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Travelling with (young) kids.
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 and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane 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 favorite 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."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
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.
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The Tuk Tuk Company serves The Hague with Tuk Tuk taxis.
Prices are according to a zone tarif (see the website).
€ 3,50 per passenger, € 5 for 2 passengers and € 6,50 for 3 passengers per zone. Every next zone zone + € 3,50 (independent of the number of passengers).
All year round service from 8AM to 2AM next day.
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Arriving From Schipol, Amsterdam
It's quite easy to get to Den Haag from Schipol.
The train (Intercity, 2nd Class) tickets cost Euro 7 (one way) if you buy them at the automated machines.
But the machines only takes coins or cards, not Euro notes.
If you have neither, then you have to buy them from the ticket counters and they will charge you 0.5 Euro for transaction fee. So you end up paying Euro 7.50.
The journey takes about 40-45 minutes. But be aware that not all train go direct to Den Haag Central or HS Station. Sometimes, you have to change train at Leiden.
Yellow Train To The Hague
To The Hague from the airport >>>
The Hague and its wonderful coast is within easy reach, the going to The Hague from Schiphol Airport takes less than 30 minutes (about 6.60 Euro by train). Taking a cab will be rather expensive so it's advisable looking for some other public transport systems.
Travelling by the Yellow Train will let you forget some stressing of traffic jams, and desirous of parking space downtown. There are 3 classes of train in Holland (the International trains, the Intercity/Sneltrein, directly fast city-to-city, and the Stoptrein calling at all of smaller stations).
The Central Station is the general stop at The Hague; the Hollands Spoor (the original The Hague CS) is worth a visit too ...
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General information on transportation
Public transportation in The Hague consists of a sizable number of tram- and buslines, operated by the Haagsche Tramwegmaatschappij, or HTM. Plans for a subway were shelved in the early 1970s. However, since 2004 there is a tunnel with two underground tram stations (Spui and Grote Markt) in the city centre; it is shared by tram lines 2, 3 and 6.
A light rail system called Randstadrail  (http://www.randstadrail.nl) is under construction, connecting The Hague, Rotterdam, Zoetermeer and suburbs.
There are two main train stations: Den Haag Hollands Spoor (gv) and Den Haag Centraal (gvc). It is somewhat confusing that many trains bypass the central station; this is because it is a terminus. The Thalys Paris - Amsterdam stops at Den Haag Hollands Spoor. Central Station connects The Hague to every major city in The Netherlands with direct train connections.
The nearest airport is Rotterdam Airport, but it is not easy to reach by public transport. With four trains per hour going directly from Hollands Spoor or Centraal to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, most travellers for The Hague fly to Schiphol.
Major highways near The Hague are the A12, running to Utrecht and further to the border with Germany and the A4, connecting Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam with the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Brussels
Going on the trains
You can buy a ticket with a 40% reduction (met korting.) If you don't have a reduction card, ask ANYBODY on the train if they have one. Everyone with a reduction card can travel with 3 people on their card after 9:00am. Generally Dutch people are friendly and it isn't too difficult to find someone who will let you travel on their card, but if you can't you could have a hard time with the conductors. The fines are quite large, so if you have to explain why you have the wrong ticket, you should make sure you don't have any money to pay the fine, have misunderstood the Dutch ticket system and give them an address in your country. If you don't buy a ticket in the station, you can buy one on the train, but it costs double price!
is best done by train. But if...
is best done by train. But if u like sight seeing I can recommend going by car and park it somewhere along the coast, eg in Noordwijk and take public transportation from there!
on foot off course! Some great pages on The Hague can be found on the www, so just take your pick :-)
Arriving will be by train or...
Arriving will be by train or intercity-buslines. If coming by car, then enjoy the 'guther', the highway that is running straight into town in a canalshaped half-tunnel. Above you buildings are built right over the road.
The public tansport in The Hague is perfect. Trams and busses can take you anywhere. Like in all other Dutch places, the bike is a wonderful way of transport.
Delft can be reached by tram, as well as by train. Inside tge centre of Delft, all distances can be bridges by foot.
From Schiphol, the...
From Schiphol, the international airport of Amsterdam, you can take a train direct to the Cental Station, which is located at the northern rim of the city-centre. All trains from Amsterdam to the south (Belgium, France, United Kingdom through the Channel-tunnel) and v.v. stop at the station called Hollands Spoor from which it takes about 15 minutes to walk to the city-centre. The youth hostel (called City Hostel) is just 5 minutes away from this railway station.
There is plenty public transportation in the city, busses and trams. There is a complicated system of fares, so the best thing to do is to get a pass for 2 or 3 days. The picture shows a tipical tram in The Hague.
When you feel comfortable in the hectic traffic in the city you can rent a bike to explore the city in your own pace. To do some easy cycling in the surroundings of the city the bike is the best option by far.
Depends on where you are...
Depends on where you are coming from, of course!
But you can arrive by plane (Schiphol Airport is only 30 min. by train from The Hague!); by train from all directions of the continent, by car if you prefer travelling by car which is great because you will discover so much ...........
Trying to find a parking space in The Hague, Scheveningen and Kijkduin can often prove to be a real headache.
For most parking spaces you must get a ticket from the central parking meter before parking the car.
Place the ticket clearly visible on your dashboard.
Keep a close eye on the maximum parking time.
The ciry has ample parking garages for which you must follow the blue P-signs.
People who park illegally or without paying are likely to find their car clamped on their return.
The ensuing hefty fine must be paid immeediately at the Central Collection Point situated at the Parking Garage behind The Hague Central Station.
Your wheel-clamp will then be removed as soon as possible.
The Hague boasts an excellent Public Transport System.
Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you to your destinations in The Hague, Scheveningen and Kijkduin, as well as to the adjoining municipalities.
Tickets containing 2, 3 and 8 strips are available from the driver but it is much cheaper to buy a 15 or 45 strippenkaart (stripcard) before you board a bus or tram. The 'strippenkaart' is on sale at the The Hague and Scheveningen Tourists Officies, all post-offices, most tobaconists and bookshops and at reception desk in a large number of hotels in The Hague. The : strippenkaart'is valid throughout the Netherlands, and includes travelling on regional buses and local trains.
How to use the 'strippenkaart'?
The Hague is divided into zones. The basic fare for every journey is two strips. Add one strip for every zone you cross.
MULTI DAY TRAVEL PASS
If you are staying in the Hague for a few days, you may use the Multi-day Travel pass. This handy pass allows you unlimited travel without having to worry about the number of zones you cross or strips you need. The pass is valid in The Hague, Scheveningen, Rijswijk, Voorburg and Leidschendam and, at a slightly higher charge, also in Wateringen en Delft.
Salonboat Rondvaart Den Haag
Yes, The Hague has canals too (very few though). Salonboot Rondvaart Den Haag (www.salonbootdenhaag.nl) offer canal tours and boat trips between Delft and The Hague
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Train tickets can be bought here, wherever you wnat to go. Check train schedules/tram numbers., they are on time.
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By car, train or bus.
by car, bus, on foot or by boat ;) On the picture you can see me and my brother René in a canalboat. The canal boat leaves from the market square 'Beestenmarkt'.
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