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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. There are two trains per hour, with extra rush hour trains from Monday to Friday to take you from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and vice-versa in less time than a normal Intercity.

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.

Reduction in travel time

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 from the Supplement Pole on 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 Toeslag 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. This season ticket will be linked to your current abonnement 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.