The second-most populous city in Belgium, Antwerp vies with the capital city Brussels for tourists' affection; its rich history and reputation for fine art, food, and fashion lures travelers from all corners of the world -- not to mention from over the Dutch border. Antwerp can easily be added to a Netherlands/Low Countries itinerary with these transportation directions.
Amsterdam to Antwerp by Train
The only direct train connection between Amsterdam and Antwerp is with the Thalys train. The journey between Amsterdam Central Station and Antwerp starts at €34 (approximately $40) each way and takes 75 minutes. Alternatively, for about the same price, travelers can take an Intercity direct train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, then transfer to a Roosendaal-bound train to complete the journey to Antwerp; the trip duration is about two hours. Tickets for both routes can be booked at the NS International web site.
Amsterdam to Antwerp by Bus
International coach is the most affordable option for travel between Amsterdam and Antwerp. The trip is just two hours and 45 minutes and is substantially cheaper than the train. Two international coach companies serve this route; fares start from €17 (approximately $20) each way on Eurolines, €15 (approximately $18) on Megabus' European sister company, Flixbus. (Fares fluctuate as the departure date nears.) Check each bus company's website for departure and arrival points within the two cities.
Amsterdam to Antwerp by Car
Families, the mobility-impaired and others may wish to drive between Amsterdam and Antwerp. The 100-mile (160 km) drive takes about three hours. Choose from a variety of routes, find detailed directions and calculate trip costs at ViaMichelin.com.
Antwerp Tourist Information
Read more about Antwerp travel, from an overview of Antwerp with practical information and attractions such as the fantastic Plantin-Moretus Museum, to detailed recommendations of Antwerp accommodations.