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King’s Day 2022

On Wednesday, April 27, the Netherlands is celebrating King’s Day! Will you be going to one of the many events organised across the country on the day itself or on King’s Night? Take the train to your King’s Day destination!


Most King’s Night and King’s Day festivities can easily be reached by train. On those days, trains will according to our so-called Orange timetable. We will be scheduling more, longer trains to get you to your favourite King’s Day party. The departure times and platforms might be different from what you’re used to, or you might have to change trains. Some trains will terminate at a different station that you are used to. Please take into account that the trains and stations will be extra crowded. Plan your trip in the NS app before leaving home.

Practical information

On Tuesday evening, April 26, and Wednesday, April 27, we will take several measures at the stations to make sure that everyone can travel safely and responsibly.

Closed stations

The Amsterdam RAI and Amsterdam Science park stations will be closed on King's Day. You can still travel via Amsterdam Zuid station and Amsterdam Amstel station.

Plan your return trip

Returning late in the evening? Plan your return trip in advance and check again shortly before departure. Don't gamble on the last train. It is often very crowded. On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, normal service will resume as usual.

  • Alcohol ban

    Passengers may not bring, drink or distribute alcohol at stations or on trains throughout the country during King's Night and King's Day. The alcohol ban will start on 19:00 on Tuesday evening, 26 April and end on 07:00 on Thursday morning, 28 April. Catering establishments and shops at the stations will not sell alcohol during this time.

  • Luggage lockers

    The luggage lockers at the stations below will be closed from 19.00 on Tuesday, 26 April until 7.00 on Thursday, 28 April. You will not be able to store luggage in or pick up luggage from the lockers during this time.

    • Amsterdam Centraal
    • Amsterdam Amstel
    • Alkmaar
    • Haarlem
    • ’s-Hertogenbosch
    • Eindhoven Centraal
    • Tilburg
    • Breda
    • Groningen
    • Amersfoort Centraal

    The luggage lockers at Utrecht Centraal will close at 19.30 on Monday evening, 25 April. You will not be able to store your belongings in or pick them up from the lockers while they are closed.

  • Traveling with a disability

    At several stations, we have temporarily moved NS Travel Assistance to a new location. These temporary arrangements will enter into force on:

    King's Day:

    • Groningen starting from 18.00
    • Den Haag Centraal starting from 23.00

    King's Day, all day:

    • Breda
    • Eindhoven
    • Amsterdam Centraal
    • Amsterdam Zuid
    • Alkmaar de gehele dag

    King's Day, starting from 12.00:

    • Zwolle
    • Groningen
  • Travelling to and from Schiphol

    We recommend scheduling 30 minutes of extra travel time due to crowded trains and stations. You can also travel to Schiphol from one of Amsterdam's train stations.

Royal visit to Maastricht

On King's Day, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are visiting Maastricht with their family. The royal bus will stop on the Sint Servaasbrug at 11.00. From there, they will continue to the city centre on foot. Get there by train. The city centre is within walking distance of the train station.

For more information about the programme in Maastricht, click here.