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Domestic routes

Here you can find the most important changes for domestic routes that will go into effect on 9 December 2018.

More trains

Several stations will have more scheduled departures:

  • High Speed line between Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Centraal: 5 Intercity trains will depart per hour, instead of the previous 4.
  • An extra Intercity train will run between Den Haag Centraal – Gouda – Utrecht Centraal on Friday and Saturday nights.

Shorter travel time

Several routes will feature shorter travel times:

  • Thanks to better transfer opportunities at Gouda station, the Sprinter connection between Gouda - Utrecht Centraal will be 9 minutes shorter.
  • Half of the connections between Woerden and Den Haag Centraal/Rotterdam Centraal will be reduced by up to 8 minutes.
  • During peak hours, the ICE to Cologne and Frankfurt will be 6 minutes faster.
  • The Intercity Brussels will have a slightly shorter travel time between Amsterdam Centraal and Brussels South.
  • Intercity trains between Den Haag Centraal – Enschede will have a 2 minute shorter stop at Utrecht Centraal.

Longer travel time

Several routes will have longer travel times:

  • The Thalys will be 2 minutes slower from Amsterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport (the travel time from Schiphol Airport to Paris will remain unchanged).
  • The Thalys will take 2 minutes longer from Paris to Amsterdam Centraal (the travel time to Rotterdam Centraal will remain unchanged).
  • Due to new departure platforms and times at Gouda station, a small group of passengers will have longer transfer times, and therefore longer journeys.
  • During off-peak hours, the ICE to Cologne and Frankfurt will be 2 minutes slower.

New departure times

The departure times will change for several routes:

  • Some trains between Leiden Centraal and Schiphol Airport will depart 1 minute earlier or later.
  • Some trains between Amsterdam and Utrecht will depart a few minutes earlier or later.
  • The Intercity Dordrecht - Breda will only run once per hour in both directions during peak hours.
  • The second connection for the Intercity Lelystad Centrum – Groningen on Saturday will depart 9 minutes later, and stop at all stations along the route.

New rail carrier

  • When the new timetable goes into effect, R-Net will provide rail service on the route between Dordrecht - Geldermalsen, instead of Arriva. If you will be transferring to or from an R-net train, then you must check out and check back in again.

New station


When the new timetable goes into effect, the new station Lansingerland-Zoetermeer will open for service between Zoetermeer Oost and Gouda. The Sprinter Den Haag Centraal – Gouda will stop at this station 4x per hour, and in 2019 the station will provide good connections to several bus lines and the RandstadRail service to stations such as Zoetermeer Centrum West and Leidschendam-Voorburg.

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