Netherlands By Bike
Getting a closer look...
A selection of news and short documentaries on Dutch life, bicycling and historical events.
If you are thinking about a bicycling holiday to the Netherlands, this is the place to start!
Some trips to consider...
Allow us to introduce you to some of our favorite bicycle tour routes.
Here are some bike travel ideas we think you should know about.
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You will undoubtedly want to park your bike and use local transit to get around and sightsee. Here are the transit companies that operate services in the three largest cities of the Netherlands. These services include Metro, Tram, Bus and Ferry. All of these are covered by your ov-chipkaart with the exception of the Fast Ferry and Water Taxi, which are both located in Rotterdam. The Amsterdam GVB ferries are completely free!
The official route maps are available below for you to review and download. These are a great way to see the layout of each city's transportation system and provide a different perspective that you won't see on a street map. Hopefully these will spark some imagination on new adventures and places to see.
Some Rotterdam Options...
Taxis are easily found outside the arrival terminal at Schiphol airport for transport to Amsterdam city center, which takes about 15 minutes. Be sure to ask for the rate in advance (typically €50) and always look for a blue license plate when you want a professional and licensed driver.
If Uber or Lyft is more your style, they charge about the same as a regular taxi. The most convenient pickup location is at the Sheraton Hotel which is accessed by using the pedestrian bridge located in the main arrival hall.
Most hotels will summon you a taxi or you can call them directly. They are also located outside most major train stations. You typically can not hail a taxi on the street as they don't cruise around looking for fares. Tipping is definitely not expected.
After a long flight and a case of jet lag, you may want to consider storing your bike at the Schiphol Baggage Depot for the night and take a comfortable ride into Amsterdam to check into your hotel (assuming that is your itinerary). You can easily return to Schiphol in the morning by train to claim your bike and re-assemble after a good night's sleep!
A blue license plate signifies a licensed taxi.