Public transport, The Hague
In The Hague there are over 30 bus and tramlines for your travel needs. Buy a "nationale strippenkaart" at a train station, tourist- and post-office, tobacco shop, or bookshop.
The "strippenkaart" gives you access to ALL Dutch buses and tramlines and costs 6.40 EURO for 15 "strips" (45 strippenkaart = 18.90 EURO). For students, people over 65 years old and children there is a reduced rate; 15 strippenkaart = 4.20 EURO.
Also possible to buy a strippenkaart in the bus/tramline (HTM): 2 strippenkaart -> 1.60 EURO, 3 strippenkaart -> 2.40 EURO
(on this strippenkaart children of 4 - 11 years and older people with 65-card can travel together at just one strippenkaart - prices with reserve)
When travelling with your strippenkaart, ask some info inside with the conductor (about the transport zones which cost one strip).
Like one zone travel in the city costs 2 strips, and two zones cost 3 strips etc.
It is possible to buy a "group return" for one day, get some info at HTM. Here you may get any information about the way you wanna go ... also about some night services at Friday and Saturday (all specified on the back of the card).
Be warned, taxis are expensive in the Netherlands. Just getting in a taxi already costs about 4.00 Euro (basic rate) plus each km travelled!
Taxis can be hailed in the street, or ordered by phone:
*ATC Taxi, 070 3178877
*HCT City Tax, 070 3830830
*HTMC, tel. 070 3907722
Tram- & Bus-lines: >>>
Tram-line 1: Delft-Den Haag CS-Madurodam-Scheveningen
Tram-line 8: Den Haag Vrederust-Station HS-Scheveningen
Tram-line 9: Den Haag Vrederust-Stations HS-CS-Scheveningen
Tram-line 11: Den Haag station HS-Scheveningen
Bus-line 14: Den Haag Berestein-Scheveningen
Bus-line 22: Leidschendam-stations Leidschendam-Voorburg Voorburg-Den Haag station CS-Scheveningen
Bus-line 23: Kijkduin-station Rijswijk-Voorburg-Laan van N.O.I-/Scheveningen
For Parking Cars See >>>
Palace promenade Scheveningen - Car Parking
The Hague has direct train connenctions to Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport, Utrecht and Rotterdam.
The Hague will be connected to the high speed train network to Antwerpen-Brussels-Paris.
The Hague has 2 big stations: Den Haag Centraal Station and Den Haag Holland Spoor (better known as CS and HS).
The Centraal station has the central bus station on the first floor and tram and light rail connections too.
The following local buses serve the The Hague Centraal Station:
18-Clingendael - Rijswijk de Schilp
The following Connexxion buses serve the The Hague Centraal Station:
39-Leiderdorp, Rijnland Ziekenhuis
42-Den Haag Rotonde Houtkade
380-Alphen a/d Rijn
381-Alphen a/d Rijn
383-Krimpen /d IJssel
The following local trams serve the The Hague Centraal Station:
3-Station Laan van NOI-Loosduinen
6-Leidschendam Noord-De uithof
The following local night buses serve the The Hague Centraal Station:
N1: Scheveningen - Centrum/Buitenhof
N2: Leidschendam/Leidschenveen (Dillenburgsingel) - Centrum/Buitenhof
N3: Ockenburgh/Loosduinen (Wijndaelerweg)- Centrum/Buitenhof
N4: Wateringen/Rijswijk (Plein) - Centrum/Buitenhof
N5: Ypenburg/Leidschendam (Damlaan) - Centrum/Buitenhof
N6: Zoetermeer (Hoflaan) - Centrum/Buitenhof
The following intercity Lightrail trains serve the The Hague Centraal Station:
3-Zoetermeer Centrum West
It is very easy to get to Den Haag by train from ...for example..Delft or Amsterdam or, to be honest, anywhere else in the Netherlands (though, obviously, you'd need to change trains en route from come places).
The excellent Dutch railway website below will give you train times, details and information in English.
Dutch trains (some are double-deckers) are safe, comfortable and have ample space for bags. Fares within the Netherlands are very reasonable.
Den Haag Centraal station is undergoing works at the moment (related to the construction of a new light-rail local service) but has a few shops, ticket machines and a ticket/information office.
Ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options, but i noticed that many (and not just at Den Haag Centraal) only take cards (whether OV Chipkaart alone or credit cards as well I do not know). You'll need to look for a machine with a coin slot if you want to buy your ticket for cash; they do exist, and they give change for coins, but there are fewer of them. I did not come across any machines which accepted notes and, because I did not have enough coins, I had to buy my ticket back to Amsterdam from the Den Haag ticket office.
That's something to be aware of if you intend to travel when the station ticket office is closed: you'll need a card or the right coins.
Remember to ask information at the local HTM shop which located just opposites Bijenkorf shopping centre.
There you can find or ask informations about how to travel with local bus and tram, as the strippen card that you bought is valid for both usage.
Do not forget that before you step into the Ranstad Rail tram, you have to stamp your strippen card first, as in this particular new tram, there is not any stamping machine available onboard. Currently there are 2 lines that use this new tram, Randstad Rail 3 and 4.
Where else, the old trams have onboard strippen card stamping machines available.
If you are a student or a pensioner, you can enjoy a special rates for the strippen card.
Bus and tram time-tables are available for free at the self help counter.
If you think that you might be using trams and busses more than 3 times in Den Haag, you can save yourself money by buying a 'strippenkaart.' These are available at train stations, tourist office, news-agents, tobacconists and some other shops. They cost ý5,90 and are valid for 7,5 journeys if you're just travelling short distances in The Hague. There are usually no conductors on trams in The Hague, so you have to stamp your strippenkaart in the machines on the tram.
If you're travelling by bus, the driver will stamp your ticket for you. Every time you stamp your strippenkaart it is valid for use on any bus or tram in that zone for 1 - 11/2 hours.
With the dayticket you buy for 5.70 Euro you have unlimited access to the trams and buses in and around Den Haag. You can also go to the beach in Scheveningen with it. Ticket is valid 24 hours.
Trams go frequently, until late evening. At dark there are lots of security at the tram stations which make you feel safe but at the same time you wonder why they are there.
Getting around the Hague was very easy, the trams were very easy to use. We stopped off at the Visitor's Station and they gave sold us tickets to use and explain the usage. It interesting that its based on trust that you stamp the correct number of stamps.
The Hague has several railway stations which can be reached from several directions. Both Centraal Station (CS) and Hollandsch Spoor (HS) are close to the centre, although each is on a different side of it. Either station is at only a few minutes walking from the centre.
From Amsterdam ride a bus going to The Hague. The public transportation in Netherlands uses 'Nationale Strippenkaart'. Strippenkaarts (Strip Cards) are valid on all buses, trams and metro lines in the city and offer the most economical option for visitors. Strippenkaarts are sold at all rail stations, newspaper shops, post offices and all Albert Hein grocery stores. Tickets containing 2 and 3 strips are available from the driver, but it is much cheaper to buy a 15- or 45-strip card before you board a bus or tram. The 'Strippenkaart' is on sale at the The Hague and Scheveningen Tourist Information Offices, all post offices, most tobacconists and bookshops and at reception desks in a large number of hotels in The Hague. The 'Strippenkaart' is valid throughout the Netherlands, and includes travelling on regional busses and local trains. Tickets containing 2 and 3 strips are available from the driver, but it is much cheaper to buy a 15- or 45-strip card before you board a bus or tram. The 'Strippenkaart' is on sale at the The Hague and Scheveningen Tourist Information Offices, all post offices, most tobacconists and bookshops and at reception desks in a large number of hotels in The Hague. The 'Strippenkaart' is valid throughout the Netherlands, and includes travelling on regional busses and local trains.
Prices (in Euros)
2 strips (single journey, one zone) 1.60
3 strips (single journey, two zones) 2.40
8 strips (also valid as one-day ticket) 6.40
15 strips, full fare
(multiple journey, advance sale only) 6.50
15 strips, concessionary fare*
(multiple journey, advance sale only) 4.30
45 strips (multiple journey, advance sale only) 19.20
* Elderly over 65 and children under 12
To Use the Strip Card:
1. Check the map located at each stop or onboard to determine how many zones you require.
2. Validate the strippenkaart by stamping it in the yellow machines onboard or get a stamp from the driver. Validate according to the number of zones you will pass, plus one. For example, if you are traveling within one zone, validate two strips; If traveling across two zones, validate three units. Note: Multiple passengers can travel on a single strippenkaard as long as the proper number of strips is validated for each rider.
Ticket validity depends upon the number of strips used as follows:
Number of zones (strips cancelled) Validity
1-3 zones (2-4 strips) 1 hour
4-6 zones (5-7 strips) 1.5 hours
7-9 zones (8-10 strips) 2 hours
10-15 zones (11-16 strips) 3 hours
16 or more zones (17-20 strips) 3.5 hours
The easiest way to explore the city of The hague and the surrounding areas is by tram. The tram takes you everywhere, to Scheveningen, Delft and of course the most important attractions of The Hague.
Public transportation services in The Hague are, like everywhere else in the Netherlands, outstanding. Approximately 30 bus and tramlines can transport you in and around The Hague as well as to Delft, Wassenaar, Voorburg, Rijkswijk and Wateringen. The "Haagse Tram Maatschapppij" or HTM, as it is known by the locals, is the major public transportation service for the city. Visit HTM's web-site and click over to view the English pages for more information. Be sure to purchase a 15 or 45 strip national "Strippenkaart" or "strip-card" for fare reductions in The Hague and thoroughout the country. Day passes for unlimited travel throughout the city can be purchased for Euro 5.70.
The Randstad Rail is a mix of tram and train with the following lines:
-Erasmusline: Den Haag Centraal - Rotterdam Slinge
-Oosterheemline: 3: Loosduinen (Arnold Spoelplein) - Zoetermeer Centrum-West.
-Oosterheemline: 4: Den Haag De Uithof - Zoetermeer Javalaan.
Strippenkaarten are valid tickets on the RandstadRail.
The Tramtunnel was a major project to ensure troublefree tram traffic in the busiest part of the city: The Grote Markt.
After much struggle and years of delay the tunnel finally came into service in 2004.