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Top 5 busiest routes

Since many of your summer holidays are now over, and a new period of work and study is starting this month, starting in September the trains will be more crowded than they have been for the past few months. You can expect the trains to be more crowded than they were during the summer holidays, especially during the morning peak hours between 07:30 and 08:30. Use the NS app to find an indication of the expected crowd in your train. The crowding indicator uses 1, 2, or 3 people icons to show you what you can expect, and to decide whether taking an earlier or later train might be a good alternative, even before you reach the station.


Where possible, we are expanding the number of seats by scheduling longer trains during the morning- and evening peak hours. Unfortunately, you may have a greater chance of standing-room-only trains on some routes over the next few months. Below you can find a list of the top 5 busiest routes.

Top 5 busiest routes

Haarlem Centraal - Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Sprinters and Intercity trains

Between 07:30 and 09:00, the Sprinters and Intercity trains from Haarlem Centraal to Amsterdam Sloterdijk are exceptionally crowded. NS has been able to extend some trains, such as the 08:10 Intercity from Haarlem Centraal. This train has been extended from 10 cars to 12. The 08:01 Sprinter from Haarlem Centraal has been extended to 7 cars. 
 

Den Haag HS/Centraal > Leiden Centraal

Intercity trains

Between 07:30 and 09:00, the Intercity trains from Den Haag HS/Centraal to Leiden Centraal are exceptionally crowded. NS has extended the two most overcrowded Intercity trains; the 07:48 and 08:18 from Den Haag HS. Unfortunately, the limited platform length on this route makes it impossible to schedule more extended trains. 

Utrecht Centraal > Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA

Intercity trains

Between 07:30 and 09:00, the Intercity trains from Utrecht Centraal to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA are exceptionally crowded. Many trains are already operating at the maximum length, and the limits of the rail infrastructure prevent NS from scheduling even more trains along this route.

Amersfoort Centraal > Utrecht Centraal

Sprinters and Intercity trains

Between 07:30 and 08:30, the Sprinters and Intercity trains between Amersfoort Centraal and Utrecht Centraal are exceptionally crowded.

Ede-Wageningen > Utrecht Centraal

Intercity trains

Between 07:30 and 09:00, the Intercity trains between Ede-Wageningen and Utrecht Centraal are exceptionally crowded. Unfortunately, the limits of the rail infrastructure prevent NS from scheduling even more trains along this route.