The Netherlands is a well-run, innovative and modern place to live while still maintaining lots of interesting, historical buildings. So, it should come as no surprise that transport across the country is easy, affordable and impressively organised. This article will look at everything from ease-of-use laws to helpful tips on finding the cheapest car insurance and where to buy your metro tickets.
Bicycles and Cycling
Cycling is the most popular mode of transport here. Not only do 36% of residents say they most frequently travel by bike, but an overall 27% of all nationwide trips are made by bike. This is somewhat unsurprising when you see how the cities, roads and laws are designed to aid and encourage cyclists. Unlike most places, in The Netherlands, cyclists are given right of way. In addition, two cyclists can ride side by side, so long as they are not holding up traffic, and in some cases, cyclists can turn right at a red traffic light.
Cars and Driving
In The Netherlands, cars drive on the right side of the road and the minimum age for driving a car is 18 years old; for a moped, it’s 16. In addition, you must only drive with a hands-free kit as is the law in most of Europe.
All vehicle owners are required to take out third party car insurance. Called WA (Wettelijke Aansprakelijkheid) in Dutch, this insurance covers damages to people, cars and property should you be involved in an accident. It is worth shopping around to find the cheapest car insurance.
Trains and Metros
Overall The Netherlands is a country that is well-served by trains and metros. Perhaps due to its flat terrain, the cities are well-connected by the Dutch National railway system. The trains themselves are very comfortable with first and second class carriages, and single and double-decker trains. You can purchase a Holland Travel Ticket or Amsterdam Region Ticket online in advance.
There are three metro systems in The Netherlands based in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Each of them is modern, smoothly run with minimum delays and easily affordable. You can pick up your metro travel tickets from tobacco shops, GVB trams, buses and metro lines in any of the cities in which they operate. Those in Amsterdam cover metros, trains and busses.
The Netherlands is a great place to live and getting around is simple. Even if you don’t speak the language, it’s easy to figure it out and stations are well-staffed with people who can help you. However, it is always worth preparing yourself before you arrive and if you want to fully immerse yourself in the Dutch culture, getting a bicycle is obviously the best option.