Haarlem railway station


Main entrance, built in the 1900s
Location Netherlands
Coordinates 52°23′16″N 4°38′20″E / 52.38778°N 4.63889°E / 52.38778; 4.63889Coordinates: 52°23′16″N 4°38′20″E / 52.38778°N 4.63889°E / 52.38778; 4.63889
Operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s) Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway
Haarlem–Uitgeest railway
Haarlem–Zandvoort railway
Platforms 6
Other information
Station code Hlm
Opened 20 September 1839

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.


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).[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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).[1]

1842 neo-classical station by F.W. Conrad.

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

The following train services currently call at Haarlem:

Bus services

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



  1. 1 2 3 4 'Haarlem en de spoorwegen', Haerlem jaarboek (1989), Historische Werkgroep Haerlem, pp 86-118
  2. "Filming locations for Ocean's Twelve". IMDb. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
Dutch Rijksmonument 19786
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