Getting There in Netherlands

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Hugo van der Flier

The Netherlands are well connected by road, rail, boat and air to the rest of the world.

By air
If you are arriving by air, the most likely place you wil land at is Amsterdam Schiphol airport, the fourth largest airport in Europe. This doesn't mean it is a ghastly place, it is actually a nice place to arrive. Picking up relative cheap flights to Amsterdam from anywhere in the world shouldn't be a problem.

There are a few other airports, mainly served by charter airlines and no frills airlines. Rotterdam is the hub for Transavia, Eindhoven for Ryanair and Corendon, Maastricht is served by Easyjet.

By train
There are direct regular international trains from Berlin (about every four hours), Belgium (every half hour) and high speed services to Frankfurt (every hour) and Paris (every 1-2 hours). Irregular trains travel further afield to Prague, Vienna, Basel, Marseille and Milan.

For high speed trains reservations are compulsory (see, but getting a reservation on other international trains, especially in summer, is not a bad idea either. Some of those trains are mostly sleepers, so demand for seats outstrips supply easily.

By bus
There are some excellent long distance buses running from all over Europe into the Netherlands. Eurolines is where you could check, but also have a look at the small ads in travel sections of newspapers. Bustrips to/from London or Paris could cost less then €40,-, while even tickets all the way to Istanbul can be had. In the sixties even tickets up to Delhi could be had, but ever since the Iranian revolution, you have to change in Istanbul and then again in Teheran.

By boat
The most relevant boat connections are with Great Britain. There are two main ferry ports: IJmuiden, for the ferry to Newcastle, and Hoek van Holland for the ferry to Hull and Harwich (for London)

From the latter, the thrice daily train/boat combi brings you right into London. This options is the one of the cheapest ways to get from Amsterdam to London and vice versa. A single ticket costs €35,- ( and

There is a ferry which leaves Hull at 21.00hrs each evening and arrives in Rotterdam Europoort at 08.00hrs the next morning (approx) and also a ferry leaving Rotterdam at 21.00hrs and arriving into Hull at approx 08.00hrs, and this sailing is via P+O North Sea Ferries, a bit on the expensive side as you are paying for the crossing and have the cost of sleeping accomodation, the cheapest if available is a economy 4 berth inside cabin. You have the choice of paying for dinner and/or breakfast before boarding the ship or buying the food vouchers on board which is slightly more expensive. Once you arrive in Rotterdam there is are 2 buses that will take passengers either to Rotterdam Centraal rail stn while the other takes passengers to Amsterdam Centraal rail stn (rear end of the stn), you can again buy the coach tickets in advance which is highly recommeded or you could find yourself paying for a taxi! Again when you arrive back in Hull there is a bus which for £2.00 fare take you back to Hull railways stn.

By car
Driving in the Netherlands is easy. Excellent roads cross into Belgium and Germany and nobody at the border checks cars (but there will always be a first time, so don't take liberties), so you hardly notice you're in a different country.

May 03, 2006 change by raheelah (4 points)
September 30, 2005 change by marianne

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