Netherlands & The City of Utrecht
With over 16.5 million people and a population density of 488 people per kmē, the Netherlands is the most densely populated country of the European Union and one of the mostly densely populated countries in the world. The total size of the Netherlands is 41,500 kmē. Amsterdam is the capital, but the government resides in The Hague. More than 40% of the total population live in the Randstad, the agglomeration of the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
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The City of Utrecht
Utrecht is with just over 312,000 inhabitants the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. It is situated in the center of both the country and the province of Utrecht. As such, Utrecht is the heart of the infrastructure, with many motorways and railways crossing each other.
Utrecht has a long history in culture, arts and science, with influences of the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. It comes in no surprise many art galleries and museums are to be found in the inner city as well. Utrecht is most known by the Dom Tower, the tallest (religious) building in the Netherlands.
Utrecht has canals similar to those in Amsterdam, with a distinction that vessels can be docked at a lower level, which are in connection to some sort of storage basements, or colloquially called "werfkelders". In spring and summer, you can just take a seat in one of the restaurants along the "werfkelders" directly adjacent to the canal.
Utrecht also hosts the University of Utrecht, the largest university in the Netherlands in terms of students population, as well as bachelor and master programmes.
To visit the official website for tourism in Utrecht, click here.
The Netherlands can be considered as a compact country. Since Utrecht Centraal Station is in the heart of the Dutch Railways, many Dutch major cities can easily be reached by train. From Utrecht Centraal, the journey time by Intercity train to the city centres of Amsterdam and 's-Hertogenbosch, as well as Schiphol Aiport, is roughly 27-30 minutes, whereas a visit to Arnhem, The Hague and Rotterdam takes about 36-40 minutes. For instance, it may be worth to pay Amsterdam a visit just before leaving, as the travel time from Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport is just over 15 minutes (check also the transportation page for information on how to get around and how to buy tickets). This definitely saves you a lot of time and money if you would go visit the nearby city centres by car.
For your convenience, we have listed some of the most used connections below.
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|From/To||Schiphol||Amsterdam Centraal||Utrecht Centraal|
13 IC 1-2 Amsterdam Centraal-Lelystad C2
21 FYRA 1-2 Amsterdam Centraal
28 SPR 3 Amsterdam Centraal-Amersfoort (Vathorst)
43 IC 1-2 Amsterdam Centraal-Lelystad C2
51 FYRA 1-2 Amsterdam Centraal
58 SPR 3 Amsterdam Centraal-Amersfoort (Vathorst)
|00 IC 1-2 Nijmegen3
16 IC 1-2 Eindhoven-Heerlen4
30 IC 1-2 Nijmegen3
46 IC 1-2 Eindhoven-Heerlen4
|Amsterdam Centraal||14 SPR 14a Schiphol-Hoofddorp
25 FYRA 15a Breda
29 IC 14a Vlissingen
44 SPR 14a Schiphol-Hoofddorp
55 FYRA 15a Breda
59 IC 14a Vlissingen
|-||08 IC 5 Maastricht
23 IC 5 Nijmegen
38 IC 5 Maastricht
53 IC 5 Nijmegen
|Utrecht Centraal||13 IC 7 Schiphol
28 IC 5 Schiphol3
43 IC 7 Schiphol
58 IC 5 Schiphol3
|10 IC 5 Den Helder
25 IC 7 Amsterdam C-Alkmaar5
40 IC 5 Den Helder
55 IC 7 Amsterdam C-Alkmaar5
IC = Intercity (can be boarded any time / no supplements required)
SPR = Sprinter/Local Train
FYRA = Fyra NS Hispeed Trains (see below)
• For domestic voyages with ICE (Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem-Germany) and Fyra (Schiphol-Rotterdam-Breda/Brussels) a supplement is required on top of your ticket. As of January 1st 2013, a supplement ticket is no longer required between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol, however supplements are still required on the Schiphol-Rotterdam-Breda legs of your (domestic) journey. Domestic voyages with Thalys trains are not really an option, since a reservation is compulsory.
• Departure times and platform numbers listed above are default throughout the day. At certain days and times (usually in the early morning or late at night), departure times and platforms may differ. Always consult the departure time tables, the displays above the platforms, or m.ns.nl for the most up-to-date information.
1) Currently (March 16th, 2013), Fyra services from/to Brussels has been pulled out of service due to many technical failures in its V-250 rolling stock. It is unknown yet when this service will be continued. Passengers for Belgium are advised to travel to Roosendaal station (from Amsterdam or Schiphol either via direct IC train to Vlissingen, or via the domestic Fyra services to Breda and change at Rotterdam Centraal). Every two hours, from approximately 8:00 (am) to 20:00/8:00 pm a direct service between The Hague HS and Brussels (in weekends til Antwerp) will run, with calls in Rotterdam Centraal, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Antwerpen-Centraal, Mechelen and Brussel-Centraal.
2) Some early and late trains will continue to Leeuwarden or Groningen as final destination. Do not confuse these with the regular trains to Leeuwarden/Groningen from Schiphol Airport, as they will not call at Amsterdam Centraal.
3) Runs until approximately 21:00/9:00 pm.
4) After approximately 18:00/6:00 pm train terminates at Eindhoven, after 21:00/9:00 pm train terminates at Utrecht Centraal.
5) After approximately 19:30/7:30 pm and Sundays, train terminates at Amsterdam Centraal; In peak hours train continues to Schagen.
• Regular trains between Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal usually calls at Amsterdam Lelylaan and Amsterdam Sloterdijk (Fyra doesn't call in-between stations).
• Regular trains between Schiphol and Utrecht Centraal usually calls at Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA.
• Regular trains between Amsterdam Centraal and Utrecht Centraal usually calls at Amsterdam Amstel (ICE doesn't call in-between stations).
• Also check NS.nl, Holland by Train (deeplink PDF, in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German) or m.ns.nl (mobile version).