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King's Day 2024

On April 26 and 27, the whole of the Netherlands will celebrate King's Night and Day! We will run longer trains, and some extra trains, to bring you to your favourite King's Day party. Remember to plan your outbound and return journeys in advance.

Pay with your debit card

If you do not wish to purchase a single-use chipkaart, you can check in easily using your contactless debit card, credit card or mobile phone. These tickets are valid for 2nd class, without a discount or season ticket. You do not need to activate anything, so travel this way right away.

Useful information

We would like everyone to have a safe and festive King's Night and Day. We have a number of measures to ensure this.

Alcohol ban

From 19:00 on April 26 to 07:00 on April 28, travellers are not allowed to bring alcohol to the station or aboard the train. The shops at the station also will not sell alcohol.

No trains Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam RAI 

To spread the crowds, Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam RAI stations will be closed on April 26. Both stations will not be accessible and no trains will stop here. You can detour via Amsterdam Amstel or Amsterdam Zuid.

Luggage lockers

The luggage lockers will be closed at stations Amsterdam Centraal, Breda and Eindhoven Centraal from 19:00 on April 26 until 07:00 on April 28. At Utrecht Centraal luggage lockers will be closed from 01.00 on April 27 - 06.00 on April 28.

Student travel product

As a student with a weekly subscription, you cannot travel freely on King's Day; you travel on credit with a 40% discount. With a weekend subscription you can travel freely on King's Day.

Travel assistance

Due to the stations being more crowded than usual, we offer an alternative form of NS Travel Assistance at a number of stations:

  • King's Night (April 26): Arnhem Centraal starting from 18:00, Utrecht Centraal starting from 20:00 and Den Haag Centraal starting from 23:00.

  • King's Day (April 27): All day long at Alkmaar, Utrecht Centraal, Breda, Eindhoven, Amsterdam Centraal, Amsterdam Zuid (only between 14.00 and 18.00). Arnhem Centraal, Groningen and Zwolle starting from 18:00.


Additional information

King's visit to Emmen

On April 27, 2024, King Willem-Alexander and his family will visit Emmen to celebrate King's Day there. Read more about the royal family's visit.

King's Day Amsterdam

Everywhere in the city you will find flea markets, events, music and activities. The larger events can be found outside the city centre. These events are only accessible with pre-purchased tickets. View all information about the festivities and events in Amsterdam.

Free markets in the city center

The city center is within walking distance of Amsterdam Central Station. If you are traveling from the direction of Utrecht, you can also get off at Amsterdam Amstel station and continue your journey by metro or tram from there. From the direction of Noord-Holland you can change at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station to a tram, metro or bus to the free markets in the city center.

Vondelpark and Leidseplein

The fastest way to Vondelpark or Leidseplein is via Amsterdam Zuid station. If you are coming from the direction of Haarlem and Zaandam, travel to Amsterdam Sloterdijk station and transfer to metro line 50 to Amsterdam Zuid. Both locations can be reached on foot from Amsterdam Zuid station.