Amsterdam Central Station is the largest train station in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It has about 186,000 passengers per day, making it the second busiest station in the Netherlands with Utrecht Central Station as the busiest. The station is on Station Island, which is where the Station Square is also located. The high-speed train Thalys departs daily for Brussels and Paris from Amsterdam Central Station.
The Amsterdam Central Station was built in 1889 and was designed by famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. Cuypers also designed the Rijksmuseum and if you look closely, you’ll see the similarities between both historic buildings. For many, the construction of the station was a sign that Amsterdam was finally going to step into the future and leave the Golden Age behind. The Amsterdam Central Station is one of Europe’s most modern and busiest train stations and offers the traveler, especially the first-timers, a grand entrance into the city of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Central Station is the starting point for trains, metro’s, buses and trams. From Amsterdam Central Station, travellers can take trains to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Brussels (via Antwerp), Utrecht, Rotterdam and other Dutch cities. The trains to Schiphol Airport depart every 20 minutes and domestic tickets can be bought online and also in the NS Ticket Machines in the station. Payment can be made with coins or by card. For international train tickets from Amsterdam to Berlin, Amsterdam to Paris, Antwerp, Brussels, Zurich, London etc., tickets can be bought online or in the International Ticket Office in the station.
Amsterdam Central Station is definitely a modern train station and one of the busiest in Europe. The are lots of eateries and supermarkets for hungry travellers and chic boutiques and stores for the travelling shopaholics. There is also a lounge area for travellers waiting for their trains or loved ones to come pick them up. The station also has a locker storage system for travellers who would love to leave their luggage for a while so they can discover the city. For more information on the lockers, please ask the NS officials in uniform.
Lockers Around Amsterdam Central Station
Of course, Amsterdam Central Station also has some lockers for travellers who are in need of spaces to store their luggage while they explore the city. Travellers can rent baggage lockers at the central station. The lockers are easy to use and electronically protected.
How does it work
You can rent luggage lockers for 24 hours or more if they choose. You pay in advance for the first 24 hours and if you want to rent a locker for more than 24 hours, you pay these costs afterwards when collecting your luggage. The maximum rental period is 72 hours. There are 2 types of luggage lockers:
- Small: 90 cm deep, 45 cm high and 40 cm wide.
- Large: 90 cm deep, 60 cm high and 40 cm wide.
You can pay with PIN, Maestro, Visa and Master card.