In order to make King's Night and King's Day a pleasant experience for everyone, NS will be implementing several temporary rules and measures in the trains and at the stations on Thursday, 26 April and Friday, 27 April.
In order to guarantee safety and a pleasant atmosphere during your journey, travellers are forbidden to bring, drink or distribute alcohol at stations or on trains throughout the country during King's Night and King's Day. This applies from 19:00 on Thursday evening, 26 April until 07:00 on Saturday morning, 28 April. Catering establishments and shops at the stations will also be prohibited from selling alcohol.
For security reasons, luggage lockers and depots will be closed at some stations during King's Night and King's Day. This applies for stations close to large events.
At the stations Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Centraal, Alkmaar, Haarlem, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda, Groningen and Amersfoort, luggage lockers will be closed from 19:00 on Thursday evening, 26 April until 7:00 on Saturday morning, 28 April. The luggage lockers at Utrecht Centraal will be closed starting at 19:30 on the evening of Wednesday, 25 April.
Even on King's Day, you need a ticket to travel by train, so make sure you have a valid ticket before boarding. We recommend that you arrange your tickets and plan your journey well in advance. If you will be travelling with an OV-chipkaart, make sure to top up your balance in advance as well. You can also choose to top up your balance automatically, so that you always have enough balance to travel.
Or consider purchasing an Oranjeretour ticket online ( link to ns.nl/oranjeretour) with a 20% discount. That way, you won't have to stand in line for the ticket machines on King's Day. You can use the Oranjeretour ticket as an e-ticket, or you can download it to your smartphone.
Other discounts do not apply on King's Day. Take advantage of the Oranjeretour offer, and travel to your event by train.
Student travel product
As a student with a weekly season ticket, you are not eligible to travel for free on King's Day; instead, you can travel with a 40% discount. Holders of a weekend season ticket can travel for free on the King's Day holiday.
Pass through the gates quickly
Most major stations in the Netherlands have closed the access gates at the station, including Amsterdam Centraal. In order to speed the process of passing through the gates, please keep your ticket or card ready. Did you know that you don't have to wait until the gates close to check in or out? Simply hold your card against the card reader, and follow the person in front of you through the open gate.
If you have an e-ticket, you can only pass through the gates equipped with a barcode reader. These gates can be recognised by the glass window and the scan ticket symbol. You can also use these gates if you have downloaded your ticket to your smartphone.
Good to know
We expect a large number of visitors, so be prepared for larger crowds than usual in the trains and at the stations.
Plan your journey
Prepare for your journey in advance with the NS Travel Planner. Here you can see how the Oranjedienstregeling will affect your journey. Expect large crowds and the possibility of longer travel times. Be sure to check your return journey too. If you will be returning late at night, check in advance whether you will be able to make it to your connection on time.
To see the most up to date travel advice, check shortly before departure. At the station you will be able to see up to date information on the digital display screens. You can check the NS Travel planner or the Reisplanner Xtra travel planner app while on the move.