Transportation in the Netherlands

Transportation in the Netherlands

Transportation in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is known for being a haven for cyclists, but there are plenty of other modes of transportation available to you while you live here. Whether you're travelling on a budget or you've got some cash to splurge, here's how you can make your way around the country.  

Cycling in the Netherlands

Did you know that there are over 20 million bicycles in this country and over 1 million are sold each year? It’s no wonder then that the Netherlands is a cyclist’s dream. The country’s flat terrain is ideal for any beginner and the bicycle lane infrastructure is second to none. Here is what you need to know about cycling in the Netherlands.

Driving in the Netherlands

While the Netherlands is a small country, it’s not always possible to cycle to your destination. Driving remains a popular mode of transportation. If you are moving to the Netherlands long-term, you might want to think about importing your car. Also, are you even allowed to use your foreign driving licence in the Netherlands

Taxi companies in the Netherlands

If you only need to get somewhere by car occasionally, calling a taxi is a good option. For instance, if you need transport to and from the airport without any hassle. There are a wide number of taxi companies and operators located in the Netherlands. Here is a handy list of taxi companies that will be more than happy to help you out with your transportation needs.

Public transport in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a great public transport infrastructure. There are trains and buses going to every nook of the country, and in large cities there are metro stations and tram stations as well. All of these services are run by different companies, but you can pay for all of these modes of public transport with the same card, the OV-Chipkaart. Read more about how public transport works in the Netherlands.

Dutch airports

Did you know that the Netherlands has more than one civil airport? The following airports are the most noteworthy: Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, Eindhoven Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport. Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is the largest, serving over 100 airlines. Read more about airports in the Netherlands.

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  • Taxis


    Contact numbers for taxi companies and operators all over the Netherlands.
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  • Cycling


    Information about cycling including bike rentals, cyclists' rights, English to Dutch bicycle dictionary and useful links.
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  • Airports in the Netherlands

    Airports in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands is home to five important civil airports: Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, Eindhoven Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
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  • Metro in the Netherlands

    Metro in the Netherlands

    Metro is one of the most popular means of transportation in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Learn more about its history, current lines and planned developments.
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  • OV-chipkaart


    Information about the OV-chipkaart, the payment method for public transportation in trams, the metro and buses.
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  • GVB


    GVB is the public transport provider for Amsterdam. If you want to travel in the Dutch capital, GVB will, more than likely, be the provider you go with.
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  • Driving licence

    Driving licence

    Here's how to get a driving licence in the Netherlands, and how to renew and exchange your foreign licence for a Dutch one.
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