"Centraal Station - A Quick Guide" Central Station & Trains Tip by johngayton

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Getting to and from Amsterdam, either to and from the airport or to other Dutch, or further afield, cities, will usually involve passing through Centraal Station. Not only is this very busy station one of the easiest that I have ever come across to work out but is interesting as building in its own right. Train information is presented on traditional timetables around the station as well as on electronic displays and if you are still confused there are generally 2 help desks more than willing to assist with queries. Most ticket purchasing is usually done by self-service machine, though beware that these don't necessarily accept all cards - a fact that still really infuriates me!!! If, for whatever reason, you don't use the machines the ticket office will sort you for a small surcharge.

One particularly useful thing is the electronic display specifically with the airport trains on it, which platforms they are leaving from and which also indicate whether the trains are fast or slow.

Of all the railway stations I have so far passed through this is definitely my personal favourite (London Paddington also being in the running) - AND you can get a pretty decent lunch at 1'er Klasse (see restaurant tip!).

Phone No is the tourist office:

Address: Stationsplein, Amsterdam
Mode: TO
Phone: 20 551 2512
Type: Train
Website: http://www.ns.nl

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 21, 2006
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