Netherlands Transport

Get in


Schiphol Airport is the biggest international airport of Netherlands and a European hub. The Dutch largest airline KLM provide travellers with filghts from most places of the world.


Trains may be the most comfortable mode of transport between major European cities. The Thalys high-speed train connects the Netherlands with France and Belgium. And the ICE runs from Basel via Frankfurt to Amsterdam, via Cologne, Düsseldorf, Arnhem, and Utrecht.


Buses is probable the cheapest way to travel and you get a discount if you are under 26 of age. Eurolines, the main 'operator' for international coaches to the Netherlands, offers daily service from Poland, London, Milan, Brussels and Paris. There are other operates, such as Megabus, which offers lines from London and Paris via Brussels to Amsterdam, and PublicExpress which runs a line from Bremen via Oldenburg to Groningen.


Stena Line runs between Harwich and Hook of Holland. DFDS Seaways runs between Newcastle upon Tyne and IJmuiden on the outskirts of Amsterdam. And P&O Ferries operates between Kingston Upon Hull and Rotterdam Europoort.


The Netherlands has good roads to Belgium and Germany. Urban driving in the Netherlands is considered by many tourists and locals alike to be an exasperating, time consuming and expensive experience. City roads are narrow, riddled with speed bumps, chicanes and a large variety of street furniture. Parking in city centres can be expensive.
Get around


The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) operates most routes, while some local lines are operated by Syntus, Arriva, Veolia and Connexxion. There are two main types of trains: Intercity trains, many of which offer free wifi internet access, and Sprinter trains which stop at all stations. Most trains offer First Class and Second Class. However some regional lines don't have first class.

Tickets can be purchased from machines in stations, which have English-language menus available. Some of the ticket machines, at least one at each station, also accept coins (but no notes). It is also possible to buy e-tickets online, although a Dutch bank account for payment (iDEAL) is necessary.


Hitching works quite well here and it's also suited for short rides from small towns or minor streets, there might be less traffic.


Amsterdam and Rotterdam have a good metro network which runs mainly on elevated railways outside the city centres, and underground within the center. Meanwhile there is a large city tram network in the agglomerations of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague.


The bus system of Netherlands can be describe as fine-grained and frequent and usually connects well with the train network. You can reach most small villages easily. However, these regional buses are not convenient at all, and are much slower than the train for long-distance travel. There are four main bus companies in the Netherlands, Connexxion, Veolia, Arriva and Qbuzz. A few large cities have their own bus company.


Taxi service is tightly guarded. Though the market was deregulated, but prices are still high. You can negotiate the price before you getting a cad, and notice it's illegal to take a cab without enough money. All legal taxis have blue license plates.


Cycling is much safe and convenient in the Netherlands, because of the good infrastructure - cycle paths, cycle lanes, and signposted cycle routes. However, bike theft is a serious problem, especially around train stations, and in larger cities.


Driving is a good way to explore the countryside with well-signposted road, especially places not connected by rail. The motorway network is extensive, though heavily used. Congestion during peak hour is usual and can better be avoided.