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On foot or by bike. Don't go into town with your own car, but park outside the city and take one of the free buses into town.
You can hire a bike for only 7,-- euro at the railway station and get to know the city. The historical centre is quiet large, so it may be inconvenient to walk. And by bike you can go see the countryside too, for instance you can go to the beach, see the forest area of Voorschoten and Wassenaar or the lovely polders of Zoeterwoude.
Written Sep 5, 2002
A good idea is to rent a bike at Leiden Central Station. Stop first at the Tourist Office in Stationsstraat (about 100 m from the station towards the center).
When you come out of the main entrance of Leiden Central Station, turn left and you'll find this place where you can buy or rent a bike or have it repaired or stalled.
Updated Jul 26, 2003
Leiden is easily reached by bus or by train. There are trains that go from Schiphol in Amsterdam, from the city center of Amsterdam, and also from The Hague. My only caution is to make sure that you check if you're getting on the sneltrein or the stoptrein. When I was taking the train from The Hague to Leiden, I got on the stoptrein by mistake and it took twice as long. Those types of trains make a whole bunch of little stops in between as opposed to the sneltrein which makes the major stops.
You can take the bus in Leiden but I find it's a very walkable city. All the major sights are easily reached on foot. You can also try getting around by bicycle but I would recommend that you practise a bit first. I tried getting around by bike during a busy section and it was a little bit unnerving because I'm not used to riding a bike. I'm surprised I made it through without falling.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Leiden is ideal for a canal boat tour. The city waterways played a great role in transportation of goods to the city in the old days. Via the canals you can travel through Leiden in a relaxed way in just an hour.
The terminal of Schuitjevaart canal boat tours is mid-town at the corner of the Stille Rijn and the Stille Mare.
Ticket price: Euro 7.50 (adult)
Written May 19, 2013
Parking in Leiden is difficult and expensive. There are large parking areas around the city. The one near the Noordeinde / Haagweg (direction Voorschoten) is most convenient, as it offers a shuttle services to and from the city center and/or you can walk. You can also try to park in the small streets around the city center; it is usually free.
Written Feb 22, 2009
if you prefer you can go to the train ticket office,all the information you'll ever need is there,the staff are knowledgeable,and speak english so don't be affraid to ask.
Written Apr 24, 2004
There are 6 trains an hour from Amsterdam Central to Leiden Central which take less than 40 minutes.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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