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Trains in the Netherlands

General Information about Train Travel in the Netherlands

Train travel is a popular method of transport in the Netherlands for both travelers and locals. The Dutch railway network, operated by NS, is one of the busiest in the European Union, serving numerous train routes in BeNeLux. From popular destinations and train routes to information about train companies and how to buy cheap train tickets, this page provides an overview of everything you need to know about train travel in the Netherlands.

Most Popular Trains to Amsterdam
Most Popular Trains to Rotterdam
Most Popular Trains to The Hague

Train Companies and Train Types in the Netherlands

Everything you need to know about rail providers in the Netherlands

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

There are a number of different train types in operation on the Dutch rail network. Intercity (IC) trains are high-speed trains with few stops between the major cities. These are often the best and quickest option when traveling straight from one city to another. Many feature free WiFi and live travel info screens. Express trains offer similar services, though only operate on decentralized lines. Sprinter services are slower trains which stop at most smaller stations along the way.

International train routes are usually operated by Thalys or Eurostar.

Popular destinations in the Netherlands

Popular Train Routes in the Netherlands

The busiest train routes in the Netherlands run between Amsterdam Centraal station and Amsterdam Schiphol airport, or between Amsterdam and Utrecht. These stations are among the busiest in the country. Most large cities are linked by ICE service (Intercity Express), as well as other standard rail services. The dense coverage of the Netherlands' rail network allows you to reach most destinations by train.

The Netherlands' train network offers both domestic and international services, to destinations in Switzerland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. From Amsterdam Centraal Station, international train routes include ICE trains to Berlin and Dusseldorf, Thalys trains to Paris and Lille, and the Eurostar to London.


Most Popular Trains to Amsterdam



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Most Popular Trains to Rotterdam



Most Popular Trains to The Hague



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Train Journeys to the Netherlands

Train travel is a popular method of transport in the Netherlands for both travellers and locals. The Dutch railway network is one of the busiest in the European Union, servicing train routes throughout BeNeLux. The Netherlands' train network offers service both within the country and internationally, to destinations in Switzerland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. From Amsterdam Central Station, international train services include the ICE to Berlin or Dusseldorf, Thalys to Paris and Lille, Eurostar to London and an Intercity to Brussels.


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Popular Train Journeys in the Netherlands

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. Most large cities are linked by ICE service (Intercity Express), as well as other standard rail services. The dense coverage of the Netherlands' rail network allows for most regions in the country to also be reached by train.


Our Most Popular Trains in the Netherlands

Train Providers in the Netherlands

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; however, Dutch Railways operates the vast majority of services around the country. Non-Dutch providers also operate some routes, such as Deutsche Bahn and SNCB. 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 decentralized 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.

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