The journey of the future

The journey of the future is a question that NS has to tackle today. How can we keep the Netherlands accessible and nice to live in? And what will the door-to-door journey be like in 2040? During the Dutch Design Week, we will be discussing the question of how to improve the door-to-door journey and innovate with partners, universities, researchers and top Dutch architects and designers. Come along and talk with us too – because mobility is a job for all of us!

NS would like to invite you to visit:

  • The Embassy of Mobility (The journey of the future)
  • The Embassy of Sustainable Design (Circular stations)
  • Gloeilampplantsoen (Sustainable Mobility Experience & NS Lab app)
  • VEEM (Train interiors)
The Embassy of Mobility – The journey of the future

At the Embassy of Mobility, mobility is seen as a resource rather than as an end in its own right. Efforts are made to keep focused on the people and to avoid repeating the mistakes made in the 1930s, when cities were developed for cars rather than for humans.

Join the conversation!
At the Embassy of Mobility, NS is facilitating a dialogue with partners, scientists, designers and experts, looking for inspirational potential solutions that will redefine mobility. Daring to experiment and to put the existing dogmas up for discussion. Together with our partners and the general public, we will be exploring the journey of the future. And we see Dutch Design Week as one of the stops along the way, not the final destination. A stop where we can raise issues and gain new perspectives. Come along and talk with us too – because mobility is a job for all of us!

Interactive model
The shape that the journey of the future will be taking can be seen quite literally in the interactive model that NS is presenting in the Embassy of Mobility. That model shows the nine different stages in the door-to-door journey. In a variety of ways, the journey lets DDW visitors see the challenges we are facing and how innovations can be a solution for them. You can take a look round a station of the future using VR goggles, for instance, and you can see how new forms of transport will fit in better with public transport.

For more information: Embassy of Mobility
Location: Strijp S, behind Radio Royaal
Opening times: open every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Free admission.

The Embassy of Sustainable Design – Circular stations

This embassy uses the theme “If not now, then when” to emphasise the urgency of the desired transition towards sustainability and a more ‘circular’ economy and way of life. How can we have a greater impact, as the commercial sector, as designers and as consumers? That is the central question in the Embassy of Sustainable Design.

The exhibition makes clear how the desired transition can only succeed through transparent and open cooperation. It is not merely a question of sustainable products but also of a change process that demands investment, new business models and sometimes choosing a less simple path, with an eye on the longer term. Large companies in particular can have a major impact here, thanks to their market position and their scale. During DDW, NS will be presenting its vision of sustainable travel and showing how it cooperates with various circular businesses.

For more information: The Embassy of Sustainable Design
Location: Strijp S & T, Innovation Powerhouse and Gloeilampplantsoen
Opening times: open every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Free admission.

Mobility Experience Park – Sustainable mobility experience

NS comes up with ideas from door to door. About modes of transport too: how you will get from your front door to the station and from the station to your final destination.

During Dutch Design Week, at Gloeilampplantsoen, NS will be setting out a special trial route where you can test out various forms of transport. NS prefers transport that is electric, comfortable and shareable, as this is the most efficient way of using the space and the various options. That is why you can test the AirWheel, for example – a lightweight unicycle that is environmentally friendly, quick to recharge and very handy. An ideal mode of transport for short distances. Try the new forms of transport for yourself and find out what the pros and cons are.

A moment’s rest
There is plenty to see and do during Dutch Design Week. So recharging with a cup of coffee isn’t such a bad idea. Take a seat in the ‘living room’ that we’ve set up specially. Kitted out entirely with products that are on a second lease of life.


You can find more information on www.ns.nl/ddw
Location: Strijp T, Gloeilampplantsoen (which you can get to from the Strijp S station or the bridge connecting Strijp S & T)
Opening times: open every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Free admission.

NS Lab app – Personal travel assistance

In 2018, we took the first steps with the NS Lab app, an app that will make your journey a more pleasant experience. We do that by offering personalised travel assistance through the app, both at the station and in the train. And by offering you entertainment while under way on your journey.

For more information, see https://www.ns.nl/reisinformatie/ns-app/ns-lab.html
Location: Strijp T, Gloeilampplantsoen (which you can get to from the Strijp S station or the bridge connecting Strijp S & T)
Opening times: open every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Free admission.

VEEM - Train interiors

Travel into the future with virtual reality
Last year, NS presented a new vision of train interiors at Dutch Design Week. The responses were enthusiastic and so the train concept has been developed further. The ongoing development of the innovative and sustainable train concept can be seen in the Veemgebouw at Enversed. Come and see it!

You can find more information on www.ns.nl/ddw
Location: Strijp S, Veemgebouw, 7th floor, Enversed Entertainment
Opening times: open every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Free admission.

NS offers a special discount if you take the train to the Dutch Design Week

Special DDW offer in the NS Spoordeelwinkel. Book the NS DDW package for a special offer for train + DDW ticket, valid from Monday 21 October to Sunday 27 October.

Well-prepared for your journey
Plan you journey beforehand with the [NS Journey Planner]. Check the latest information shortly before you leave. While you are under way, you can plan your journey on m.ns.nl or with the journey planner in the NS app. Dutch Design Week is easy to get to by train.

Work on the tracks on 19 and 20 October
On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October, ProRail will be doing engineering work between Boxtel and Tilburg. That means that there will be no trains during that period between ’s-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven and between Tilburg and Eindhoven. NS will be providing alternative bus transport on these route sections.