Domestic Transportation in the Netherlands

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis are relatively expensive. They know all the destinations within the city (and outside) especially the very touristic ones. In general taxi drivers have a decent command of the English language. Other ways of getting around in the city are by tram (in cities such as The Hague and Utrecht) and metro (only in Rotterdam and Amsterdam). Traveling by bike is also possible, there are special bicycle paths in most cities.
Maps of Urban Networks
Metro and Bus Transportation Maps - Amsterdam
Urban Transport Agencies
Train Transportation
Bus Transportation
Metro and Bus Transportation
Find an Itinerary
Amsterdam metro
Rotterdam metro
Taxi Companies
Taxi Help

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS) 15 km / 9 miles EUR 35-45 / 15-25 min Available EUR 3.80 / 15-25 min Available
Rotterdam (RTM) 5 km / 3 miles EUR 20-25 / 10-15 min EUR 2.40 / 25 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

There are excellent international links to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Rental cars are available at numerous locations; the downside of using a car is that there are a lot of traffic jams in the Randstad area, especially in the morning and evening when people go to and return from work. Parking a car in the city center is hard especially when you are not willing to pay for a parking spot. Even though all the road signs are in Dutch it is not very difficult to find your way around.
The train can be used to get from city to city. The train network is quite extensive and the trains run frequently.This frequency compensates for the number of stops.
Rail Companies
Dutch Railway


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
KLM Major Yes Yes
Transavia Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The highway network is dense, free and well-maintained but it is often jammed (truck traffic). Secondary roads can be taken... unless you are in a hurry. Exceeding the speed limit is severely punished (fine, disqualification from driving, seizure of vehicle). Because of the high risk of accidents due to numerous cyclists in the cities, drivers who are not used to such situations are advised to be even more careful when turning right. Tramways have right of way, it is therefore necessary to look right and left before moving in any direction on the roads, either when walking, driving or cycling.
Driver's License
If you obtained your driver's license outside of the Netherlands, it may under certain conditions be valid within the Netherlands. This depends on the country in which the license was issued.If your driver's license was issued in a Member State of the European Union or in Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland, you can use this license in the Netherlands. If you are from another country than the ones mentioned above, then you may continue to use your license for a maximum of 185 days after taking up residence in the Netherlands, after which you must pass the regular CBR theory and driving tests. The Netherlands recognizes international driving permits which are based on the Geneva Convention of 1949. Click here to visualize the list of signatory States
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
The minimum age is 18. Rental costs are high. Other conditions (such as driving experience and insurance) depend on the rental company.
Rental Agencies
Dutch Association of Lease Cars
Car Rental Holland
Auto Europe
Tolls or Taxes
No tolls are levied on Dutch highways. Dutch citizens have to pay tax (in Dutch) for using the highway.
Road Maps
Google Maps
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin
Route Net
Traffic Conditions Online
Traffic Information Service (in Dutch)
Parking Facilities
In the big cities there are parking garages as well as horizontal parking spots. Both are very expensive.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Right side
Speed Limits
The speed limit in the cities is 30 miles (50 km) per hour and on most highways about 73 miles (120 km) per hour. Speed limits are strictly enforced.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.2 promile for people who have had their licence for less than 5 years, 0.5 promile for people who have been in possession of their driver's licence for more than 5 years.
National Roads Organizations
Rijkswaterstaat (in Dutch)

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