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Travelling around Europe

Travelling in the Netherlands is not difficult. Almost every person speaks English and are helpful. You can obtain a detailed map and plan your travel by yourself without consulting any travel agency. You may wish to visit this site for maps and routes to travel not only around the Netherlands but also around Europe .

Travelling around the Netherlands

Cycling is the most popular means of travel inside the Netherlands . Of course you cannot go for a long distance by a bicycle. It is also possible to travel in the Netherlands , as everywhere in the world, by plane, train, public transport and taxi.

Travelling by plane

The Netherlands is and always has been a country whose success lies in her infrastructure. Getting to and from The Netherlands is easy. When Travelling by air you'll most likely end up at Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands's primary airport and one of Europe 's main airports. Schiphol is located closely to the nation's capital, Amsterdam , and has all the facilities any traveller might need: shops, restaurants, tourist information (called VVV throughout The Netherlands), hotels, taxis, and a train station from where you can get to any major city in The Netherlands.

Travelling by train
For intercity travel, the Dutch train system is to be recommended. The national railway is quite extensive and connects every city or major town in the country. Like any railway system it does experience delays, but these are usually for no more than five minutes.

On the whole, Travelling by train is easy and comfortable, especially when you travel outside of the rush hours of 8am - 10am and 4pm - 6pm. The prices of tickets are reasonable and available on every station, either from a ticket desk or a machine. The service at the ticket desks is friendly and will provide you with any information you need to get around. You can get one-way and return tickets to and from any train destination, plus day-tickets, week- and month-tickets and specials for tourist destinations, which combine the fare and entry fee for the destination in one ticket. The larger stations in the cities usually have a bank, tourist information booth, restaurant or snack counter, and some small shops. Almost all train stations in The Netherlands are the central point for the local public transport, like buses, trams and metros. You can also plan your journey in the Dutch railway website.

Frequent train travellers can buy a train discount card (kortingskaart) for 49 euro per year. After 9 am in weekdays, and during weekends and summer season, you can buy tickets with 40% discount. You have to carry the card with you to show it to the ticket controller.

Travelling by Bus, Tram and Metro
The Dutch local public transport system is basically the same throughout the country: local and inter-local buses are everywhere, and the four major cities also have trams, which are usually the best way to get around the city centres. In addition to that, Rotterdam , Amsterdam and Utrecht have a metro/subway system - called sneltram in Amsterdam and Utrecht

Tickets for local public transport are very easy to deal with: they all use the same ticket system, called Strippenkaart. The Strippenkaart is a long ticket with between 2 and 45 strips, which represent zones you wish to travel through. The entire country is divided into zones, and the conductor on board of a bus or tram will put a stamp on the strip for the number of zones you wish to travel through. There are also machines where you can do the stamping yourself. If you're not sure how to use it, just ask someone. They will gladly help you.

The Strippenkaart can be bought at every train station, local public transport company outlets, ticket machines, and in the buses and trams themselves, but are not sold on metros. The tickets are not limited to any one area, so the same Strippenkaart can be used throughout the country. One tip: it is much cheaper to buy a large (15 or 45-strip) Strippenkaart at a shop or station than it is to buy a small card in the bus or tram itself, where usually only 2- and 3-strip cards are sold. Click here for more information on bus links. You can also find more information on long distance travel by bus here.

Travelling by taxi

Taxis are everywhere, but mostly in the cities. They're all regulated through a permit system, so the quality is good, but they're quite expensive. Taxis in the major cities are great for quick and easy inner-city door-to-door transport, and the taxi drivers are usually quite friendly and know a lot about the city and its sights. Don't use them for longer distances if you can avoid it, because the meters run continually, and you could be faced with quite a huge bill.

Taxis mostly have fixed pick-up points, mostly at train stations and major sights or areas of interest, but you can flag them down if they're available, although this is not often done in The Netherlands. You can plan your taxi trip at Dutch taxi service

 Other useful websites  

Visit www.9292ov.nl, a national public transportation website for information from door-to-door transportation.  

Visit Eurolines for, bus coach services for travelling throughout Europe . It has over a 500 destinations within Europe with reasonable prices and time schedule.  

Visit www.klm.nl and www.kilroytravels.com where you can book flight tickets and with a student travel card you can find good offers with flexible conditions.  

Netherlands is also famous for Islands . There are 5 beautiful Dutch islands, namely Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. These Islands can be reached by Ferry. More information about it can also be found on contacting VVV.


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