Amsterdam underground transportation

We are thinking of taking the train fon the airport to the Central Station. The airport website mentions taking an escalator down to the train. Is there an escalator up from the train to the street level at Central Station? We will each have a large suitcase and a carry on.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6825 posts

The escalator they use at Schipol airport train station doesn't have steps, it more of a moving ramp; so it's easy to navigate with luggage. At Centraal Station you have to take traditional escalators(with steps) from the train platform down to street level.

Posted by Francesca
Norfolk, VA, USA
19 posts

Thanks Michael. I think that we can do that. I guess if there is an escalator down to the train at central station, that there is also one going up?

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6825 posts

You're welcome. There are indeed escalators going up as well. But be aware the train platforms at Centraal are very long; literally a quarter mile long. While there are multiple sets of stairs at regular intervals, there is typically only one set of escalators, so you may have to walk a bit to get to them. While I have can't remember seeing elevators, there must be some around to make the station handicap assessable. So that would be an option as well.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2799 posts

I don't know about elevators at Amsterdam Centraal, but there are definitely elevators at the train station at Schiphol. I highly recommend using these; the moving walkways (which is what they have instead of escalators with stairs) are inclined but not rubberized, so if you have wheeled luggage, it's not fun.

Posted by Francesca
Norfolk, VA, USA
19 posts

Thanks everyone for you answers to my question. Think we will manage then by taking the train from the airport. I have read conflicting reports on the price of cabs. Viator has a pick up at the airport for $24 which is reasonable, but other sites say the cab fare to Central Station, a few minutes from our hotel by foot, would be around $65.00 ( or was that Euros). Anyway, as long as there are no stairs to navigate, I think we will manage.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8726 posts

Every platform at Amsterdam Centraal has a lift (elevator). They are at the right-hand passenger tunnel as you look into the front of the station, the same side as the supermarket. I don't remember the escalators being quite that long. The little stub platforms that the Haarlem trains come into don't have lifts at that end, but walking down the main platform past the police and information centre the main lifts for platform 1 are available.

Posted by Francesca
Norfolk, VA, USA
19 posts

Nigel, thank you. It seems pretty clear and easy to find the lifts per your reply.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1328 posts

hi, i just remember the people mover ramp at Schiphol. you really cant miss them. as far as taxi vs train, its train all the way for me. just so you know the ones i used were double decker. Im sure if there are other types , i will be corrected. The trains are like a split level house. Theres an foyer (main level with train station) and stairs up or down to either level, no lift or ramp. If you care, you can stand there since its not a long trip. happy trails.

Posted by Francesca
Norfolk, VA, USA
19 posts

Thanks Ray,
I understand the ride is about 15 minutes, so if we have to stand it should be fine. I imagine it will be crowded in the middle of June. Our flight gets in around 8:45 AM, maybe we will beat the traffic!!Can't imagine dragging a big suitcase and carry on up a flight of stairs

Posted by Bea
OH, OH, USA
1157 posts

Francesca, I don't remember how exactly the escalators are, but you can leave your heavy suitcase in the lockers downstairs.
You can pay with cash or credit card. Last time I was there 3 years ago they took credit cards.