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Traveling from Rotterdam to Heerlen by train

Looking to travel from Rotterdam to Heerlen by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 2 hours 40 minutes to travel from Rotterdam to Heerlen by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 2 hours 24 minutes though. You'll usually find 66 trains per day running along the 155 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Heerlen, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You'll be traveling with Thalys, ICE or DB on your way to Heerlen, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Rotterdam to Heerlen start from $32.00 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Heerlen by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Rotterdam to Heerlen by train

It takes an average of 2h 40m to travel from Rotterdam to Heerlen by train, over a distance of around 97 miles (155 km). There are normally 66 trains per day traveling from Rotterdam to Heerlen and tickets for this journey start from $32 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 24m
PriceFrom $32
Distance97 miles (155 km)
Frequency66 trains per day
First train00:05
Last train23:14
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationHeerlen
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsNS, Deutsche Bahn, SNCB, Thalys, BlaBlaCar Bus

Rotterdam to Heerlen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Heerlen for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:14 13:41 2h 27m, 1 change
11:44 14:08 2h 24m, 2 changes
11:44 14:11 2h 27m, 1 change
12:14 14:38 2h 24m, 2 changes
12:14 14:41 2h 27m, 1 change
12:44 15:08 2h 24m, 2 changes
12:44 15:11 2h 27m, 1 change
13:14 15:38 2h 24m, 2 changes
13:14 15:41 2h 27m, 1 change
13:44 16:08 2h 24m, 2 changes

NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Rotterdam to Heerlen

You can travel from Rotterdam to Heerlen on NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Heerlen

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to Heerlen starts at $32 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Rotterdam to Heerlen by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Rotterdam to Heerlen

Want to know more about your journey from Rotterdam to Heerlen? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Rotterdam to Heerlen take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and Heerlen is 2 hours and 40 minutes, with around 66 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Rotterdam and Heerlen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Heerlen is 2 hours and 24 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam to Heerlen cost?

Train tickets from Rotterdam to Heerlen can start from as little as $32 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Rotterdam to Heerlen?

No, there are no direct train services from Rotterdam to Heerlen. Travelling from Rotterdam to Heerlen by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Rotterdam to Heerlen leave?

The first train from Rotterdam to Heerlen leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Rotterdam to Heerlen leave?

The last train from Rotterdam to Heerlen leaves at 23:14. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Rotterdam and Heerlen by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Heerlen cover a distance of around 97 miles (155 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Heerlen to Rotterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Heerlen for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/16/2022 for travel on 12/16/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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