Netherlands best rail journeys

Travelling by train in the Netherlands

Travelling by train in the Netherlands

Six scenic train journeys

Traveling by train is a great way to explore the Netherlands. Trains carry passengers across the whole country and run at least once, but normally two to even four times an hour. In general, no reservations are required. Buy a ticket and a cup of coffee and enjoy the best scenic railway journeys in the Netherlands. From polders and heathlands to Hanseatic cities and the Big Five.

Railway journey Leeuwarden - Sneek - Stavoren

Discover the historic Frisian cities

The train journey from Leeuwarden to Stavoren is a lovely ride trough the country side. The train connects six from the famous 'Eleven cities in the province of Friesland. The train departs every hour in Leeuwarden, the capital of the province. Destination is the small city of Stavoren. In summer you can occasionally take a boat to Enkhuizen at the other side of the IJsselmeer. The city of Sneek along the route is famous for sailing whilst the city of Hindeloopen is famous for its skate museum. At the end of cold winters you sometimes can see here spectacular 'icebergs', large blocks of ice that pile up onto the dyke.
Historic cities along this route are Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Workum, Hindeloopen, Stavoren

Train from Haarlem to Zandvoort

The train ride between Haarlem and Zandvoort is unique in the Netherlands. Zandvoort train station is located on the beach. Well almost. The Northsea is just 2 minutes walking!
Haarlem is just 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam.

Heerlen - Valkenburg - Maastricht

The Netherlands are known as a flat country. The only hills can be found in the most southern part of the country and that's exactly where you can make a nice half hour journey by train. If you have more time to spend, just stop at one of the small train stations and make a nice walk. For example the area around Schin op Geul is really nice.

Almere - Lelystad -Zwolle

Polders, Train safari and Hanseatic cities

Flevoland is the latest province of the Netherlands. The land was claimed from the IJsselmeer lake in the 1960's. Between the cities Almere and Lelystad there is a large natural reserve with a lot of wild animals. The best place to spot the animals is from the train! The cities of Kampen and Zwolle along the route are historic Hanseatic cities.

Weesp - Naarden-Bussum

It's just seven minutes by train from Weesp to Naarden-Bussum but the route takes you trough the 'Naarderlake' a unique lake that was the first natural reserve in the Netherlands. In Naarden make sure you visit the old city, it's a spectacular star shaped fort, complete with fortified walls.

Train journey Utrecht - Maastricht

This railway connects 2 of the finest cities in the Netherlands. During the two hour journey you travel from the center of the Netherlands to the deep south. You will cross rivers and see the landscape changing from flat to hilly.

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    Cycling on old railway lines

    In the course of time, many old railway lines have been closed. In some places the old rails and sleepers have been replaced by a cycle path. The most famous is also the longest. The Baronnenlijn between Apeldoorn and Hattem is 36 kilometers long. Another nice bike ride is on the Bels Lijntje between Tilburg and Baarle Nassau. A distance of about 22 kilometers.

    The shortest railway

    The shortest train connection in the Netherlands is the Kamperlijntje between Zwolle and Kampen. The drive between the two cities takes only 10 minutes.

    The northernmost train station

    Since 2018, Eemshaven has been the northernmost train station in the Netherlands. The seaport has thus acquired its own station and after more than a hundred years has taken over the title of the northernmost station in the Netherlands from the village of Roodeschool, which is also located in Groningen.

    Longest train journey in the world

    The longest train journey in the world is from Lisbon in Portugal to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. A journey of no less than 17,852 kilometers, countless transfers, different track widths and endless adventures.

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