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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  36 min

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

$8 - $16

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  54 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Leiden 29.8 miles

$3

3 alternative options

Line 397 bus, bus  •  1 h 38 min

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

$9 - $14

Taxi  •  31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Amsterdam to Leiden 26 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  31 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Leiden 26 miles

$6 - $10

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The cheapest 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 31 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, Centraal via Schiphol, Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 38 min.

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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 36 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 36 min and costs 7€ - 14€.

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The train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal takes 36 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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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Leiden.
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  • Distance: 22.6 miles
  • Duration: 36 min

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

Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Amsterdam to Leiden every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $8 - $16 and the journey takes 36 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Leiden via Schiphol, Airport in around 1 h 38 min.

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
36 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
Connexxion
Phone
0900 - 266 63 99
Website
connexxion.nl
Bus from Amsterdam, Leidseplein to Schiphol, Airport
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
connexxion.nl
Arriva NL
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Schiphol, Airport to Leiden, Centraal
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
arriva.nl
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
Bus from Schiphol Airport to Leiden Centraal
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Leiden
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Amsterdam to Leiden
Ave. Duration
31 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
TCA Taxi
Phone
+31 20 777 7777
Website
tcataxi.nl
Staxi
Phone
+31 20 705 8888
Website
staxi.nl
Goedkoopnaarschiphol.NL
Phone
+31 20 260 0810
Website
goedkoopnaarschiphol.nl

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