This page explains how to travel by train from Amsterdam to other key European cities and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Amsterdam as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a cheap €39 point-to-point advance-purchase ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



 
 

Amsterdam centraal station, departure point for Paris, Munich, Rome, Moscow, Istanbul....

  A Dutch double-decker train at Amsterdam Centraal
 

A Dutch double-decker InterCity train at Amsterdam Centraal...

Amsterdam to anywhere in the Netherlands...

Amsterdam to London from €52...
  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam
 

The Stena Line superferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich is a floating hotel...

  Comfort Class 2-berth cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'
 

...with private cabins for every passenger, with shower, toilet, free WiFi & satellite TV.

Amsterdam to York, Bath, Oxford & 130 other UK towns & cities...
Amsterdam to Hull, Newcastle, the North of England & Scotland...

Amsterdam to Paris from €35, www.b-europe.com...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...


Amsterdam to Lyon, Nice, Cannes, Marseille & other destinations in France...

Amsterdam to Brussels from €27...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   2nd class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   1st class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train

An InterCity train at Brussels.

 

InterCity 2nd class seats...

 

InterCity 1st class seats...


Amsterdam to Bruges or Ghent for €47...

Amsterdam to Luxembourg for €69 any time, any day...

Amsterdam to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €43...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train...

Sleeping-car compartment on the Paris to Berlin night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car of City Night Line sleeper train...

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...

Option 2, by daytime trains...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.


Amsterdam to Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan & Italy from €69...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Zurich by sleeper, then Zurich-Milan via the scenic Gotthard Pass.  I'd probably use the scenic Gotthard Pass route if I were going to Milan, Florence or Rome, but the Brenner Pass route shown in option 2 below if I were going to Verona or Venice.

Sleeping-car compartment on the Paris to Berlin night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 1, take the comfortable City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Zurich HB...

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...

Restaurant car of a tilting 'Pendolino' train from Geneva to Milan.   Second class seats on the EuroCity ETR470 train to Milan

Step 2, take a EuroCity train from Zurich to Milan via the scenic Gotthard main line through the Alps...

 

2nd class seats, with sockets for laptops & mobiles...

Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train   Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train

The Zurich-Milan EuroCity trains take the Gotthard Pass route through the Swiss Alps.  You'll see lots of pretty Swiss villages & vineyards.  The Swiss keep their wine a closely-guarded secret and export very little, give it a try and you'll understand why they keep it to themselves...

Lake Maggiore, seen from a Milan to Basel train   Lunch in the Swiss-run restaurant car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel

You'll pass a lake or two...  The Zurich-Milan route passes the Zugersee, the Vierwaldstattersee and Lake Lugano, all in Switzerland.  This is Lake Maggiore, seen from the dining-car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel over an excellent lunch of salmon tagliatelle & excellent (but expensive!) Swiss red wine.

Option 2, Amsterdam to Munich by sleeper, then Munich to Italy via the scenic Brenner Pass.  I'd probably use this option in preference to the Zurich route if I were going to Venice or Verona...

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 1, the Night Train to Munich.  Amsterdam to Munich overnight...

More pictures & information about this train...

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Step 2, Munich to Verona by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route.

Option 3, Amsterdam to Italy by daytime trains via the scenic Gotthard Pass.

Option 4, Amsterdam to Italy by daytime trains via Paris from €64.


Amsterdam to Barcelona & Spain from €94...

Option 1:  Amsterdam to Barcelona in one day, by high-speed trains.  Breakfast in Amsterdam, lunch in Paris, dinner in Spain!

Option 2:  Amsterdam to Barcelona by high-speed trains with overnight stop in Paris...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

1. Amsterdam-Paris by Thalys.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

2. Paris to Barcelona by TGV Duplex. Here, a TGV Duplex is boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.


Amsterdam to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal from €122...

Amsterdam to Cologne, Frankfurt or anywhere in Germany from €19, €29 or €39...
ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.


Amsterdam to Berlin from €39...
Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   2nd class seats on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

An Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

2nd class open-plan saloon seating.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin restaurant car

1st class seats on these trains are usually in 6-seater compartments.

 

The restaurant car on an Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train.  Treat yourself to lunch!


Amsterdam to Munich from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.

Option 2, by direct City Night Line sleeper train.  The time-effective option...

Sleeping-car compartment on a City Night Line train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car of a City Night Line sleeper train.

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...


Amsterdam to Vienna & Linz from €48...

Option 1, via the Cologne-Vienna sleeper...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

Step 1:  Amsterdam to Cologne by high-speed ICE.  More ICE info.

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

Step 2:  Cologne to Vienna by cosy EuroNight sleeper train.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More photos, information & video about the Cologne to Vienna EuroNight train

Option 2, via the Amsterdam-Munich sleeper...

Option 3, by daytime trains from €48...


Amsterdam to Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €48...

Amsterdam to Prague & the Czech Republic from €43...

Option 1, via the Cologne to Prague sleeper train...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

Step 1:  Amsterdam to Cologne by high-speed ICE.  More ICE info.

A 1 2 or 3 bed sleeper on the Cologne-Prague overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

  4-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

  6-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

  The Kopernikus sleeper train to Prague...

Step 2, the Phoenix rises...  Here, the sleeping-car attendant on the Phoenix greets passengers for Cologne at Prague Hlavni.

More pictures & information about the Cologne to Prague sleeper train.

Option 2, by daytime trains via Berlin...

  • You can travel from Amsterdam to Poland by day, either in a single day (12h25) or with an overnight stop in Berlin (6h30 + 4h40).  If you travel in one day, I'd allow at least 45 minutes between trains in Berlin.

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Berlin by InterCity train in 6h30 from €39, booked at www.bahn.de.

  • If you need to stay overnight in a hotel in Berlin, the 3-star Meininger Hotel is ideal as it's right next to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag or a 15-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, it's inexpensive and gets good reviews.  If you want to push the boat out, try the famous Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is right next to the Brandenburg Gate.  More hotels in Berlin.  If you're on a tight budget, see www.hostelbookers.com.

  • Step 2, now travel from Berlin to Prague in just 4h40 from €29 also booked at www.bahn.de.


Amsterdam to Bratislava & Slovakia from €78...

Amsterdam to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains to Munich then by Hungarian sleeper train to Budapest...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne...  More information about ICE.

The sleeper train to Budapest   Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest

Step 2, take the sleeper train to Budapest.  Here, the Kalman Imre is about to leave Munich...

 

2-berth sleeper...

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

Hungarian couchette car at Munich

Option 2, by City Night Line sleeper to Munich and onward Railjet train to Budapest...


Amsterdam to Bucharest & Brasov from €117...

Amsterdam to Ljubljana & Slovenia or Zagreb & Croatia from €72...

Option 1, by City Night Line sleeper train to Munich then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 2, by daytime ICE train to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

An early lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The first stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Villach...

 

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.


Amsterdam to Belgrade & Sofia...

Option 1, daytime train - sleeper - daytime train...

Option 2, sleeper - daytime train - sleeper... 


Amsterdam to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €29...

Option 1, via the Cologne-Warsaw sleeper train... 

Option 2, Amsterdam to Warsaw by daytime trains... 

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

Step 1:  Amsterdam to Cologne by high-speed ICE.  More ICE info.

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Step 2, take the Jan Kiepura sleeper train from Cologne to Warsaw. This is one of the modern Polish sleeping-cars.  More information.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...


Amsterdam to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Amsterdam to Kiev & Ukraine...

Amsterdam to Copenhagen from €43 or Stockholm from €66, or Oslo...

The City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Copenhagen was discontinued from November 2014.  However, here are the alternatives:

Option 1, Amsterdam to Copenhagen by day trains in a single day from €58.  Onwards to Stockholm next day...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More information about SJ 2000 trains

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg.  Amsterdam-Copenhagen from €58, Amsterdam-Stockholm from €68...


Amsterdam to Athens, Corfu & Greece...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Athens by train & ferry via Italy, the leisurely way...

Option 2, Amsterdam to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade...


Amsterdam to Istanbul & Turkey...

Option 1, via Munich, Budapest & Bucharest...

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia...


 


Railbookers custom-made train travel & hotels

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com.

USA & Canada call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Amsterdam & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Suggested hotels in Amsterdam...

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

Homestays: www.homestay.com...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa and EU.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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