Amsterdam Centraal / Amsterdam CS

Amsterdam, (Netherlands)

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About the station

This guide to Amsterdam Centraal train station explains what to look out for when departing and arriving in the city by train.
It also includes details of how to travel to the main tourist sites and the airport from Amsterdam Centraal and our pick of places to stay with easy access to the city's main railway station.

Beautiful and newly modernized Amsterdam 's central station, also often referred to as Amsterdam CS, is the main railway station in the city and it is located on the northern edge of the historic heart of Amsterdam.

But if you're not used to how large Dutch stations typically function, with their sub-divided platforms/tracks etc, it can be a confusing place to catch a train.

Introducing the central station in Amsterdam:

There's a lot to like about taking a train to Amsterdam Central
When you step outside the front of the station, you're greeted with a scene which confirms you have arrived in one of Europe's greatest cities.
You'll see canal boats and bridges and typical examples of Dutch architecture.

Seven things worth knowing about the main railway station in central Amsterdam:

(1) The entrances/exits at Amsterdam Centraal are at street level, but the sporen (platforms/tracks) used by the trains are at an upper level.

(2) These sporen (platforms/tracks) which the trains depart from are exceptionally long and are divided into 'a' and 'b' sections.
All trains depart from a specific section of these sporen (platforms/tracks) - on the departure screens you will see '6a' and '9b' etc

(3) Three passage ways run beneath the railway lines and enable step free access by escalator and or lifts to/from the trains.

There also two new passageways - the IJ passage and the Amstel passage which run beneath the railway lines, but DON'T give access to the trains.
They are solely for people who want to walk from one side of the station to the other.

(4) All the signage at the station is in Dutch and English - though Dutch names of cities outside of the Netherlands are used on the departure screens.
Cologne = Koeln
Lille = Rijsel etc

(5) NS International operates a 1st Class lounge which is located on platform/track 2A.
It is only available if you have a 1st class international ticket.

(6) If you will be heading TO Amsterdam Centraal by train from another destination - you may see Amsterdam CS on the info screens at stations and on the train.
Amsterdam CS = Amsterdam Centraal.

(7) However, some trains will be heading to Amsterdam Zuid and NOT Amsterdam Centraal – avoid these trains if you are heading to the city centre.

1st Class Lounge
Bus Station
Car Hire
Information Desk
Left Luggage
Step Free
Taxi Rank
Terminus Station

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Departing By Train From Amsterdam Centraal

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Arriving By Train at Amsterdam Centraal

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To Schiphol Airport by train from Amsterdam Central

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Best Hotels/Hostels Near The Station

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