Centraal Station

Centraal Station, Amsterdam: Address, Phone Number, Centraal Station Reviews: 4.5/5

Centraal Station
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Completed in 1889 and located in the heart of town, this neo-Renaissance rail station was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, the same person who designed the famous Rijksmuseum.
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Amsterdam Centraal • 2 min walk
  • Amsterdam Centraal Station • 2 min walk
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Nguyen
Kehl, Germany17 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
A station with good connection to the public transportation like metro, bus, ferry and train.
Some shops and also a convenience store.
You can get the pltic card (for check-in and check-ouy) at the big yellow machines, which also give the normal train tickets, it cost 7.5euros, you can charge the amount up, as much as you like, but to get onto the train you need at least 20euros on it.
Something a bit weird is that the passages are only open from 11am to 9pm, so be careful of that, otherwise you have to walk around it.
Written November 12, 2021
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Dzeny
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina476 contributions
Mar 2022
Our hotel was near the central station. It is connected to all means of transport and it was very easy for us to manage the transport.
I advise everyone to buy a GVB ticket for several days (as long as you stay) so you can use all means of transport.
There are also coffee shops, restaurants and all kinds of shops inside if you want to buy clothes!
Written March 30, 2022
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,751 contributions
Sep 2019
Built in 1889, this Gothic Renaissance Revival is one of two transport hubs in Amsterdam. The red brick Central Station is the arrival and launching point for trains, buses, trams and ferries. If you purchase an Amsterdam City Card, public transportation, museums and other activities are free. Central Station is within walking distance to many hotels and restaurants, as well as. museums. If you are driving a car there is a parking lot under the station. Shops of all kinds and restaurants are in the station.

In the rear of the building, the waterfront side, are terminals for inter-city buses, the departures for tourist boats cruising around the canals and ferries. Taxis also wait on the waterfront side.

On the city side you can pick-up a local bus which will take you to the Amsterdam Schipol airport. During the day they run every 10 minutes from platform 143 or platform 15. Trams are located on the city side is the Metro.

Central has a tourist information office if you have any questions or are looking for suggestions. The toilets are clean but require a payment for their use.

The arrival and departure of trains are very punctual. I found the station easy to navigate, Signage on the inside of the station is easy to follow. Their are plenty of kiosks for ticket purchases.Central Station offers an app. which is easy to use. It asks you where you are, where you want to go, then gives you a list of options to get you to your destination. It also allows you to buy an e-ticket through the app.. If you are taking a train it tells you what platform your train will be leaving from. If all else fails they have an information desk.
Written June 21, 2020
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rohitblk
Neuss, Germany348 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Central station is the main station of Amsterdam and connects all cities locally and internationally. This station have gated access mean you need code to scan to enter and exit the station. In case you are stuck you can take help. The station has also help terminals with people who speaks English and they can guide you with all of your questions regarding city and direction. Like I was not sure where to catch tram to my hotel and buy tickets and I got all my answers. Most of trams of the city terminate here plus you can get the bus too. Plus there is also underground metro station here in case you need one.
Written February 27, 2022
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Duncan
Milton Keynes, UK191 contributions
Apr 2022
Well laid out clean station with plenty of facilities & food and beverage options.

A very good set of luggage lockers in two sizes. The small size is very capable of taking 2 medium size cases for a fixed cost lasting 24 hours.
Written April 28, 2022
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Chr G
5 contributions
Aug 2021
very clean buildung. there was a huge road construction in front of station centraal, that was a little bit confusion for us in the beginning, we booked the GVB (public transport System) for a 5-day ticket fpr 3 persons for 88,50 EUR. Get out the building, white GVB buildung on the left hand side (in between the road construction)
Written August 26, 2021
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Rich_PL
Grimsby, UK29 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a real eye-catcher, you really cannot miss it, and it's a stunning building, but aside a few holiday snaps to remember, sadly it becomes 'just another station' if you have to make use of it, great for connections to Schiphol Airport.

Inside the platforms are well enough laid out, and there is adequate signage to point even idiots like me in the right direction.

Sadly I got rather confused as I was arranging tickets using the automatic machines, most likely this was my own problem and not a fault of the stations facilities, but all the same the experience was not as fluid as I hoped. The experience gave my wife and I a great deal of anxiety as we questioned simple things like "is this the right platform" or even "is this the right train".

I fancy that it was just us flapping ourselves into a panic rather than any fault of the station. And yes, we did board the right train, so I can only assume that the stations signs and travel details overcame my own shortcomings.

There are toilets in the station, but as is common in most cities, they require payment. And of course there are many in-station convenience stores for snacks and drinks while you await your train.
Written March 23, 2020
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Chelt H
Cheltenham, UK147 contributions
Feb 2020
Well that was a bit of a novelty, they have trains that run on time!! we travelled through the station from airport to hotel. Its really easy to navigate through as an English speaker. There were plenty of staff around to provide assistance if needed and the train prices seemed to be a fraction of the cost compared to the UK. clean station and clean trains, why bother with a taxi?
Written February 25, 2020
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Evie
4 contributions
Jul 2020
The Station is efficient and a great place to start your exploration into Amsterdam. There is currently a ton of construction going on and the Station and the city are jam packed full of tourists. So, for people who don't like crowds - be prepared. But the service is easy to use, transport is almost always on time and can take you wherever you need to go in the Netherlands. And don't forget to head to the back side to get a view of the north side!
Written July 29, 2020
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Sanjeev M
Nashik, India203 contributions
Sep 2019
1) The grandiose building is impressive and maintained well. This is the main railway station of Amsterdam where all major in/out rail routes converge.
2) The station is old fashioned, means all platforms are on same level, as against many modern railway stations where platforms are on different levels. However the station is clean and well maintained.
3) There are many shops, coffee shops, breakfast places and restaurants inside the building. We tasted two coffees shops which served extremely good and hot food. Two distinctive shops we visited were Delft Potteries and Henry Willig Cheese, both with excellent choices.
4) We can find good hotels to stay just near the station. There is a canal network in front from where we can take canal cruise tours. We also have all tram stops, from where we can travel to anywhere in Amsterdam by tram.
5) Moreover, all major tourist spots are on a walking distance, some short, some long.
6) Overall a must visit place when you are in Amsterdam.
Written August 19, 2020
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