Travel with children on the train

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.
To qualify for the discount, the guardian of children must be at least 18 years.

Older than 17?

A few train services offer a special Youth rate for young people 17 years and older. Find out more about the discounts that apply.

  • Germany

    You can travel comfortably to Germany with Intercity Berlin or ICE International. Below you can find out more about the discount offers for both trains.

    How much is the children's discount?

    Younger than 4 years old

    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.

    4 through 14 years
    Children aged 4 through 14 years of age can also travel for free when accompanied by a parent or grandparent. It is necessary to note this on the ticket of the person accompanying them. Add the child when booking your ticket. It is not possible to add a child to the ticket once the ticket is purchased.

    Unaccompanied minors
    Children aged 12 through 14 may travel on their own with a discount of 50%. Unaccompanied minors 15 years and older will not receive a discount.

    Are your children travelling with someone else?
    Even then you will pay half price. You will therefore still get the best rate! Please note that when purchasing the train ticket that you indicate that your child is an "unaccompanied minor".

    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.

    Facilities on board

    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.

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  • 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.

    How much is the children's discount?

    0 through 3 years of age
    Children 3 years and younger can travel for free (on your lap) and do not need to have a reserved seat. Would you prefer they had their own seat? Then you must purchase a children's ticket, which can be purchased at a discount.

    4 through 11 years of age
    For children through to 11 years of age a Child rate applies:

    • The child's age on the day of travel - not the day of booking - applies
    • Only valid whan accompanied by an adult
    • Available as one-way ticket in 1st and 2nd class
    • Unlimited re-booking 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

    12 through 17 years of age
    Children younger than 18 years may travel with a youth ticket. Children that are not accompanied by an adult must always carry with them a valid form of identification.

    Facilities on board

    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.

    Heating up a bottle or baby food?
    Our restaurant staff will be happy to do this for you!

    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.

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  • 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.

    How much is the children's discount?

    Discounts Intercity Brussels

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

    4 through 11 years of age
    A child accompanied by an adult can travel along for € 2.50 per one-way trip. Unless you have a Kids Vrij subscription, for then you will not have to pay extra. Please note: your child will need a valid ticket, which can easily be "bought" on our website. When booking, indicate that your child has a Kids Free subscription in order to get the free ticket.

    12 years and older
    Children 12 years old or older travel for a Youth rate (even when unaccompanied), which amounts to 35% discount on the standard rate. From September to June the Youth rate on Mondays through Fridays is only valid after 09.00 hrs.The Youth rate is for passengers 25 years and younger.

    Discounts Thalys

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

    Facilities on board

    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.

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  • London

    With Eurostar you travel to London in 4h39m: ideal for a weekend getaway with the kids!

    How much is the children's discount?

    0 through 3 years of age
    Children 3 years and younger can travel for free and do not need to have a reserved seat if they sit on your lap during the trip. Are you travelling alone with several childre 3 years or younger? You can keep one on your lap and must purchase a children's ticket.

    Do not forget that every child, no matter what their age, must have their own identity papers.

    4 through 11 years of age
    For children younger than 12 years old, there are children tickets available at a discount.

    12 through 15 years of age
    Children aged 12 through 15 need to have a letter from their parents, giving them permission to travel unaccompanied.

    Please note
    Children, regardless of age, also need to have their own form of identification when travelling to London with Eurostar.

    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.

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  • 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!

    How much is the children's discount?

    0 through 3 years of age
    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 Service Centre or at an NS International counter. Without valid reservation, your child has no guarantee of a seat or bed.

    4 through 11 years of age
    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 or seniors, with a maximum of two children per adult. The adult whom the child travels with does not need to be a family member.

    12 through 17 years of age
    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.

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  • The Netherlands

    More information about unlimited travel for children who are accompanying you.

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