ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
KLM Cityhopper (WA) operate between Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Transavia Airlines (HV), a subsidiary of KLM, also offers domestic scheduled flights. Further information from KLM (Internet: www.klm.com) or the Dutch Tourist Office (see addresses).
On the way by car / bus
According to youremailverifier, the road network is excellent in Netherlands. Credit cards are accepted at petrol stations. Unleaded petrol is available at every petrol station. Further information is available from the Royal Dutch Automobile and Touring Club (ANWB), Postbus 93200, NL-2509 XB The Hague. Tel: (070) 314 14 80.
Good bus connections ; Intercity buses run between the cities. Fares similar to those of the train.
All taxis are metered.
Car rental: All major European car rental companies are represented, e.g. B. at airports and in hotels. Advance booking recommended; it is more expensive to rent a car on site. Different conditions, minimum age mostly 21 or 23 years.
Bicycle rental: Bicycles can be rented at all major train stations and returned to the same train station after use. A security (sum of money or passport) must be deposited.
Documentation: National driver’s license. No separate documents are required for trailers or caravans. For nationals of EU and EFTA countries, the license plate is used as proof of insurance. Nevertheless, EU and EFTA citizens are advised to take the International Green Insurance Card with them in order to benefit from full insurance protection in the event of damage. Otherwise, the statutory minimum liability insurance coverage applies. The green card can also make it easier to record accidents.
headlights must be dimmed in built-up areas;
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to ride in the front passenger seat;
Compulsory seat belts;
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5â?? °.
within built-up areas: 50 km / h;
on country roads: 80 km / h;
on expressways: 100 km / h;
on motorways: 120 km / h.
Traveling in the city
Good public transport in all cities. The entire country’s transport network is divided into standard zones (e.g. 4-5 metro stops in Amsterdam per zone). OV chip cards are valid everywhere (see note (Bahn)). For more information on urban transport in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, see all other cities by bus, trams in Utrecht and Amsterdam and trolleybuses in Arnhem.
A good bus, tram and underground (GVB) network (Internet: wwww.gvb.nl) ensures quick connections between early morning and midnight. There are also night buses. Further information (including a city map) and OV chip cards are available from the GVB (Verkehrsverbund) office opposite the main train station (open daily from 7 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.) or from the GVB’s central information point at Prins Hendrikkade 108-114. They can also be bought in train stations, kiosks, post offices and VVVs. The RAI exhibition center is a 45-minute walk or a trip on tram line 4 from the city center.
Tram:Amsterdam’s 17 tram lines offer fast, frequent and reliable service, making them the best mode of transport in the city. They run from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sa from 6.30 a.m. and Sunday from 7.30 a.m.). From Central Station, lines 1 and 2 go across the main canals, line 19 goes to Museumplein and the Konzerthaus, and lines 9 and 14 go to the Muziektheater and Waterlooplein. Another line runs around the entire city center and stops at tourist attractions and larger hotels.
Subway: Amsterdam’s subway lines run from the main train station to the southern suburbs and the business district (Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m., Sat from 6:30 a.m. and Sun from 7:30 a.m.).
Taxis are available at the taxi rank or by phone order.
Rental car:All major rental car companies are represented. Most hotels also broker rental cars. Parking spaces are in short supply in Amsterdam, and the best way to avoid driving all over the country is during peak hours (7 am-9am and 5 pm-7pm).
Shipping: Canal buses run every 25-45 minutes between the main train station and the Reichsmuseum (children under 5 travel for free); Water taxis operate from Mon-Sun 9 am to 1 am and carry 8 to 25 passengers; Museum boats depart from Prins Hendrikkade every 30 minutes in summer and every 45 minutes in winter.
Boat rental: “Pedalos” (pedal boats) and boats can be rented.
Bike rental:Amsterdam is a great way to explore Amsterdam by bike, and there are numerous rentals. Bicycle paths are clearly marked with white lines, but tourists should pay particular attention to trams, cars and pedestrians.
I amsterdam card: In the form of a modern chip card, the I amsterdam card (Internet: http://www.iamsterdamcard.com/) offers free entry to numerous museums, free use of public transport, a free city tour and discounts on many Amsterdam attractions. The pass, which is valid for 1 to 3 days, is available from VVV Amsterdam (email: [email protected] ; Internet: www.visitamsterdam.nl) and available in Germany at all DB sales points.
Excellent bus and tram network (RET) (Internet: www.ret.nl) and two underground lines. The tram lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20 and 23 as well as the two bus lines 33 and 44 run from / to the main train station (Centraal Station). You can also take the Erasmuslijn underground line from De Akkers via Slinge to the main station. A second underground line, Calandlijn, connects De Akkers with Binnenhof, De Tochen and De Terp via Schiedam. Night buses run to / from the center of Rotterdam on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Taxi:Taxi ranks or by phone order. Rental cars: All major companies, including Hertz and Avis, are represented.
public buses and trams (HTM) run in the city and also connect suburbs with The Hague. Taxi: taxi stands or by telephone order. Rental cars: Avis and Hertz.
On the go by train
NS Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Internet: www.ns.nl) is the state railway company. Rail journeys are relatively inexpensive.
Modern InterCity and suburban trains run at least every 30 minutes on the main routes between all parts of the country. Even at night there is a train every hour between Utrecht, Amsterdam, Schiphol, The Hague and Rotterdam. Express trains connect the big cities with each other.
On a high-speed line, NS Hispeed trains called Fyra run every hour between Amsterdam and Rotterdam via Schiphol Airport. The 72 km route currently takes 43 minutes and from Rotterdam to Schiphol Airport 26 minuteswww.nshispeed.nl Train
and bus timetables are coordinated and the zone fare system is uniform in all cities and rural regions.