A European trip cannot be fulfilling without traveling through the Netherlands to see the beautiful windmills, canals, tulips, the experience of going into a coffee-shop, or the Red Light District. Though the Netherlands is such a small country, traveling here could be quite expensive compared to Eastern and Southern Europe. This is due to the Dutch high-level infrastructure and the expensive transportation costs. There are some useful tips you need to follow in order to save money and enjoy your holiday here.
Traveling in or out of the Netherlands
Flying to the Netherlands is easy and convenient through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. One of the most important airlines in the country is KLM Royal Dutch Airline, which offers rather expensive flights with excellent service qualities. If you opt for more cheaper flights to and from the Netherlands, check out flights with Ryanair departing from and arriving at only three airports in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Maastricht.
The national train company of the Netherlands is called NS. International NS trains also run between the Netherlands and surrounding countries with good connections in Belgium and Germany.
Going by bus between the Netherlands and other surrounding countries is also possible. A couple of cheap companies running throughout this area is Eurolines (located widely throughout Europe), and Flixbus, which is good for traveling from or to Germany or Belgium A good website to look for low-cost deals, down to even 5 EUR (5.43 USD) per ride, is GoEuro.
Traveling to different cities
One of the cheapest ways to get around the Netherlands for young people under 26 years old is by train. You can purchase a day ticket which is usable in all cities throughout the Netherlands, or discount group tickets available for students.
Hitchhiking and car-sharing between cities in the Netherlands and Belgium is popular. One of the most popular car-sharing sites for traveling in Europe is Blablacar. This is a good online tool to look for good travel companies, but only if you follow a flexible schedule because the driver can cancel the ride at any last minute.
Getting around a city
As cities in the Netherlands, except for Amsterdam, are quite small, it’s most ideal to get around by bike. Pay attention for the so-called ’crazy Dutch cyclers’ who go with amazing speed, as they have been trained to be on a bike since an early age. Follow the red line for bike riders, and pay attention to the general regulations (e.g. traffic light rules, compulsory lights in the front and back on your bike during winter, etc.) Even many locals in Amsterdam who live around the city centre use bicycles, which you can sometimes bring on public transports.
The main public means of transportation within the Netherland are tram, the metro, and by bus, which tends to follow a punctual schedule. If you plan to stay here for longer than just a couple of days, get a transport card instead of single or day tickets. It costs 6.50 EUR (roughly 7 USD) but you mostly pay for the amount of kilometres you travel with the transport. Always remember to check in and check out with your card when you get on and off the bus, metro, or tram. Download the application named 9292 to get your local transportation schedule.
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Experience a bike tour in Amsterdam
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without pedalling along the canals. Hence, one of the must-do things I highly recommend in Holland is to go on a bike tour in Amsterdam. There are various tours designed for tourists based on your preferences. You can also rent a typical Amsterdam yellow tourist bike for hours or even days.
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