When it comes to transport in the Netherlands, life is made easy. It has one of the best public transport systems worldwide. You can get almost everywhere by train, bus or tram by getting an OV- Chipkaart (Public Transport Card). Another great way to explore Utrecht or Amsterdam is by getting a bike. After all, you’re in the Netherlands!
Getting an OV-chipkaart is highly recommended. It can be used for all Dutch public transport services such as the train, bus or tram. Don’t forget to scan your card when entering and exciting the public transport vehicle and ensure having at least €20,- worth of credit on your card when travelling by train.
Go local and get a bike. There are more bikes in the Netherlands than there are people. Holland is relatively flat which makes for an easy trip. You can buy one at a bike shop, find one second-hand on Facebook or consider Swapfiets.
Taking your car is an option too, but make sure to pay attention to the following:
Valid driving license
An EU driving license is valid for up to 10 years in the Netherlands. Issued by a country from outside the EU it is valid for up to 185 days in the Netherlands. After that period, you are encouraged to trade in your foreign driving license for a Dutch one at the municipality where you are registered. Driving without a valid license can result in a fine. For more information go to this (Dutch) website.
If you own a car you are required to insure it. The cost of your insurance will depend on the type of car you drive and your driving history.
The Periodic Technical Inspection (MOT, Dutch APK) is mandatory in Europe. If you own a car the RDW will send you a notification when your car is due for inspection. For more information, please check their website.
Motor Vehicle Tax
As soon as you have registered a car on your name you need to pay Motor Vehicle Tax. The amount you need to pay depends on the weight and age of your car and the type of fuel. You can find more information on The Dutch Government’s website.
The Dutch government has issued a leaflet about “Road traffic signs and regulations in the Netherlands”. Be very careful with the cycling traffic: 'Strict Liability' is supported by Dutch law, which means that the car-driver's insurance is deemed responsible in a collision between a car and a cyclist.