Trains in the Netherlands

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Dutch Trains are a popular method of transport in the Netherlands, for travellers and locals alike. The Dutch railway network is one of the busiest in the European Union. The long length of the rail network in comparison to the low number of residents here also makes this one of the densest networks in the world.

Train Companies in the Netherlands

An Overview of Dutch Train Companies

Eight railway companies operate in the Netherlands, namely Arriva Passenger Netherlands, Connexxion, Dutch Railways (NS), NS International, Veolia Transport Netherlands, Syntus, Thalys Netherlands and Euro Express Trencharter, though the NS operates the majority of services around the country. Non-Dutch providers also operate some routes, such as Deutsche Bahn and SNCB.

NS: NS or Nederlandse Spoorwegen, is the main rail operating company in the Netherlands. NS are responsible for all dutch trains on the core Dutch rail network and provides the primary form of rail connection between most Dutch cities.
Thalys: Thalys trains originally connected just France with Belgium, but recently their routes have extended to the Netherlands. Thalys services depart from Rotterdam or Amsterdam and go to cities like Brussels, Paris, Lille, Lyon and Marseille.

Facilities & Services for Major Train Companies

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation. For more detailed information about providers, please refer to our comprehensive list of luggage restrictions.

Important Dutch Train Routes

The busiest train routes in the Netherlands run between Amsterdam Central and Amsterdam Schiphol, and between Amsterdam Central and Utrecht. These stations are among the busiest in the country. From Amsterdam Central Station, a large number of international services can also be boarded including the ICE to Berlin or Dusseldorf, Thalys to Paris and Lille, Eurostar to London and an Intercity to Brussels.

Dutch Train Tickets, FAQs, Discount cards and Train schedules

Rail Fares and UK Train Ticket Types
Tickets for Dutch Trains can be booked up to 3 months in advance. Online bookings come with an automatic seat reservation, but these are not compulsory on domestic train services in the Netherlands.
Types of Trains

There are a number of different trains in operation on the Dutch rail network. Intercity trains are fast domestic train services with few stops between the major cities. These are often the best and quickest option when travelling straight from one city to another. Many have free onboard Wi-Fi and live travel info screens. Express trains offer similar services, though only operate on decentralised lines. Sprinter services are slower trains which stop at most smaller stations along the way. International services tend to be operated by Thalys and Eurostar.

High-Speed Trains
Some of the Dutch train network runs on High Speed Rails, including the stretches between Utrecht-Amsterdam and Rotterdam-Amsterdam. Learn more
Rail Passes
Want to see more of the Netherlands by train? Travel on unlimited Dutch Trains with an Interrail One-Country pass for the Netherlands. Learn more