Train Tickets The Netherlands

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Rail Map - The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium

Rail Map - The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium

The Netherlands by train

Travel by train to/in The Netherlands

Travel by direct train from Brussels to Amsterdam, London to Rotterdam or Schiphol to The Hague

Amsterdam Central has a wonderful location direct at the city center, the canal boats start right before the station. Or visit pittoresque cities like Utrecht, Leiden or Delft.

Rotterdam is an upcoming destination with great modern architecture - including a brand new stations!

To see the tulip fields, take the train from Amsterdam via Haarlem to Leiden in April or May. The Keukenhof Gardens are easy reachable by bus from Leiden or Schiphol Airport station.

For the pittoresque village of Giethoorn take the train to Steenwijk and continue by bus.

 

How to book train tickets to the Netherlands

Thalys tickets from Paris to Amsterdam by Thalys start from €35; Thalys tickets from Lille and Brussels to Rotterdam and Amsterdam start from € 19.

Intercity and local trains run from Belgium (Brussels/Antwerp/Liege) to the Netherlands every hour. The tickets for these trains are valid on any train on the chosen day of travel, no seat reservation is needed.

From Germany there are cheap "Sparpreis Europa"-fares available. These tickets are bookable to any Dutch station. Fares start from €19 for trips from Cologne to Amsterdam or €39 from Berlin. Seat reservation is possible for €4,50 extra, but not compulsory.

How to travel by train to the Netherlands

Trains from France and Belgium
High speed Thalys-services run from Paris, Brussels and Lille to Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam about 12 times each day.

Seat reservations are compulsory. Book early to book the cheapest fares.

Regular Intercity services run every hour from Brussels and Antwerp to Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. The tickets for this service are cheaper (especially on short notice), but this train is also slower.

Local services run from Liege to Maastricht and Antwerp to Roosendaal.

Trains from Germany
The German ICE train runs from Frankfurt and Cologne to Arnhem, Utrecht and Amsterdam about 6 to 7 times daily.

Berlin and Amsterdam are connected by avout 7 direct daily Intercity services via Hannover, Hengelo and Amersfoort.

Local services run from Leer to Groningen, Dortmund/Münster to Enschede.

Regional trains from Düsseldorf to Venlo and Aachen to Heerlen.

The German "Sparpreis Europa"-offer is valid on selected long-distance trains, book early to get the cheapest prices. All long distance Intercitys and ICE's have a Bistro-coach available.

Trains in The Netherlands
Domestic Dutch trains operate very frequent, at least every 60 minuts, but every 30 minutes is more common and between the big cities even every 15 minutes.

Booking seat reservation for domestic journeys is not possible; you can just hop on the train which suits you.

About 80 Dutch stations are fenced with automatic gate;, every ticket booked through Happyrail is supplied with a barcode which enables you to open these gates.

 

Travel by NS

Routes: 

NS:

  • NS is the name of the Dutch railways 
  • The trains of NS are convenient and punctual 
  • In all Intercity trains Wifi is available 

  • NS - More info and photos

 

Travel by Thalys

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders 
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

Travel by Eurostar

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • Power sockets in the new E320-trains and coaches 5 and 14 in the older trains
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Standard Premier class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Business Premier Class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Fully flexible tickets
  • Acces to the Business Premier lounges with free drinks, snacks and wifi
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A warm three-course meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 10 minutes before departure

  • Eurostar - More info and photos

Travel by Swiss Trains

Regular trains in Switzerland are very convenient and punctual - one the finest in the world. Between major cities like Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneven there are very frequent connections. 

  • RegioExpress - Trains between small cities / villages and major cities 
  • Regio trains between local towns 
  • InterCity - Trains between major cities, i.e. Basel to Geneve
  • S-Bahn - Suburban trains around large cities like Zurich

Scenic trains

Very famous scenic trains in Switzerland are the Glacier Express between St Moritz and Zermatt, the Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano just a few kilometers from the Swiss-Italian border, and the Golden Pass Line from Montreux to Zweisimmen. From Zweisimmen you can take a connecting train to Interlaken en Luzern.