1. Amsterdam-Liège by Train
Probably the best way to travel between the cities is by train – 1 change is required and the Amsterdam-Liège trip can be done in 3 hours and 15 minutes via Maastricht.
When travelling to Liège you will arrive at the spectacular Liège-Guillemins railway station, opened in 2009 and designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The station is 2km from Liège city centre which is walkable along the Maas (Meuse) river.
The Amsterdam-Liège journey is made up of 2 segments:
(1) Amsterdam-Maastricht: The first (and main portion) is to take a NS Dutch Railways Intercity train between Amsterdam Central and Maastricht.
This takes about 2 hours 25 minutes and travels via Utrecht Central, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Weert, Roermond and Sittard. This services runs up to 2x per hour using NS double-decker Intercity trains.
(2) Maastricht-Liège: From Maastricht (platform 5a) there is an hourly NMBS Belgian Rail stopping service to Liège-Guillemins station – sometimes the final destination can be Hasselt. The train runs via the border towns of Eijsden (Netherlands) and Visé (Belgium) and passengers get the occasional view of the Maas river.
Standard Amsterdam-Liège one-way tickets in 2021 cost €31.40 (2nd class) or €49.80 (1st class). You can take any service on-the-day, so a stopover in Maastricht is possible.
Neither train service require seat reservations – you just find a free seat available in your travel class.
Advance booking early bird one-way Amsterdam-Liège fares start at €18 (2nd class) and €25 (1st class) Mon-Thu and €21 (2nd class) and €33.50 (1st class) Fri-Sun. Early bird fares are also valid on any service on the ticket day.
Holders of Dutch Railways NS discount cards receive a reduction off the standard fare for the Netherlands segment of travel. There is no discount for early bird fares.
How to book train tickets online: Amsterdam-Liège or Maastricht-Liège rail tickets can be easily booked at the NS International site
2. Amsterdam-Liège by Coach
The coach is the cheapest way to travel between Amsterdam and Liège although travel times are longer. We would recommend paying a little extra for the train as the rail journey is more scenic than bus travel on the A2 motorway!
German coach company Flixbus currently operates a 1x daily overnight coach services daily from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Liège. The bus is operated by partner company Croatia Bus.
The bus stops next to Liège-Guillemins railway station at Rue Varin 33. The trip takes around 5 hours and one way fares start at €20.
3. Amsterdam-Liège by Air
There are no flights between Liège and Amsterdam. Liège airport (LGG) is mainly used as a hub for cargo airlines.
It is only possible to fly between Amsterdam Schiphol and Brussels Zaventem airports.
In Liège you can book your hotel with Booking.com here.
This article was originally published in 3 June 2019, last update 08 April 2021.