Transport to and in the Netherlands
Visitors who want to travel in the Netherlands have a number of options. The Netherlands has an extensive public transport network of trains, buses, trams and metros. You can also get around by car or by bicycle.
Public transport smart card
The Netherlands has an extensive, reliable public transport network. The holland.com website has information on travelling by train, bus, tram or metro. You can plan your journey using commercial websites or apps. Search for 'routeplanner ov' in Google.
If you want to use public transport, you will need a public transport smart card ('OV-chipkaart'). See ov-chipkaart.nl for more information on buying and using the public transport smart card.
The country's main airport is Schiphol, near Amsterdam. Other international airports in the Netherlands include Rotterdam The Hague, Eindhoven and Maastricht Aachen. There are very few domestic flights. The alternatives are almost always easier, quicker and cheaper. Read more about flying to the Netherlands at holland.com.
The Netherlands has a good road network. Read more about driving in the Netherlands at holland.com. You can find information about driving with a foreign driving licence on the page Driving in the Netherlands. The Road Traffic Signs and Regulations in the Netherlands booklet explains the main traffic regulations.
The Netherlands is very bike-oriented. The network of cycle paths, the many bike rental operators and the flat landscape make cycling an effective way of travelling short distances. Holland.com has information for cyclists (renting a bike, cycle routes).