Rotterdam to Groningen night train to continue running after successful test

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)

A two-year long experiment with running a night train from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen after Friday night draws to a close attracted enough passengers to be considered a success, according to NS. The rail company will add this train to the timetable for the coming two years, RTV Noord reports.

The train departs from Rotterdam Central Station at just after midnight, pulling out of the station at 12:05 a.m. on Saturdays. It then runs via Utrecht, Zwolle and Assen to Groningen, where it arrives just before 3:00 a.m. 

Subsidies from the city and province of Groningen, and the province of Drenthe, will be used to help cover the cost of the train service, the broadcaster said.

A similar service from Groningen to Amsterdam, also with connections in Zwolle and Almere, was scrapped. RTV Noord said its because the train service was mostly used by passengers to travel between Groningen and Assen.