Another Dutch Railway Station Under Construction!
It seems that every railway station in the Netherlands is a permanent building site and Arnhem's Centraal Station is no exception.
It is though a perfectly functional station with all the facilities expected of a major city terminus with left-luggage, cycle storage, shops and cafes. It is located on the main road, on the edge of the older part of the city, and is next door to the main bus station from which you can get local and regional buses for travel further afield.
There are regular trains connecting to the main Dutch railway intersection at Utrecht and onwards in that direction to Amsterdam and Schiphol. Heading south there are both Intercity and local services to Nijmegen and across to Roosendaal whilst heading north the next main station is Deventer. There are also International hi-speed trains to Cologne, Frankfurt, Basel, Hamburg and Copenhagen.
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Central Bus Station
The Central Arnhem bus station is still to the right when you exit the Arnhem main train station via the subterranean tunnel.
There is work in progress to build a new bus station in front of the new station hall; these works will take some more years.
Arnehm is the only Dutch town that still has trolley buses in operation.
Downloadable Bus station map
(Connexxion-Breng) Buses to the Arnhem tourist attractions:
Airborne Cemetery - 1
Airborn Museum - 1, 52
Burgers Zoo - 3
Gelredome - 7
Grote of Eusebius church - 43
Castle Rosendael - 21
Castle Zypendaal - 2, 9
Kröller Möller Museum - 105 (Syntus-company)
Museum Bronbeek - 3
Museum for Modern Art - 1
Musis Sacrum - 1, 3, 5, 7
National Park Hoge Veluwe - 9 (Schaarsbergen gate), 105 (Otterlo)
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Open Air Museum) - 3, 13
Dutch Wine Museum - 3
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Willemsplein bus stop
While construction at the station main hall is in progress, the new bus station will not be ready until some years from now. I personally do not like the present central bus station.
A good alternative is the Willemsplein bus stop, that also is closer to most Arnhem downtown shops.
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The Arnhem Train Station
Since 1845 the city of Arnhem has a train station. The first one was build for the so-called "Rhijnspoorweg" connecting the city with Utrecht. After much negotiations in 1856 the tracks were extended into Germany. In 1865 a new line called "Staatslijn A"was opened connecting Arnhem with Deventer and three years later even with Leeuwarden.
A new build station opened in 1867 and in 1879 the line to Nijmegen was completed.
The station was completely destroyed during the liberation of Arnhem in the WWII.
A new station was designed by ir. H.J.G. Schelling and opened in 1954. This station now is replaced by a complete new building with a large subterranean tunnel.
2013 Update. Things improved, but the main hall and shops in front are still under construction; it will take some years to complete it all.
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Multiple means of transport to Museum & Cemetery
This Tip could be specially useful for any visitors arriving in Arnhem on a cruise ship - as we did.
After looking at the Arnhem street map we decided not to take the shore excursion to Oosterbrook but to do our own thing; have some time on our own and save some money.
I am indebted to VT members pieter_van_v, Pavlik_NL and Pijlmans for their advice and for sharing their local knowledge.
The excursion was £40; we did it for a fraction of the cost - the Euro equivalent of about £10 including all fares and admission to the Museum (7 euros Seniors rate)
Our ship was berthed midway between John Frost Bridge and Nelson Mandela Bridge alongside Rijnkade.
After our stroll around the town we made our way back down towards the river and Roemondsplein and the stop for the 86 Bus.
It looks a daunting intersection but there are plenty of pedestrian crossings and there, waiting at the stop just a few yards up Nieuewe was the bright blue Connexxion bus - No. 86.
We paid the driver as we got on - 3 euros each. He offered to call us when we arrived at Oosterbeek though there was a fully automated system on board with a map and a voice that called out the name of the Stops. The driver also pointed out to us the nearby road to the Airborne Cemetery.
After leaving the Museum we went to the Cemetery. It was an uphill walk and near the top we spotted a bus waiting to set off. The driver told us his route did not go to Arnhem but we were standing above the railway line and it would much better for us to take the Arnhem Sprinter when we were ready to return.
The journey by train took only a couple of minutes and was 2 euros10 each, paid by credit card at the Ticket machine .
We were most impressed by our experience of public transport in Arnhem.
Taxi or bus in Arnhem
Travelling from Munich Germany, with train (ICE) and plane, i arrived at Airport Weeze in the night. Luckely for me i reserved a cab from Arnhem (Taxi Defra) and they picked me up at the Airport.
For just 75 euro (taxi fare) they brought me to Arnhem.
After sleeping in the hotel (Hotel van der Valk Duiven near Arnhem) i called Taxi Defra again, they have a branchoffice in Duiven, so that was easy. The driver picked me up at the Hotel and after 15 minutes i was in the citycentre of Arnhem. Beautiful city with a nice park (Sonsbeek).
So, it was a long day ;-)
Friendly people in Arnhem, plenty of shops and i was very pleased with the service of the Taxicompany. (When you're in Arnhem, visit the famous Arnhem Bridge and the memorial spots for World War 2).
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Unique busses called trolleybus
Arnhem is the only city in the Netherlands where you will see trolleybusses. When driving behind the city borders you can buy a cheap ticket at the busdriver. Otherwise you need a so calles 'strippenkaart' which you can buy at the trainstation or at the post office.
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Parking in Arnhem
Parking can be a bit frustating sometimes. The best option to visit Arnhem by car is to park at the Transferium.
OK little explanation: Transferium: A big guarded parking place, outside the citycenter where you can park your car for little money and continue your onward journey by public transport.
The Transferium in Arnhem can be found at the Gelredome stadium, southwest of the city at the end of the motorway. Parking costs ?2,50 a day including free public transport for 4 people to the citycenter and within the citycenter.
The only Trolley Bus system in the Netherlands
Arnhem is a City of about 135.000 people and it is the only City in the Netherlands that has a non poluting zero emision Trolley -Bus System .This City is located along the Rhine and it has beautiful Parks that go to the heart of the City.
Here is a TIP .
If you want to you can leave your car at the
'' Geldredome '' Transferium for 2.50 Euros and then the bus will get you to the inner City
The Tranferium is open .
Monday to Saterday 6 am till 0.30 am.
Sundays 8 am until 0.30 am.
Cost of tickets are .
2 strippenkaart euro 1,60.
3 strippenkaart euro 2.40.
8 strippenkaart euro 6.40
45 strippenkaart euro 18.30
Bus System in Arnhem
If you are planning on coming to the Netherlands, MAKE SURE you check to see if the buses are on strike. The whole 3 months we have been here, the buses have been on strike more times than I can count. Make sure to do your research. You don't want to be stuck without any way to get around. Best idea in my opinion? Rent a car if possible to get around. The bus system is not always a reliable source of transportation. When it's running, it's great. When it's not, it's a complete pain the rear. So many people rely on public transportation and when the buses go on strike, it throws everyone off.
Just a helpful tip from someone that is living through the strikes.
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Take the train...
The easiest way to come in Arnhem is from my point of view the train. Doesn't matter if it will be a Stoptrain (this one is stopping in all the stations) or the Intercity you will be happy to use it.
There is only a problem. If you are coming by train from Schipol, you have to change the train at least one time. I couldn't find any direct connection and I have changed twice.
The price was 31 euros for a two way ticket.
BIKES,BIKES, EVERYWHERE BIKES
The sight of so many bikes parked in the square, amazed me. I love to see so many people get around on their bikes. It just adds to the ambiance of the place. Also it's easier to get around town than driving a car.
Ironically the nearest international airport is the Airport Niederrhein just across the border in Germany. It is very small airport, only few small airlines use it, but you can get very cheap flights to several destinations around Europe.
There is good connection by trains to Arnhem, from almost everywhere in the Netherlands or some trains from Germany there are trains that will stop here.
The railway station was under renovation when I was here and also the bus station next to it was a bit in a mess.
To Arnhem from everywhere (or almost everywhere)
The best way to get to Arnhem from Belgium, Germany, or anywhere in Holland would be a train. The trains are fast and very comfortable. Of course sometimes there are delays or constraction works, but this can happen everywhere in the world.
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