Catching the train is a great way to visit Amsterdam. Trains run to Amsterdam Centraal from Brussels, Paris, Cologne - even London. From there, passengers can transfer seamlessly to one of the world's finest public transport networks or walk into the city center in a matter of minutes. With plenty of routes, direct links to major cities, and high-quality station facilities, Amsterdam is ideally suited to rail arrivals.
Almost all rail services to Amsterdam will arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station. Centraal is located on the northern boundary of the city center. The walking distance into the center of town is less than one mile, so transferring to central hotels won't pose many problems. Metro, bus and tram connections offer easy routes to popular neighborhoods like De Pijp or Buiksloterham.
Trains to Amsterdam from German cities will generally be operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), while those coming from Brussels and Paris are provided by Thalys or SNCB. Travelers coming from the UK may need to take Eurostar services to Brussels and transfer to other companies for the journey to Amsterdam. Domestic Dutch services tend to be operated by NS.
Train travel is the most comfortable and probably the most convenient way to reach Amsterdam from a host of European cities. If travelers are coming from Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam or Frankfurt am Main, they can reach Amsterdam in a few hours and relax in comfortable surroundings. Transfers from Centraal to the center of town are much easier than from Schiphol Airport and most routes offer a huge range of departure options so finding the right journey won't be hard. Those coming from the UK may find quicker flights, but Eurostar services aren't that much slower when transfers are taken into account.
Travelers will probably want to pick up a GVB Travel Card upon arrival. This provides free public transport across the city, including airport buses, which may come in handy. They can be purchased at any NS ticket counter. When touring the city, renting bikes is a great way to get around and there are plenty of attractions, from the renowned Van Gogh Museum to floating pancake restaurants and the EYE Film Museum. There's even a popular city beach at Blijburg - ideal for unwinding after seeing the sights.