Travelling with children

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.

  • Germany

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

    Are you travelling with the IC Bus and a child up to 4 years old? Then, a child’s seat is compulsory. We kindly request you to book a separate seat for your child (0 to 4 years). This is can be done by selecting “Own seat” when booking. You also need to bring your own infant carrier. If your child does not have his/her own seat and infant carrier, you can’t travel by IC Bus.

    Children's discounts

    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. 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.

    4 through 14 years
    Children aged 4 through 14 years of age can also travel for free when accompanied by a 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 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 aged 12 through 14 may travel on their own with a discount of 50%, they have to be able to show in the train a written permission from their parents that they are allowed to travel alone. Children younger than 12 aren't allowed to travel unaccompanied. 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".

    Children in a group trip (6-9 persons)
    Children (0-14 years old) receive a 50% discount on a group trip because in the combination 2 children are regarded as 1 adult. For group trips to Germany, a minimum of 6 adults (15 years or older) must travel together.
    Read more about group trips

    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 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

    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. In order to qualify for the discount, the accompanying person for children must be at least 18 years old.

    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
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.

    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. Children younger than 12 years old need to be accompanied by a responsible fellow traveler of at least 16 years old.

    12 through 15 years of age
    Children aged 12 through 15 years can travel with a regular ticket. The Eurostar trains between London and the Netherlands (direct connection) and between the Netherlands and Brussels, Children younger than 12 years old need to be accompanied by a responsible fellow traveler of at least 16 years old.

    16 through 18 years of age
    Young people between the ages of 16 through 18 years are allowed to travel unaccompanied, they need to have the required and legal documents with them

    Please note
    Children are allowed to travel unaccompanied from the age of 16 years. 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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  • The Netherlands
    More information about unlimited travel for children who are accompanying you about Railrunner and Kids Vrij on NS.nl.

  • 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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