Getting there and away|
If you arrive by airplane at Schiphol Airport, you can take the train from there to Amsterdam Central Station or any other city. Trains go guite fequently on the main linesin the West (about every 15 minutes). Intercity trains to other parts of the country usually go every 30 minutes.
If you come from Brussels, take the international train that leaves every hour. Unless you're travelling during a holiday period it shouldn't be necessary to book your tickets in advance. The expensive super fast Thalys trains coming from Paris require reservations so don't take this train from Brussels. If you come from Paris the Thalys train is a good solution, it will bring you in 4 hours to Amsterdam. The earlier you book this train, the cheaper it gets. Coming from Germany, take the ICE train.
Yes, if you are crazy, you have too much money, you like incheck-times and delays and you hate the environment, then you could take an inland flight. See KLM for departure times and bookings.
There are three classes of trains in Holland: the Intercity, which offers fast city-to-city connections, the Sneltrein, and lastly, the Stoptrein which makes more frequent stops at the smaller stations. One secret tip: Take the train after 9 am and buy a reduction ticket from the ticket machine for 40% less. You need to find someone in the train with a 'Voordeelurenkaart' and make sure you can sit next to him/her. If you travel for 3 days in summertume, then you should buy a Summertour. See NS Tickets for details about the ticket system. And here is a Trainplanner
Bus, tram, metro
If you want to find the fastest and easiest connection from one to another address in The Netherlands by public transport, then you can check out the website 9292OV.
Car, Motorcycle, Boat,
Because of the amount of local, urban traffic and the density of roads, it might be hard to hitchhike in Holland. It is illegal to hitch on highways and junctions. Good places for catching an autostop are:
+ Official hitch-hiking stops found in most university cities. Some drivers look especially well for waiting people at these places!
+ Ramps towards motorways. Outside cities there usually is only little traffic, which causes that you have to wait long. Within cities quite a lot of ramps do not have an additional strip of asphalt free op cars, which is optimal if drivers wish to stop for you.
+ Fuel stations on the motorways. Preferably bigger fuel stations combined with a restaurant.
+ Long bus stops right of the main road (stand at the beginning of the strip!)
For detailed locations of hitchhiking, see this Dutch Hitchhiking Guide.
Bicycle Holland's cycle network is nothing less than excellent. There are many special lanes and paths for cyclists (with a total length of approximately 17,000 kilometers). Even in built up areas, cycle routes are a good distance away from traffic having special bike/moped lanes separated from the main traffic by a verge. The Dutch are a cycling nation, people of all ages even oap's regularly cycle. There are literary cyclists everywhere. Unfortunately, For a country so known for its cycling, there is surprisingly little information on the web about peoples’ cycle tours of the Netherlands and most websites about cyclingtours and -tracks are in Dutch. An overlook of long distance cycle routes through the Netherlands can be found on
Edited bytijs on 30.06.2004