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Netherlands Train Travel

Available Rail Passes for Netherlands

  1. Eurail Benelux Pass
    Train travel throughout Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  2. Eurail France-Benelux Pass
    Travel by train in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  3. Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass
    Travel by Train in Germany and Benelux.
  4. Eurail Select Pass
    Travel by Train in up to 5 European Countries, you choose which ones.
  5. Eurail Global Pass
    The Premier European Rail Pass traveling in 21 countries!
  6. Eurail Drive Pass
    The Premier European Rail Pass traveling in 21 countries + Car rental!

Available High Speed Train in Netherlands

  • TGV
    TGV is the world’s fastest train with up to 200 mph fast track to France, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.
  • Thalys
    Thalys, known as the red train, is an international high-speed train built around the high-speed lines between Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Trains Schedule & Travel Times in Netherlands

From To Type of Train # of Trains Frequency Travel Time
Amsterdam Haarlem InterCity, EC 6 Daily 15 min
Amsterdam The Hague InterCity, EC 6 Daily 50 min
Amsterdam Delft InterCity, EC 5 Daily 55 min
Amsterdam Rotterdam InterCity, EC 6 Daily 58 min
Amsterdam Maastricht InterCity, EC 2 Daily 2 hr 30 min

Practical Train Information in Netherlands:

There aren’t many greener countries than the Netherlands, where biking and rail riding are the two preferred modes of transport. Don’t expect luxury, but comfort, convenience, and user-friendliness.

Domestic trains run from very early morning (around 5 a.m.) to late at night (1 a.m.). Distances are short and trains are fast—the longest ride (from capital city Amsterdam to Maastricht) takes just 2 ½ hours. Better still, trains are incredibly frequent: the smallest station on the most remote line offers an hourly service. And, on main lines, there can be up to eight trains an hour. First class is a good choice, especially during crowded peak times.

Amsterdam is also very well connected to the rest of Europe. Hi-speed Thalys trains run frequently to Brussels and Paris. ICE hi-speed trains go to Basel and Frankfurt, and the ultra-comfortable CityNightLine trains take you overnight to Copenhagen, Munich, Zurich, Milan, and Berlin in a luxury cabin with private bathroom and breakfast served in your comfy bed, complete with duvet and pillow

Dutch trains are often crowded, and since reservations are not available (except for international trains) it makes sense not to travel during peak hours, when you may need to stand. On the other hand, distances between stations are short and a bunch of people are sure to get out at whatever the next one is.

All trains, even the smallest, have a first class section or cars. Smoking is forbidden both on trains and on station platforms.

Due to the country’s small size, no Dutch trains have restaurant cars (some international trains do), but on long distance InterCity trains an attendant pushes around a small cart, from which coffee, tea, mineral water, sandwiches, potato chips, and other snack items are dispensed. These are more expensive than the same things bought from a supermarket, so if you are on a tight budget, buy them before boarding the train. Similarly, a lack of long distances means there are no sleeper cars on trains within the Netherlands.

Some trains, employed most often during rush hours in urban areas, are double-dockers, these often get very crowded but an upstairs window seat affords a great view of whatever there is to be seen.

Netherlands Railway Map

Netherlands Rail Map
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