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    Train Travel in the Netherlands

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 10, 2014

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    Most of the Dutch train transportation is provided by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).

    Some local lines are served by:
    - Syntus (Overijssel and Gelderland)
    - Arriva(Groningen and Friesland)
    - Veolia (Limburg)
    - Prignitzer Eisenbahn (Enschede to Gronau in Germany).
    - Bentheimer Eisenbahn (Hengelo to Bad Bentheim in cooperation with Syntus).

    Historical steam trains:
    Hoorn-Enkhuizen Museum Steam Train
    Zuid-Limburge Stoomtrein Maatschappij

    International trains:
    - TGV or Thalys (to France)
    - Eurostar (to London via the Chunnel)
    - NS High speed website

    - High Speed Line information

    - Benelux Railroad network

    Actual train display on the Netherlands map

    Recommended Dutch daytrips by train

    Dutch Trains Start page

    Actual Railway net information; delays and detours

    Dutch Public transportation journeyplanner

    Train departure times

    NS Ticket machine NS Ticket machine - Plastic Money detail Check point for the Intercity train - interior NS Ticket vending machine
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    Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    Located about nine miles (14 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) is one of the major hubs for the European continent.

    Airlines serving Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Astana, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, airBaltic, Alitalia, Armavia, Atlas Blue, Austrian Airlines, BA City Flyer, Belavia Belarusian Airlines, Blue Islands Airways, bmi British Midland, bmibaby, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Croatia Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Estonian Air, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Georgian Airways, HOP!, Iberia, Icelandair, Iran Air, Israir, Japan Airlines, Jet2, Kenya Airways, KLM City-Hopper, KLM Excel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Malmo Aviation, MAT Macedonian Airlines, Meridiana, Norwegian Air, Olympic Airways, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Rossiya Russian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SATA International, Singapore Airlines, SunExpress, Surinam Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Syrian Arab Airlines, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom Romanian Air, Transavia, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, VLM Airlines, Vueling Airlines, and Wind Jet.

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    OV-Chipkaart

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 30, 2014

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    The OV-Chipkaart is an electronic ticket you can use for train travel and local transportation (bus, tram & metro).

    The card can be bought at stations. The most common one is the anonymous ticket with a basic price of Euro 7.50 and valid for 5 years.

    The card must be pre-charged before the actual travel. For train rides the minimum amount must be Euro 20; for other forms of transportation it's Euro 5.00.

    Ticket machines at the major stations can be used to add money to the card.

    New ways of paying your travel after a journey with a cell phone-app are in test phase.

    VERY IMPORTANT: CHECK IN before your travel and CHECK OUT after your travel. Failing to check out can cost you the credit.

    DO NOT FORGET TO CHECK OUT! Welcome to the Dutch trains
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    Schiphol airport

    by gwened Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    This airport primarily for its strategic position in Europe receive quite a bit of request in the forums and does have a heavy usage of connections. So since used regularly, this is the time to write something about in addition to what is already here.

    First it is a simple long line terminal thats very easy to move about. There is a huge Shiphol Plaza (where the thalys train arrives too) and Holland boulevard with main gates of from B to M.
    In general KLM flights comes to gates B,C,D,E,F, Air France and Alitalia on gates B and C, Delta on E.Czech air on gate D, Aeroflot on gates B or G.
    the travelers on KLM that have ongoing trips on train Antwerp on thalys and Rotterdam on NS desk (at Schiphol plaza just past immigration) need to collect luggage and exchange KLM flight tickets for the railroads tickets.

    There are airport lounges such as no 1 between gates C and D, and lounge 2 between gates D and E,lounge 3 is at gate F; those passengers with access to Crown Lounges and tranferring ot Schengen countries are advise to use Crown lounge 25 located by Schengen gates behind passenger control when arriving in intercontinental flights this lounge is at top floor gate D.

    You have the airport link below n contact, and to move out into the city or elsewhere the most common suppliers are Schiphol taxi at email schipholtaxi@connexxion.nl and webpage www.connexxion.nl
    You ,also, can get the schiphol shuttle with email contact at ahs@connexxion.nl at webpage www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl
    both widely used and very reliable

    boulevard Holland and the gates hallways connecting gates at Schiphol getting out from my AF flight just landing at Schiphol constellation bar for the plane's history and beer
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    Travelling by Airplane to the Netherlands

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 9, 2014

    Most people will arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport; see my Schiphol page for all details.

    Other Dutch Airports are:
    -Groningen Airport Eelde - GRQ
    -Lelystad Airport - LEY
    -Eindhoven Airport - EIN
    -Maastricht-Aachen Airport - MST
    -Rotterdam Airport - RTM

    Nearing the Dutch coast over the Northsea
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    Dutch Road Signs

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 8, 2014

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    The Dutch Road signs:

    A1-Maximum speed
    A2-End of maximum speed
    A3-Maximum speed electronically indicated
    A4-Adviced speed
    A5-End of adviced speed

    B1-Priority road
    B2-End of priority road
    B3-Crossing with priority over left & right
    B4-Crossing with priority over left traffic
    B5-Crossing with priority over right traffic
    B6-Give way
    B7-STOP and give way

    C1-Do not enter from either side
    C2-Do not enter; 1 way road
    C3-1 way road straight ahead
    C4-1 way road; make a right

    The rest of the Dutch Road signs

    Dutch road surface markings

    Dutch Road signs part 1
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    Public Transportation across the Dutch borders

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Traveling just across the border into Germany or Belgium is not always easy.

    Train connections are limited to a few tracks:
    -Roosendaal Antwerpen
    -Maastricht to Belgium and Aachen, Germany
    -Arnhem into Germany along the Rhine river
    -Enschede to Gronau and Münster, Germany
    -Oldenzaal to Hannover and Berlin

    Most of the train connections will take you further into germany or Belgium than you may want.
    For shorter border crossing visits, there are many local bus connections, but also these have their limits (especial in the weekends). An example is the Hermes bus company, that took over the Eindhoven area transport.

    More information about Cross border buses. Be aware that the Dutch market is on contract basis and a region can be taken over by a different company at the time new tenders are being rewarded.

    Cross border train at Glanerbrug
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    Dutch Highways

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 28, 2013

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    The Netherlands has highways (A-roads) covering the whole country.
    The maximum speed of 130 km/hr is only allowed at certain stretches or at certain hours.
    Most of the highways have speed limitations of 120, 100 or even 80 km/hr, often dependent on the density of traffic. Allowed maximum speeds are indicated with signs or so-called Matrix-signs (electronic displays over each lane). The indication of these electronic displays have preference over the signs at the sides of the road.
    There are electronical speed checks. Those can be spot checks for peak speeds or surveillance for average speed.

    Dutch highway links:

    Traffic Jam:
    Overview
    Traffic Radar
    Haal meer uit de weg

    Multiple links

    Webcams:
    A4 Schiphol
    A44/A44 Burgerveen
    A4/A10 Nieuwe Meer
    A2/A12 Oudenrijn
    A2/A27 Everdingen
    A50/A73 Ewijk
    A2/A9 Holendrecht
    A1/A28 Hoevelaken
    A12/A27 Lunetten
    A27/A28 Rijnsweerd

    General:
    Highway pictures
    Autoselwegen.nl
    Hitchhike pickup locations
    Slippery roads information

    Individual Highways:
    A1 Highway
    A2 Highway
    A12 Highway
    A20 Highway
    A35 Highway
    A58 Highway

    Parking in Dutch cities

    A1 Highway Traffic Radar A1 Highway A slow A27 Traffic jam at the A1 Highway
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    App for public transportation schedules

    by ATLC Updated Jul 15, 2013

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    You can get an English version of the app 9292 for android phone so you will always have any schedule for Dutch public transportation right at hand. That's for bus, tram, metro, train throughout The Netherlands.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.negentwee&feature=search_result&hl=en_GB
    (copy and past this link into your browser)

    If the downloaded app turns out to be in Dutch, then you can change to English in the settings.

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    Amsterdam Centraal train station

    by gwened Written Apr 19, 2013

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    A very lovely impressive train station right in the center of Amsterdam accessable to everything you need to see.
    It was built between 1881 and 1889 by architect Pierre J. H. Cuypers ,and mechanical builder Adolf Leonard van Gendt. Cuypers was, also, the creator of the museum Rijksmuseum, that open in 1880, located about 2 kms from the train station,and it has a resemblance in construction.
    Centraal has Six platforms link by long hallways with 15 tracks (track 15 A or B are usually the ones for Paris Nord)

    The taxis are waiting just in front of the station Main Entry (Hoofdingang). Other means of transport – busses and trams are located at hand on both sides of the station building. The entry to the metro is located in front of the station Eastern Entry (Ingang Oost). The city ferry boat lines linking the city with Amsterdam North are located behind the station at its Northern Exit, across the street - at the waterfront.

    Amsterdam Centraal back entrance centraal quais this one is gate 15A going to Paris Nord front of Centraal architecture at Centraal
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    public transport in Amsterdam

    by gwened Written Apr 19, 2013

    Great boat city and the ferry boats coming with passenger to one end to the other of the harbor is great. These are hydrofoils and they are lovely to ride as much as to see them go.
    The place is loaded with ferry boats from GVB, metro (four lines) tramways,and buses, of course all for convenience, the best is to walk.

    buses of Amsterdam gvb ferry boats centraal to nord tramways at nieuwezijds voorburgwal street more tramways car parking centre by centraal train station
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    travel cards and tramways-Amsterdam

    by gwened Written Aug 31, 2012

    Hi I dont use those cards but this site explains well i think

    http://www.amsterdam.info/pass/

    as well as public transport as only take the thalys train on business otherwise is the car
    http://www.amsterdam.info/transport/

    and here is the official transport site in English
    http://en.gvb.nl/reisinformatie/Pages/Reisinfo-overzicht.aspx

    HOpe it helps

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    trains from Amsterdam

    by gwened Written Mar 8, 2012

    very easy Thalys plus local train,you need to get to their webpages, its a short trip. with the Bus ,do not know Eurolines goes there or any other.
    Holland
    http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home

    Thalys
    http://www.nshispeed.nl/en/belgium/brussels-by-train
    www.thalys.com

    Hope it helps

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    Trains in Netherlands

    by cgf Updated Mar 2, 2012

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    All others tips already said how good are trains in Netherlands. My tip is for those want to practise with the new ticket vending machine which are with touch-screen.
    This machine sells Single and Return tickets, as well as 5 Return tickets, Treintaxi tickets, Weekend Returns and Railrunners.
    Single and Return tickets, 5 Return tickets and Weekend Returns can be undated or for a specific date, with or without discount, and, of course, be for 1st or 2nd Class.
    "Treintaxi tickets", "Weekend Returns" and "Railrunners" can be undated or for a specific date.

    Demonstration at link below, you've have just to use your mouse.
    Having some practice could be useful at airport and/or any railways stations.
    At Schiphol they can be found at the luggage reclaim areas.

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    Dutch Railways (NS) Zomertoer and other deals

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    The Dutch Railways (NS) has special tickets for daytrips in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

    The tickets are called Lentetoer, Zomertoer and Herfsttoer.

    With this ticket 2 persons can travel first class unlimited for one day in the Netherlands by train for € 45.--.

    On weekdays valid from 9AM; in the weekends all day.

    Some Dutch shops like Kruidvat, AH, Jumbo and Blokker sometimes have limited tickets for special deals; like a 2 person day ticket second class for just € 30.--.

    Zomer Toer Flyer Intercity train interior Luggage space in a
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