How to Travel From Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam by Train, Bus, and Car

Illustration depicting the travel times and methods between Eindhoven and Amsterdam

 TripSavvy / Ellen Lindner 

Eindhoven Airport is the second-busiest civilian airport in the Netherlands, behind Amsterdam's own Airport Schiphol. It's about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southeast of Amsterdam, so what makes it a popular entry point for visitors intent on the capital city? Economics, primarily. Some of Europe's top lowest-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Transavia, and Wizz Air, use Eindhoven as their Netherlands hub.

There are currently no direct transatlantic routes to Eindhoven Airport, but travelers from North America can sometimes find cheap fares to other major European cities, where they can continue on a low-cost carrier to Eindhoven. From there, you can drive an hour and a half to Amsterdam or get there by bus or train.

  Time Cost Best For
Train 1 hour, 45 minutes from $20 A quick public transportation option
Bus 2 hours from $12 Minding a budget
Car 1 hour, 30 minutes 75 miles (121 kilometers) Exploring the area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam? 

According to Omio, you can get a bus direct from Eindhoven to Amsterdam for just $12. FlixBus and BlaBlaBus both run the route several times per day and the trip duration is slightly over two hours. The best way to guarantee good prices is to book far (as far as three months) in advance.

AirExpressBus also offers a $27 shuttle service to Amsterdam from Eindhoven. The total trip duration is about an hour and 45 minutes and lets off just across the canal from Amsterdam Central Station, at the departure point for Holland International Canal Cruises on Prins Hendrikkade. Tickets purchased online are subject to a discount of about $3.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam? 

The fastest way to get between Eindhoven Airport and Amsterdam is to drive. There are several car rental companies that operate out of Eindhoven Airport, including Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Avis, and Hertz. These are located outside the airport terminal, at Luchthavenweg 13. 

If you don't plan to rent a car and explore the local area, traveling between the two cities might be impractical seeing as a taxi would typically cost more than $150. The distance by road is 75 miles (121 kilometers), which takes about an hour and a half to drive.

How Long Is the Train Ride? 

Travelers arriving via Eindhoven Airport can catch a Connexxion bus—which costs about $2 and departs from the airport every 10 minutes—to the city's central train station, then go from there to Amsterdam on a Dutch Railways train. Bus line 401 (direction: Eindhoven Station) stops just outside the airport terminal.

From Eindhoven Station, there is a direct connection to Amsterdam Central Station via Dutch Railways (NS). The Intercity train from Eindhoven Centraal (direction: Den Bosch) takes an hour and 20 minutes to reach Amsterdam Centraal. Tickets cost about $20 each way. In total, the trip takes about an hour and 45 minutes and costs no more than $25.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Amsterdam? 

The best time to travel to Amsterdam is during the spring or fall, on either side of the busy tourist season. Summer brings the best weather to this Netherlands city, but it also draws the biggest crowds. During the shoulder season, you're more likely to find deals on accommodation and cheaper transportation from Eindhoven Airport.

What Is There to Do in Amsterdam? 

Amsterdam is famous for its marijuana-friendly coffeeshops, picturesque canals, and lively Red Light District. Here, you can visit a sex shop, explore 13th-century architecture, go for a waterside bike ride, and indulge in the city's renowned cannabis culture all in a single day. Amsterdam is also bursting with art. It's home to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House Museum, and Rijksmuseum, which exhibits masterpieces from all over the continent. Dam Square is the epicenter of the city, where you'll find weekend festivals and tourist-centric attractions like the Royal Palace.

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