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Netherlands (NS) E-mail

Country info: Netherlands (Nederland)

Rail companies: NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

Dutch Rail Network Map 

Currency : Euro



Train travel in Netherlands: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other info

 

National Train Service:

Train types in Netherlands: Regional, Express, InterCity, international high-speed (Thalys, ICE) & CityNightLine trains

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  • Regional (marked as ‘Stoptrein’ & 'Sneltrein' on NS website) – local & regional train service, no seat reservation required
  • Express (marked as 'Sprinter' on NS website) - nationwide service connecting major and minor Dutch destinations, no seat reservation required
  • InterCity  (marked as IC on NS website) – fast intercity service with stops at some major stations only, no seat reservation required
  • Thalys/ICE   – international high-speed trains connecting Netherlands with France, Germany and Belgium, seat reservation compulsory (except ICE on route Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem, here only 2 euro supplement required on domestic journeys)
  • CityNightLine (marked as CNL on NS website) – international overnight sleeper trains, seat/bed reservation compulsory

Validity of Trains Tickets in Netherlands: Single & Return domestic tickets in Netherlands are valid for one day, thus from 00:00 on the date shown on the ticket till 04:00am the following morning

 

Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by train in Netherlands:

  1. Passengers planning to visit couple destinations in Netherlands can save some money with purchase of one through ticket instead of number of separate ones for each leg. Idea is very simple - since NS single and return tickets allow stopovers on route, passengers instead of buying two or three separate tickets can get only one ticket via destinations you want to visit. And because of the regressive nature of NS domestic tariff such one through ticket will be much cheaper than combination of separate ones.
  2. Passengers planning to travel extensively in the Netherlands might consider NS Day Travel Cards which allow unlimited journeys within Netherlands during one day. Day Travel Cards costs either 49,2 euro (2nd class) or 83,6 euro (1st class)
  3. Traveling with children? Take advantage of NS special child fare - Railrunner Offer - children (4 to 11 years old) can travel for just 2,5 euro (up to 3 children for one adult traveling on full fare ticket)
  4. Besides full fare Day Travel Cards offered at the train station, NS often has Day Travel Cards sales through various Dutch consumer chains (HEMA, Albert Heijn or JUMBO supermarket, Kruidvat farmacy etc.). And as reported by fellow travelers from Netherlands, sometimes such ticket can cost potential passengers as low as 12,5-15 euro. So in case you or some friends of yours happened to go shopping, why not to shop for cheap rail tickets?
  5. Passengers planning trips in Netherlands also can take advantage of SCIC-NRT International Tickets for domestic journeys (for more info in Western Europe – how cheap it can be?). For example SCIC-NRT ticket from southwest part of the Netherlands - Vlissingen - to the farthest north-east part - Groningen - allowing you to see the whole country costs only 44 euro, and the best part is that it's valid for the whole month & allows unlimited stopovers on the way. Basically in such cases SCIC-NRT international ticket serves a role of rail pass for the predefined route
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International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

Not available

b) Special offers (SpaSrchiene)

Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required):

  • Belgium: from Amsterdam to Brussels (one-way on Thalys from 29 euro), Super Day Return (with InterCity - 50,4 euro) or Weekend Return (with InterCity - 47,2 euro), from Amsterdam to Antwerp (one-way on Thalys from 29 euro), Super Day Return (with InterCity - 32,4 euro) or Weekend Return (with InterCity - 31,2 euro), from Amsterdam to Ghent (one-way from 41 euro)
  • Czech Republic: from Amstedam to Prague (one-way with CityNightLine train) - seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 49 euro and sleepers from 69 euro
  • Germany: from Amsterdam to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Osnabruck, Dortmund, Essen, Bonn, Oberhausen (one-way from 19 euro), from Amsterdam to Munich, Koblenz, Munster, Hannover, Bremen, Hamburg, Braunschweig (one-way from 29 euro), from Amsterdam to Berlin, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Kufstein (one-way from 39 euro)
  • Great Britain: from Amsterdam to London (Thalys + EuroStar, one-way from 79 euro), from Amsterdam to London (InterCity + EuroStar, one-way from 59 euro)
  • Denmark: from Amstedam to Copenhagen (one-way with CityNightLine train) - seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 49 euro and sleepers from 69 euro
  • France: from Amsterdam to Paris (one-way on Thalys from 35 euro), from Amsterdam to Lille (one-way from 29 euro), from Amsterdam to Lyon & Valence (one-way from 78 euro), from Amsterdam to Agde, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Cannes, Montpellier, Marseille, Narbonne, Nice, Perpignan, Toulon (from 88 euro) etc. 
  • Poland: from Amstedam to Warsaw (one-way with CityNightLine train) - seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 49 euro and sleepers from 69 euro
  • Switzerland: from Amsterdam to Zurich & Basel (one-way from 29 euro), from Amsterdam to Bern (one-way from 59 euro)
  • Austria: from Amsterdam to Innsbruck (one-way from 29 euro), from Amsterdam to Salzburg (one-way from 53,5 euro), from Amsterdam to Vienna (one-way from 105,3 euro) etc.
  • Luxembourg: from Amsterdam to Luxembourg Ville (one-way from 61,4 euro)

+ special offers to the neighboring biggest airports (like Cologne/Bonn; Düsseldorf; Paris etc.)

c) CityStars

Not available

Passenger planning to travel extensively to/from Netherlands (& between other European countries) also might consider purchasing Rail Plus Card which allows receive 25% discount on standard fare international tickets

 

In order to save on international journeys it is as well possible to use SCIC-NRT tickets (for more details see Western Europe – how cheap it can be? section). For example Amsterdam to Rome SCIC-NRT ticket via Germany, entire Switzerland and half of Italy with unlimited stopovers on the way & one month validity period will costs only 274,6 euro

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How to Buy Train Tickets in Netherlands:

National (domestic) & many international tickets (including offers) can be bought online NS websites - www.ns.nl/eticket (domestic) and here - www.nshispeed.nl (international)

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