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Haarlem railway station

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Location  Netherlands
Station code  Hlm
Phone  +31 900 2021163
Platforms in use  6
Operated by  Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Opened  20 September 1839
Province  North Holland
Haarlem railway station
Line(s)  Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway Haarlem–Uitgeest railway Haarlem–Zandvoort railway
Address  Stationsplein 11 L, 2011 LR Haarlem, Netherlands
Similar  Heemstede‑Aerdenhout railway station, Overveen railway station, Haarlem Spaarnwoude railway st, Zandvoort aan Zee railway st, Hoofddorp railway station

Haarlem railway station is located in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The station opened at September 20, 1839 on the Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway, the first railway line in the Netherlands. The station building itself is a rijksmonument.


Haarlem railway station 100 years


The first, wooden station was built on the Oude Weg, just outside the Amsterdamse Poort in 1839 to accommodate the passengers of the first railway in the Netherlands between Haarlem and Amsterdam, which had a broad gauge rail width of the Dutch broad gauge 1,945 mm (6 ft 4 916 in). The station was built outside the city, on the current location of the Centrale Werkplaats (maintenance depot) of the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij. At great expense, the rail width was later reduced to 1.435 metres (4 ft 8 12 in) in order to conform to George Stephenson's standard gauge. The train engine "De Snelheid" was the twin of the Amsterdam "Arend", which along with the carriages, were designed by Stephenson's apprentice, the English rail engineer Thomas Longridge Gooch of R.B. Longridge & Co. There were 4 trains per day to Amsterdam, scheduled at 9:00, 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00. The prices of the tickets for 1st (closed carriage), 2nd, and 3rd class (char-à-banc) were 1.20, 80c, and 40c (guilders).

A few years later the new railway turned out to be a great success, and in 1842 a real station was built on the current location. It was designed by F.W. Conrad in a semi-Greek neo-classicistic style. The front of the building was open to the street.


In 1867 the station was re-designed by P.J. Mouthaan; an extra floor was put on the building and the front of the building was now closed as well.

Current station

The current building was built between 1906 and 1908. The design is by D.A.N. Margadant. It was elevated, to make way for the traffic in the city. It is the only train station in the Netherlands that is built in Art Nouveau style.

Train services

As of 11 December 2016, the following services call at Haarlem:

  • 2x per hour intercity service Amsterdam - Haarlem - Leiden - The Hague
  • 2x per hour intercity service Amsterdam - Haarlem - Leiden - The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht
  • 2x per hour intercity service Alkmaar - Haarlem (Only on weekdays rush hours in the peak direction)
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoorn - Alkmaar - Uitgeest - Haarlem - Amsterdam
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Zandvoort - Haarlem - Amsterdam
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Zandvoort - Haarlem (summer only)
  • Bus services

    All services except line 50 are operated by Connexxion, line 50 is operated by Arriva.

  • 2 Haarlem Noord - Station - Spaarnwoude
  • 3 IJmuiden - Driehuis - Velserbroek - Haarlem Noord - Station - Schalkwijk
  • 8 Haarlem - Hogeschool Inholland - Overveen - Haarlem
  • 14 Heemstede-Aerdenhout - Haarlem - Haarlem Noord - Spaarndam
  • 15 Station - Waarderpolder - Spaarnwoude
  • 50 Haarlem - Heemstede - Bennebroek - Hillegom - Lisse - Sassenheim - Leiden
  • 73 Uitgeest - Heemskerk - Beverwijk - Velserbroek - Haarlem Noord - Haarlem - Schalkwijk
  • 75 IJmuiden aan Zee - IJmuiden - Driehuis - Haarlem Noord - Haarlem
  • 81 Haarlem - Bloemendaal aan Zee - Zandvoort
  • 84 Haarlem - Bloemendaal aan Zee - Zandvoort
  • 140 Haarlem - Heemstede - Hoofddorp - Aalsmeer - Uithoorn
  • 175 Haarlem - Amstelveen - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
  • 176 Haarlem - VU - Amsterdam Zuid
  • 177 Haarlem - Badhoevedorp (- Schiphol Oost)
  • 277 IJmuiden - Haarlem - Schiphol Airport (peak hours only)
  • 300 Haarlem - Schalkwijk - Vijfhuizen - Hoofddorp - Schiphol Airport - Amstelveen - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
  • Trivia

  • The scenes in the 2004 film Ocean's Twelve that are meant to portray Amsterdam Centraal station were actually shot on platform 3a at Haarlem station.
  • References

    Haarlem railway station Wikipedia

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