Public Transportation Guide

REACHING HAARLEM FROM AMSTERDAM AND SCHIPHOL
REACHING THE VENUE
REACHING AMSTERDAM
TRAVELLING TO THE NETHERLANDS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

REACHING HAARLEM FROM AMSTERDAM AND SCHIPHOL

Reaching Haarlem from Amsterdam
Frequent trains run directly between Amsterdam and Haarlem’s Station. The trains usually leave Amsterdam Centraal Station from Platform 1 or 2 every 15 minutes. Haarlem has two stations – Haarlem Spaarnwoude and Haarlem – and it is Haarlem you need to disembark at to visit the city centre. An art nouveau gem dating back to 1908, Haarlem’s Central station is worth a visit even if you don’t arrive by train!

For the latest train timetables and fares, check out the Dutch Railways website. A single journey costs €4,20 (full rate, second class). You can use most major credit cards to pay at the yellow ticket machines. There is a €0,50 surcharge for some credit cards or when you buy the ticket at the ticket office. A fine of €50,- will be added to the fare if you do not have a valid ticket with you on a train.

Reaching Haarlem from Schiphol Airport
If you are travelling to Haarlem from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, then you need to change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. For a more direct route (cheaper and more convenient although it takes about 10 minutes longer), you can take bus 300 called the Zuidtangent which runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol airport and Haarlem Central Station. The trip takes about 30-40 minutes. Buses are signposted when you exit Schiphol airport. Zuidtangent buses are the articulated red and grey buses with white writing. Look for the Zuidtangent-bus displaying 300 on the front and back.

REACHING THE VENUE

Public Transport from Haarlem station to the venue
Connexxion is the Haarlem public transportation company providing bus services throughout Haarlem and its surrounding areas. You will have to use a public transport chipcard* for paying fares. This will cost €7,50 once excluding the money you upload on it. Read the link for the basic information on how to use the system. Check travel site 9292ov for the available travel routes.

The nearest bus stop to the venue is “Minahassastraat” served during the day by lines 3, 73 and 385 and at night by lines N30 (both directions) and N80 (towards IJmuiden only). From there it’s only a 3 minutes walk to the Schoter Scholengemeenschap.
All of these lines also stop at Haarlem station.

Reaching the venue from Santpoort Zuid
People coming from north of Haarlem can take the local train to Santpoort Zuid railway station, located about 2km’s from the con (check here for the walking route).

*Please note that since January 1st 2018 you cannot pay in cash in the busses. You need the Public transport chipcard.


REACHING AMSTERDAM

Public Transportation in Amsterdam

Transport From Amsterdam Airport
A direct link rail transport connects Schiphol International Airport with the Amsterdam central station and is the fastest and most convenient mode of transport to get to the city centre. Trains run every 10 minutes (airport train schedule) from platforms 1 and 2. A single journey costs around €4,- (full rate, second class). You can use most major credit cards to pay at the yellow ticket machines. There is a €0,50 surcharge for some credit cards or when you buy the ticket at the ticket office. A fine of €50,- will be added to the fare if you do not have a valid ticket with you on a train.

Amsterdam Airport Shuttles run by Connexxion depart every 10 minutes and service to more than 100 hotels throughout the city. Tickets cost €17,- one way, €27,- for a return, and can be purchased inside the main Schiphol arrival plaza. Guests of major hotels should first check the shuttle area to see if their hotel provides a complimentary service of Amsterdam transport. Tickets be purchased at the Conexxion Shuttle Desk in Arrivals 4 or the Holland Tourist Information desk at Arrivals 2.
Taxi and limousines Amsterdam transport start at €45,- and can be reserved at Dutch Business Limousine.

Public transport in Amsterdam: GVB is the Amsterdam public transportation company providing integrated metro, tram and bus services throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. You will have to use a Public transport chip card* for paying fares. Read the link for the basic information on how to use the system. GVB offers 24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 144- and 168- hour public transport chip cards, which allow for unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and night buses. These cards provide an economical way for visitors to explore the city. A 24-hour public transport chip card is currently €7,50. A one hour chip card can be purchased on-board a GVB vehicle, but this is not recommended as it costs €2,80.

Note: all the aforementioned public transport chip cards are only valid on GVB vehicles, and do not pay for your train rides or line 300 bus rides. You will have to buy a separate chip card for those rides (this will cost €7,50 once excluding the money you upload on it).

Amsterdam trams provide the best way to get around Amsterdam and run regularly until 12.15 AM. Amsterdam buses are primarily used to reach outlying suburbs and after the trams have stopped running. Night buses run from midnight until 7 AM with routes connecting to Central Station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.

*Please note that since January 1st 2018 you cannot pay in cash in the busses. You need the Public transport chipcard.

TRAVELLING TO THE NETHERLANDS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

From Germany:
By coach:
Flixbus drop-off is at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, from there you can take a direct train to Haarlem. The other Flixbus Drop-off point is at Schiphol Airport. From there you can take a direct bus.

By train:
Most people are advised to take either the ICE or Eurocity to Amsterdam Centraal. From there there are direct trains to Haarlem. People living closer to the border can use the Dutch travel planner: https://9292.nl/

Local trains across the Duch border run from; Weener (Ostfri) (to Groningen), Bad Bentheim (to Hengelo and Amsterdam Centraal), Gronau (Westf) (To Enschede), Emmerich (To Arnhem Centraal), Mönchengladbach (to Venlo) and Herzogenrath (To Heerlen).

From the UK:
By Boat:
There are several Ferry’s between the UK and the Netherlands
Harwich – Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland)
Most convenient train stations: Harwich International (UK)/Schiedam Centrum (NL)

*Important Note*: The railway line between Hoek van Holland is currently undergoing a mayor rebuild to a metro line. Replacement bus services run between the Hoek van Holland Haven bus stop and Schiedam Centrum railway station where you can change for expres trains to Haarlem.

Kingston-upon-Hull – Rotterdam Europoort
Most convenient train stations: Hull Paragon Interchange (UK) / Rotterdam Centraal (NL)

*Important Notice*: A coach service from the Europoort ferry dock to Rotterdam Centraal station can be pre-booked with P&O for GBP 6,75/EUR 9,00. This is basically mandatory for people going by foot as the Europoort area has no public transport and is a few hours walk from the Rotterdam city centre.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (North Shields) – IJmuiden
Most convenient railway stations: Newcastle Central (National Rail) and Percy Main or Meadow Well metro stops on the Tyne and Wear Metro (UK)/ none, local bus services to Haarlem. Please use: https://9292.nl/ (IJmuiden ferry terminal adress is Halkade 2, IJmuiden) (NL).

By train: Eurostar services from St Pancras (via Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International) to Brussels-South station. From there take the Thalys High Speed Train to Schiphol Airport an take the bus from there, or the slower Express Train to Amsterdam Centraal via Mechelen and Rotterdam Centraal and change either at Den Haag HS (The Hauge HS) for a train to Haarlem or at Schiphol for the bus.

From Belgum:
You can take the Thalys High Speed service from Brussel-Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi (also calling at Antwerpen-Centraal) or the slower Express to Amsterdam Centraal (Also calling at Brussel-Centraal/Bruxelles-Centrale, Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord, Brussels Airport-Zaventem, Mechelen, Antwerpen-Berchem and Antwerpen-Centraal). For people living North of Antwerpen  and in the Liége area it’s viable to use the local Antwerpen-Centraal – Roosendaal and Liége-Guillemins – Maastricht trains.

From France:
Thalys services to Amsterdam Centraal run from Paris Gare du Nord. Change at Schiphol for the bus to Haarlem.

*important notice*
Travelling by Public Transport in The Netherlands requires an OV-Chipcard. More information about this card can be found at the official website: https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/everything-about-travelling/different-types-of-passenger/tourists.htm