I came to Breda by train. There is good connections from anywhere in Holland and if you buy your ticket from the automatic machine you even get it cheaper then from the counter. The only trap is that you need coins, the Euro bills or credit cards NOT accepted.
How to get to and around Breda
Breda is well-connected to the Dutch rail and motorway systems. From town, it's only around half an hour by train or car to cities as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Eindhoven - provided there's no traffic of course. When flying into the Low Countries, you can either choose Amsterdam and Brussels, as Breda is located right inbetween those two cities, both being a bit more than an hour away by car.
Walk everywhere in the centre and use the city buses to get you anywhere outside. Buses leave from the railway station and most of them also pass the Oude Vest bus station: 1 minute from the Grote Markt. To help you get around, here's a small map of the city.
Small, Scruffy But Perfectly Functional
Breda is located at the cross roads of two main rail lines: the east-west link between Vlissingen, on the North Sea coast, and Nijmegen and about midway between Rotterdam and Antwerp on the north-south axis. As a result there are regular train services allowing easy access to the rest of the Netherlands as well as services into Belgium.
The station itself is located about 10 minutes walk from the city centre and despite being a relatively small, and scruffy, building has all the basics expected from a Dutch station including convenience shops, snack stalls and left-luggage.
The only pain-in-the-neck I found with it is that the ticket machines only take either Dutch debit/travel cards or euro change (not notes) and when I went to buy a ticket from the office I was advised to use the machine. When I pointed out that I had insufficient change and asked the woman behind the counter if she could change a 20 euro note she simply shrugged and explained she wasn't allowed to. Very Dutch!
The main Breda bus station is next door to the railway station from which you an get local buses and those for further afield and there's also a bicycle hire shop on the station forecourt, as well as plenty of bike parking.
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Useful Map And Signposts
Breda is a very compact city with its centre still pretty much laid-out as it was in Medieval times. Almost everything of note is contained within the encircling canal belt and is very walkable. The streets can be a bit confusing though as they wind and twist for whatever reason that they were initially designed. Fortunately there are plenty of helpful signposts and maps at strategic locations and so it's almost impossible to get lost.
Especially useful is the map immediately outside the railway station which makes everything easily findable if you've just arrived for the first time.
Though as a suggestion to the local tourist office - mightn't it be an idea to mark the best pubs on it too??
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You can get at the Efteling in...
You can get at the Efteling in Kaatsheuvel by going to Den Bosch / 's-Hertogenbosch by train and then by taking a special bus that goes to the Efteling Amusementpark in Kaatsheuvel. You can also get here by car, there is a big parkinglot at the amusementpark.
Noord Brabant by Bus
We rode the bus to the one place from Breda that you should take the bus to - Baarle-Nassua. It's a Belgian enclave, or some would say exclave. But if it's an enclave to one wouldn't it be an exclave to another? Who cares - it's surrounded by the Netherlands and they have some great beer and a construction worker who befriended me all because I was an American - a real hoot and a holler.
The bus station is adjacent to the train station in Breda. Local buses leave from the north entrance to the train station. Strippenkarts - these are confusing as heck to me, but this is how you pay. You can buy them inside the Albert Heinj - or as I call it "the Hamster market." Depending on how far you go determines how many of the "slots" you will have to use.
Car, trains and busses will bring you there
Breda, being a part of the "Brabant" row of towns is connected well to the trainsystem of The Netherlands. It's Central Station is right on the border of the centre and from there it's a few minutes walk to enjoying the heart of town.
By car it will be somewhat messy the next few years (until 2005) when they are working on the HSL (High Speed Line) from Amsterdam to Paris. The freeway West of Breda is now one large construction pit.
Bus services enter and leave Breda on all sides.
Finding your way around town
When walking through Breda, one can easily find his/her way by the signs the tourist information has put on many crossings and squares. Here are written down the main attractions / monuments of the town and their direction. An easy system that shows you everything there is to see.
enter by train, take a bus around
You can get to Breda by car, bus and train.
Bicycle, bus, car, taxi.
If you come from the station and need to go to your final destination in Breda, you can take a traintaxi, which costs a lot less than the regular taxis. You'll just have to share the cab with some other passengers. This service is provided on several Dutch trainstations, but not all of them.
Waalwijk is not far from...
Waalwijk is not far from Breda. It has an interesting town hall, built by the famous architect Kropholler. There is a very similar building in Alkmaar. I made a whole series of pictures of it, that you can see in my NL page.
Train (most trains to the...
Train (most trains to the south of the Netherlands pass Breda) or bus from Antwerp or Utrecht.
Rent a bike, or buy a bike for some guilders. Busses come every 30-60 minutes and stop after about 11:30 pm. So go Dutch and cycle!
Actually it depends where...
Actually it depends where you're coming from. If you're coming in by plain, the easiest way to travel to and from Breda is by train. There is a train connection straight from Schiphol Airport to Breda.
The centre is at a walking distance from the train station and you can always catch a bus. If you're staying in or close to the centre, you can go everywhere by foot.
Again, depending on where...
Again, depending on where you're coming from, you can reach Breda by car using the A16 or A27 motorway.
In the city centre you can easily get around by foot.
There is plenty of parking space to park your car, but it'll cost you about 3 guilders per hour (except for the weekends and on weekdays after 18.00 uur). If you look for a parking place a bit further from the centre you'll pay less...
Breda has two bus station close together. The local buses are in front of the train station and the inter city buses are apart to the right when you leave the station.
Local BREDA buses:
-2 Heusdenhout-STATION-Haagse Beemden
-6 IJpelaar-STATION-Haagse Beemden
-9 STATION-Blauwe Kei
-10 STATION-Amphia Zkh. Molengracht
-11 STATION-Amphia Zkh. Molengracht
-12 STATION-Amphia Zkh. Molengracht
-131 STATION-Amphia Zkh. Molengracht
-116 STATION - Prinsenbeek
-119 STATION - Prinsenbeek
-401 STATION - Utrecht
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You can easily get there by...
You can easily get there by train from Amsterdam or antoher place in Holland. From Breda central station you can take a bus that goes directly to the center of the city. Therefor you can purchase a ticket in the bus at the busdriver or at the ticketoffice at the trainstation.
You can get around by a bus. However, if the weather is ok, you can hire a typically dutch byecicle to see the city. There is also a beautiful park where you can skate and walk around.