NS: Routes, Tickets and General Information

Booking NS Tickets
Popular NS Routes
NS Train Types

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NS: The Dutch state railway NS was created in 1938. The NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. NS serves 1.1 million travellers with its 4800 scheduled domestic trains per day. NS International, previously known as ‘NS Hispeed’, is the international subsidiary of NS, offering international rail services from the Netherlands to other European destinations. Book the cheapest Dutch train tickets with Omio today.

NS trains from Amsterdam

Many NS trains depart from the capital Amsterdam's main station, Amsterdam Centraal. You can easily travel around The Netherlands and visit cities such as Rotterdam and The Hague, while also easily travel internationally to hubs like Berlin as well as to Paris with high-speed NS trains. You can also buy unlimited travel for your Amsterdam stay through NS with the Amsterdam Travel Ticket.

How to Book Tickets with NS

Booking NS tickets online

You can book your e-ticket online directly on Omio or the website of the train company. To buy your NS ticket in English, and to compare over 300 train and bus companies on the Omio app.

Purchasing NS tickets at the train station

You can also buy your ticket directly at one of The Netherlands train stations. You can buy your ticket at one of the station's sales offices, in advance or directly on the same day. In general, it is better to buy your ticket in advance as it keeps costs down.

Printing tickets at the station

Some electronic tickets must be printed on the automatic terminals, be careful when booking online. With Omio, you will not need to print your e-ticket and you can travel by train directly with your phone. To collect your tickets in the automatic stations, you must bring your reservation code received by mail. You can also buy your tickets directly at the stations at the automatic stations until 5 minutes before the departure of the train. Payment is made by cash or credit card.

NS ticket types

  • One-way ticket: Ticket can be used in one direction, multiple stops can be made on the way, this ticket must be used between the hours of 00:00 - 04:00 the following day.
  • Day Return: Going to a destination and returning in one-day .multiple stops can be made on the way, this ticket must be used between the hours of 00:00 - 04:00 the following day.
  • Group tickets: If traveling in a group of 3, the passengers can traveling for a little as 8 euros each. For every extra person over 4 they only pay 1.50e.
  • Day ticket: Can travel on multiple trains throughout the days.

Popular NS Routes in the Netherlands

Trains from Eindhoven to Amsterdam
Trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam
Trains from Amsterdam to The Hague
Trains from Amsterdam to Utrecht
Trains from Amsterdam to Maastricht


NS Train Types

NS's fleet of trains include:

  • Double Intercity: Two tier trains that are the most common across the Netherlands. Used for cross country routes.
  • Single Intercity: Also used for throughout the country, these are easier to get on and more space for luggage.
  • Intercity Direct: These are faster trains and used mainly on the Amsterdam - Schiphol airport route.
  • Sprinter Train: These are regional trains that stop at mainy stations, they often don't have toilets or free Wifi.


Traveling with assistance on NS

There is a free NS service, NS Travel Assitance, that will help you through the station, board and exit the train. To organize this you need to get a free Mijn NS account, which you can do on the NS website.

Can you travel with pets on NS trains?

Small pets kept in a cage (no more than 30x30x55) can travel for free. If your dog is too big then it will need a ticket as well to be kept on a leash as well as wearing a muzzle.

Guide dogs can travel for free but a guide rate ticket is needed.

What facilities can you expect on a NS train?

  • Trains have Wifi
  • Service is provided to assist disabled passengers and ease of access to trains and station facilities.
  • On most NS trains there are power sockets and air conditioning.
  • Please note:Sprinter Trains currently do not have toilets onboard other train types such as the Intercity do.

What are the baggage restrictions with NS?

  • Luggage is free of charge but asked to be kept as to as much as you can carry.
  • Bikes are only allowed on trains during off-peak hours and the owner must have a Fietskaart Dal ticket.

Can children travel for free on NS trains?

  • Children up to 3 can travel for free if they share a seat.
  • Children between 4 - 11 can travel for € 2,50 with a Railrunner ticket.
  • Children can travel 1st class if accompanied by an adult age 18 or over. An adult can take 3 children with them,as long as they're carrying a Railrunner.

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