Getting Around in Netherlands

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subway train in Amsterdam

subway train in Amsterdam

Edo Dijkstra

Getting around in the Netherlands is generally easy. The country is not big and the distances are small. A dense network of trains covers the country, and buses ply the smaller routes. Hitchhiking is another possibility.

The train is usually your best bet. Most routes have trains 2 or 4 times an hour, so you don't have to wait very long. Routes are organized by destination in the stations, which might confuse some vistiors. Train travel is kilometerwise not exactly cheap, but as the distances are not that big, it will not cost you too much. If you're going to stay for a longer time and will plan to travel around extensively, you might consider getting yourself a 'NS voordeelurenkaart' for €49,- a year, or €39,- if you're lucky and there is some kind of discount action. Available at the stations. This card gives you a 40% discount on train-tickets if you avoid the morning rush-hour. (after 09.00 AM) For the double price you get a card valid for two years, but this card also gives 50% discount in most museums. You need a bank account for that though.

Buses are another option, but they are not very popular. Prices are the same for Interliner buses. Interliners are sort of long distance buses that cover some of the routes that have no trains. In summer you can get a "zomer zwerf kaart", which will allow you to travel unlimited on buses for one day. It's a cheap but not very fast way of getting around.

Hitchhiking always has its own risks and the rules are the same in the Netherlands. Avoid travelling alone, especially if you're female. Don't step in a car if you don't feel comfortable. On the other hand, it can be an excellent way of getting around and talk to the locals. You'll notice though that the Netherlands is a very densely populated country, which makes the average distance a car travels much shorter than, say, in Germany. While you can get lucky, more often then not you'll find that the friendly driver that stopped for you will only take you for the next 25 kilometers.

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May 06, 2005 change by jst (1 point)

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Local transport in the Netherlands

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subway train in Amsterdam
subway train in Amsterdam
photo by: Edo Dijkstra

All larger towns are served by buses. The Cities of Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam  have trams as well. Amsterdam and Rotterdam also have a subway/underground system.

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Car Hire

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Car hire is a reasonably cheap mode of transportation in the Netherlands. The roads are in perfect condition and you can rent a car for 1 week with all insurances and taxes from 199 Euro.

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