Getting around

The Netherlands possesses a highly developed transport infrastructure. With more than 152 million kilometres of tracks, the country has the busiest railway network in Europe. There are also more than 135,000 kilometres of modern roadways, 35,000 kilometres of bicycle paths and more bikes than people. So, one way or another, there is no problem in getting from A to B. You can find below some information on transport in Utrecht Region and the Netherlands.

Public Transport

Dutch public transport includes trains, buses, trams, metros, ferries and OV bikes. It is possible to purchase daily and weekly transit passes to use public transport (openbaar vervoer or OV in Dutch). However, it is much cheaper, easier and more common to travel with the ‘OV-Chipkaart’. A wide range of companies accept this card and it will help get you around the country with ease.

There are two options: you can obtain a blue ‘anonymous’ card (one that is not tied to a specific person, so it is useful if you plan to share it with others) at train stations, tobacconists or supermarkets; or you can acquire a yellow ‘personal’ card, which includes your name and picture, and is available online at The advantage of a personal card is that you can take out annually renewable discounted subscriptions with particular transit companies. Click here to apply for a personal OV-Chipkaart and find information about pick up points for an anonymous OV-Chipkaart. You will need a minimum amount of money on both cards to be able to travel. This is 4 euros for buses, trams, and metros, and 10 or 20 euros for trains. Machines to top up your credit are located at train stations, supermarkets and elsewhere. It's also possible to automatically top up your credit.

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