Central Station is the perfect vantage point from which to catch a ferry connecting the city to Amsterdam Noord, across the t’IJ. Ferries are free and you can board one just behind the station. Furthermore, all the top attractions and main districts are within easy reach whether by foot or tram, the cheapest ways of getting around Amsterdam.
Stationsplein, 1012 AB Amsterdam
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 24, 25 & 26
Central Station is the hub of Amsterdam – a meeting point for some and a departure point for many. Trams, trains, buses and subways make for a true hive of activity at Stationsplein 1, located on the South bank of the IJ. Buy your tickets for the sneltrein, stoptrein or TGV in and around Holland and other major European cities at one of the NS (National Spoorwegen) counters or machines.
For visitors to Amsterdam, it is worthwhile noting that trams run until midnight, the last one leaving at 12:15. After the last tram, there is an hourly service of night buses.
Amsterdam Central Station was opened in 1889 and was considered a symbol of rejuvenation for the once-stumbling economy of The Netherlands. It was designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers, who was also responsible for the design of many of Amsterdam’s neo- Gothic churches.