Travelling with children | NS International
Coronavirus - Verantwoord op reis. Check de reisinformatie en actuele richtlijnen per land

Travelling with children

Children's discount per country

The train is an ideal mode of transportation when travelling with children: they can play, walk around or read a book. Besides, children get discount. How much discount differs between train services and/or country. Some trains even have facilities especially for children.

An adult can bring a maximum of 4 children. There are the following exceptions to this rule:

  • If you are traveling to Germany with the Sparpreis group rate, there is no maximum number of children.
  • In Norway and Sweden you can only accompany one child. In Denmark and Czech Republic you can accompany two children.

    Discount and facilities for children trains Germany

    You can travel comfortably to Germany with Intercity Berlin or ICE International.

    Children's discount Intercity Berlin and ICE International

    0-4 years
    Children younger than 4 years of age may travel for free on Intercity Berlin and ICE International. They will not need their own ticket but it is mandatory that they are accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Please note! If the person accompanying a child is not the child's parent or grandparent, you cannot book your tickets online. In that case, book your tickets by telephone via our Service Center or at an NS International counter. If you travel with the Sparpreis group rate, the accompanying person doesn't have to be a (grand)parent.

    4 -14 years
    Children aged 4 through 14 years of age can also travel for free when accompanied by a (step)parent or grandparent. Add the child when booking your ticket. It is not possible to add a child to the ticket once the ticket is purchased. Please note! If the person accompanying a child is not the child's (step)parent or grandparent, you cannot book your tickets online. In that case, book your tickets by telephone via our Service Center or at an NS International counter.

    Are your children travelling with someone else?
    Even then you will pay half price. You will therefore still get the best rate. Please note: if the person accompanying a child is not the child's parent or grandparent, you cannot book your tickets online. In that case, book your tickets by telephone via our Service Center or at an NS International counter.

    Unaccompanied minors
    Children from the age of 12 are allowed to travel alone. An unaccompanied minor (up to and including 17 years of age) must be in possession of (and be able to show this upon request) written permission for the trip from a parent or legal guardian throughout the trip. Unaccompanied children from 12 to 14 years old receive a 50% discount in Germany, from 15 years there is no special child rate and the same rate applies as for an adult.

    Tip: reserve a seat
    Travelling with ICE International? Then we advise you to reserve a seat so that you are sure that your child will not have to stand. You can reserve seats by contacting the NS International Service Center at 030-2300023.

    Column 3
    Column 4

    Facilities on board for children

    Children's compartment
    Especially for travellers with babies and/or children 3 years and younger, there is a children’s compartment on board both Intercity Berlin and ICE International. In most of these compartments, you will find a table where children can draw and play, a socket outlet and folding baby changing table. Tickets for the children’s compartment cannot be booked online. You can book them at the Service Center (030-2300023) or at an NS International counter at a train station.

    Strollers
    You are feel free to bring your stroller on board. You will not pay extra as there is plenty of room to store your stroller. This can be stored in or near the children’s compartment. Folded strollers fit into the regular luggage rack on board the train. On board Intercity Berlin you may also store a stroller in the bicycle carriage.

    Especially for children
    “The Little ICE" and other fun activities for children on board make travelling with the train even more exciting! "The little ICE" is a train character that has been developed together with children, comic book artists and illustrators. Together with his friends Benni IC Bus and Ida IC “Little ICE” ensures that the trip itself (but also afterwards) is a lot of fun. The Little ICE & friends are aboard ICE International, Intercity Berlin and all long-distance trains in Germany and available at the Bistro, free of charge. During your trip, come on over to Bistro where staff members with gladly makes your children happy! The smallest train passengers will also get a nice magazine, LeseLok with coloured pencils for the trip.
    More about ‘The Little ICE’

    Family zones on board ICE International
    Passengers with children often find it pleasant to travel alongside ‘similar’ passengers. The children’s compartment (Kleinkindabteil) is for passengers with babies and/or children 3 years and younger. For passengers with older children (4 years and up) ICE International has a special "Family Zone". In this zone, there will be other families with children. For your convenience there is an exit, a luggage room and a toilet close to the Family Zone. You can book them at the Service Center (030-2300023) or at an NS International counter at a train station.

    Discount and facilities for children on night trains

    You can travel comfortably with your family to Vienna or Munich and Innsbruck with the ÖBB Nightjet night train.

    Children's discount ÖBB Nightjet

    0-5 years
    Children aged 5 or younger must always be accompanied by an adult. They are not obliged to reserve their own seat or couchette, they may also share it with a paying traveller. If they travel without their own seat or couchette they can travel without a ticket, free of charge. If you want them to have a seat or couchette they can travel for the child's fare.

    6-14 years
    Children aged 6 to 14 must also always be accompanied by an adult. They must reserve their own seat or couchette and travel at the child's fare.

    Facilities on board

    Familienabteil
    A Familienabteil is a compartiment with 6 couchettes for no more than 3 adults and 3 children aged 14 or younger.

    Ladies only compartment
    The ladies only compartment is only for women and girls. Boys travelling with their mother are not allowed in here. In that case, they must book their own compartment or a couchette in a mixed compartment.

    Discount and facilities for children France

    On vacation in France or a visit to Disneyland Paris? With TGV or Thalys you will be there before you know it. Below you can find out more about the discount offers for both trains.

    Children's discount TGV and Thalys

    • The child's age on the day of travel - not the day of booking - applies
    • Only valid when accompanied by an adult
    • Available as one-way ticket in 1st and 2nd classs
    • Unlimited changing before departure and up to one hour after departure at a Thalys departure station
    • By cancellation before departure, you will receive a full refund
    • By cancellation up to one hour after departure, you will receive a 50% refund

    0-3 years
    Children of 3 years and younger can travel for free (on your lap) and do not need to have a reserved seat.

    4-11 years
    For children through to 11 years of age the child rate applies.

    12-17 years
    Children under the age of 18 can benefit from the youth tariff. Children that are not accompanied by an adult must always be able to show a valid form of identification and written permission from a parent or legal guardian.

    Children travelling alone
    An unaccompanied minor (up to and including the age of 17) must at all times during the journey be in possession (and be able to show it on request) of the written permission for the journey of a parent or legal guardian. Children younger then 12 aren't allowed to travel unaccompanied.

    Facilities on board of Thalys en TGV

    Baby care
    Thalys: In the carriages 7, 17 and 27, you can use a changing table, sink and bottle heater.
    TGV: In carriages 7 or 17 and in 1st class, there is a nursing room with changing table available.

    Strollers
    You may take the pram or stroller on board for free, when travelling with a child. You can store your stroller in the carriage you are sitting in, provided you fold it.

    Discount and facilities for children Belgium

    To Belgium you can travel with either Thalys or Intercity Brussels. Below you can find out more about the discount offers for both trains. In order to qualify for the discount, the accompanying person for children must be at least 18 years old.

    Child's discount Intercity Brussels

    0-3 years
    Children 3 years and younger travel for free but will need to sit on your lap.

    4-11 years

    When booking online, children from 4 to 11 years old can travel for free with an adult (18 years or older). However, when booking, you must indicate that your child is travelling with you and you will receive a ticket (without price).

    Ticket rate/sort Ticket conditions Conditions for changes and cancellations Header Header
    Accompanied children Children 4-11 years old, accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. Maximum 4 children per adult. You can change or cancel your ticket free of charge up to and including the day of departure. After that there is no refund possible. Content Content
    Unaccompanied children This rate can be used for unaccompanied children (from 6 years old) or for any 5th (or more) accompanying child. You can change or cancel your ticket free of charge up to and including the day of departure. After that there is no refund possible. Content Content


    Minors

    An unaccompanied minor (up to and including 17 years) child is the responsibility of the parents. A written liability by the parents is mandatory, the train manager can ask for this.

    Children's discount Thalys

    For Thalys to Belgium the same discounts count as for the train to France

    Facilities on board of Intercity Brussels and Thalys

    Baby care
    Thalys: In the carriage 7, 17 and 27, you can use a changing table, sink and bottle heater.
    Intercity Brussels: There are no baby facilities available.

    Strollers
    You may take the pram or stroller on board for free, when travelling with a child. You can store your stroller in the carriage you are sitting in, provided you fold it.

    Discount and facilities for children London

    With Eurostar you travel to London in 4.13 hours: ideal for a weekend getaway with the kids!

    Children's discount Eurostar

    0-3 years
    Children up to and including 3 years travel for free and do not need a reserved seat if they remain on your lap during the trip. Are you traveling alone with several children up to and including 3 years old? You can keep one on your lap, for the other you have to buy a children's ticket. Remember that every child, no matter how young, needs their own identity papers.

    4-11 years
    There are children's tickets for children up to and including 11 years old, with which your child can travel at a reduced rate. Children up to the age of twelve must always be accompanied by a responsible fellow traveller who is at least 16 years old.

    12-15 years
    Young people from 12 to 15 years old travel with a regular ticket. On Eurostar trains between London and the Netherlands (direct connection) and between the Netherlands and Brussels v.v., they must always be accompanied by a responsible fellow traveller who is at least 16 years old.

    16-18 years
    Young people from 16 to 18 years old are allowed to travel unaccompanied, provided they have the normal required and legal papers with them as the other travelers.

    Unaccompanied minors
    An unaccompanied minor (up to and including 17 years of age) must be in possession of (and be able to show this upon request) a written consent from a parent or legal guardian during the entire trip. Children are only allowed to travel alone from the age of 16.

    Facilities on board

    Children’s compartment
    In carriages 1 and 18 you will find several family tables where children can do some colouring and play.

    Baby care
    Provisions for baby care can be found in carriages 1, 2, 17 and 18. You cannot buy any baby food in the train. However, the staff at the bar carriage will be happy to warm up any baby food you have.

    Strollers
    In carriage 1, 3, 16 and 18 there is additional space to store your stroller or pram.

    Especially for children
    For toddlers, there is a special meal box on sale in bar carriages 6 and 13. It includes a sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a colouring book.

    Children's discount Interrail

    With an Interrail Pass you can travel through a few days, two weeks or even a month at you own pace through Europe. And the kids? They can join you - with discount!

    Children's discount Interrail

    0 - 3 years
    Children who are not older than three years on the first day of travel, do not need an Interrail pass. When the train is full, you may be requested to take the child you’re your lap. If you want to be sure your child has a seat, reserve a seat in advance. Also for the night train, you can book a separate sleeping place for your child. That can be done via the NS International Servicecenter of NS International desk. Without valid reservation, your child has no guarantee of a seat or bed.

    4 - 11 years
    Also, children younger than 12 on their first day are allowed to travel for free in both 1st and 2nd class. They only need a Child Pass. This Child Pass can be purchased along with an Interrail Pass for adults, with a maximum of two children per adult. The adult whom the child travels with does not need to be a family member.

    12-17 years
    Children 12 through 17 years of age travel with their own Pass: Youth Pass. This pass gives 25% discount and pricing can be found on our Interrail page.

    Order Interrail Pass

    An Interrail Pass for children can be ordered using our online order form.
    Read more about buying an Interrail pas

    Find train tickets