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Public transport

Published: 04 January 2011 Modified: 18 November 2013

The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tramlines will take you quickly and safely to your destination in and around The Hague.

Tram tunnel in The Hague's city centre

City maps

Visit our section on maps of The Hague to download detailed area maps of the city centre, Scheveningen and Kijkduin.

Bus and tram

The principle operators of bus, tram and the RandstadRail light rail link services in The Hague region are HTM, Connexxion and Veolia Transport. The Hague's public transportation company also operates a night bus.

For up-to-the-minute travel disruption updates in The Hague, visit the Twitter page of HTM (@HTM_ReisInfo). The updates are written in Dutch and are available even if you are not registered on Twitter.

Due to roadworks in The Hague, some tram services through the city centre will follow temporary routes as of January 2013. For more information, see Changes to tram lines in 2013.

P+R

Like other major metropolitan areas, The Hague has 4 park-and-ride facilities at the edge of the city where you can easily park your car and then take a tram to the city centre or to Scheveningen beach.

Train

The Netherlands has an extensive network of railways. The Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or NS, is the Netherlands Railway company and one of the most modern in Europe. Travelling by train has many advantages: trains in the Netherlands are most often on schedule, they are very comfortable and clean and most of the staff speaks English. The NS operates a night train, which stops at the Hollands Spoor station.

Paying for public transport

The plastic OV-chipcard is the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands. If you do not have an OV-chipcard, you can pay for your ticket in cash.

Visit the website of HTM for more information about paying for public transport and the types of tickets available, including day tickets.

Travel planner

Use the 9292OV door-to-door journey planner for your door-to-door itinerary by public transportation.

Air travel

In addition to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands has five other international airports spread throughout the country, including in Rotterdam, Groningen, Eindhoven, Enschede and Maastricht.

Click here for more information about the shuttle service to the Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Taxi

The Taxi Act lays down the rules that apply to taxi operators and as of 2011 a transparent rate structure was introduced throughout the country.

No special night rates apply in The Hague. It is often possible to hail a taxi in the street but you will also find special taxi stands at the train stations and various points throughout the city, or you can reliably order a taxi by telephone. You can find a complete listing of taxi companies on Taxi Belle. If you wish to file a complaint about poor taxi service, you can visit the website of Taxiklacht.

One taxi company, RegioTaxi Haaglanden, offers a price which is between that for normal public transport and a taxi. You can use the service seven days a week between 6.00 and 1.00 hrs. RegioTaxi is available to everyone but is specially equipped for disabled and less mobile passengers. 

The Taxibus is special for residents of The Hague with a disability who are unable to use public transportation. The van service operates within the municipalities of The Hague, Rijswijk and Leidschendam-Voorburg.

gCabs

gCabs are new European 'green' taxis in The Hague. The gCab is a fully electric vehicle, which is clean and virtually silent in use. It's also possible to hire these special taxis for a 1-hour city tour.

Tuk Tuks

Taxi scooters known as Tuk Tuks can be seen all around The Hague. These tuk tuks can only be hired for events from Tuk Tuk Den Haag.

Rent a bicycle and OV-fiets

Find out more about renting bicycles and the OV-fiets system in Renting a bicycle.

Renting a stroller

Why be bothered schlepping your child's stroller in and out of buses and trams when you can rent a stroller?

Free booklet

Here you can download a free booklet written by ACCESS about Your first three months in the Netherlands, which includes information on Dutch public transportation.