Leiden Centraal railway station

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Leiden Centraal railway station

Leiden Centraal is the main railway station in Leiden, the Netherlands.


Leiden Centraal station opened on 17 August 1842 as the southern terminal of the first expansion of the Old Line (Dutch: Oude Lijn) from Haarlem. The original building was replaced by a new one, designed by D.A.N. Margadant, in 1879. This station was then razed and new building, designed by HGJ Schelling. Due to its post-war design, which was also implemented at other Dutch railway stations, Leiden Centraal became a byword for "ugly." Increasing numbers of passengers caused the building to become overcrowded, and eventually it was demolished.

The fourth, and current, building was designed by Harry Reijnders and built in 1996. Consisting of a white lattice structure, there is a curved shell-like entrance and a separate ticketing hall, whose use has now been superseded with the advent of ticket machines. When first built, the floor had a bright blue and white finish; problems with passengers slipping required that the floor be replaced with standard tiling. In this respect, the old station design was more advantageous as concrete did not allow passengers to slip.

Smart card era

In 2007, Leiden Centraal was renovated in accordance with the introduction of the OV-chipkaart, which created a nation-wide smart card fare system. To implement the OV-chipkaart, ticket barriers were installed, separating the station into a paid and unpaid area. The platforms and several shops comprise the paid area, while the rest of the station (including ticket machines, waiting area, and other shops) is classified as unpaid. The barriers are still open, as the new ticket system is still optional.

Train services

The following services call at Leiden Centraal:

Bus Services

Building Activity

  • Erik Tetenburg
    Erik Tetenburg commented
    In vergelijking met het oude station is dit natuurlijk een letterlijke grote verbetering,dat oude kon ook echt niet meer...vind het gebruik van de natuurlijke lichtinval heel mooi en de open witte frisheid.Stationshal om trots op te zijn...
    about 6 years ago via Mobile
  • Przemysław Pundyk
    Przemysław Pundyk commented
    leiden jest spoko
    about 6 years ago via Mobile