Dutch trains: Regional and Intercity

Regional and Intercity Dutch trains: the comfortable and authentic way to see the Netherlands.

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Regional Train in Netherlands

Overview

Dutch trains: Regional and Intercity

Domestic InterCity trains in the Netherlands are operated by NS, the Dutch national railway, and take travelers between major stops throughout the country like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, and Maastricht.

The trains, often abbreviated to IC, come in both single decker and double decker form, both equipped with first and second class carriages. Many IC trains offer free Wi-Fi onboard. Seat reservations are not mandatory, so travelers can choose any open seat.

The Sprinter is another type of domestic train, mostly used to connect major cities to smaller towns. Like IC trains, Sprinters are modern trains equipped with first class and second class carriages, and seat reservations are not mandatory.

From one quaint canal-lined city to another, the Dutch InterCity trains have got you covered.



Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.


Booking :
  • Dutch trains: Regional and Intercity tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by domestic Dutch trains
Second class First class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Ergonomic seats Enjoy the journey while sitting in a comfortable ergonomic seat.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Are there facilities on board for disabled travellers?

  • Q. Once on the train platform, how can I find my car? Is there a difference between where first and second class carriages are located or how they look on the outside?

  • Q. What information do I need to provide when booking a rail pass? Do the names on the rail pass and the passports have to match?

  • Q. Who should I contact to book travel for a group of 10 or more people?

  • Q. Can I open the train windows?

  • Q. What constitutes a group?

  • Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

  • Q. Are European trains "child friendly"?

  • Q. I’ve written the wrong date on my rail pass travel calendar box. What should I do?

  • Q. How much luggage can I take on an overnight train?

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