Netherlands by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In The Netherlands.

Here you will find information for the Netherlands about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 17.18 million

Currency: Euro

Language: Dutch

Capital: Amsterdam

Country Code: +31

Time Zone: Central European Time

Train Companies

Most of the country’s trains are operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen NS; however, there is an abundance of smaller, private train operators around the Netherlands. Some other well-known companies are listed below:

 

  • Arriva NL
  • Abellio
  • Eurostar
  • Syntus

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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for the Netherlands online on the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) official homepage.

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TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in the Netherlands is composed of the following trains:

InterCity (IC) frequently links important cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht together and only stops at important junctions

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required, nor possible.
  • Trains are equipped with wifi, bicycle storage, and on peak hour departures, a minibar service is available.

Sprinter (RE) link smaller towns and villages to the major cities in the Netherlands.

  • 1st and 2nd Class offered
  • No reservations required

InterCity Direct (ICD) quickly connects Rotterdam Centraal, Breda, Amsterdam Centraal, and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

  • No reservations required
  • A supplement pay may be required from Rotterdam to Schiphol Airport
  • Previously known as “Fyra”

International Trains in the Netherlands

InterCity Berlin (IC) connects Amsterdam to Berlin in 6 hours and 20 minutes.

  • 1st and 2nd Class offered
  • No reservations required; however, highly recommended during high season.
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets and an onboard bistro car; on some services, in-seat catering is available for 1st Class passengers.
  • The train is equipped for bicycle transport but requires an extra ticket and reservation.

InterCity Brussels (IC B) links Amsterdam (via Rotterdam) and The Hague to Brussels, Belgium

  • 1st and 2nd Class offered
  • No reservations required
  • Power sockets are available in 1st Class seats
  • The train is equipped for bicycle transport but requires an extra ticket and reservation.

InterCity Express (ICE) links Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Germany.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), or 6 seat compartments
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or 6 seat compartments
  • No reservations required; however, they are recommended during peak travel hours and peak travel season.
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, air-conditioning, and a bistro car offering a range of food and drinks.
  • Bicycles are allowed, only if it is collapsible and stored as a luggage item

Thalys (THA) connects Amsterdam to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and to Cologne, Germany

  • Premium Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), includes a meal, drinks, and newspapers
  • Comfort Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • Standard Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations required, book as soon as possible
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are also equipped with a dining car offering a range of food and drinks.

There are daily night trains in the Randstad Region that runs every night from Rotterdam via the Hague, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal.

More night trains run on Friday and Saturday night on the routes below:

Amsterdam – Amersfoort – Deventer
Amsterdam – Haarlem
Amsterdam – Alkmaar
Utrecht – Rotterdam
Rotterdam – Eindhoven
Utrecht – Eindhoven
Rotterdam – Utrecht – Amersfoort – Zwolle

Heritage Trains in the Netherlands

Efteling Stoomtrein
Gelderse Smalspoor Stichting
MBS
RTM Museum Ouddorp
SGB
STAR
Stoom Stichting Nederland
Stoomtram Hoorn – Medemblik
Stoomtrein Katwijk Leiden
ZLSM
Hoftrammm
Grenzland Draisine

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In The Netherlands

National

From > To
Duration (h)
ChangesTransport
Amsterdam to The Hague (Den Haag)0:53DirectTrain (IC)
Amsterdam to Rotterdam0:41DirectTrain (IC)
Amsterdam to Utrecht0:19DirectTrain (IC)
Utrecht to Eindhoven0:49DirectTrain (IC)
The Hague (Den Haag) to Rotterdam0:19DirectTrain (IC)
Rotterdam to Eindhoven1:01DirectTrain (IC)
Eindhoven to Groningen3:291Train (IC)

International

From > To
Duration (h)
ChangesTransport
Amsterdam to Paris, France3:20DirectTrain (Thalys)
Amsterdam to Brussels, Belgium1:53DirectTrain (Thalys)
Amsterdam to Antwerp, Belgium1:15DirectTrain (Thalys)
Amsterdam to Hamburg, Germany5:271Train
Amsterdam to Berlin, Germany6:20DirectTrain (IC)
Maastricht to Liege, Belgium0:33DirectTrain
Maastricht to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg5:092Train

Netherlands travel routes

The Netherlands: It’s Not All Cheese!

The Netherlands: It’s Not All Cheese!

From Amsterdam To Paris

From Amsterdam To Paris

Main Train Stations

  • Amsterdam
  • Den Haag (The Hague)
  • Rotterdam
  • Eindhoven
  • Utrecht
  • Maastricht

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To The Netherlands

We recommend traveling anytime between mid-April and mid-October due to the pleasant temperatures; however, if visiting during wintertime the occasional freezing rain could be uncomfortable to go sightseeing in. The Netherlands is an all year round destination due to the lack of extreme seasonal changes in weather, and its maritime climate.

It can be your next beach destination, biking trip, tulip smelling adventure, or windmill exploration. The Netherlands may be small, but there is plenty to see and do in every part of the country. In Amsterdam, tour the canals; in Gouda, visit the cheese market; in The Hague, celebrate Konigsdag, or in Keukenhof, smell the tulips. This is only the start of what there is in the Netherlands for you!

 

High Season: July – August
Low Season: October – March

Accommodation In The Netherlands

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