Covid-19 and travelling by train in the Netherlands

update: Tuesday 25 June 11:30 PM

On this page you will find the latest information about Covid-19 (the coronavirus) and travelling by train or other means of public transport in the Netherlands. This information is based on the latest information from the RIVM and the public transport companies.

The normal timetable has mostly been resumed. All trains, buses and other public transport will (mostly) run again according to the regular schedule, with the exception of a number of rush hour trains and the night trains. Use the journey planner to plan your trip.

Starting from June 29th, all trains will be running as usual, including night trains and all rust hour trains. The timetable for international trains is is still modified.

From July 1st onwards, the public transport system can be used again for all journeys. The restriction to take the train only for essential journeys is lifted. Wearing a face mask is still mandatory before entering any train or bus. When you do not wear a face mask in public transport, you will be fined (95 euros).

Face masks can be bought in a variety of places. Check out this overview in the Dutch section of this website: overview of all shops selling face masks for public transport

Wearing a face mask is not mandatory at the station or bus stop. However, you must put on your face mask before entering a train or bus.

Facilities at the station

NS tries to keep at least one shop open at all train stations where you can get something to eat or drink and where you can go for help. This is usually an AH to Go, or else a Kiosk. Many other shops at the station will be closed. Also, all luggage safes will be closed (with the exception of Amsterdam Central station).

Toilets where you can pay contactless (including Sanifair) are open.

At each station at least 1 guarded bicycle parking is open. The bicycle parking is open from 15 minutes before the departure of the first train until 15 minutes after the arrival of the last train.

General tips for Covid-19 / corona and travelling by public transport

Covid-19 virus

If you travel by public transport, there are a number of things to take into account. The following advice applies to every passenger:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
  • Use paper handkerchiefs
  • No shaking hands
  • Stay home if you get a cold.
  • To prevent you from making hand contact with a conductor or controller, you will be asked to keep your ov-chip card in front of the recording device yourself. Your ticket will still be checked.

Keep as much distance from your fellow travellers as possible. This reduces the chance of infections.

All bus companies ask you to get into the back of the bus and to check in there as well. This way you don't walk past the driver and the chance that the bus driver will be infected is also smallest. In this way the public transport companies can maintain public transport for as long as possible.

When should you not travel by train?

In order to prevent further infections, you must stay at home when you have a cold or a fever. Stay at home to get sick and not to infect others.

This means that you don't go to school, work or outside, even if you think your symptoms are not so bad. Only when you have been completely symptom-free for a day, can you go back to school, work and outside.

Try to work from home if you can

In line with the national advice, the government asks everyone in the Netherlands to work from home whenever possible. Minimal social contact prevents the spread of the coronavirus, and that certainly applies to public transport.