Most people will be staying in Amsterdam and maybe visit Haarlem for the day. Between Amsterdam and Haarlem there are 6 trains every hours and the journey time is app. 17 minutes. When in Haarlem, the best way to get around is: WALK!
To get into the towncentre it will take a 5 to max 10 minute walk. As the nicest places for shopping or eating are found in the small streets, again the best thing to do is : WALK!
If you're tired after a day of walking around Haarlem, you could get on a bus to get back to the station. But: waiting for the bus might just take as much time as to - yes- WALK to the station!
Enjoy your day walking around!
If you prefer public transport even after my good advise, see website below for bus timetables. Or maybe you like to bike? Bike rental available at Haarlem Station.
Haarlem has good public transport links. The main railway station is situated on the northern edge of the old city centre, five minutes walk from the main square. It is an interesting building in its own right and worth a look even if you're not catching a train. Trains to Amsterdam are regular and frequent and the journey takes about twenty minutes. Trains heading for the North Sea ports also stop there and tickets can be bought to most European destinations.
The bus terminal is situated on the square in front of the station and almost all local buses leave from or pass through it. There are also plenty of taxis to be had with rival firms competing for custom.
Schiphol airport is close to Haarlem although reaching it by road can be slow at peak times due to clogged motorways. Unfortunately there is no direct rail link to the airport and passengers must first go to Amsterdam and catch a train from there. Perhaps the best way of reaching the airport is by the "Zuid Tangent" bus service which runs for much of its route on traffic-free bus lanes. This is rather slow, however, due to the many stops on the way and takes approximately three quarters of an hour
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2161 AM Lisse
Keukenhof is situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, Haarlem and Leiden.
From Amsterdam, take the A4 toward The Hague, exit N207 toward Lisse.
From The Hague, take the A44 toward Amsterdam, exit N208 toward Lisse; or on the A4, exit N207.
As you near the park, signs are posted giving clear directions to Keukenhof.
You can use the train till Leiden to come to Keukenhof.
From Leiden you can take bus number 54 to Keukenhof. Call for more information 0900-9292 or go to www.9292ov.nl or www.ns.nl
In addition to the parking lot at Keukenhof there is a secure bicycle shed available. A map marked with a special bicycle route to the Keukenhof is available from the Noordwijk tourist office (VVV).
The easiest way should be to take the train, hopefully you won't have the problems that I did.
We took the bus to reach the restaurant, easy to find, just across from the train station.
Many people use bicycles in this city, but I'm sure Sandra wished she hadn't brought hers that day as it was raining so hard.
I was staying in Hoofddorp, a town only a few miles away and Leo kindly gave me a ride in his car back to my aunt and uncle's place. Thanks Leo!
By train, bus or car
Trains from and to Amsterdam every 10-20 minutes. The traveltime is 15 minutes. There is a Interliner bus running every half hour from Schiphol. Car travellers are using the A9 motorway, and A100 to get to town.
Taxi, bus or just walk.
There is a good bus network in town.
I was lucky enough to get a ride here by car from Jacob but there are great train connections from airport/train hub city, Amsterdam. They run very frequently and take about 15 minutes.
Haarlem is easily explored on foot but as with all of the Netherlands, there is great mass transit for the outlying areas. Boat trips on the canals are popular here too.
By car, motorcycle, bicycle (highly recommended!), scooter, on foot (even that)or by bus. Busconnections are very good here. Because of the water here, you can even come by a dingy or motorboat.
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