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 metro and 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 metro and 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, trams and metro — use 9292.
There are frequent trains from Schiphol Airport to The Hague Central station, or to The Hague HS (Hollands Spoor) station. The journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes and costs about € 10 (one way). Plan your journey and find the exact prices on NS.
The train is the most convenient option (compare: a taxi takes as much time as the train and is likely to cost more than € 100).
Take bus 33 for about € 2 and get off at Meijersplein Metro, Rotterdam. From there, take metro line E to The Hague Central station, for about € 4. This journey will take you approximately 40 minutes. Plan your journey on 9292.
A taxi to The Hague city centre costs about € 60. Taxis can be found in front of the airport, or use an app for ordering (for instance Uber).
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 The Hague, but note that it can be very crowded!
De Parade is a theatre festival which travels through the Netherlands every summer, making stops in the largest cities of the country. In The Hague, the festival can be visited in the Westbroekpark – get directions. The festival offers concerts, numerous cool acts and theatre performances. Above all, De Parade is known for its wonderful festival atmosphere, with plenty of food stands and bars to keep you going. Learn more about De Parade and book your tickets on the official website (Du).
The third Tuesday in September is called Little Princes' Day (in Dutch: ‘Prinsjesdag’). Prinsjesdag represents the start of the new parliamentary year. On this day, part of the city is inaccessible, as the King and Queen travel by a Golden or Glass Carriage between Noordeinde Palace and the Binnenhof.
Nearly all cultural institutions in The Hague open their doors during the Museum Night, which usually takes place on a Saturday night in October. Check out the official website for further information about the date, prices and the programme.
A canaltour is a nice way to see The Hague from a different perspective. Ooievaart (Du) is one of the better-known companies offering guided tours.
Find an overview of the parties per day 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 The Hague.
The Hague Info Store (THIS) is the name of the official tourist office of The Hague. THIS has several information points, like on weekdays at Rotterdam—The Hague Airport, or on any day of the week in the city centre at Spui 68 (get directions). The tourist office is always ready to help you further, or have a look on their official website to learn more about The Hague.
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