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Read more about the changes in the new timetable for each province.

Better connections

In Zwolle, the Intercity from Groningen will connect to Blauwnet trains to Enschede. You will no longer need to go to Deventer for the fastest connection. This saves approximately 5 minutes. Please remember to check out and in again when changing carrier.

Extra trains on working days

  • On working days, 4 trains will be running between Leeuwarden and Meppel each hour rather than 3. The Sprinter Leeuwarden - Meppel will run twice per hour. The Intercity Leeuwarden - Zwolle - Utrecht Centraal - Rotterdam Centraal will also stop in Meppel. If the Sprinter Leeuwarden - Meppel is not running, the Intercity’s will also stop at the other stations between Leeuwarden and Zwolle late in the evening. The Intercity Leeuwarden - Zwolle - Almere Centrum - Den Haag Centraal will no longer stop in Akkrum, Grou-Jirnsum and Wolvega.

    Extra trains on the weekend

    On Saturday and Sunday until approximately 22.00, 3 trains will be running between Leeuwarden and Meppel each hour rather than 2. The Sprinter Meppel - Leeuwarden will run once per hour.

    Changes to departure times during rush hour

    On working days during rush hour, the Sprinter Apeldoorn - Almelo - Enschede will have to wait at the platform in Almelo for 13 minutes once per hour before continuing on to Enschede. In the other direction, this wait will be 6 minutes. If you are travelling to Hengelo or Enschede stations, then you will be able to make a transfer in Almelo onto the new Blauwnet express train Raalte - Almelo - Enschede and vice versa. For the same reason, the Intercity from Schiphol Airport to Enschede will take 2 minutes longer between Almelo and Enschede.

    Other regional railway carrier East Netherlands

    The train service Zwolle-Kampen will be taken over by Keolis Nederland (previously Syntus). The new Zwolle Stadshagen station will be opened on this route. The opening of this station was planned for 10 December 2017, but has been postponed until further notice by ProRail due to a required speed limit on the Zwolle-Kampen route, necessitated by insufficient stability of the ground under the rail tracks.

    The train service Zwolle - Enschede will also be taken over by Keolis Nederland. On this route, the new express train Raalte - Enschede will be introduced.

    The Keolis Nederland trains on the Zwolle - Kampen, Zwolle - Enschede and Zutphen - Oldenzaal routes and the Arriva trains on the Zwolle - Emmen and Almelo - Mariënberg routes will run under the new brand name Blauwnet. All season tickets and NS tickets will be usable on Blauwnet trains. Please remember to check in and out with the right carrier. You can find more information about travelling with Blauwnet at overijssel.nl/blauwnet.