Passengers with impaired mobility

Access for everyone

We offer a number of additional services to increase accessibility for the elderly, poor-sighted and other passengers with impaired mobility.

Booking with reduced mobility

You can also travel on international trains with reduced mobility. If you are confined to a wheelchair or mobility scooter, it is not possible to book online for trains with a seat reservation. You can book via the NS International Service Centre +31(0)30 2300023 or at an NS International desk in the Service Shop. You do not pay any booking fee.
If you are travelling on a train without a seat reservation, such as the Intercity Brussels, you can book online and request assistance getting on and off the train by calling +31(0)30 235 78 22 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day). More information about train travel with a mobility impairment within the Netherlands can be found on NS.nl.

Assistance getting on and off the train

Do you need assistance getting on and off the train? No problem – you can request the required assistance at least 48 hours in advance by calling +31(0)30 235 78 22 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day). We advise you to make the request shortly after booking your trip. Please have all relevant information at hand when you make this call because it is not possible to book online.

Hearing impaired

If you are hearing impaired, you can whatsapp your request for assistance to +31(0)30 2300023.

Assistance in the Netherlands

For more information on this service, please visit the NS.nl.

Assistance abroad

Assistance abroad has a longer application time and we advise you to request the required assistance at least 1 week before departure. On the Interrail pdf you can find an overview of European countries and the contact details where and how you can apply for assistance.
Assistance information within Europe

Travelling with a guide

Passengers with impaired mobility may be eligible for a Public Transport Guide Pass. Depending on the country in which is being travelled, you may get a free ticket for the person accompanying you when you show this card. In many cases this can also be a guide dog.

Intercity Brussels

  • The wheelchair places on Intercity Brussels services are almost always located in the centre of the train.
  • People (also guide dogs) escorting passengers with an OV Guide Pass can travel with Intercity Brussels services within the Netherlands for free.
  • To be able to get onto the train – and also the elevators and movable ramps – the wheelchair may be no larger than 150 x 85 cm (outer measurements)
  • You and your wheelchair may not have a combined weight of 250 kilo.
  • If needed, you can request assistance to get on and off the train by calling 030-235 78 22 (day and night).

Thalys

  • In Comfort class there is space especially for passengers in a wheelchair. There is a special reduced ticket price for this space and one person may accompany you for the same reduced rate. You will have to make a special reservation. The accompanying passenger needs a Guide Pass. (030-2300023).
  • The width of the door leading to this carriage is 70 cm. Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters may be taken on board as long as they are not wider than 70cm. You will have to make a special reservation (030-2300023).
  • The reduced ticket price is not valid for passengers who are blind or poor-sighted. A guide dog may board the train, free of charge.

ICE International and Intercity Berlin

ICE International and Intercity Berlin. There are two or four wheelchair spaces in every ICE International and Intercity Berlin train in a 2nd class carriage and there are handicap washroom/toilet facilities in the vicinity. Next to each wheelchair space there is a seat that is always reserved for the accompanying passenger. Allowable maximum size of the wheelchair is 125 x 70 cm.
Accompanying persons (including guide dogs) of travelers with an OV companion card travel for free within the Netherlands with Intercity Berlin and ICE. They can also travel for free internationally if they have a ticket. This is available free of charge at the counter in the Ticket & Service shops in the stations.
There are limited opportunities for travelling with a mobility scooter. For advice contact telephone number: +31(0)30 235 78 22 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day).

Eurostar

In first class there are two spaces especially for passengers in a wheelchair. There is a special reduced ticket price for this space and one person may accompany you for the same reduced rate. Travellers with a mobility scooter may transport it free of charge on the Eurostar in the luggage compartment.

  • Mobility scooter and/or wheelchair may not be longer than 100 cm or wider than 70 cm
  • Scooters that run on fuel are not permitted.
  • Register your trip with mobility scooter at EuroDespatch via tel.: 0044 344 822 5 822 (open daily from 08:00 to 22:00 hrs).
  • The reduced ticket price is not valid for visually impaired passengers.
  • No special fare applies to persons accompanying visually impaired passengers.
  • There is a special fare for the companion of a mobility-impaired passenger.
  • A guide or assistance dog is not allowed on Eurostar trains.

Night train Nightjet

All travelers with a disability pay the standard rate. Supervisors of a visually impaired traveler travel at a reduced rate. A special compartment can be booked for travelers in a wheelchair. You don't have to pay extra for this. A companion can travel with you for free. To book the wheelchair compartment or to book a ticket for the Guide, please contact the NS International Service Center (030-2300023, open 24/7) or an NS-International counter in the Service Shop.
More information

TGV

The wheelchair space on TGV trains is accessible for passengers with both a manual or electric wheelchair and mobility scooters with maximum dimensions of length 120 cm and width 70 cm.

Requesting a Guide Pass