Cyclists crossing at Tivoli Vredenburg
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Getting around in the Netherlands

The Netherlands boasts one of the world’s best infrastructures and road safety is priority in our small, densely populated country. The distances between cities and villages are relatively small, which is why we have an extensive and well-maintained road network. The Netherlands is also working hard on making the country and society more sustainable and having a good infrastructure plays an important role in this. Moreover, the Netherlands continues to increase its electric transportation options, such as electric city buses.

Traveling by public transport

The Netherlands boasts an efficient and affordable public transport system. It is easy to travel throughout the Netherlands by train, bus, metro or ferry. What’s more, it is incredibly sustainable. The rail network in the Netherlands is quite extensive and the trains are modern and comfortable. The train carriages are spacious, the seats are roomy and comfortable, and most trains are very modern. The carriages are almost always equipped with a digital display showing you the latest news or information about your route or train schedule. The same applies to almost all buses, trams and metros. Additionally, more and more buses in the Netherlands are electric to ensure a more sustainable society.

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Cycling in utrecht

Traveling by bike

The Netherlands is the ultimate cycling country; we are practically raised on bikes. With its flat landscape, short distances, mild climate and excellent infrastructure, it’s no surprise that cycling is highly popular. Cycling in the Netherlands is safe, easy and very relaxing. We have more than 32,000 kilometres of cycling route networks, so you can head out in any direction. The signage is excellent, making it difficult indeed to get lost as a cyclist. And, last but by no means least, the Dutch are used to cyclists in traffic and give due consideration to those on bikes.

Traveling by car

The road signs in the Netherlands are also very clear, which makes driving a car remarkably safe. Driving to and from different cities and locations is easy. Cities like Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft and Leiden are just an hour’s drive from Amsterdam. And the trip from Amsterdam to Maastricht in the south or Groningen in the north takes just a little over two hours.

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Station The Hague
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Public transport in the Netherlands

With loads of options, public transport in the Netherlands is efficient, easy and comfortable.

Someone walks to the train at NS station Geldermalsen
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The Netherlands by train: easy and comfortable

No matter your destination in the Netherlands, the train will get you there.

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Paying for public transport (OV): travelling everywhere

Easy check in and out with OVpay or the OV-chip card.

Electric car charging in the street of Amsterdam
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The Netherlands is EV-friendly

The Netherlands is extremely EV-friendly and makes it easy to explore the country by electric car.

Travelling for the disabled

Additional information about the options and available aids during your holiday in Holland. Read more about accessible travel