World Hearing Voices Congress: 12 - 15 September 2018 (Netherlands)

Travel Options

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Get in

By plane

The Hague shares an airport with Rotterdam. Rotterdam The Hague Airport can be reached from The Hague Central Station by RandstadRail Line E, with an Airport Shuttle to and from Meijersplein Station. However, with several direct trains per hour from the railway stations Hollands Spoor and Centraal, and also with an hourly night train from station Hollands Spoor, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is more frequently used by people travelling to and from The Hague by air.

By train

The Hague has two main train stations, serving domestic and international routes.

Den Haag Centraal is in the process of being renovated, and is the biggest train station in The Hague. It is within walking distance of the city centre and from Malieveld park. It has connections to Amsterdam (45 minutes), Schiphol Airport (30 minutes), Utrecht (35 minutes), Groningen (2 and 1/2 hours) and many other cities throughout the Randstad and the Netherlands. You can get to Centraal Station from a variety of international destinations such as Cologne, Berlin, Frankfurt, Prague, Moscow, Basel and Copenhagen via the city of Utrecht. Upon arrival, the city centre of The Hague is about a 5 minute walk from the Centraal Station. Leave through the left side entrance (look for the tram station stops) and walk through the glass passageway and straight ahead. You should reach the centre in less than 5 min. Visitors are most likely to use Centraal Station, as it is closer to the centre of town, tourist attractions and shopping. It also has the best local public transport links via tram and bus.

Den Haag HS (Hollands Spoor) is a 20 min walk from Central Station. It has connections by intercity train to Antwerp and Brussels, as well as domestic connections to Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft. Southbound trains from Den Haag CS always pass through Hollands Spoor. To get to the city centre, walk straight ahead from the main entrance and follow the Stationsweg road through Chinatown, and you will end up right in the middle of town.

Despite its shabby location, there should be no reason to feel less safe here than anywhere else in town. You can use Hollands Spoor is to catch the international trains to Antwerp and Brussels, and also to reach the city when coming from a late night flight into Schiphol or to catch an early morning flight from there. In addition to southbound trains from Centraal, tram lines 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 also cover the short distance from Centraal Station to Hollands Spoor. Both stations have trains that go to and from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

By car

The Hague is connected by toll-free motorways to Amsterdam (A4 and A44), Rotterdam (A13) and Utrecht (A12). Access to the centre is through the A12 motorway that penetrates the city centre, like a needle, and ends on a large traffic junction just north of the historic centre. Approaching and leaving the city from any of these motorways can take a long time during the morning and evening rush hours. On hot summer days, hundreds of thousands of people try to reach Scheveningen beach by car, and huge traffic jams of up to 50 km long may occur, causing traffic delays of up to several hours. On such days, consider taking public transportation. A park and ride facility, P+R Hoornwijck, opened in 2008 on the Laan van Hoornwijck by the Ypenburg interchange. Motorists can easily reach it from the A4 (Exit 9) and A13 (Exit 7).

By boat

Regular ferries sail from Harwich to Hook of Holland. If you bring bicycles (small charge or free), there is a traffic free cycle route all the way to the Hague, an easy ride of under an hour and a half. Public transport options also exist.

Get around

By tram or bus

The Hague has an efficient city wide system of light rail (called RandstadRail), trams and buses, running mostly on free tracks allowing for a fairly speedy ride. HTM [54] runs the public transport system in The Hague and some of the surrounding area. Rotterdam-based RET [55] runs a Randstadrail line between The Hague and Rotterdam, through various suburbs. Veolia [56] runs regional bus services to the areas surrounding The Hague.

Centraal Station has easy access to trams on the south side (Rijnstraat), but the main lines (Randstadrail 2, 3 and 4, tram 6) stop on platforms crossing the main station hall at level 1. You can find buses on the bus platform above the railway tracks. Central Station is currently finishing up a major reconstruction work that may make some connections hard to find. Just ask at the information kiosk at the centre of the station. Hollands Spoor has trams and buses stopping in the front of its main entrance.

Tickets

If you use the public transport, you will need a valid ticket. The strippenkaart is no longer valid. You can travel by “OV Chipkaart“, which is a public transport smart card. This card can be bought at the HTM offices at Central Station (you find the office upstairs at the bus terminal), Hollands Spoor and in Wagenstraat, among other places.

If you get caught without a valid ticket, you will get the opportunity to buy a ticket at a much higher price. This ticket costs € 3,00 as of April 2013 and is valid for 1.5 hours. If you are not able of not wanting to buy this ticket, you will be fined for € 37.40. It is easy to enter trams without having a valid ticket, but it better to be safe than sorry.

By foot

The Hague’s city centre is fairly compact and you can easily navigate the area on foot. From Centraal Station, it is about a 10 min walk to the Binnenhof and the Hofvijver pond.

By bike

The Hague’s city centre is fairly compact and if you want to get a good understanding about the Dutch you should travel around by bike. Cheap second hand bikes can be bought at the bicycle garage above central station The Hague C.S. If you want to get a better deal on a bike and don’t mind walking 15 minutes from Central station The Hague, visit the nameless [Javastraat 116, The Hague] second hand bike store (open tuesday – saturday; from 11.00 – 18.00), where bikes are really cheaper and in really good condition. Note that you cannot rent bikes here; for bike rentals, try the Central station.