Eurail in the Netherlands
How to travel by Eurail in the Netherlands. Overview and information to travel routes, Dutch train types, night trains and Eurail reservations.
Eurail is valid on all trains of NS (State Railways), Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus, Thalys, Veolia and on IC Buses of DB.
For more information about train companies in the Netherlands click here.
Reservation and supplement:
Day trains: Seat reservation is compulsory on Thalys trains to Belgium and France and in IC Buses to Germany, all other trains can be used without a seat reservation.
For more information about reservations in the Netherlands click here.
Night trains: No seat reservation needed in the night trains from Amsterdam to Munich and Zurich.
For more information about night trains in the Netherlands click here.
Good to know:
Using Eurail in the Netherlands is really easy and convenient. With your Eurail ticket you can use the trains of all operators in the country. The rail network is very dense and on main lines between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Den Haag you find up to four trains each hour. Reservations are only need for Thalys high speed trains to Brussels and Paris.
Timetables of all services in the Netherlands are available in our schedule planner or the Eurail app which include all trains and timings. You can also check on the national schedule planner or at the websites of private operators.
Many stations in the Netherlands are now equipped with barriers that restrict the access to the platforms. This is because the Netherlands have implemented a new national ticketing system using a chipcard (the „OV-chipkaart“) which is used for all public transportation. At larger stations where the barriers are already in use you can either ask the staff to open the gates for you or contact the staff via the speakers at the gates.
Ferries run from Hoek van Holland to Harwich, from Amsterdam to Newcastle and from Europoort/Rotterdam to Hull.
For more information on ferries in the Netherlands have a look here.
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NETHERLANDS EURAIL TRAIN RESERVATIONSWhat trains require an Eurail reservation. How to avoid expensive reservations and save money. Here you get free help and a list of all trains.
NETHERLANDS EURAIL NIGHT TRAINSEurail night train travel. We list all connections, fares and categories: seat, couchette, sleeper. How and where to buy night train reservations.
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