Your order

Trains in the Netherlands


Travelling on trains in the Netherlands is ridiculously easy! You can use high-speed speed trains to get to all the major cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. To travel to even more of Holland's beaches, cheese towns and beautiful fishing villages, you can use the country's really comfortable regional trains.


Train types in the Netherlands

You can travel throughout the Netherlands using trains run by the national operator NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) and several smaller railway carriers. High-speed trains connect the Netherlands to cities in neigbouring countries and beyond. You can find times for trains in the Netherlands in the Interrail timetable.

Map with main train connections in the Netherlands
Map with main train connections in the Netherlands

Regional and Intercity trains in the Netherlands

Intercity (IC)

  • Connects major cities such as Amsterdam, Maastricht and Utrecht.

  • No reservation required.


Sprinter (RE)

  • Slower than Intercity trains, these trains link regional destinations to larger Dutch cities.

  • No reservation required.

Domestic high-speed trains in the Netherlands

Intercity Direct (ICD)

  • On this train you can ride even faster between Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam Centraal and Breda.
  • A supplement of € 2,90 is required between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam Centraal.
  • An Intercity Direct (ICD) supplement is only required if this train is used for domestic journeys.


International high-speed trains in the Netherlands

ICE International (ICE)

  • Connects Amsterdam with Frankfurt (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland).

  • Reservations are compulsory during summer season (June 1st until September 1st)
  • During the rest of the year, reservations are highly recommended.


Intercity Berlin (IC)

  • Reach Berlin from Amsterdam in 6 hours 20 minutes.
  • Reservations are highly recommended and mandatory from June 1st until September 1st


Intercity Brussels (IC)

  • Connects Amsterdam and Rotterdam with Brussels (Belgium).
  • Reservations are not required.
  • An Intercity Direct (ICD) supplement is only required if this train is used for domestic journeys.


Eurostar (EST)

  • High speed trains to Belgium, France and Great Britain on the routes:
    • Amsterdam – Schiphol – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussels – Paris 
    • Amsterdam – Schiphol – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussels – Disneyland Paris 
    • Amsterdam – Rotterdam – London
  • Reservations are compulsory for these trains, which can get fully booked. We recommend making your reservation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Read more about special booking conditions on our dedicated Eurostar page.
  • Services to Brussels and (Disneyland) Paris are operated by red-coloured former Thalys trains.

International night trains in the Netherlands

ÖBB Nightjet (NJ)

  • Amsterdam – Utrecht - Arnhem – Munich - Innsbruck
  • Amsterdam – Utrecht - Arnhem – Linz – Vienna
  • Amsterdam – Utrecht - Arnhem – Basel – Zürich


European Sleeper

  • Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam – Berlin – Dresden – Prague 
  • To Dresden and Prague from 25th March  
  • Runs three times a week 
  • Reservations are compulsory


Popular connections

Here are approximate train times between Holland's most popular cities. These routes can all be taken with Intercity trains and are free for holders of an Interrail Pass valid in the Netherlands.


Route Duration

Amsterdam to Groningen

2h 10m

Amsterdam to Leeuwarden

2h 10m

Amsterdam to Maastricht

2h 30m

Amsterdam to Rotterdam


Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport


Amsterdam to The Hague


Amsterdam to Utrecht


You can travel to and from the Netherlands from popular cities in the following European countries:

Route Which train? Duration Reservations
Amsterdam to Berlin (Germany) Intercity Berlin 6h 20m Optional
Amsterdam to Düsseldorf / Cologne (Germany) ICE 2h 30m / 3h Optional
(Required June 1st till September 1st)
Amsterdam to Frankfurt (Germany) ICE 4h Optional (Required June 1st till September 1st)
Amsterdam to Basel (Switzerland)   ICE 6h 40m Optional
(Required June 1st till September 1st)
Amsterdam to Paris (France) Eurostar 3h 20m Required
Amsterdam to Brussels (Belgium) Intercity Brussels 2h 50m Not required
Amsterdam to London (Great Britain) Eurostar 4h 50m Required (Transfer in Brussels from 15th June till 31st December 2024)
Amsterdam to Vienna / Innsbruck (Austria) ÖBB Nightjet 13h 45m (overnight) Required
Amsterdam to Zürich (Switzerland) ÖBB Nightjet 11m 35m (overnight) Required
Rotterdam – Amsterdam to Berlin (Dresden and Prague from 25th March) European Sleeper 9h 30m (overnight)  Required



Interrail reservation self-service system

  • Interrail
  • Eurostar, TGV, IC Berlin, ICE, Nightjet

Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

Other platforms

  • Rail Europe: International trains 
    • Eurostar and connecting TGV trains from Paris and Brussels

By calling the NS International Customer Service

  • +31 030 2300023 (open 24/7). From 11 PM – 7 AM the call centre is only available for questions 
  • When calling, you’ll hear a menu in Dutch. Select extension ‘5’ for services in English. NS International can book trains in various European countries (€7.50 booking fee per person, with a maximum of €22.50 per order; 2 reservations per call allowed or 1 consecutive journey). Reservations made over the phone can be paid with iDEAL, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Bancontact or SOFORT. The reservations ticket will be sent to you by email. Via a link in the email you can load it into the NS International app or print it.

Locally at one of the 5 stations in the Netherlands with an NS International ticket desk

  • NS International tickets desks are available at Amsterdam Central station, Arnhem Central station, Rotterdam Central station, Schiphol Airport and Utrecht Central station.


Note: Eurostar trains are popular and therefore, usually sell out quickly. Make sure to get your seat reservation in time. Alternatively, find trains without seat reservations in our timetable by toggling on the ‘no reservation needed’ button.


An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations.


Get your Pass for the Netherlands

With 1 rail pass you can conveniently explore the Netherlands without having to buy separate train tickets. All domestic trains in the Netherlands are covered, as well as more countries!

Interrail Benelux Pass

  • Offers you rail travel in the NetherlandsBelgium and Luxembourg

  • Discounts available for youth, senior and families

  • Additional benefits include a discounted ferry crossing from Hoek van Holland to Harwich (Great-Britain)

  • Prices from € 119


View Benelux Passes 

Interrail Global Pass

  • Travel by train as much as you like in 33 European countries including the Netherlands

  • Discounts available for youth, senior and families

  • Additional benefits include a discounted ferry crossing from Hoek van Holland to Harwich (Great-Britain)

  • Prices from € 212


View Global Passes 


Tips and tricks for the Netherlands

What are the main train stations in the Netherlands?

The Netherland's 3 main hubs have connections to many domestic and international destinations. They are:

  • Amsterdam Central Station

  • Rotterdam Central Station

  • Utrecht Central Station


The Netherlands' railway stations are extemely well developed with excellent facilities:

  • Lockers for storing your stuff

  • Cash machines and foreign exchange desks

  • Cafés, restaurants and shops

  • Tourist information offices

  • Elevators, escalators and access for disabled passengers

Spelling of names in the Netherlands

You'll usually find the local spelling of Dutch cities on train timetables and at train stations in the Netherlands.


Good to know:

  • Centraal Station = Central Station

  • Den Haag = The Hague

  • Hoek van Holland = Hook of Holland

Bicycles on trains in the Netherlands

One of the best ways to explore the country is by cycling shorter distances while riding the country's efficient trains between towns and cities.


Cycling is extemely common in the Netherlands. You can rent bikes from most large train stations.


Are there entry gates at Dutch train stations?

Yes. If you're travelling with an Interrail Pass, simply hold the square barcode on your pass cover against the scanner on the entry gate to open it.


Please make sure you're using the correct entry gate, as shown in the photo. It's recognizable by the arrow in the bottom right and the image showing a pink card (Dutch train chipcard) and a hand holding a ticket with a QR code.


If you attempt to go through gate that only shows the pink card, you won't be able to open it with your Interrail Pass.

Are there lounges at Dutch train stations?

Yes, and best of all, holders of a first-class Interrail Pass valid in the Netherlands can enter them for free! There are NS International lounges in the following Dutch railway stations:


    Amsterdam Central Station


    Rotterdam Central Station


    Station Schiphol Airport


Can I take my bike on Dutch trains?

Yes. There are even guidelines for this:

    You can take your bike on Dutch trains:

      At weekends, on public holidays and in July and August.

      On workdays, outside rush hour.

    You need to buy a Bicycle Day Ticket and place your bike in the train's bicycle area (look for the symbol on the door).

    Folding bikes can be carried as regular luggage, for free.


Get inspired
  • masthead-netherlands-rotterdam-river-side
    Netherlands by Train Read about experiencing the Netherlands by train, including information about places to visit, train information, extra pass benefits and search for accommodation.
  • amsterdam masthead
    Amsterdam The city of Amsterdam has one the best sceneries in Europe with the golden age canals, windmills, museums, and popular attractions. With the Interrail Pass, you can travel across Europe and experience the best of Amsterdam.
  • Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
    1 week in the Netherlands Spend 1 week in the Netherlands and come see what makes this little country great, and why the Netherlands is special in all seasons.