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. To use public transport (openbaar vervoer or OV in Dutch), you can purchase daily and weekly transit passes. However, it is much cheaper and easier 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 www.ov-chipkaart.nl (you can take out annually renewable discounted subscriptions with particular transit companies). Note that you need a minimum amount available on your card to be able to travel (€4 for buses/trams/metros and €10 or €20 for trains). Machines to top up your credit are located at train stations, the ubiquitous Albert Heijn supermarkets and elsewhere.

U-OV is one of Utrecht’s regional bus and tram companies. NS is the national train network with both local and intercity lines. If you have an OV-Chipkaart, it can also be used for U-OV vehicles as well as NS trains. Learn more about U-OV and tickets by visiting the company’s website.

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Utrecht Region Pass

Instead of getting an OV-Chipkaart, you could consider purchasing the Utrecht Region Pass, a pay-as-you-go public transport card with national coverage. There is no need to top-up the balance as payments are automatically deducted from your credit card. You can reserve the pass online and collect it at a pick-up point of your choice. Travel costs are the same as for the OV-Chipkaart. The Utrecht Region Pass can also be used to visit some of the most popular destinations and places of interest within the region.

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