The Netherlands has a very good public transportation network, which makes it easy to get around. You can easily plan your trip with the online door-to-door journey planner or download the free 9292 app.
Public transport pass
In all Dutch public transport (bus, train, tramway and metro) you use a transport pass as means of payment. This pass is called the OV Chip card (OV-Chipkaart in Dutch). The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands. You can click here for more information about the OV-chipkaart.
You can also buy a single use/disposable OV-chipkaart at train stations.
How to get to Utrecht from Schiphol Airport
There is a direct train to Utrecht from Schiphol every 30 minutes and the journey takes about half an hour. The train station is part of Schiphol Plaza, just follow directions for ‘trains’. The airport and train stations are often very busy, so beware of pickpockets.
Prepaid or disposable OV-chipcards are available from the yellow machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or ask for help at the ticket offices. For travel advice and time tables you can also check: www.ns.nl or download the free NS Reisplanner Xtra app.
Travel within Utrecht
From Utrecht Central Station you can either take a bus or a taxi. Maps of Utrecht University can be found on www.uu.nl/maps.
- Public transport: To pay for buses, train, trams and metro in the Netherlands you need an OV-Chipcard. For travel advice visit the website 9292.nl.
- Taxi: There is a taxi platform on at Utrecht Central Station, just follow the signs. Within the city there are several taxi platforms, for instance at Vredenburg and Janskerkhof.
- Bike: Upon arrival in the Netherlands you will notice that almost everybody rides a bicycle. Special bicycle paths and traffic lights make it a safe and convenient mode of transportation. You can buy a second hand bike in several shops around town. Be sure to also invest in a good lock or two.