Other DE's have posted the police sometimes will close the train station do to overcrowding. I don't think it will make a difference if you attempt to take the train from Leiden or Schiphol. If anything maybe take the train to the Lelylaan or Zuid station and tram as close as you can to the Centrum.
Where are you staying? Depending on that a bus or tram into Amsterdam may be a better option.
I am staying at the doubletree near the central station. Do you think a bus back to the city instead of a train has a better chance of being a sure way back?Edited: 08 February 2012, 18:09
In that case train, no question. The bus is only a better option for people who are staying in the Leidseplein or Museum areas.
PlaneJane, sorry this response doesnt actually offer up any suggestions to your questions, instead i want to pose a question to you?
How good exactly is Queens day? maybe this is your first time out there for this?
I ask as i knwo prices can sometimes be twice as much as normal but i am contemplating attending this year and want to no roughly what it is like?
Lots of write ups on Queens day here:
I will be arriving in Amsterdam on April 29 and would also like to to go to Keukenhof on the morning of April 30. We are staying at the Hotel Brouwer which located on the Singael Canal(?) Can anyone tell me how we can get to the Keukenhof from there and back to Amsterdam. We would then enjoy QD later in the afternoon and evening.
Go to Central Station (7 mins walk), book a return ticket to Schiphol, and take bus 58 to 'Hof from there.
You'd better purchase the combined bus-entrance ticket ahead at Internet, www.keukenhof.nl; saves you queuing time and some money compared to 2 tickets also.
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]
thank you. I didn't think the buses ran out of Central Station on QD?