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Intercity direct

With the Intercity direct, you can travel quickly between Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam Centraal and Breda.


Why take the Intercity direct?

The Intercity direct is a faster way to travel between Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam Centraal and Breda.

To travel on the Intercity direct, you must pay a supplement if your journey includes the route between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. No supplement is needed if you are travelling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam with an international ticket for the Intercity Brussels.

Faster travel

With the Intercity direct, you can travel from Breda to Schiphol Airport in less than an hour, or from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in less than 45 minutes. For exact travel times, see the Travel Planner.

The savings on travel times per route:

  • Amsterdam - Rotterdam: 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam - Breda: 32 minutes
  • Schiphol Airport - Rotterdam: 26 minutes
  • Schiphol Airport - Breda: 39 minutes

Intercity direct supplement

To travel on the Intercity direct, you must pay a supplement if your journey includes the route between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. No Intercity direct supplement is needed if you are travelling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam with an international ticket for the Intercity Brussels.

The Intercity direct supplement is available for one-way and return journeys, and as a monthly or annual season ticket in addition to your NS season ticket.

Intercity direct supplement for one-way and return

If you only travel with the Intercity direct occasionally, you can buy an individual Intercity direct supplement from the Supplement Pole at the departure platform, online or at the service desk at the station. This supplement costs € 2.40.

Intercity direct supplement with your NS-Business Card

If you have an NS-Business Card, you can buy a supplement via MijnNS Zakelijk or from the Supplement Pole at the platform. Simply hold your card in front of the card reader, and the pole will recognise your NS-Business Card. This will allow you to buy an Intercity direct supplement for a one-way ticket in the same class as your NS ticket. The costs for the supplement will be shown on your invoice.

Cancelling an Intercity direct surcharge

If you have purchased an Intercity direct supplement from the Supplement Pole using your OV-chipkaart or NS-Business Card, then you can cancel the supplement at the station within 30 minutes of purchase if you do not use it. Simply hold your card in front of the card reader on the pole to cancel the supplement.

Intercity direct supplement season tickets

If you travel on the Intercity direct regularly, then an Intercity direct supplement season ticket may save you money. It allows you unlimited travel on the Intercity direct in combination with an NS season ticket for a fixed amount per month.

Intercity direct Surcharge season ticket on your NS-Business Card

If you have a supplemental season ticket, such as Dal, Traject Vrij, Trein Vrij and OV Vrij on your NS-Business Card, then you can purchase an Intercity direct Altijd Toeslagvrij season ticket via Mijn NS Zakelijk. This season ticket will be linked to your current season ticket on your NS-Business Card, allowing you to purchase an Intercity direct supplement for a month or a year in the same class as your NS-Business Card.

Take your bicycle aboard the train

You can bring your bicycle along when you travel by train on weekdays between 09:00 and 16:00 and after 18:30. Bicycles are not allowed aboard the trains during peak hours, in order to provide space for commuters. You must purchase a separate Dagkaart Fiets bicycle day ticket, which entitles you to take your bicycle by train anywhere in the Netherlands for only € 6.10 per day.