Travelling by train in the Netherlands

The Netherlands have a modern and extensive railway network, which includes around 400 stations. Intercity (faster) trains run between the larger cities, and Sprinter (slower) trains connect smaller stations. It’s easy to explore the Netherlands by train!

How to plan your journey?

Visit the for up-to-date information on train schedule, possible routes and fares. If you have a complex route with several transfers, it’s better to print your travel information with the names of the stations where you need to change the train.

Train tickets prices in the Netherlands

The price of your journey depends on the travel distance. Visit website for current fares on your route.

Train tickets prices in Holland

If you take a high-speed Intercity Direct train between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, you will need to purchase an Intercity direct supplement. The supplement for a one-way journey costs € 2,60.

Where to buy a train ticket in the Netherlands?

The easiest way is to buy your train ticket online at Alternatively you can get them from the tickets machines at the stations (they accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro cards and sometimes coins) or at ticket desks (it will cost you € 1 extra).

NS tickets machine

When you buy disposable (single-time use) train ticket, you will be charged € 1 over the standard travel fare for the ticket itself.

If you are planning to travel around Holland, you can consider buying an OV-chipcard, which is valid in all means of public trasport throughout the country. An empty smart card costs € 7,50 (but it will help you avoid paying € 1 every time you purchase a disposable ticket) and is valid for 4 – 5 years. To travel with an OV-card you need to have a sufficient credit (€ 20 for travelling by train and € 4 for travelling by bus, tram, and metro).

OV-chipcards can be purchased at service desks or OV-chip marked machines at the train stations, at GVB or other transport providers Tickets & Info offices or vending machines.

Dutch train ticketsDutch train tickets (from the top left to the right): 1) disposable single-time use ticket, 2) dagkaart, 3) OV-chipcard

If you are lucky you can buy a discounted day ticket (dagkaart), usually sold at Blokker, Kruidvat, HEMA, Etos or Albert Heijn shops. A dagkaart usually costs € 14 – € 17 and is valid for unlimited travel by train throughout the day. Day tickets are usually sold during a limited period of time. Check website for current offers.

How long is a train ticket valid?

A single or return train ticket is valid on the date indicated on the ticket. It means that you can take any local train on the chosen date and route. But you can use the ticket only once.

Check-in and check-out

No matter which ticket you are using (except for the e-tickets) at the start and the end of your trip you have to check-in and check-out. Simply scan your ticket or OV-card at the special card readers. You can find them at station halls (not inside trains!), metro gates and near the entrance doors in trams and buses.

Check-in terminal NS station
If you are travelling with an e-ticket, you generally don’t need to check-in and out. The ticket has your name, travel route and the date when it’s valid, and that’s enough. However many train stations in the Netherlands are equipped gates, and you need to open them to access the station.

With your e-ticket you can open the gate by scanning the barcode on the ticket at one of the gates equipped with a barcode reader (in has a “Scan ticket” symbol on its display).

Travelling 1st and 2nd class

In most trains you can choose between travelling 1st and 2nd class, which differ in price and comfort of seating. The first class compartments have larger seats and more space between them, especially in the Intercity trains.

1st class train in Holland1st class seats in a Dutch Intercity train

2nd class train in Holland2nd class seats in a Dutch Intercity train

The first and second class seating is indicated by the class number on the board of the train.

NS Sprinter train

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