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What do you think? The Stiltecoupé Posted by on May 2, 2016

In most Intercity’s (intercity train – high speed trains) of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) (Dutch Railways – NS, the main railway company), you will find a stiltecoupé (silence train compartment), in which you are not allowed to talk. Intended for people that want to travel in silence, because they read a book, need to focus on some work, want to do a…

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Problems for the Dutch Railway NS Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

The Nederlandse Spoorwegen or the NS has been in the news (again) because of complaints from several organizations. The most notable of these organizations is the Stichting Consumentenclaim. This organization has been filling the NS with complaints from users because they do not have a seat on the train, and many people have to travel like sardines…

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Traveling by Train in the Netherlands Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

One of the novelties I have enjoyed the most in the Netherlands is to travel with the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (or NS for short). My only train memory prior to Europe is a very old one from the last times there was a passenger train in Mexico (before 1992). We took the overnight trip and played…

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Indispensible – treinen! Posted by on Mar 23, 2014

I think it is time for me to clear some things up about traveling in Dutch treinen (trains, singular trein). In everyday speech, the Dutch also introduced the verb treinen (literally ‘training’) to describe traveling by train. So just the word treinen can mean trains or ‘training’/traveling by train. To describe how treinen usually…

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The Big Advantage Of Dutch Students – Only Dutch? Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Last year in June, the European Commission sued the Netherlands for its policy on the OV Chipkaart. If you wondered, OV stands for Openbaar Vervoer (Public Transportation). The Netherlands have agreed to the Verdrag van Maastricht (The Maastricht Treaty, or Treaty on the European Union (TEU)) of 1992. In this Treaty, which is binding, the Netherlands is obliged to remove barriers…

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