Covid-19 and travelling by train in the Netherlands

update: 29 June 2021

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 Dutch government and the public transport companies.

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

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

Shops and supermarkets at stations are open as usual. 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, and schedule a free covid test.