€ 2 to € 2.50
Tipping is not required. In a sit-down restaurant tips around 10% are common.
The tap water in the Netherlands is drinkable, enjoy!
The common way of travelling by public transport in the Netherlands is by using an 'OV Chipcard'. The OV Chipcard is a chargeable card that can be bought at a regular price of € 7.50, for instance at vending machines inside railway stations, in tobacco shops or in supermarkets.
Make sure you 'check-in' with your OV Chipcard at the start of your ride, and don't forget to 'check-out' when leaving. When using the Intercity Direct (the high-speed train), make sure to check-in an extra time at a supplement post on your departure platform.
If you are just planning to use public transport occasionally, you could also decide to buy single tickets inside the bus, tram or at vending machines inside railway stations. Single tickets are also available for journeys by train. Please note that travelling is slightly cheaper with the OV Chipcard, compared to buying single tickets.
All information about trains in the Netherlands can be found on NS (de Nederlandse Spoorwegen). For a detailed planning of your public transport journey — including other public transport such as buses and trams — use 9292.
There are frequent trains from Schiphol Airport to Breda. If you take the Intercity Direct (the high-speed train), the journey takes about one hour and costs around € 20 (one way). Plan your journey and find prices on NS.
Bus 33 drives you to Rotterdam Central station, for about € 2. From Rotterdam Central station, there are frequent trains to Breda, for about € 10 (one way). The entire journey takes about an hour. Plan your journey on 9292.
Bus 400 or 401 drives you to Eindhoven Central station, for about € 2. From Eindhoven Central station, there are frequent trains to Breda, for about € 11 (one way). The entire journey takes about an hour. Plan your journey on 9292.
Carnival in Breda features big parades and plenty of party in all the bars and cafés, for days! Normal daily life almost comes to a complete stop, with young and old role dressing for the festival. Carnival is such a big thing in Breda, that the city even changes name during the festival to 'Kielegat'. The festival takes place during a couple of days in February or early March (find the official dates here). See the official website (Du) for further info.
On the 27th of April we celebrate the day of birth of the King. Everyone is in orange on King's Day. This may be one of the more special days of the year to be in Breda, but note that it can get crowded!
Breda city centre is also used for many other events, which attract lots of visitors and may change the city for one or several days. For example, the Breda Jazz Festival (Du), the Redhead Days, rock festival Breda Barst (Du), or the running event Singelloop Breda.
See for further information the events section on the official website (Du) of the tourist office.
If you want to learn more about the connection between Breda and the Dutch royal family, this local website (Du) provides much more background. There's even a range of activities offered, all with a focus on the Nassau family in Breda.
Find an overview of parties in Breda at Partyflock.
Check if it will rain today in the Netherlands at Buienradar (Du).
Find real estate for rent or for sale throughout the Netherlands at Funda.
The Netherlands is known as a very tolerant country. A country where it is allowed to smoke marihuana about anywhere, although it is formally not legal. But beware, the Netherlands has a number of surprising rules in place, which are strictly enforced. The official website (Du) of the Public Prosecution Service offers a list of violations and the applicable fines.
Taxi apps like Uber work well in Breda.
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