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The Hague lies along an 11 kilometre stretch of beach on the West Coast of the Netherlands and is easy to reach by plane, train, car or even boat.


Rotterdam-The Hague Airport is less than 30 kilometres away and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is approximately 40 kilometres from The Hague. There are plenty of car parks. Once you've arrived in The Hague it's easy to get around by public transport: it takes just 10 to 15 minutes to travel from the city centre to Scheveningen beach by tram or bus. The two train stations are situated in the middle of the low-traffic zone of the city centre.


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Transport in The Hague

The international airports of Amsterdam Schiphol and Rotterdam-The Hague are less than 45 minutes from The Hague and are easily accessible by car or public transport.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest in the Netherlands and the fourth largest in Europe. Schiphol offers direct connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancoucer, New Delhi and Beijing. From the arrivals hall you can walk to the train station which is located directly underneath the airport. The train journey from Schiphol to the centre of The Hague takes just 30 minutes.

Rotterdam-The Hague Airport
Rotterdam-The Hague Airport offers direct flights to forty European destinations, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Rome, Barcelona, Antwerp, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, Nice and Geneva. This modern airport is just 20 kilometres from the centre of The Hague. You can travel quickly and easily from the airport to both of The Hague's main train stations.

The Hague has two main train stations. Trains from Belgium, Amsterdam/Schiphol and Rotterdam arrive at the Hollands Spoor station, whilst trains from the Germany and Utrecht direction come into Den Haag Central Station. The city centre is a five to ten minute walk from either station. By tram or bus it's even quicker.

Night trains
The night trains run from Rotterdam, through Delft, The Hague, Leiden, Schiphol and Amsterdam to Utrecht and back. In the nights from Thursday through Saturday, trains depart to Breda, Tilburg and Eindhoven. During these nights, there is also a direct connection between Rotterdam and Utrecht. In The Hague, the night trains stop at Hollands Spoor station. You can buy a ticket from the automated ticket dispenser or at the ticket windows.

The Hague is also accessible from two major motorways: from the A4 between Rotterdam and Amsterdam and the A12 from the direction of Utrecht and Germany. When you come off the motorway, after just two sets of traffic lights you'll be in the centre of The Hague. Simply follow the signs for 'Centrumring'. This route will take you around the city centre's low-traffic zone and leads you to the nearest car parks with free parking spaces. Once in the compact and low-traffic shopping district you can access everything easily on foot.

Several ferry operators link ports in Britain with ports in the Netherlands. The classic service is from Harwich to Hoek of Holland. Hoek of Holland is only 20 km from The Hague by road, but the rail connection takes a roundabout route via Rotterdam. There are also services between Hull and Rotterdam, and between Newcastle and IJmuiden.

The Hague has an excellent public transport service. To be able to travel by public transport in The Hague you will need an OV-chipkaart with sufficient credit on it for your journey. An anonymous OV-chipkaart for public transport can be purchased at railway station ticket machines and at stores including Albert Heijn, Bruna and Primera. You can top up your OV-chipkaart at the HTM service points in both The Hague Central and The Hague Hollands Spoor (HS) station. And if don't have an OV-chipkaart? You can buy a day card for one day's unlimited travel on HTM transport at the Tourist Information Office (the 'VVV') in The Hague.

How to use the day ticket
In order to validate the day ticket in The Hague, you need to check in and out when you get on and off public transportation. Scanner machines to validate tickets (the same machines for the OV-chipcard) are located by the doors of all trams and buses. The day ticket is valid from when it is first validated until the end of service that day.

City centre
A large number of bus and tram lines will take you from the main train stations into The Hague city centre. For the city centre you should disembark at Spui (in the tram tunnel), Centrum, Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis or Amsterdamse Veerkade.

Scheveningen and Kijkduin beach
Scheveningen is also very easy to reach by public transport. From the Hollands Spoor and Den Haag Central stations you can take HTM trams 1, 9 or 11 and bus 22, on which it will take you just fifteen minutes to get to the beach. Trams and buses to Scheveningen operate approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day from 07:00 am to midnight. For Kijkduin you can choose bus 23, 24 or 26. It will take you an half hour by bus to get to Kijkduin.

Tourist Tram
The Tourist Tram The Hague is a Hop-on Hop-off link between the city and the beach with historic trams from the 50's. During the route past the many tourist attractions and sights, you will be told everything about The Hague via an audio tour. Over the course of a day you are be able hop on and off the tram as much as you like.


Do I need a visa and/ residence permit?

In the table below you can find out whether you need a visa and/or residence permit.


Staying less than 90 days

Staying more than 90 days


No visa or residence permit

No visa or residence permit

Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA or Vatican City

No visa or residence permit

Residence permit needed

All other nationalities

Short stay visa may be needed*

Visa and residence permit needed

*Short stay visas are only required by nationals of certain countries. Check on the immigration department website (IND) whether this applies to you. If you need a short-stay visa, you must request this yourself from your local Dutch consulate.

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