Amsterdam RAI station
|Coordinates||52°20′12″N 4°53′26″E / 52.33667°N 4.89056°ECoordinates: 52°20′12″N 4°53′26″E / 52.33667°N 4.89056°E|
Location within Randstad
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.
In 2012 they started expanding the station to make it ready for 4 tracks instead of 2, this works were completed in August 2016. The station now has 2 island platforms. The trains to schiphol stopping under the old platforms and to duivendrecht on the new platforms.
The station is named after the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre building. This trading and industry society is the Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie (Bicycle and Automobile Industry).
The following services currently call at Amsterdam RAI:
- 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Weesp - Almere Centrum - Almere Oostvaarders
- 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht Centraal - Hilversum - Weesp - 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