Simply a "must do" thing, rent a bike.
If you want to explore the island of Texel the Dutch way, this is simply something you have to do ... drive a bike! You can bring your own bicycle, but there are also more than enough rental bikes available on Texel. There are several rental places spread out over the island. Some rental shops also rent out tandems, ATBs, motorised bicycles and mopeds. The prices are very low and you can always toggle off a nice "all weekend long", "All week long" price. Just try it!
There is over 135 kilometres of cycling path, mostly separate from the road and they will take you anywhere you like. The nice thing about these paths is that they will go right through the dunes, along the beaches and will finish up in a nice little village, in which a nice refreshment is waiting.
Of course, you can explore Texel yourself (like we did), but there are also several cycling routes which allow you to acquaint yourself with the island according to a theme.
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You can bring your own car to Texel, but there are also limited rental possibilities on Texel. Members of the Dutch AA can call the ANWB emergency number in case of car trouble: 0800-0888. Help on the island is taken care of through the central emergency room. The signposted Texel route (length 75 km) is also suitable for drivers. The route has also been indicated on the map of Texel.
A bus leaves the ferry harbour for Den Burg and De Koog on the hour. There is a bus to the other villages nearly every hour. In Den Burg, there is a small bus station where several services depart. Texel Ticket In the period from the end of April until the end of October, the Texel Ticket at fl. 7,00 per person, (price 2000) allows you an entire day’s free use of the scheduled bus services on Texel.
The Texel Ticket is available at the AOT ticket office at the station in Den Helder, the TESO ticket office at the ferry, at the Tourist Office on Texel, Tourist Office Den Helder, Tourist Office Julianadorp and from the bus driver on Texel. Price discounts do not apply to the Texel Ticket. You can acquire a timetable from the Tourist Office
Telekomtaxi The Telekomtaxi is a collection taxi that takes you from destination to destination on the island for fl. 7,- per person. Bookings at least one hour beforehand, tel. 0222-322211. Upon purchase of a Telekomtaxi ticket at the TESO ticket office in Den Helder, you are transported from ferry harbour 't Horntje to your destination on Texel at the same rate.
Taxi companies can be contacted at the telephone numbers 0222-312000, 312323, 317555 and 315888.
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A double-decker ferry leaves from Den Helder every hour. The MS Molengat has a capacity of 190 passenger cars and 1,200 persons; the MS Schulpengat can transport a maximum of 242 passenger cars and 1,750 persons. The crossing lasts under half an hour; bookings are not possible and not necessary. Information line timetable/rates 0222-369691/369692 or www.teso.nl
Information line holiday peak 0222-369690
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The ability to have your car present.
The island of Texel is part of the Northern Island above the Dutch main land. These islands are called Waddeneilanden (Wadden Islands), named after the sea they are in, the Wadden Sea.
It's one of the few islands on which you are allowed to take your car with you, and there are also limited rental possibilities on Texel. We thought this was a huge advantage as we had to carry along a lot of stuff for our 2 year old daughter.
The roads on Texel are very good and you're able to get to every small town and all the attractions. You can bring your own car to Texel, but there are also limited rental possibilities on Texel.
Members of the Dutch AA can call the ANWB emergency number in case of car trouble: 0800-0888. Help on the island is taken care of through the central emergency room. The signposted Texel route (length 75 km) is also suitable for drivers. The route has also been indicated on the map of Texel.
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As Texel is an island the only way to get there is to drive your car on a ferry. The ferry is operated by TESO (Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming) and leave from Den Helder. Off season the ferry leaves every hour from 6 in the morning untill 9 at night. In peak season there is a 30 minute service.
You pay at the Den Helder side for a return ticket and at the Texel side you can just drive on the ferry without paying.
Prices for 2003: (Peak season)
motorcycles, including two passengers: €8,80 (11,50)
cars, including passengers: €26,50 (€38,00)
More fares at the Teso webiste.
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When you arrive from the mainland with the ferry, the first sight is a fietsenverhuur , or a rental bike station.
It will save you a lot of money when you park your car at the Den Helder side, cross by ferry on foot and rent a bike.
Texel is small enough to bike everywhere, they only down side is that there is always wind on Texel. And if you are a regular cyclist you know wind is always against you ;(
To rent a bicycle cost approx. €4 a day.
Ferry Den Helder - Texel
The only way to reach Texel is by ferry from Den Helder, the most northern town on the mainland of the Dutch province Noord Holland. The ferry harbour is well signposted. We had to buy our return tickets (once you will have to leave the island) at the ticket booth in Den Helder and paid (2008) € 35,- for ourselves and our car.
Normally the ferry leaves Den Helder every hour on the half hour (from Texel on the hour) for a sailing of about 20 minutes for the 4200 metres to the harbour of ‘t Horntje. There are extra sailings on busy days or moments. It is NOT possible to make reservations for the ferry, which means on peaks moments there might be rather long delays.
The ferries offer a buffet for a drink or snack and digital information about Texel as well.
For information about schedules and the several fares take a look at the website of Teso, the company which is operating the ferry service from the year 1907. (For instance if you want to make a day trip by bike on the island it is much cheaper just to buy a passenger return ticket and to leave your car on the mainland.)
Ferry part I
The only way you can enter on Texel is by boat. Normally the ferry will go once every hour. But when it is really crowded with cars/pedestrians/cyclists, then the ferry will go once every half an hour. The ride of the ferry is 2.5 kilometers long and it will last for about 20 minutes.
If you go by car, the price for a return ticket is € 35 (2009). You can pay this by cash or credit card with the machine.
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Texelse Eigen Stoombootondernemening (TESO)
Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming N.V. (Teso) has been operating the ferry service between the island of Texel and Den Helder since 1907.
Under normal circumstances, a ferry departs from Texel every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A ferry leaves Den Helder every hour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The crossing takes about 20 minutes.
On Sundays and bank holidays, the ferry service begins one or two hours later, depending on the season.
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If you want to go to Texel, you have to come by ferry, there is no bridge from the mainland. The ferry goes from Den Helder to Texel in 20 minutes. You can get on the boat with your car or motorcycle as well as going on foot. On board you can get a bite to eat, or get information on Texel at one of the computers.
A return ticket for passengers costs 4 Euro. The ferry runs from Den Helder to Texel every hour at 30 past, and from Texel to Den Helder every hour at the hour. But be sure to be back at 9 in the evening, that's the last run of teh day.
Travelling with a little kid.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Texel by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
The English language version of the Wikipedia states that it is possible to fly to Texel (and land on Texel International Airport), but as a matter of fact there haven't been any scheduled international flights to the airport for many, many years ... So the only practical way of getting there is by ferry run by TESO between Den Helder and 't Horntje. Which is what we did, too. Here you can see me trying to catch up on the latest information on Texel by reading a local news bulletin aboard the ferry.
From Den Helder > Texel
You'll need to take the boat to go to Texel.
Go to Den Helder to catch the boat.
The boat leaves each hour, and the trip takes about 20 minutes.
You then will arrive at Hoorntje.
We went by car, and had to pay per car = 35 euro (2 ways)
by car to Texel
If you are travelling by car, you will reach the ferry in Den Helder as follows: From direction Utrecht, take the exit to Zaanstad (through the Zeeburgertunnel) in Amsterdam and follow the A7 in the direction of Hoorn and Leeuwarden. If you are coming from The Hague, you can reach the A7 through the Coentunnel. Right before the Afsluitdijk, you take the exit Den Oever/Den Helder. Coming from Friesland, take the exit Den Helder at the end of the Afsluitdijk (A7). In Den Helder, the shortest road to the ferry is indicated with signs
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Tom at the bridge?
This a simulation of the bridge of the TESO ferry to Texel. You can sit at this bridge, and play a game or watch a video, in the Maritime and beachcomber museum in Oudeschild.
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