Buses and trams
The Hague has an excellent transport system with regular bus and tram. All public transport runs via a timetable and most services stop by midnight.
There are different types of trains in the Netherlands: the stop train (sprinter) stops at all stations, the fast train (sneltrein) and intercity (intercity) stop at main stations.
You can buy a separate ticket to take your bike with you on the train, which can be used during off-peak hours and during weekends and holidays.
You can hop in a cab at taxi ranks located at train stations and throughout the city or order one by telephone. People don’t hail cabs in the Netherlands.
The OV-chipkaart is a card the size of a bankcard that can be topped up with Euros and used on trains, buses, trams and metros.
You can load travel credits or products, like single or season tickets onto the OV-chipkaart online, at ticket machines
and ticket offices. You can also opt for ‘autoreload’, which ensures that you always have plenty of credit. You will need to hold your card up to the especially designated ‘check-in / check-out’ point.
More information on how to obtain OV-chipkart: www.ov-chipkaart.nl
Weekly, monthly, and annual tickets
If you are a frequent traveller it is more economical to buy a weekly, monthly or yearly travel card. These tickets are priced according to the zone you travel in.
Cheaper ways to travel
When travelling by train it is cheaper to buy a weekend return ticket (weekendretour) or a day return ticket (dagretour) than two one way (enkele reis) tickets.
For a day’s travel within a set distance, buy a first or second class one day ticket (dagkaart). The public transport day ticket (OV-dagkaart) allows you to use all forms of public transport that day. If you commute between two cities, more than 16 times a month, it is cheaper with a monthly ticket (maandtrajectkaart).
There are also many other discount cards useful if you plan to travel around the Netherlands. Please note that if you buy a discount card at NS then you will be charged on a yearly basis unless you notify them in advance that you would no longer like to use.
More information: www.ns.nl/en
A bicycle is the cheapest and most popular form of transport in the Netherlands. You can beat the urban traffic on cycle lanes in most cities.
If you cycle without front and rear lights and rear and side reflectors in the evening you could be fined €30,-. Cyclists are expected to use hand signals to indicate a turn. Make sure you also buy a secure lock. When cycling in the city, please steer clear from the tram lanes, it is easy to get caught in the rails.
Most stations in the Netherlands, including The Hague’s stations have bicycle parking (rijwielstalling or fietsenstalling).
To drive in the Netherlands you must be over 18 and have a valid driving licence, insurance (green card) and pay road tax.
ANWB is the national motoring organisation and can help with breakdowns, insurance and guidebooks.
If you park in a street with the sign ‘parkeerautomaat’, you are expected to pay for parking in advance and leave the ticket visible in the windscreen.
A Dutch or European Community (EC) driving licence is compulsory for residents in the Netherlands. International licences are no longer automatically valid and a Dutch driving licence (involving a driving test) is required.
The speed limit in the Netherlands on motorways (snelwegen) is between 100 and 130 km/hour, on the highway (autoweg) it is 80 km/hour and within urban areas it is between 30 and 50 km/hour.
More information: www.anwb.nl and www.rijbewijs.nl