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Transportation Netherlands

I find it difficult and expensive to park my car in many major cities. Is there a way for me to park my car easier and cheaper?

How does the OV-chipkaart work?

What types of OV-chipkaart are there?

How can I find out which tram, bus or train I need and the departure times?

It seems that everybody is biking in the Netherlands. Where can I buy a bike for myself?

Can I travel by public transport if I don't have an OV-chipkaart?

I have hardly any knowledge of biking. How can I learn to bike?

What is the minimum age to ride a moped in the Netherlands?

What kinds of bikes are available?

Are there any special traffic rules for cyclists?

The following laws apply specifically for cyclists:

  • Cycling is not allowed on sidewalks or pedestrian-only areas
  • Use hand signals when preparing to make a left or right turn. Simply put your arm out in the direction you want to turn
  • It is allowed to ride alongside another bicyclist, but cycling with three people in a row is not permitted
  • Bicyclists share the bike paths with snorfietsen (mopeds). Be prepared for them by cycling on the right side of the bike path so that they can pass you.
  • Brommers (mopeds with a speed of maximum 45 km/hour) are no longer allowed on the bike path.  They have to use then main road. Snorfietsen (mopeds with a speed of maximum 25 km/hour) are not always allowed on the bike path. Signs indicate if this applies.
  • Cycling is not allowed on highways
  • Tunnels may or may not be accessible for cycling. If they are, there is usually a separate bike path
  • Bicycle lights are mandatory, white or yellow in the front and red in the rear. You can get a fine when cycling without lights in the dark, at dusk or in poor visibility

Are there any special traffic rules for mopeds?

How can I arrange a parking space lot near my house?

How are parking spaces lots organised in the Netherlands?