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Haarlem

Getting Here and Around

Getting to Haarlem by rail is a simple matter. Around six trains make the 15-minute trip from Amsterdam's Centraal Station every hour during the day. Seat reservations aren't permitted. Driving will take around 20–25 minutes—you'll need to head west out of Amsterdam on the N200/A200. If you have the energy, you can bike.

The center of Haarlem is compact and easy to navigate on foot, but there are plentiful buses if you need them. Use an OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card)—a new electronic payment system that will eventually replace all paper transport tickets, including train tickets. These credit card–size tickets can be loaded up with credit from machines in railway and metro stations, and are debited as you board and leave trains, trams, metros, and buses. There are information and sales points in the station. Or visit www.ov-chipkaart.nl for more information.

Public Transportation Information (0900/9292. www.9292ov.nl.)

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