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Amsterdam Centraal Railway Station

(Station Amsterdam Centraal)
Train Station
Stadsdeel Centrum, Amsterdam
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  • Frank L.
    "Best coffee you'll find at the station is at Julia's, NOT Starbucks."(18 Tips)
    Paul K.
    "try the fresh chocolate cookies at albert heijn"(6 Tips)
    azade b.
    "Beautiful architecture, free wifi and good information center."(19 Tips)
    Carl G.
    "Great architecture and good connections across Europe."(5 Tips)
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  • Yiannis P.
    What a great place to take a train or just watch the world go by. Free wifi, decent coffee and food for a train station. Excellent exterior for photography and thousands of bicycles parked outside!
    Yiannis Papasavvas · March 24, 2015
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  • Anne H.
    Forget all the fast food choices and treat yourself instead with a nice book or another nice gift that will nourish your body/mind. And have a beautiful day exploring wild and wonderful Amsterdam!
    Anne Hesselman · August 24, 2014
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  • Rewan P.
    Is a beautiful historic building. All tram run from central station and are very convenient. If you are a tourist take an unlimited pass and make sure you check out when you leave the tram.
    Rewan Parti · August 27, 2014
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  • kumi m.
    Got the time & a little cash? Upgrade to 1st class if you're on NSHispeed for access to the lounge. Internet isn't free but beer, wine, soda, tea, coffee is. It's worth the calm & comfort sometimes.
    kumi monster · April 20, 2010
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  • Walter B.
    Have some minutes time and don't want to spend much? Try the 'Albert Heijn' supermarket opposite the station. Take the west exit, close to the taxi stand and cycle flat, cross the bridge and look righ
    Walter B · May 3, 2011
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  • Dennis J.
    The very best restaurant near Amsterdam CS: please walk over to Vermeer. Great dishes by Chris Naylor and the nr 1 sommelier in the Netherlands, Simon Veldman. Best hospitality by Niek and Erwin! Read more
    Dennis Janssen · July 3, 2010
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  • olga v.
    The best apple strudel in Holland is served in "1st Class" grand cafe, next to the platform 2. Charming old interior, silent movies, and the parrot, too :) Lovely place to kill time. Read more
    olga van saane · November 23, 2012
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  • The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
    Central Station is where everything and everyone in and out of Amsterdam come together, to continue their journeys in all different directions. Stop by Beurs van Berlage and see it glow in pink!
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  • Adam N.
    Renovations are finally starting to pay off. Plenty of new stores and food options (go to the Julia's at the very back of the station on the IJ-zijde; there's plenty of seats).
    Adam Nowek · January 15
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  • Laura M.
    Unlike on the left- and righthand exit of the station, the main exit does not have check-out gates for your public transp. chipcard. Remember to check out at the small pole's yourself!
    Laura M · January 11, 2012
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  • RJ C.
    Convenient station considering it has access to all trains local, regional and inter country. You can take trams and buses from here as well
    RJ Corcuera · April 3, 2015
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  • Shaun W.
    A beautiful building with a funky clock face that we think shows wind direction. Inside the station, it's like hell on Earth and people walk about with no regard for others. Good luck!
    Shaun Weston · April 12, 2015
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  • VRS teja
    if you have time, you can quickly leave your luggage at the cloakroom & go out take a left & head straight for bars,street food & the red light is all at the corner.
    VRS teja · September 4, 2014
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  • Jorrit J.
    If you see a ferry or you are on a elevated bus platform, then you are probably on the wrong side of the train station. Go back and leave the station at the opposite side where the trams are.
    Jorrit J · September 11, 2012
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  • Jan Willem H.
    Bring your own broom and help clean the station a bit. The cleaning staff haven't come to an agreement yet and are still refusing to clean anything over there (and I can't blame them)
    Jan Willem Heining · April 13, 2010
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  • Rafi S.
    You need COLD, HARD euro cash to buy an international train ticket here. Unless you have a fancy credit card with a chip, which, for whatever reason, US cards don't have.
    Rafi Syed · June 19, 2012
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  • Russian Railways
    Welcome to the Amsterdam central station. In order to build it, the construction workers had to put up three artificial islands that stand on 8687 wooden piles that are dug into sand.
    Russian Railways · October 10, 2012
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  • azade b.
    Beautiful architecture, free wifi and good information center. If you are a foreigner and want to charge your OVA card, you better have some coins with you.
    azade badiee · July 8, 2015
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  • Random H.
    Dutch learning tip: pick up one of the dailies at the entrance (metro, spits) and make a point of trying to read a little bit every day. #itWorks!
    Random Human · March 20, 2014
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  • Thomas M.
    Welcome in Amsterdam, one of the prettiest cities in Holland. Go to the Starbucks on the second platform, their terrace view looks over the station
    Thomas Meijer · September 18, 2014
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  • Freddy L.
    Free WiFi variety of shops and bars and fast food...don't leave Amsterdam without having tried whatever food inspires you from the little windows!!!
    Freddy Lopomo · January 21, 2015
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  • Scot M.
    For any tourists planning to use the train, buy a anonymous travel card from the machines down by the metro, on the tram they charge almost 3 times the typical journey fee.
    Scot Moss · September 27, 2010
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  • Ryuga
    For €2.75 you can get a healthy, yummy bacon-chicken sandwich (bruin broodje kip) at HEMA. Well, bacon is not thát healthy but, whatever, it's f***ing good!
    Ryuga · June 2, 2013
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  • Pim T.
    All food is available. Just look at platform 1: the old wooden station wall with luxury waiting halls is still there and it looks amazing.
    Pim TT · October 12, 2014
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  • Yvvvv
    It's getting real fashionable in here, nice stores good food and drinks there is a Starbucks a Hema, 3 Albert Heijn grocery stores and a lot more if u have time just make a stroll :)
    Yvvvv · January 18, 2015
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  • Wut A.
    Dear Tourist, please don't use the OV chipcard for ns. It's too difficult to use. Just buy tickets at the yellow machines! Ps. I'm sorry for the bad service from NS.
    Wut Andeweg · April 23, 2013
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  • Brian F.
    Tram op told me to come to Centraal to verify my Rail card was not working Service desk: it's not working. I had to step her through; now you give me the form to fill out and send in to replace it.
    Brian Fitzgerald · August 25, 2012
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  • d. W.
    Hard to understand the station they act like everyone here is local and should know. Only accept European 4 pin credit cards. Tracks are poorly indicated. Place not luggage friendly.
    d. W .b · May 5, 2014
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  • Robin
    Amsterdam Centraal is the largest railway station of Amsterdam. Used by 260000 passengers a day, it is the second-busiest railway station and the most visited national heritage site of the Netherlands
    Robin · August 23, 2014
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  • Iris v.
    I love the piano in the middle part of the station. If you have to wait, take a look! Most people who play are very talented.
    Iris van Aalst · December 9, 2014
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  • Ciarán J.
    the best coffee in the station is at Julia's although when they ask you if you want a strong or normal. strong = double shot and is more expensive.
    Ciarán Jordan · September 8, 2010
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  • Trouwvrouw
    Of you have time, visit the Double Tree by Hilton, next to the station. They have a skylounge with a spectacular view over Amsterdam!
    Trouwvrouw · November 24, 2012
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  • Kevin S.
    Take a look at the front of the building. Lovely and meaningful architecture here, going back to the times of slavery and the discovery of spices, tea, and coffee.
    Kevin Schram · October 11, 2011
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  • Duccio M.
    If you missed a train and need to spend the night, a quick trip to Sloterdijk station will get you a nice and calm waiting room where nobody will disturb you while sleeping ;)
    Duccio Mondanelli · August 15, 2014
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  • Vincent L.
    You cannot check in at the platforms, you'll have to do so at the station's entrance. Keep that in mind when using a discount subscription.
    Vincent Leeuw · August 6, 2014
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  • JB A.
    Don't expect to use cash late at night - most machines don't take them, and American cards don't have the necessary pin-and-chip. Plan ahead.
    JB Anderson · October 15, 2014
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  • Guille M.
    It is undoubtedly a symbol of Amsterdam. It's definitely my second city, I feel at home.
    Guille Martín · November 25, 2014
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  • Vincent L.
    The west tunnel now has an AH To Go with self service. Scan your items, pay with your PIN/Maestro card and you're done.
    Vincent Leeuw · August 11, 2014
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  • Dirk B.
    Buy a OVchipkaart And load it with credits for publictransport instead of buying single tickets; easier and useable in the hole of the Netherlands. Looking for a daytrip? Consider Texel.
    Dirk Breedveld · September 22, 2014
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  • Bart D.
    The best starting point for a wander through the city. Put the map away and just stroll, away from the beaten paths.
    Bart De Maertelaere · September 20, 2014
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  • Mia D.
    Every winter the same shit!completely unprepared for freezing temperatures.Train delays,cancellations and the NS employees have no idea about the happenings at the trainstation.
    Mia Dopheide · January 21, 2013
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  • Martin O.
    If you want travel between cities with your ov chipkaart, remember that you must have a deposit 20 euros + price for journey on your card !
    Martin Oplocký · August 3, 2015
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  • Paul-Frédéric V.
    LEAVE central station NOW (after you grabbed a crocket at Febbo) Get the hell out of here fool! Where else would you want to be? You're in Amsterdam !!?
    Paul-Frédéric Viès · December 12, 2013
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  • SherylCT
    Great train station to get in and out of. Super easy and conveniently located to a lot of other sites to check out.
    SherylCT · July 30, 2013
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  • Daniel Z.
    There is an Albert Heijn near spoor 13 at the western passage. Great Salads and Sandwiches, extremely usable as travel food.
    Daniel Zenker · November 3, 2010
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  • Chris R.
    This hot dog stand outside tge station is a total rip off! €4.15 for a water and a coke, and he wouldn't even give me change! Avoid at all cost. Plus the guy is rude. Hmph!
    Chris Rothwell · November 12, 2011
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  • Adam N.
    You can eat fairly well here at Julia's or the ubiquitous döner places. Try out the piano in the main hallway.
    Adam Nowek · April 9, 2015
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  • Geertje A.
    Shakies is great for a healthy shake or a small bite. Albert Heijn ready to go meal salads are great for a summer meal.
    Geertje Algera · March 29, 2011
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  • Thomas C.
    Historic railway station built entirely on poles in the ground. Can get very crowded, be weary of pickpockets.
    Thomas Craenen · February 17
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  • John B.
    This is the most magnificent station which welcomes you to a wonderful city. It is quite stunning.
    John Barnham · February 14, 2015
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