Covid-19 and travelling by train in the Netherlands

update: Saturday 21 march 1.00 am

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.

Special basic timetable at NS and other rail companies

At the moment a special basic timetable is in place. Only a small number of trains will run: once every half hour on each route. All intercity trains will not run, with the exception of the intercity trains Schiphol-Venlo, Arnhem-Den Helder, Maastricht-Eindhoven and Enschede-Utrecht. Night trains and Intercity Direct do not run either. The timetable for international trains is heavily modified.

Intercity trains will continue to run on routes on which there is normally no sprinter. The Vlissingen-Roosendaal intercity stops at all intermediate stations (as usual), but continues on to Breda after Roosendaal and does not continue to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Because there are only sprinters left, you will have to change trains much more often and your journey time will probably also be considerably longer. Use the journey planner to plan your trip. The journey planner has been updated up to 1 day in advance. If you travel later than this period, then plan your trip again with the planner just before you depart.

Bus, tram and metro

Bus, tram and metro lines also have an adjusted timetable in many places in the Netherlands. The measures differ from one company to another, but several rides have been removed from the timetable and bus lines with a high frequency operate less frequently. Check with your transport company for the exact measures.

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.

In addition, anyone with weak health is advised to stay at home as much as possible. To minimize the risk of infection with the coronavirus, it is better not to use public transport for the time being. In any case, do not use public transport until 31 March. Do you have to go somewhere urgently? Then use a taxi (or a service such as Uber) or ask for help in your area.

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.

If you cannot work from home, try to spread the working hours in consultation with your employer.