The Hague RandstadRail

RandstadRail is a rapid transit system in the Netherlands that serves The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer. There is literature that considers the Hague as a Rotterdam’s suburb. The RandstadRail used mainly old railroad trains and trams available with a new flyover in The Hague and a tunnel in Rotterdam. RandstadRail is a hybrid system consisting of a part of trams and trains between The Hague and Zoetermeer, and some subway sections between The Hague and Rotterdam.

Lines 3 and 4 of the tram network and the line E of the Rotterdam metro are part of the RandstadRail network. Lines 3 and 4 running from The Hague to Zoetermeer in an old railway line and E line to Rotterdam on the old Hofpleinlijn.

RandstadRail Erasmuslijn (Lijn E). Actual underground section.

The Erasmus Line, Erasmuslijn or line E: The old line NS Hofpleinlijn restructured to function as a metro in 2006. Its maximum speed is 100 km/h. It joins to the Rotterdam metro D line with an almost completely underground section.

The line E section which serves the Hague circulates elevated and/or ground level, using the old urban railroad Hofpleinlijn line, between The Hague Centraal station and Rotterdam Hofplein. It is managed since 2006 by the RET underground trains and since 2007 operates entirely as a subway line. Hofplein Rotterdam terminal was replaced in 2010 by a tunnel to the local underground network in Rotterdam Centraal railway station. In December 2011 this line was extended to the Slinge station, sharing this section with the metro Rotterdam D line, with its terminal in the city of Spijkenisse. This line runs every 10 minutes. Line E stations: Den Haag Centraal, Laan van NOI, Voorburg ‘t Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Nootdorp, Pijnacker Centrum, Pijnacker Zuid, Berkel Westpolder, Rodenrijs, Meijersplein, Melanchthonweg, Blijdorp, Rotterdam Centraal, Stadhuis, Beurs, Leuvehaven, Wilhelminaplein, Rijnhaven, Maashaven, Zuidplein, Slinge

RandstadRail lines 3 and 4: Tram-train lines

The RandstadRail also includes 4 tram lines. Line 2 from The Hague to Leidschendam, lines 3 and 4 from The Hague to Zoetermeer and line 19 from Leidschendam to Delft. These lines are managed by HTM. Lines 2 and 19 only support RandstadRail temporarily. Line 3 from Arnold Spoelplein to Central Station and line 4 between De Uithof and Central Station are regular tram lines. Lines 2, 3 and 4 have a frequency of 10 minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday. Sundays and evenings the rate drops to 15 minutes. Line 19 always has a frequency of 15 minutes.

Lines 3 and 4 are the old lines of the suburban train Zoetermeer Stadslijn, previously managed by NS (Dutch Railways). Later this lines went on to function as a conventional train to function as a light train system and joined the tram network.

RandstadRail netwerk 2009


  • RR3: Loosduinen, Den Haag CS, Zoetermeer loop, Centrum West
  • RR4: De Uithof, Den Haag CS, Zoetermeer Centrum West, Oosterheem


RandstadRail Den Haag 090

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