Quickly to the heart of Aachen
- From € 32* one-way trip
- Travel time Amsterdam - Aachen: 2h59m
- Via Heerlen to Aachen
The advantages of travelling by train
- Relaxed travel
- No parking hassle
- No emissions sticker!
Aachen is a city full of history. Centuries ago, it was the capital of the Frankish empire where dozens of German kings were crowned. You can still taste that atmosphere today in the Cathedral that dates from the year 805, as well as in the historic city centre.
Do you like shopping? The main shopping streets are close to the train station. Please note, that shops in Aachen are not open every Sunday – just four Sundays a year. And did you know that Aachen is the sunniest city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region?
Travel information Aachen
Aachen is the most western city in all of Germany. From Heerlen, you will be there in no time.
You can take the intercity to Heerlen and there you can take the local train to Aachen. The train departs every hour from Heerlen.
You can also travel with Thalys from Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport or Rotterdam to Brussel Zuid/Midi and catch an ICE International or Thalys service to Aachen.
And did you know that if you trael to Aachen by car, you will need to buy an emissions sticker? You will need to pay for this if you travel by train.
Route Travel time Change trains Amsterdam - Aachen 2h59m 1 Amersfoort - Aachen 2h47m 2 Utrecht - Aachen 1h57m 1 Rotterdam - Aachen 2h59m 2 Arnhem - Aachen 2h50m 2
How can you travel?
- You can travel to Aachen with your OV-chipkaart. You can check out at Aachen Station.
- Do you have an NS subscription that gives you a 100% discount? Travel with your OV-chipkaart and you will also travel for free in Germany to Aachen.
- You can also buy a ticket online and load it onto our NS International App. You will then be assured of up-to-date travel information while travelling. You can open gates at the station with the ticket in the app. You can also print your tickets and use that to open the gates.
Prices train tickets to Aachen
NS, Thalys, Arriva, Abellio and ICE International all run to Aachen. If you travel with NS and Arriva, there are fixed prices and you will get discount with your NS subscription.
If you travel with the other carriers, the price depends on the time of booking: the earlier you book, the lower the price.
The train from Heerlen to Aken v.v. has no 1st class. If you select a 1st class ticket in our booking module, you will only pay the 1st class fare for the journey to Heerlen. You will automatically pay a 2nd class fare for the Heerlen-Aaken route.
View the itinerary planner
There may be delays or engineering works; so, before you leave, check your trip in the itinerary planner. This way, you will never be unpleasantly surprised!
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Free access to lounges
Do you have a 1s class ticket? Then, at the stations Amsterdam Central Station, Schiphol and Rotterdam Central Station, you can enjoy a free drink at an NS International Lounge.
Christmas market in Aachen
From 22 November to 23 December 2019, you can visit the intimate Christmas market in Aachen.
The market is centrally located near the Cathedral, within walking distance of the train station. This Christmas market contains about 130 different stalls. The square is beautifully lit. In the streets around the square, you will find bakeries and pleasant restaurants. And would you like to take an original gift home with you? At the market, you can buy a famous Aachener Printen: a gingerbread doll.
The market is open from 11.00 hrs in the morning until 21.00 hrs in the evening.
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* This price is based on a one-way trip, 2nd class, from Amsterdam Central Station. If you depart from a station that is closer to Aachen, the journey is cheaper.