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Here you can find the most important changes for domestic routes that will go into effect on 15 December 2019.

More trains

More trains will depart from certain stations:

  • Between Amersfoort Centraal and Utrecht Centraal, 6 Intercity's will run per hour instead of 4. The 2 extra Intercity's will continue on from Utrecht to Den Haag Centraal.
  • Extra trains will run between Harderwijk, Nijkerk and Amersfoort: 4 trains during morning peak hours towards Amersfoort Centraal and 4 trains in the evening peak hours towards Harderwijk. At Amersfoort Centraal, these trains will connect with the Intercity's to Utrecht Centraal and Schiphol Airport.
  • From Almere, an extra Intercity will run to Schiphol Airport every day. This train will depart Almere Centrum at 05:02 and arrive at Schiphol Airport at 05:30. This train will not stop at other stations along the route.
  • Four Intercity's will run every day in both directions between Dordrecht and Eindhoven Centraal.
  • During the summer beach season, NS aims to run 6 trains per hour between Haarlem and Zandvoort aan Zee: 2 standard Sprinters to and from Amsterdam Centraal and 4 extra trains per hour between Haarlem and Zandvoort aan Zee.
  • On the night of Friday to Saturday, 2 night trains will run in both directions between Haarlem and Amsterdam Centraal instead of 1.

Shorter travel time

Several routes now have a shorter travel time:

  • Travellers using the Sprinter from Leeuwarden to Zwolle will arrive at their destination 8 minutes earlier, and 7 minutes earlier from Zwolle to Leeuwarden.
  • Upgrades to the trains mean that the Sprinter Zwolle – Utrecht Centraal can complete the route 2 to 3 minutes faster.
  • the Sprinter between Zwolle and Groningen will be a maximum of 4 minutes faster.
  • The peak hour commute between Groningen and Assen will be 1 minute faster. 
  • Thanks to new Sprinters, the travel time between Meppel and Leeuwarden can be shortened by 1 to 4 minutes.
  • The trains on the route Leeuwarden, Heerenveen, Steenwijk and Meppel will be distributed more evenly over the hour, which will reduce the average waiting time for travellers.
  • The Flirt will reduce the travel time between Roosendaal and Dordrecht by 2 minutes.

Longer travel time

Several routes will now have a longer travel time:

  • The travel time for the Intercity between Zwolle and Utrecht Centraal will be 1 minute longer.
  • The connection in Meppel between the Sprinter from Groningen and the Sprinter to Leeuwarden in both directions will be around 20 minutes longer.
  • The travel time between Roosendaal and Vlissingen will be 1 minute longer.

New departure times

The departure times have changed for several routes:

  • During peak hours, travellers between Deventer/Apeldoorn and Amsterdam Centraal can transfer to the opposite platform at Amersfoort Centraal, which means that the travel time to Amsterdam Centraal will remain the same. 
  • During off-peak hours, the Intercity from Amsterdam Centraal will continue on to Deventer only once per hour. During the hours when the Intercity Berlijn runs, the Intercity will not continue past Amersfoort Centraal.
  • At Utrecht Centraal, passengers will no longer have the option of transferring from the Intercity from Groningen, Leeuwarden and Zwolle to the Intercity in the direction of Den Haag Centraal. The fastest route from Groningen, Leeuwarden and Zwolle to Den Haag Centraal will be the direct Intercity via the Hanzelijn.
  • On weekdays, the 1st Intercity from Lelystad via Amsterdam Zuid to Schiphol Airport will depart 30 minutes earlier. This train will leave Lelystad at 05:43 and run via Almere Centrum to Amsterdam Zuid and Schiphol Airport.


  • On Saturday and Sunday, an extra Thalys will run in the direction of Amsterdam Centraal rijden.
  • The trains to Paris Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Marne-la-Vallée Chessy will depart 1 hour earlier on certain days. 
  • From Monday to Thursday, the last connection from Brussel-Zuid to the Netherlands will depart one hour earlier than usual.

New construction and engineering work

In 2020, NS and ProRail will continue to invest in improving our services, such as building new infrastructure and modern stations. Major engineering works are planned for the following routes and locations in 2020:

  • ’s-Hertogenbosch – Utrecht Centraal
  • Amsterdam Centraal – Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
  • Around station Den Haag Centraal
  • Groningen – Assen
  • Rotterdam Centraal – Dordrecht/Breda (HSL)
  • Around station Zwolle

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