Den Haag Centraal railway station

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Den Haag Centraal
Den Haag CS.jpg
Station statistics
Address Koningin Julianaplein 10
2595 AA The Hague
Netherlands
Coordinates 52°4′54″N 4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917Coordinates: 52°4′54″N 4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917
Line(s) Gouda–Den Haag railway
Platforms 10
Other information
Opened 1973
Station code Gvc
Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Location
Den Haag Centraal railway station is located in Randstad
Den Haag Centraal railway station

Den Haag Centraal [dɛn ɦaːx sɛnˈtraːɫ] (in English: The Hague Central) (IATA: ZYH) is the largest railway station in the Dutch city of The Hague and, with twelve track, the largest terminal station in the Netherlands. The station was completed in 1973, next to the older station Den Haag Staatsspoor. It is the western terminus of the Gouda–Den Haag railway.

History[edit]

Main hall of Den Haag Centraal, before its renovation.

The oldest station in The Hague is Den Haag Hollands Spoor (Holland's Rail) on the main line from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, opened in 1843 by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij (Dutch 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 (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 ("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 only served by terminating trains, while Intercity- and international trains travelling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam only stop at Hollands Spoor station. Nowadays, 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 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 places 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 is planned to finish by the end of 2014.

Train services[edit]

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The following services call at Den Haag Centraal:

  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Leeuwarden
  • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem - Amsterdam
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Hengelo - Enschede
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Amersfoort Schothorst
  • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Rotterdam - Breda - Eindhoven - Venlo
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Breda
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Roosendaal
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Hilversum - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Gouda - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Gouda - Gouda Goverwelle
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
Terminus NS Intercity 700
toward Groningen
NS Intercity 1700
toward Enschede
NS Intercity 1900
toward Venlo
NS Intercity 2000
NS Intercity 2100
NS Intercity 11700
NS Intercity 12700
toward Leeuwarden
NS Sprinter 5000
toward Breda
NS Sprinter 5100
toward Roosendaal
NS Sprinter 5700
NS Sprinter 6300
toward Haarlem
NS Sprinter 9800
NS Sprinter 19800

Tram services[edit]

The elevated tram station undergoing a renovation, as of June 2013.

Den Haag Centraal is an HTM Personenvervoer public transportation hub. The railway station features two tram stations; one on a platform above the rail tracks and one parallel to them, outside the south-western entrance.

Upper tram station
Platform Line Destination Via
A  3  Loosduinen Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Bomen/-Vruchtenbuurt, Bohemen
 4  De Uithof Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Rustenburg/Oostbroek, Leyenburg, Bouwlust
B  2  Kraayenstein Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Nieuw Eykenduynen, Oud Eik en Duinen, Houtwijk, Loosduinen
 6  Leyenburg Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, Schilderswijk, Haagse Markt, Transvaalkwartier, Rustenburg/Oostbroek
C  2  Leidschendam Leidsenhage Ternoot, Bezuidenhout, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Essesteijn
 6  Leidschendam Noord Ternoot, Bezuidenhout, Haagse Hout, Station Mariahoeve, Essesteijn, Leidsenhage
D  3  Zoetermeer Centrum West Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Zoetermeerse Krakeling
 4  Zoetermeer Javalaan Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Oosterheem
Lower tram station
Platform Line Destination Via
E  9  Scheveningen Noorderstrand Malieveld, Koninginnegracht, Madurodam, Westbroekpark, Circustheater, Kurhaus
 15  Nootdorp Korte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Centrum, Bierkade, Rijswijkseplein/Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Rijswijk, Hoornbrug, Broekpolder, P+R Hoornwijck, Ypenburg
 17  Statenkwartier Korte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Zeeheldenkwartier, Gemeentemuseum/Museon
F/G Out of order
H  9  Vrederust Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Stationsbuurt, Zuiderpark, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond
 16  Wateringen Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Station Moerwijk, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond, Hoge Veld, Wateringse Veld
 17  Wateringen Rijswijkseplein, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Plaspoelpolder, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Eikelenburg, Wateringse Veld

Besides the Tramservices offered by the HTM, the Rotterdam based RET runs a metro from the station via Leidschenveen and Pijnacker to the Rotterdam Metro system.

Bus services[edit]

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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.

Platform Line Destination Via Carrier
C All Final destination
D  24  Station Mariahoeve Haagse Hout, Mariahoeve HTM
 N2  Leidschendam/Voorburg Mariahoeve, MCH Antoniushove, Voorburg Station HTM
 N6  Zoetermeer Mandelabrug, Rokkeveen, Silverdome, Centrum West, Hoflaan, Rotonde Houtkade, Centraal Station HTM
E  24  Kijkduin Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Vredespaleis, Gemeentemuseum/Museon, HagaZiekenhuis, Vogelwijk, Bohemen HTM
 N5  Centrum (Buitenhof) HTM
 N6  Centrum (Buitenhof) HTM
F  18  Rijswijk De Schilp Stationsbuurt, Station Hollands Spoor, Laak, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Steenvoorde HTM
G  18  Clingendael Malieveld, Benoordenhout HTM
H  22  Duindorp Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Madurodam, Kurhaus, Scheveningen HTM
I  22  Duinzigt Malieveld, Bronovo Ziekenhuis, Waalsdorperweg HTM
J  45  Leiden, Centraal Station Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), GGZ Haagstreek, Voorschoten, Station Lammenschans, Breestraat Veolia/Arriva
 45  Voorschoten, Vlietwijk Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), Leidschendam (MCH Antoniushove, Leidsenhage, GGZ Haagstreek) Veolia
K  43  Leiden, Centraal Station Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Maaldrift), Haagse Schouw, Universiteit Leiden Veolia
 91  Wassenaar, Park Duinrell Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg) Veolia
L  90  Hillegom, Station -
Nieuw-Vennep, Station
Wassenaar (Kerkehout, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Dr Mansveltkade/Duinrell), Katwijk aan den Rijn, Katwijk (Molentuinweg, Raadhuis, Vuurbaak, Biltlaan, Rijnsoever), Noordwijk (Molentuinweg, Raadhuis, Vuurbaak, Biltlaan, Rijnsoever), Noordwijkerhout, De Zilk, Hillegom (Station, Weeresteinstraat, Olympiaweg), Beinsdorp, Winkelcentrum Getsewoud, Zuiderdreef Arriva
 491  Wassenaar, Park Duinrell Van Oldenbarneveltweg Veolia
O  385  Noordwijk, Picképlein Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord), Transferium A44, Valkenburg, Katwijk aan den Rijn, Katwijk Arriva
 386  Oegstgeest, Simon Vestdijklaan Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord), Transferium A44, Leidsebuurt Arriva

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