one big chaos at Roosendaal station when Xowe and i wanted to go to the Antwerpen meeting.
We thought we would be there in 2 hrs, but....the treans werent going anymore due to some disturbence....((( so we had to wait on other transportationg which took a long time, with us hundreds of people were waiting to go to Antwerpen or Bruxelles.
after 5 hrs. we arrived at the meeting...snifffffff
The Roosendaal railway history started in 1854. In that year the tracks to Antwerps in Belgium were laid. The first Roosendaal station building lasted till 1905 and was enlarged a number of times.
The first Dutch railroad connections were to nearby places like Etten, Oudenbosch, Bergen op Zoom and Moerdijk. After the construction of the Moerdijk bridge in 1872 the South to North line was extended to Dordrecht and Rotterdam.
As Roosendaal was the first or last stop on Dutch soil, custom and immigration offices and warehouses were build.
As traffic and trade expanded a new station building was constructed that was opened in 1907. This building was reconstructed in 1949.
Roosendaal has connections to Rotterdam – Amsterdam, Bergen op Zoom – Vlissingen, Antwerpen – Brussel and Breda – 's-Hertogenbosch – Arnhem.
The new High Speed railroad was constructed on a complete new tracks outside Roosendaal, so Roosendaal keeps its old pace of train traffic.
The Roosendaal bus station is in front of the train station.
The following Veolia buses serve the area:
1 - Tolbert West and Kortendijk
2 - Tolbert Oost and Langdonk
3 - Kroeven and Kortendijk
5 - Belder and Keulsveld
102 - Oud Gastel
104 - Wouw
111 - Oud Gastel
112 - Wouw
For other destinations there is a so-called Deeltaxi service; a shared cab ride.
Roosendaal is the last trainstop in Holland before entering Belgium direction Antwerpen.
Coming from Eindhoven u have to wait half an hour but thats no problem. A good and cosy restaurant near the entrance where u can order food, snacks and drinks.
Roosendaal is on the crossroads of the Dutch railways southern cross-country lines between Zwolle and Vlissingen and the north-south line from Rotterdam heading into Belgium via Antwerp.
Although not a particularly busy station Dutch Intercity services run twice an hour, each way on the cross-country lines and there are regular trains to and from Rotterdam which allow access to pretty much everywhere else you could want to go.
There used to be international services run by the Fyra train company between Amsterdam and Brussels which stopped here but at the time of writing (October 2013) this direct service has been abandonned due to technical problems. There is still an hourly Belgian local service to Antwerp which takes about forty minutes.
As railway stations go Roosendaal is a typically Dutch one which, although small, has all the basics that you could require including left luggage lockers, cycle parking, convenience shop, cafe and toilets.
The station is located on the outskirts of the town centre, about a ten minute walk, and if you follow the signs the wander takes you through the attractive little Emile van Loonpark and then into the central square of the Markt.
Local buses run to and from the station forecourt and so the local area is easily accessible. The website below is the Dutch public transport planner.
From Roosendaal it is easy to visit other cities by train.
Antwerp 30 minutes
Brussels 60 minutes
Rotterdam 30 minutes
Amsterdam 90 minutes.
An ideal location to discover the Benelux countries.
The BBA is the company that takes care for the regional bus transport in Roosendaal. With the BBA busses it is easy to explore the region.
The BBA busses are easy to recognise with the purple color and the little red squares on a white background.