Amsterdam RAI railway station
The railway station Amsterdam RAI is situated in southern Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located 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.
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.
The following services currently call at Amsterdam RAI:
- 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Almere Oostvaarders
- 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Utrecht - Hilversum - Schiphol - Hoofddorp - Leiden - Den Haag
During some conferences at the RAI, Intercity services stop at this station.
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.
- 50 Isolatorweg - Sloterdijk - Lelylaan - Zuid - RAI - Duivendrecht - Bijlmer ArenA - Holendrecht - Gein
- 51 Central Station - Amstel - Van der Madeweg - RAI - Zuid - Buitenveldert - Amstelveen
GVB operates one tram service to Amsterdam RAI.
- 4 Central Station - Rembrandtplein - Utrechtsestraat - Ceintuurbaan - RAI
This service is operated by GVB.
- 62 Station Lelylaan - Sloten - Hoofddorpplein - Haarlemmermeer - Stadionplein - VU - Buitenveldert - RAI - Station Amstel