Amsterdam RAI railway station in Amsterdam

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The railway station Amsterdam RAI is situated in southern Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It lies between the two directions of the A10 Amsterdam ring road. It is also a metro station at which GVB operates two routes. RAI gets its name from the nearby Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

History

The original station opened in 1981 when it was a terminus station, with just one platform and the station had no signals. At RAI station you could walk straight onto GVB tram route 4 to central station without changing platforms.

In 1988 the tram terminus moved to street level below the station. This was due to the building of Amsterdam Metro line 51 next to the railway station. This line began operating in 1990. The roof of the railway station was built in 1997. The new station was built in 1991 and Amsterdam RAI became an island platform station and then in 1993 the line was extended towards Weesp.

The design of the station is by architect Rob Steenhuis.

Trains

Trains serving in 2008 are only stoptrains and sprinter's. There are 6 trains per hour calling at the station with many non-stopping trains.

From station Amsterdam RAI you can travel in the directions

  • Weesp–Almere (2x per hour)
  • Weesp–Hilversum-Utrecht Centraal (2x per hour)
  • Amsterdam Zuid (4x per hour) – Schiphol (4x per hour) – Leiden Centraal (2x per hour)

During some conferences at the RAI Intercities from Leeuwarden/Groningen - Schiphol and Enschede/Deventer - Schiphol also stop at the station.

The following services currently call at Amsterdam RAI:

  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Duivendrecht - Almere Oostvaarders
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Utrecht - Hilversum - Schiphol - Leiden

Metro, Tram and Bus Services

GVB operates all Amsterdam city services and Metro lines 50 and 51 stop at Amsterdam RAI metro station which runs parallel with the NS railway. The station is also served by tram route 4 which terminates below the station at street level.

Operator Type Route Number From To Via Frequency
GVB Tram 4 Station RAI Centraal Station Rembrantplein 6x per hour. Evening/Sunday 4x per hour.
GVB Metro 50 Isolatorweg Gein Station Sloterdijk, Station Lelylaan, Station Zuid, Station RAI, Station Bijlmer ArenA 6 to 8x per hour, weekend 6x per hour.
GVB Metro/Fast Tram 51 Centraal Station Amstelveen Westwijk Station Amstel, Station RAI, Station Zuid, Amstelveen Noord, Amstelveen Centrum 6 to 8x per hour, weekend 6x per hour.
GVB Bus 62 Amstelstation Station Lelylaan Station RAI, Amsterdam Zuid, Haarlemmermeer, Sloten 4x per hour. weekend 2 to 4x per hour.
GVB Nightbus 354 Centraal Station Amstelveen Waardhuizen Leidseplein, Station RAI, Amsterdam Zuid, Amstelveen Centrum, Amstelveen Middenhoven Nightbus. 1x per hour. Friday + Weekend 2x per hour.



Source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_RAI_railway_station