Den Haag Centraal railway station

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Den Haag Centraal
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Den Haag Centraal, exterior
LocationKoningin Julianaplein 10
2595 AA The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Netherlands
Coordinates 52°4′54″N4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917 Coordinates: 52°4′54″N4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917
Operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s) Gouda–Den Haag railway
Platforms10
Other information
Station codeGvc
History
Opened29 May 1976
Services
Preceding station  Nederlandse Spoorwegen  Following station
Terminus NS Intercity 700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 1800 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 600 to/from Leeuwarden at Zwolle
toward  Groningen
NS Intercity 1100
2x/hour
toward  Eindhoven
NS Intercity 1700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 11700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Amersfoort Centraal. Transfer to Intercity 11600 to/from Amersfoort Schothorst at Amersfoort Centraal
toward  Enschede
NS Intercity 1800
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 500 to/from Groningen at Zwolle
toward  Leeuwarden
NS Intercity 2000
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
NS Intercity 2100
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
NS Intercity 11700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 1700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Amersfoort Centraal. Transfer to Intercity 1600 to/from Enschede at Amersfoort Centraal
NS Sprinter 4600
2x/hour
toward  Zwolle
NS Sprinter 5000
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward  Dordrecht
NS Sprinter 5100
2x/hour
NS Sprinter 6300
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward  Haarlem
NS Sprinter 6800
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
NS Sprinter 6900
2x/hour
Location
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Den Haag Centraal
Location within Southwest Randstad
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Den Haag Centraal
Den Haag Centraal (Netherlands)

Den Haag Centraal (Dutch pronunciation: [dɛn ˌɦaːx sɛnˈtraːl] ; English: The Hague Central) is the largest railway station in the city of The Hague in South Holland, Netherlands, and with twelve tracks, the largest terminal station in the Netherlands. The station was completed in 1973, adjacent to its predecessor: station Den Haag Staatsspoor, which was subsequently demolished. It is the western terminus of the Gouda–Den Haag railway.

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History

Main hall of Den Haag Centraal, 2016 Den Haag CS feestelijke opening 1.JPG
Main hall of Den Haag Centraal, 2016

The oldest station in The Hague is Den Haag Hollands Spoor (The Hague Holland's Rail) on the main line from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, opened in 1843 by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij (Holland's Iron Railroad Company). This station was built at some distance from the city centre.

In 1870, the Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij (Dutch Rhine-railroad Company) opened a second station in The Hague, Den Haag Rijnspoor (The Hague Rhine Rail) for trains to Gouda and Utrecht. This station was built much closer to the city centre. From 1888 this railroad was the property of the Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen (State Railway Operation Company); the station was renamed Den Haag Staatsspoor ("The Hague State Rail").

In the 1970s, Nederlandse Spoorwegen decided to build a new Central Station in The Hague and it was decided to build the new station next to Staatsspoor station. The old station was demolished after the new station was completed. A chord was also built to connect the station to the line to Amsterdam. Although Centraal station is the largest station in The Hague, it is served only by terminating trains; Intercity and international trains travelling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam stop only at Hollands Spoor station. Now, The Hague is the only city in the Netherlands which still has two major railway stations.

The main hall of Den Haag Centraal is currently[ when? ] undergoing a renovation in order to increase the railway station's capacity. The roof has been replaced. It is now higher, and made of glass plates placed in a framework of stainless steel. Moreover, more commercial space has been added next to both side entrances, and new tiling is due to be placed. The renovation was planned to finish by the end of 2014 but is still going on as of May 2019

Train services

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The elevated tram station above the mainline tracks

There are 22 scheduled trains per hour that leave Den Haag Centraal on a normal weekday (07:00 - 20:00). Sprinter services call at every station along the way whilst Intercity trains only stop at the major stations. There are 6 trains an hour (each way) connecting Den Haag Centraal with Rotterdam Centraal, 6 train an hour connecting it with Utrecht and 4 with Amsterdam.

SeriesTypeRouteFrequency
700IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Leiden Centraal - Schiphol Airport - A'dam Zuid - Almere Centrum - Lelystad Centrum - Zwolle - Groningen1x per hour
1100IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Den Haag HS - Delft - Rotterdam Centraal - Breda - Tilburg - Eindhoven2x per hour
1700IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal - Amersfoort Centraal - Apeldoorn - Deventer - Almelo - Hengelo - Enschede1x per hour (Forms half hourly service between Den Haag Centraal and Amersfoort Centraal with the 11700)
1800IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Leiden Centraal - Schiphol Airport - A'dam Zuid - Almere Centrum - Lelystad Centrum - Zwolle - Leeuwarden1x per hour
2000IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal2x per hour
2100IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Leiden Centraal - Haarlem - A'dam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal2x per hour
4600SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Leiden Centraal - Schiphol Airport - A'dam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal

(Continues as 14600 to Almere - Lelystad - Zwolle)

2x per hour
5000SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Den Haag HS - Delft - Rotterdam Centraal - Dordrecht2x per hour (Forms a quarter hourly service with the 5100)
5100SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Den Haag HS - Delft - Rotterdam Centraal - Dordrecht2x per hour (Forms a quarter hourly service with the 5000)
6300SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Leiden Centraal - Haarlem2x per hour
6800SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Gouda - Gouda Goverwelle2x per hour
6900SprinterDen Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal - 's Hertogenbosch2x per hour
11700IntercityDen Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal - Amersfoort Centraal - Amersfoort Schothorst1x per hour (Forms half hourly service between Den Haag Centraal and Amersfoort Centraal with the 1700)

Tram services

Den Haag Centraal is a public transportation hub and a major nodal hub for the tram network run by HTM Personenvervoer. The railway station features two separate sets of platforms.

Upper tram station

These are two elevated island platforms serving four tracks, located above and lying perpendicular to the heavy rail tracks, serving lines 2, 3, 4, and 6. Regular lines 2 and 6 use the inner tracks, while the RandstadRail lines 3 and 4 use the outer tracks. They connect directly to the city centre tunnel to the west and the elevated tracks to Ternoot and Beatrixkwartier to the east.

PlatformLineDestinationVia
A 3 Den Haag Loosduinen Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, HMC Westeinde, Bomen/-Vruchtenbuurt, Bohemen
 4 Den Haag De UithofTramtunnel, Prinsegracht, HMC Westeinde, Rustenburg/Oostbroek, Leyenburg, Bouwlust
 34 Den Haag De Savonin LohmanpleinTramtunne, Prinsegracht, HMC Westeinde, Bomen/-Vruchtenbuurt
B 2 Den Haag KraayensteinTramtunnel, Prinsegracht, HMC Westeinde, Nieuw Eykenduynen, Oud Eik en Duinen, Houtwijk, Loosduinen
 6 Den Haag LeyenburgTramtunnel, Prinsegracht, Schilderswijk, Haagse Markt, Transvaalkwartier, Rustenburg/Oostbroek
C 2  Leidschendam Ternoot, Bezuidenhout, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Essesteijn, Leidsenhage
 6  Leidschendam NoordTernoot, Bezuidenhout, Haagse Hout, Station Mariahoeve, Essesteijn, Leidsenhage
D 3  Zoetermeer Centrum Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Zoetermeerse Krakeling
 4  Lansingerland-Zoetermeer Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Oosterheem
 34  Lansingerland-Zoetermeer Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Oosterheem
Lower tram station

These are two ground-level side platforms and one island platform between them, located parallel to the heavy rail tracks outside the south-western entrance. All other city tram lines that call at the station use these platforms.

PlatformLineDestinationVia
E 9  Scheveningen NoordMalieveld, Koninginnegracht, Madurodam, Westbroekpark, Circustheater, Kurhaus
 16 StatenkwartierKorte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Zeeheldenkwartier, Kunstmuseum/Museon
F 15  Nootdorp Korte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Centrum, Bierkade, Waldorpstraat/Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Rijswijk, Hoornbrug, Broekpolder, P+R Hoornwijck, Ypenburg
G 17 WateringenRijswijkseplein, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Plaspoelpolder, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Eikelenburg, Wateringse Veld
H 9 VrederustKalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Stationsbuurt, Zuiderpark, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond
 16 WateringenKalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Station Moerwijk, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond, Hoge Veld, Wateringse Veld

Metro services

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New metro station

The Rotterdam-based RET operates RandstadRail line E, a high-capacity metro service via Leidschenveen and Pijnacker to Rotterdam Centraal station. From there it shares track with line D of the Rotterdam Metro and terminates at Slinge station.

Until August 2016, these services used platforms 11 and 12 of the mainline station, alongside the heavy rail tracks. Since then, two dedicated elevated platforms have come into use. Here, metro trains use the high-level side platforms; the low-level island platform is used by RandstadRail trams in case of emergency, when the connecting tracks via Beatrixkwartier cannot be used.

Bus services

There is a bus platform above the rail roads, which is connected to the Prins Bernhardviaduct running over the tracks. The platform is accessible from the station's main hall. Several city and regional lines of three different carriers stop here. HTM's bus lines starting with an N are night buses and only run on Fridays and Saturdays.

PlatformLineDestinationViaCarrier
IAllFinal destination
J24 Den Haag Kijkduin Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Vredespaleis, Kunstmuseum/Museon, HagaZiekenhuis, Vogelwijk, Bohemen HTM
28 Den Haag Zuiderstrand Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Vredespaleis, World Forum, Westduinweg
K22 Den Haag Duindorp Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Madurodam, Kurhaus, Scheveningen
L24 Station Mariahoeve Haagse Hout, Mariahoeve
M20DuinzigtMalieveld, Benoordenhout, HMC Bronovo, Waalsdorperweg
29 Den Haag Oude WaalsdorperwegMalieveld, Benoordenhout, HMC Bronovo, Waalsdorperweg
N22 Rijswijk De Schilp Station Hollands Spoor, MegaStores, Laakkwartier, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Steenvoorde
29 Station Rijswijk Station Hollands Spoor, MegaStores, Laakkwartier
O28 Station Voorburg Binckhorst
P45 Leiden, Centraal Station Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), GGZ Rivierduinen, Voorschoten, Station Lammenschans, BreestraatEBS
46 Voorschoten, Station Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), Leidschendam (HMC Antoniushove, Leidsenhage, GGZ Rivierduinen)
Q43 Leiden, Centraal Station Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Maaldrift), Haagse Schouw, Universiteit Leiden
44 Wassenaar, Duinrell Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg)
R380 Alphen aan den Rijn, Station Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug, Lansingerland-Zoetermeer), Hazerswoude-Dorp, Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Flemingweg, Europalaan Arriva
381 Alphen aan den Rijn, Station Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug, Lansingerland-Zoetermeer), Hazerswoude-Dorp, Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Avifauna, Het Oude Ambacht, Troubadourweg
382 Waddinxveen, Station Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug)
383 Krimpen aan den IJssel, Busstation/Rotterdam, Capelsebrug Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug, Lansingerland-Zoetermeer), Moerkapelle, Zevenhuizen, Rotterdam (Metro Nesselande), Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (Zilvermos, Reigerhof, Station), Capelle aan den IJssel (Metro De Terp, Metro Centrum)
384 Waddinxveen, Station Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug, Lansingerland-Zoetermeer), Moerkapelle, Zevenhuizen
386 Gouda, Station Haagse Poort, Voorburg, Zoetermeer (Station/Mandelabrug, Lansingerland-Zoetermeer), Moerkapelle, Zevenhuizen, Waddinxveen
S90 Lisse, De Nachtegaal Wassenaar (Kerkehout, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Dr Mansveltkade/Duinrell), Katwijk aan den Rijn, Katwijk (Panbos, Molentuinweg, Raadhuis, Vuurbaak, Biltlaan, Rijnsoever), Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout, De Zilk, Keukenhofdreef Arriva
144 Wassenaar, Duinrell Van OldenbarneveltwegEBS
385 Sassenheim, Station Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord), Valkenburg, Katwijk, Noordwijk, Voorhout Arriva
685 Oegstgeest, Leidsebuurt Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord)

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