The new timetable for 2017 will go into effect on 11 December 2016. See what changes are in store for your region or plan your journey using the NS Travel Planner.
Amsterdam Centraal - Vlissingen
The Intercity Amsterdam Centraal - Vlissingen will run via Haarlem. Passengers between Zeeland and Schiphol should transfer in Rotterdam (to the Intercity direct) or in Leiden (on the other side of the same platform).
Dordrecht - Leiden Centraal - Amsterdam Zuid - Lelystad Centrum
The Intercity Dordrecht - Leiden Centraal will continue to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Zuid, Almere Centrum and Lelystad. This means there will be a new direct connection to and from Amsterdam Zuid: for example between Delft and Amsterdam Zuid.
Faster Intercity’s to Zwolle
In 2017, the Intercity’s between Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle via the Hanzelijn will be 2 to 3 minutes faster. This is thanks to the new infrastructure on the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the fact that this Intercity will no longer stop in Duivendrecht. Passengers between Amsterdam Zuid and Leeuwarden will save 4 to 6 minutes, partly due to a shorter stop in Zwolle. In addition, in Leiden passengers arriving from Den Haag HS and Rotterdam Centraal will be able to transfer to these Intercity’s faster.
More direct Sprinters Hoofddorp - Amsterdam Centraal
A direct Sprinter will run every 15 minutes between Hoofddorp, Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal. Two of these Sprinters will continue towards Leiden and Den Haag Centraal after Hoofddorp.
Hoofddorp - Leiden Centraal: from 2 to 4 Sprinters
The Sprinter Hoorn Kersenboogerd - Hoofddorp will continue to Leiden until 19.00. This means that, during the day, there will be 4 Sprinters between Hoofddorp and Leiden rather than 2. As a result, Amsterdam Lelylaan maintains a direct connection with Leiden. The Sprinters Amsterdam Zuid-Hoofddorp will no longer travel to Leiden.
Leiden Centraal - Den Haag Centraal
The Intercity will no longer overtake the Sprinter between Leiden Centraal and Den Haag Centraal. This means an increase in the number of travel options on this route from 6 to 8 per hour. At Den Haag Laan van NOI station, passengers can transfer from the Sprinter to and from Leiden onto the Intercity to and from Rotterdam.
Faster Intercity Den Haag - Eindhoven
In 2017, passengers travelling from Den Haag to Eindhoven will travel on the high-speed railway line. As a result, this Intercity will no longer stop in Dordrecht. In the first few months (expected until April), there will be a preliminary service with a quick transfer in Breda. Later, Den Haag - Eindhoven will become a direct connection. Even with the transfer, travel time will be approximately 9 minutes shorter.
Due to two 16-day periods of engineering work on the Willemsspoortunnel in Rotterdam in December 2016 and January 2017, less trains will be able to run. That is why the new connection Den Haag - Breda will start running on 23 January 2017. NS will use the periods of engineering work, and the intervening period, to test the new rail service. Check the travel planner for up to date travel information and for information about alternative transport between Den Haag and Breda in the period until 23 January 2017. In any case, information about this will be available 10 days in advance. The Intercity Breda - Eindhoven will be running from the start of the new timetable on 11 December.
Tilburg - Rotterdam and Breda - Schiphol
The Intercity ’s-Hertogenbosch - Breda and the Intercity direct Breda - Rotterdam will connect in Breda. In Rotterdam, there will be a connection between the Intercity Den Haag - Eindhoven and the Intercity direct Rotterdam - Amsterdam. As a result, passengers between, for example, Tilburg and Rotterdam will have 4 fast travel options per hour: 2 direct and 2 with a transfer in Breda each hour.
Passengers travelling from Breda to Schiphol will be able to travel every 15 minutes: twice per hour directly, and twice per hour with a transfer in Rotterdam. In Breda, passengers will also be able to transfer between the Intercity direct and the Sprinter Breda - Tilburg-’s - Hertogenbosch. Passengers between, for example, Schiphol and Tilburg Universiteit will reach their destinations 15 minutes faster.
Rotterdam - Hoek van Holland
From April there will be no train traffic between Schiedam Centrum and Hoek van Holland. This railway line is being converted to a metro line. The conversion will be completed by the end of 2017.
Between Dordrecht and Breda and between Dordrecht and Roosendaal, 2 Sprinters will run each hour. The Sprinters to Breda will continue to Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. As a result, Dordrecht and Dordrecht Zuid will have a direct connection with Tilburg Universiteit. In addition, an Intercity will run between Dordrecht and Breda once an hour as a replacement for the Intercity Den Haag - Eindhoven.
In order to realise a direct Sprinter Dordrecht - ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Sprinters from Rotterdam will not travel any further than Dordrecht. Passengers on the Sprinters from Roosendaal and Breda can transfer onto the Intercity towards Rotterdam in Dordrecht.
In Leiden there will be good connections between the Intercity's to and from Haarlem and to and from Schiphol. Every 15 minutes there will be a travel option to and from Den Haag Centraal, of which 2 per hour will require a transfer. The Sprinters around Leiden will also have improved connections with the Intercity's, so passengers will reach their destinations sooner.
Den Haag / Rotterdam - Amersfoort: Intercity's no longer linked
Due to the phased introduction of the Intercity Den Haag - Eindhoven (in the initial months this train will have a transfer in Breda), for a period of time, less trains travelling in a southerly direction will be able to stop at Delft Zuid and Schiedam Centrum stations. In Delft Zuid, 2 Sprinters will stop each hour rather than the usual 4. In Schiedam Centrum 6 trains will stop each hour instead of the usual 8 (2 Intercity's instead of 4). Once the Intercity Den Haag - Eindhoven starts running without a transfer (expected in April), the departure times on this route will change. At this point, once again 4 Sprinters will stop in Delft Zuid and Schiedam Centrum each hour and 4 Intercity’s will stop in Schiedam Centrum each hour.
Night train Haarlem - Amsterdam Centraal
On Friday and Saturday night, a night train will run from Haarlem to Amsterdam Centraal at 02:10. This train will return to Haarlem at 02:34.
Not checking in and out during transfers on NS trains and R-net Alphen - Gouda
From the start of the new timetable, NS trains running between Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda will run according to the R-net formula. Passengers who transfer from an NS train to an R-net train (or vice versa) do not need to check in or out when doing so. It is expected that the frequency of trains running on this route will increase after the summer of 2017.