I have booked a non-refundable train ticket from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. After paying, I found out that I have only 4 minutes to change trains in Utrecht station. Is this sufficient time to make the transfer?

  • Could you share the date and the times or train numbers? That would probably allow a more precise answer.
    – jcaron
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 12:34

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It depends on the arrival and departure track, and how fast you walk, but generally, I'd say yes, unless maybe you have to switch from track 20 to track 1. As far as I'm aware, ICE trains from Germany normally arrive in Utrecht at the same platform as other trains to Amsterdam or next to that platform.

In addition, given you switch trains at Utrecht, that would seem to indicate that you're going to switch to a normal NS intercity train, and normal NS intercity trains do not have reservations, and tickets are generally valid for an entire day. As far as I'm aware, that means that even if you miss your connection, you should be able to take the next train.

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    ...which will normally be less than 30 minutes away, usually more like 15 minutes if one is going to one of the major stations.
    – phoog
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 11:28
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    @phoog Indeed, between Utrecht Centraal and Amsterdam Centraal, it is - on a weekday in the afternoon - 6 to 14 minutes for the next intercity train. Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 11:33
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    And check that your train is indeed not going to the Amsterdam station you need, sometimes the planners have you change trains to win 3 minutes while you could stay in your train.
    – Willeke
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 11:49
  • @Willeke If the OP is using the ICE (my guess), it might also mean that all seats between Utrecht and Amsterdam were already reserved. However, I believe there are some railworks coming up near Amsterdam, which might mean some trains don't go further than Utrecht. Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 11:55
  • @MarkRotteveel, they do not usually reserve seats for the last bit of the journey. Works on the track is a risk.
    – Willeke
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 12:24

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