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Photography and film locations

NS stations and trains are occasionally used as settings and backgrounds for photography, film productions and sound recordings for a wide range of purposes. NS is happy to facilitate this under certain conditions, as long as the travelers and operational activities are not inconvenienced and all safety instructions are followed carefully.


Journalism

Journalists have the right to gather news and conduct reports from the areas of the station open to the public, except for the service desks and shops. However, NS does ask that journalists contact the Press Relations department in order to ensure that any audio or video recordings go smoothly. No audio or video recordings may be conducted on board NS trains without express permission from NS. NS Press Relations can be reached at tel.: 030 - 235 70 70.

To protect personal privacy and to guarantee portrait rights, travelers and NS personnel may not be recognisably visible in a video report or published photograph without their express permission. Journalists are also prohibited from interviewing NS personnel without the permission of the NS Press Relations department.  

Private individuals

Private individuals do not need permission to make recordings or take photographs in the areas of the station and trains open to the public. However, to protect privacy and guarantee portrait rights, travelers and NS personnel may not be recognisably visible in a video report or published photograph without their express permission.

Commercial recordings and research projects

NS must give permission for professional and commercial recordings (such as documentaries, films, fashion reports or advertising) and large-scale research projects. Such recordings are only permitted during off-peak hours. NS will charge a fee for the provision of the required supervision, as well as any other measures or facilities that are needed.
For more information, or to request permission, please visit the (Dutch) website activatieopstations.nl.

Requesting permission

Please provide a detailed explanation of your intentions. You will receive a reply within 5 working days to inform you whether your request can be honoured or not, based on our conditions and safety instructions. If we grant permission to make such recordings, then you will receive a letter with information about the procedure on location. Please sign and return this letter to indicate that you agree with our conditions and instructions, and with the costs that we will bill for administration, supervision and use of the location.

Promotional activities at the stations

More than 1.2 million people travel with NS every day. This makes NS stations the ideal location for promotional activities. If you would like to know more about the options available for sampling, product presentation, kick-off events or market research, please visit the Dutch website NS Stations.