The Dutch public transport system is excellent, if you don’t mind us being slightly smug about that! Wherever you want to travel, you can get there easily and comfortably by taking the train, bus, tram, metro or ferry. Click on the different categories of public transport below to read up on the most important things you should keep in mind while travelling with that particular mode of transport. We’ll also tell you all you need to know about tickets.
Before you start clicking away to learn more about the different types of public transport in the Netherlands, it’s good to know that there is one information point that ties everything together! The company REISinformatiegroep B.V. was founded in 1991 as a collaboration between all the public transport companies in the Netherlands, and it collects, edits and relays information about public transport in the Netherlands to travellers. Because of its slightly ungainly name, it’s always been commonly referred to as 9292, a name that stems from the phone number 06-9292 that used to be the main way to connect to the company.
These days you can get information from them through their website and mobile app for Android, Windows Phone and iOS. The handy thing about these is that they allow you to completely plan your journey by public transport, from door to door. Even if you’ll be travelling by train, metro, foot and ferry for your one journey, that’s no problem. You can select a departure or arrival time to start planning.
If you’re only travelling by train, for instance, you might be better off using the NS app (NS stands for Nationale Spoorwegen, Dutch railways): its dedicated app will sooner have information about irregularities and the like. Still, if you’re using multiple modes of transport in a day and want to be able to completely map your journey from start to finish (instead of from station to station, as you would for the NS app), 9292 is your friend!
Find the 9292 website, NS website and link to the apps in store below: