There are direct trains from Amsterdam to many European cities including most destinations in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands as well as northern France, Germany and Denmark. These include the Thalys express train that connects Amsterdam with Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. Thalys connects Amsterdam and Paris in just four hours.
Check the NS Journey Planner or call 900-9292 (domestic) or 900-9296 (international) for more train information.
Amsterdam’s Centraal Station (frequently abbreviated CS) is in the centre of town within walking distance of most major attractions. Although Centraal Station has loads of facilities including lockers, restaurants and information centres, it can get very crowded, especially in the height of summer, so it is best to take the metro five stations to Amstel Station if you need to buy tickets, get transport information or make train reservations.
Take a few minutes to get all your gear in order and check your map for directions before leaving the station. When you come out onto Stationsplein, you’ll be in the centre of town surrounded by buskers, pickpockets and bewildered travellers. If you have the directions to your hostel, you can escape this chaos, drop your bags off at the hostel and set about exploring the city.