There are a number of train types in the Netherlands ready to transport you both day and night. Most of the Dutch network is operated by NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen). Use the InterRail train timetable to check times for trains in the Netherlands.
Regional and Intercity trains in the Netherlands
The main rail network in the Netherlands is made up of the following regional and Intercity trains:
Intercity trains link larger cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht.
Sprinter trains connect regional destinations with larger Dutch cities. These trains are slower than Intercity trains.
On the InterRail timetable Intercity trains appear as "IC". Sprinter trains appear in the timetable as well, but not with an abbreviation. Reservations are not required for Intercity and Sprinter trains.
High-speed trains in the Netherlands
International high-speed trains in the Netherlands
These high-speed trains operate to and from the Netherlands:
ICE trains operate between Amsterdam and Frankfurt (Germany).
IC trains connect Amsterdam with Berlin (Germany).
InterCity trains link The Hague and Rotterdam with Brussels (Belgium).
Thalys trains connect Amsterdam with Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France).
Domestic high-speed trains in the Netherlands
The InterCity Direct high-speed train (formerly known as Fyra) operates on the route Amsterdam – Schiphol – Rotterdam – Breda.
On the InterRail timetable ICE trains are shown as "ICE", IC and InterCity trains appears as "IC", and Thalys as "THA". Reservations for Thalys trains are compulsory and we recommend you make them as soon as possible. A reservation is not required for ICE and IC trains, but we recommend you make them during busy times.
Night trains in the Netherlands
International night trains in the Netherlands
The following night trains connect the Netherlands with Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
City Night Line (CNL):
Connects the Netherlands to key cities in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Links Amsterdam with Berlin (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland).
City Night Line trains appear on the InterRail timetable as "CNL", EuroNight trains are listed as "EN". You're required to book sleeping accommodation in advance.