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Guide to Train Types in Netherlands
There are a number of different
types of trains on the rail network in Netherlands, the majority of which are
operated by the national rail company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen).
take a closer look at the NS trains in use on domestic services...
Services - These are fast domestic train services which make limited stops
between the major centres. If you are travelling from one city to another these
are nearly always the best and quickest option. There are no supplements or seat
reservations required to use most standard services. Many Intercity trains offer
free onboard WiFi and have live travel information screens.
Double decker Intercity trains
These double deckers run as Intercity services throughout the country. Stairs
need to be used to access both the lower and upper cabins. Note the overhead luggage
racks are very small - however there is limited space for a medium size case between
the backs of some opposing seats. First class has a 2-1 configuration whilst 2nd
class is generally 2-2 with very few single seaters.|
most of the seats upstairs face each other - these offer poor legroom when fully
occupied. Some of the newer layouts do have airline-style seating in the lower
Single decker Intercity trains
Known locally as Koplopers, these are used as Intercity services on a number
of routes. They are much better than the double deckers for travel with luggage,
having large overhead racks and no stairs. Most newer configurations are airline-style
with 2-2 in 2nd class and 2-1 in 1st class.|
Direct (previously known as FYRA) is a fast domestic Intercity rail
service using modern single decker carriages similar to the above Koploper layout.
Seating is mainly airline-style. It only serves the Amsterdam-Schiphol-Rotterdam-Breda
route using parts of the Dutch high speed rail track. For travel between Schiphol
and Rotterdam on Intercity Direct, a supplement is required.|
Services - These are slower stopping train services which make stops at smaller
stations between cities.
Sprinter Light trains
These modern trains have replaced many of the older series yellow stopper trains.
Display screens on board provide route info, though there is no free WiFi. There
is reasonable space on the overhead racks for luggage. Note the lack of toilet
facilities on the new trains. Small 1st class sections are found at each end but
seats are the same as 2nd class.|
Double decker sprinter
An older series double decker train remains in use on selected routes as a stopping
train service. Some stock has been refurbished to look similar to the intercity.|
rail travel beyond Netherlands see International
Rail Services from Amsterdam.