The Randstad Travel Guide

Getting Around

Unless you want to make a detailed exploration of the Dutch countryside, you may find it more convenient and less stressful to leave your car behind when touring the Randstad. The region is crossed by a dense network of freeways, but these are frequently clogged with commuter traffic and often grind to a halt at peak times. Avoid the jams by hopping on a train, which is the cheap, convenient, and usually reliable way to get around. Rotterdam, The Hague, and Delft have hourly train service to Amsterdam all night.

Taxis are available at the railway stations. Alternatively, to get one to collect you from your location, try one of the taxi firms recommended by the tourism bureau. You can't hail cabs in the street.

By Bike

In this flat land, a bicycle is an ideal means of getting around, and cities have safe cycle lanes on busy roads. Bikes are best rented at outlets near all major railway stations, usually called a Rijwiel shop or a Fietspoint. These shops are generally open long hours every day, and the bikes are invariably new and well maintained. Rates are around €7.50 a day, and you must show ID and pay a deposit of €50–€100. Cheaper bikes have back-pedal brakes and no gears. Other local rental centers can be found in the regional Gouden Gids (Yellow Pages), under Fietsen en Bromfietsen.

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