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There are 5 ways to get from Amsterdam to Leiden by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  37 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal Intercity / ...

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Rideshare  •  54 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Leiden 48.3 km

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Bus, line 365 bus  •  1h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Leidseplein to Schiphol, Airport 397 / ...
  2. Take the line 365 bus from Schiphol, Airport to Leiden, Kooiplein 365

Taxi  •  34 min

  1. Take a taxi from Amsterdam to Leiden 41.5 km

Drive  •  34 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Leiden 41.5 km

Amsterdam to Leiden by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam and Leiden is around 36 min and covers a distance of around 47 km. The fastest train normally takes 29 min. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), the Amsterdam to Leiden train service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Leiden Centraal. Typically 517 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
36 min
Fastest train time:
29 min
Train distance:
47 km
Trains per week:
517
Cheapest price:
€9
Carbon emissions:
2 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:04
Last train departs at:
23:34

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Leiden train schedules

Amsterdam → Leiden
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COVID-19 help in Netherlands

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 1351

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within Netherlands is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Leiden is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Leiden is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Leiden is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

Last updated: 14 Sep 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Amsterdam to Leiden is to rideshare, which costs €3 and takes 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Leiden is to taxi which costs €100 - €120 and takes 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Leiden. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam, Leidseplein and arriving at Leiden, Kooiplein via Schiphol, Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Leiden Centraal. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 37 min.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Leiden is 36 km. The road distance is 41.5 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Leiden without a car is to train which takes 37 min and costs €9 - €23.

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The train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal takes 37 min including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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Amsterdam to Leiden bus services, operated by Connexxion, depart from Amsterdam, Leidseplein station.

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Amsterdam to Leiden train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Leiden is to train which takes 37 min and costs €9 - €23. Alternatively, you can bus and line 365 bus, which costs €8 - €11 and takes 1h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Leiden.
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  • Distance: 36.1 km
  • Duration: 37 min

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Leiden, Netherlands?

Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal every 20 minutes. Tickets cost €9 - €23 and the journey takes 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Leiden via Schiphol, Airport in around 1h 40m.

Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €23
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€9 - €14
1st Class
€16 - €23
Bus operators
Amsterdam Airport Express
Phone
+31 297 577 777
Website
connexxion.nl
Bus from Amsterdam Leidseplein to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€6
Schedules at
Amsterdam Airport Express
Arriva NL
Phone
+31 900 2022022
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Schiphol, Airport to Leiden, Kooiplein
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €6
Website
arriva.nl
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Leiden
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€3
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blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Amsterdam to Leiden
Ave. Duration
34 min
Estimated price
€100 - €120
TCA Taxi
Phone
+31 20 777 7777
Website
tcataxi.nl
Taxi Team Amsterdam
Phone
+31 64 444 4087
Staxi
Phone
+31 20 705 8888
Website
staxi.nl
PrimoTaxi
Phone
+ 31 10 262 2540
Website
primotaxi.nl
Goedkoopnaarschiphol.NL
Phone
+31 20 260 0810
Website
goedkoopnaarschiphol.nl

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Amsterdam to Leiden bus services, operated by Arriva NL, arrive at Leiden, Kooiplein station.

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Amsterdam to Leiden train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Leiden Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Leiden is 42 km. It takes approximately 34 min to drive from Amsterdam to Leiden.

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