The Netherlands has a good railway network and almost 400 stations, so you can travel easily by train from A to B. The Netherlands is a relatively small country and to travel from Amsterdam to Utrecht takes half an hour, to The Hague 45minutes and one hour to Rotterdam. Each station has a ticket machine to buy your ticket.
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Everywhere in the Netherlands, buses take you quickly and cheaply to most destinations. Although there are several providers of bus services, they often complement each other and get you to your destination quickly.
In major cities, the tram is an ideal way of transportation; you can easily get in and out, it is quick and cheap and you can do some sightseeing during your trip. Amsterdam has the most tram lines. Also in Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague you will find good tram connections.
In Amsterdam you can also use the underground connections. They are inexpensive and usually faster than the trams.
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In and around Amsterdam you can make use of ferries and water taxis. Several ferries take you from Central Station (back side) on the IJ in Amsterdam. The ferry services in Amsterdam are free and departure times can be found on the boards at the quay.
Public transport chip card
In all sorts of public transport in the Netherlands you can travel with a so-called public transport chip card. As a tourist, you can buy a disposable chip card or an “anonymous” chip card. [read more]
Several taxi companies are operating in Amsterdam. Taxis are easily identified by the ‘Taxi’ sign on the roof of the car and by the blue license plate. You will find permanent taxi ranks in popular squares, attractions and stations. In the Netherlands, maximum rates apply for taxi rides. These rates should be visible at a rate card in the taxi. If a taxi driver cannot show a rate card and does not use the maximum rates, it’s probably not an approved taxi.
You will find the maximum rates at the website of the Dutch government.
If you want to rent a car in the Netherlands, you can go to several companies, such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. These companies can be found at several locations, including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Schiphol Plaza (near Arrivals 3).
Please note that parking space in Amsterdam is limited and quite expensive.
The Netherlands is the ultimate cycling country! (Almost) all parties and activities in Amsterdam can be reached by bike.
You can rent bikes at the following places: