Venlo train station

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The station building (2013)
The station building (2013)
Location in the network Crossing station
Design Through station
Platform tracks 5
abbreviation Vl
IBNR 8400644
opening November 21, 1865
Website URL NS info page
Architectural data
architect Koen van der Gaast
City / municipality Venlo
province Limburg
Country Netherlands
Coordinates 51 ° 21 '53 "  N , 6 ° 10' 17"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 21 '53 "  N , 6 ° 10' 17"  E
Railway lines
List of train stations in the Netherlands
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Sculpture (Reizigers) in front of the train station

The Venlo train station is the passenger station for the city of Venlo and also an important European border station, in particular for freight transport.


The first station opened in November 1865 as part of the Nijmegen to Maastricht line. This was not on the site of the current train station, but a little further south. In 1874 the passenger station was moved to its current location. One of the reasons for this was the Hamburg-Venloer Bahn . The section on the left bank of the Rhine from Venlo via Straelen to Wesel was opened in 1874 and gradually shut down after the Wesel railway bridge was destroyed in the Second World War . The old station area of ​​this line in Venlo today forms the Julianapark. The Hamburg-Venloer Bahn was part of the project for a line from Paris to Hamburg . The line connecting Venlo and Antwerp to the west was never built, as there was no need for another line in a similar direction in addition to the existing line along the Maas to Maastricht and the Iron Rhine (Antwerp - Roermond - Mönchengladbach ) built between 1869 and 1879 .

In 1958 a new reception building was built in Venlo, designed by the architect Koen van der Gaast . It is in a style typical of Dutch train stations of that era and is characterized by its clock tower and the canopy that spans the entire front of the station. Both Venlo train stations were long-distance train stations from the beginning, so from 1901 a D-train ran between Hoek van Holland and Basel in Venlo . Later there was also a direct train connection between The Hague and Cologne , which was later shortened to Eindhoven - Cologne and discontinued entirely in 1999. Since then, passengers from Germany to the Netherlands have had to change trains in Venlo, as only long-distance trains run within the Netherlands. The Alpenexpress, which connected Venlo with the ski areas in Austria and Switzerland , also operated in Venlo .


In the lobby of the Venlo train station there is a travel center with a total of three ticket offices , a magazine and flower shop and a kiosk. There is also an exchange office (GWK) outside the train station. To make the lobby more attractive, the building was extensively renovated in 2007. The lobby is now more open and brighter. The station is designed to be handicapped accessible. There are two elevators installed.

Operation and traffic

Three different transport companies operate trains in Venlo. The InterCity in the direction of Eindhoven Centraal - Schiphol Airport is operated by NS , the regional train Roermond - Nijmegen by Arriva and the Maas-Wupper-Express to Hamm by the Eurobahn .

Route connections

Since the D-Zug Eindhoven - Cologne was discontinued in 1999 , only long-distance services have been running in Venlo. However, the traditional Alpen-Express is an exception. This always connects the Dutch cities of Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch and Venlo with the Austrian Alpine region during the ski season.

The following lines operate at Venlo station in the 2020 annual timetable :

Train type Line course frequency
Intercity Schiphol Airport  - Utrecht Centraal  - 's-Hertogenbosch  - Eindhoven Centraal  - Helmond  - Venlo every half hour
Intercity Dordrecht  - Rotterdam Centraal  - Schiedam Centrum  - Delft  - The Hague HS  - Leiden Centraal  - Schiphol Airport  - Amsterdam Zuid  - Utrecht Centraal  - 's-Hertogenbosch  - Eindhoven Centraal  - Helmond  - Venlo every half hour (only runs in the evening and on Sundays)
RE 13 Maas-Wupper-Express :
Venlo  - Kaldenkirchen  - Breyell  - Boisheim  - Dülken  - Viersen  - Mönchengladbach Hbf  - Neuss Hbf  - Düsseldorf Hbf  - Wuppertal-Vohwinkel  - Wuppertal Hbf  - Wuppertal-Barmen  - Wuppertal-Oberbarmen  - Schwelm  - Ennepetal (Gevelsberg)  - Hagen Main station  - Schwerte (Ruhr)  - Holzwickede  - Unna  - Bönen  - Hamm (Westf) Hbf
Status: timetable change December 2019
60 min
Stoptrein ( Arriva ) Nijmegen  - Venray  - Venlo  - Roermond every half hour
Stoptrein ( Arriva ) Nijmegen  - Venray  (- Venlo ) 3 times a day (does not run in the evenings and on weekends)


bus connections

The Venlo train station is not only a railway junction in the region, but also a bus junction in the northern part of the Dutch province of Limburg . In addition to the city bus routes, there are also national buses to Roermond , Weert , Venray , Nijmegen and Kaldenkirchen . The NIAG line 929 also runs three times Monday to Friday and twice on Saturdays via Neukirchen-Vluyn and Moers to Duisburg . The VRR tariff is used here.


When there is construction work on the Holland route , the Intercity-Express and (until it was discontinued) CityNightLine trains will be or were diverted via the Mönchengladbach– Venlo - Eindhoven route. The Venlo train station is / was therefore temporarily used as an ICE and CNL station directly connected to the major cities of Amsterdam , Frankfurt am Main , Munich , Basel and Zurich . Since there is construction work on the Holland route at least once a year , international long-distance traffic stops in Venlo for about a weekend. Seasonal trains to southern Germany, Switzerland and Italy also run here in both summer and winter.


Function as a border station

Venlo is a border station where the different electricity systems in Germany and the Netherlands collide. Several overhead lines can therefore be switched from the 15 kV AC voltage used in Germany to the Dutch 1.5 kV DC voltage. Because of this, a lot of shunting movements take place in the freight yard next to the passenger station , as the locomotives have to be pulled back under the contact wire with the appropriate power system by shunting locomotives. However , there is no drainage mountain .

Station name

The Venlo train station does not officially have the addition "Centraal" (formerly Centraal Station ( CS )), but it can still be considered the main train station of the city of Venlo, as there are two other train stations in Venlo ( Blerick and Tegelen ) and the train station Venlo is the central stop for all railway lines in Venlo and a hub for regional bus transport.

The station is listed under the abbreviation Vl in the NS directory of operations; at Deutsche Bahn it is called XNVL ( X - Abroad, N - Netherlands, VL - Venlo).

Web links

Commons : Venlo Station  - Collection of images, videos and audio files