Dutch trains: Regional and Intercity

Regional and Intercity trains serve all major cities and smaller towns in the Netherlands.

  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • Regional trains

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Regional Train in Netherlands

Overview

Dutch trains: Regional and Intercity

Intercity are domestic trains operated by NS, the Dutch national railway, in the Netherlands. The trains, also known as IC, make stops between major cities. Intercity trains exist as single decker and double decker, both equipped with first and second class carriages. Many IC offer free Wi-Fi Internet on board. Seat reservations are not mandatory.
Other regional trains include the Sprinter. They are mostly used to connect major cities to smaller towns. Sprinter trains are mostly modern trains equipped with first class and second class carriages. A double decker version of the Sprinter train is also operated by NS. As in the Intercity trains, seat reservations are not mandatory.

Note: A supplement is needed when travelling on the Amsterdam Schiphol-Rotterdam route with the Intercity direct.



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

Classes and facilities offered by domestic Dutch trains
First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Ergonomic seats Cosy with more legroom, ergonomic seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

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FAQ's

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Do I need to do anything to my train ticket before boarding the train?

  • Q. My print at station e-ticket was lost or stolen after I printed it. Can I print it again?

  • Q. What should I do if a strike has been announced in the country I’m traveling to?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it? It’s totally unused.

  • Q. Can I customize my group trip (meals on board, train station transfers)?

  • Q. Should I buy my seat reservations prior to arriving in Europe, or can I just get them at the station locally?

  • Q. What is the Rail Protection Plan™?

  • Q. How can I track the status of my refund?

  • Q. I haven't departed for Europe yet and want to exchange or refund my train ticket. How do I proceed?

  • Q. My group lives large. Can we book an exclusive carriage or charter an entire train?

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