NS Intercity An NS Intercity train (Photo: facebook-@nederlandsespoorwegen)

Brussels-Amsterdam by train? One immediately thinks of the high-speed train Thalys

. It currently runs eight times a day between the two cities in 1 hour and 52 minutes. In comparison, the NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) in cooperation with the Belgian railway company SNCB connects the two cities 11 times a day on average. But with a direct journey time of 2h49. And with a change in Antwerp of 2h43.

As far as fares are concerned, for a last-minute trip (for example, a reservation made for the next day), the NS/SNCB Intercity is more competitive than Thalys. Less than 50 euros for a one-way ticket in second class compared with 82 euros for the lowest fare available for a Thalys convoy. However,


competition could become more intense with the modernization of the rolling stock and a new route. In an article published in the Dutch rail publication SpoorPro.nl, NS reveals the future route of the Intercity trains.

Fewer stops and a new generation of trains

NS and SNCB want to alter the current route of the trains in order to gain in speed. The trains would then connect Brussels South to Amsterdam South instead of Amsterdam Central. The trains would then only stop in Rotterdam and Antwerp to reach Brussels. This would mean that the stops in Breda in the Netherlands, Noorderkempen, Antwerp-Berchem, Mechelen, Brussels Airport and Brussels North would be eliminated.

This streamlined service would allow the future New Generation Intercity (NGI) to run at 200 km/h instead of the current 160 km/h. Thanks to these measures, the journey time of 2.43 hours will be reduced to 2.03 hours. This will bring it closer to the journey time of the current Thalys trains.

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From 2025 onwards, some of the twenty new ICNG trains will be operating on the Amsterdam-Brussels route. These will consist of eight cars with 410 seats, additional toilets and extra luggage space. The two railways will consult users to find out whether the future section will be well accepted…