www.9292ov gives you all schedules and prices on any route by public transport (metro/train/bus/tram) in The Netherlands.
NEW! English version: http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/
For the original Dutch site www.9292ov I've written a little instruction to help you use the site.
So, if you want to plan a trip in our country with public transport, use the form on the website and fill it in:
Go to www.9292ov.nl
VAN = FROM
NAAR = TO
Click TREINSTATION if you're departing from or arriviing at a train station
If clicking TREINSTATION, then you only need to fill in the name of the place/town
Cllick ADRES if you're departing from or arriving at a specific address
STRAAT=STREET: fill in street name
HUISNR=HOUSENUMBER: fill in housenumber
PLAATS=PLACE/TOWN: fill town or village name
DATUM=DATE: choose date
TIJD=TIME: choose time
Finally click GEEF REISADVIES
You get 5 possibilities at a time in the next screen.
Choose Laatste Reismogelijkheid for the latest departure
Choose Eerste Reismogelijkheid for first departure
Eerder = Earlier
Later = Later
Lopen = walking
Translations of other words used on the website
Kaart = Map
Afdrukken = Print
Advies per sms = advice per sms
Mail door = Send to mail
Bijzonderheden = special comments
Vervoer op afroep/taxi means Taxi
Reisdetails = details of the trip (all the stops in between departure and arrival)
Prijs = Price of the trip
Terugreis = journey back (it reverts your search details so that departure becomes arrival and vice versa)
Wijzig uw reis = change your trip details
Nieuw advies = new advice for a new trip
If you'd like to explore The Netherlnads beyond Amsterdam and travel around as much as possible, applying for the Off-Peak Discount Card would be the right thing to do.
For just 55 Euro you get 40% discount on all the train tickets for you and another 3 friends or family members. The card is valid for 1 year, but even if you don't plan to stay here this long it worth purchasing the card.
All you have to do is to fill out a form, which can be found at any train station's tickets booth, and say that you're willing to use your discount card immediately. You, then, will get the temporary card and.... HIT THE ROAD.
Just to give you an example a single roundtrip ticket Amsterdam-Groningen costs 37.10 Euro with the card you would pay only 22.20 Euro. and if your 3 friends join too, then you already saved some money in one single journey! You can see more information HERE
One more thing: In the website it says that you'll need to bring your picture for the card, this policy has changed and you don't have to do this anymore!
The card that you'll have to buy in order to use the public transport is called "strippenkaart". You can't purchase it in a bus or a tram, there are other places that sell them. If you're at a train station try grosery stores or supermarkets as well as bus ticket booths. The cheapest card costs 6.40 Euro and has 15 stripes. You'll have to stamp this card by yourself once in a tram, in a bus the driver will do it for you. Cities are divided into zones, each stripe has to be stamped for one zone. Once at the bus/tram station carefully check on the map how many zones you'll be going through and stamp accordingly. For example: If you go from zone A to zone C passing through zone B then you'll have to stamp 3 stripes, one stripe is for using the transport in general and the other 2 are for going from one point to another.
Buying your ticket from a bus driver is possible but it will cost you 3 times more!!!
*The picture is taken from http://www.vbn-bv.nl
Schiphol is the biggest airport in The Netherlands and in the top 5 of biggest airports in Europe. From here you can virtually go anywhere in the world. It is situated in the hearth of The Netherlands, close to Amsterdam. The airport itself is a small city with many shops and restaurants and where the fun never has to end.
Of course it is bicycle. The number one transport in the Netherlands. Can you imagine this country without the two wheels? ;-) As a tourist you can always rent one, in every city. Check for the information at the VVV (tourist information office)
The Netherlands is ideal to explore by bicycle.
Most train stations have supervised bicycle parking for Euro 1.10 per day.
Furthermore there are plublic unguarded bicycle locations. Parking on the pavement/street in front of a station normally is not allowed; at some stations wrongly parked bicycles will be removed!
You can take your bicycle with you on the train outside the rush hours (mo-fr: 9AM - 4.30PM and after 6PM). A day ticket for your bicycle is Euro 6.00. Bicycle may only stored in thr train at the special bicycle area indicated with a bicycle logo at the related train entrance.
At about 80 stations cou can rent a bicycle for Euro 2.85 per 20 hours. This is a membership agreement for which you pay an additional Euro 7.50 annual fee. In 2009 the NS started Electric scooter renting service at some major stations. A helmet is not required; a driver license is. The radius without charging is 60 km. Costs are Euro 7.50 for 3 hours or Euro 15.00 for 20 hours.
Just renting a bicycle at a private bicycle shop can cost up to Euro 25.00 a day depending on the type of bike.
Remember to bring passport and a deposit.
Dutch bicycle websites
Dutch Railways website
Many of us, while traveling by train, like to take something to read, to kill the time. Dutch are not exception to the rule. Pretty much everyone on the train either reads his/her newspaper or talks on the cell phone (very loud usually). In many countries you'll be asked to take your newspaper with you when you leave the train..... not in the Netherlands!! Dutch will appreciate very much if you leave your reading material on the small table so others can enjoy it too while taking a ride.
Experiencing Amsterdam by boat is a very nice alternative to walking! There are various companies offering cruises - it is hard to give a tip!
It is wonderful to see the houses and beautiful facades from the boat, get to see the harbor at the river Ij and watch the houseboats to the left and right. It gives you a true Amsterdam feeling!
When looking for flights to the Netherlands to visit family and to attend the Karlsruhe VTEuromeet2008, Hans came across a great deal from Toronto to Amsterdam, with MARTINAIR. Actually we have never had such a good price to fly to Holland. We booked it in November and paid $963.76 CDN for the both of us - return. Unbelievable!
We departed from Pearson International, Terminal 3 to Amsterdam Schiphol. The plane was a Boeing 767 and the flight took about 8 hours.
As we needed a car to get us around the Netherlands and to get to Karlsruhe, our travel agent (Sears) booked EUROPCAR AUTOVERHUUR. We reserved an economy car and got a four-door Fiat Panda- it even had air-conditioning which was great as it was so hot in Europe at the time. We put 2,342 kilometres on it. It was very good on gas, with the average price of a litre being Euro1,59
We paid $566.57 CDN for 18 days rental. We also had to pay Euro 74,51 for Schiphol Airport surcharges, fees and VAT of 19 %.
Renting a car in Amsterdam is so simple. The garage is right across from the airport terminal , with easy access to major highways and returning it is also easy. Just make sure you stay in the "car rental return" lane.
One of the best ways to travel any distance is by train. Fast, clean, cheap, and most of all they run on time.
If you would like to know how long and the cost of a trip they offer an easy to use website (English/Dutch). http://www.ns.nl
If you are you are planning to a cross county and make a few stops along the way. They offer an unlimited day ticket for 39.80 euro and for 5 euro more it will work on buses and trams too.
If you like to sleep in a little and going to be taking a long vacation you can buy a off-peak pass for 49 euro. This ticket will allow up to 4 people to travel for 40% off normal rates & 50% discount at hundreds of museums. However your trip can not begin before 9am M-F.
For those of you who have never traveled by train, make sure you are sitting in a car that says, “2” (second class). For domestic travel I can’t see a single reason for paying for a first class ticket. Unlike airlines, there is very little difference.
The Netherlands can be reached via the Northsea; see these websites:
Dutch ferry start page
Ferries to Dutch Islands:
Vlieland & Terschelling
Ameland or Schiermonnikoog
To/From the United Kingdom:
Holiday on a cargoship
Sailing routes within the Netherlands.
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:
Haal meer uit de weg
A4/A10 Nieuwe Meer
Hitchhike pickup locations
Slippery roads information
Parking in Dutch cities
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
- 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
The Dutch Road signs:
A2-End of maximum speed
A3-Maximum speed electronically indicated
A5-End of adviced speed
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
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
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