Information about The Hague

Transport within the city

The city of The Hague has a longstanding policy in place aligned with its ambition to convert the city into a low-traffic, green and liveable city. The main means of transportation for the Dutch are by public transport or by bicycle. Traffic congestion is relatively low and if it occurs, this may happen before towards the end of business hours of working days.

Walking

Getting about by foot is easy. The Hague, from the very centre all the way to the beach, can be traversed in under an hour, while over one third of the city is covered with greenery. The presence of all these factors ensures that a stroll in the fresh air is always an option.

Public Transport

The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you and your delegates to your destinations in and around The Hague. For instance, it takes you 10-15 minutes to get from The Hague Central Station to World Forum. World Forum is accessible by public transport from all hotels in The Hague. Most of the hotels are on walking distance of World Forum. Information about Public Transport in The Hague can be found here. To find your connection, please visit www.9292.nl/en.We highly recommend taking the HTM Tram 16 to World Forum. Public transport tickets can be bought in the OV Service & Tickets shop in the main hall of the station.

Airport

The international airports of Amsterdam Schiphol and Rotterdam-The Hague are less than 45 minutes from The Hague and are easily accessible by car or public transport.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest in the Netherlands and the fourth largest in Europe. Schiphol offers direct connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide.

Upon arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, follow the signs to the trains (or the official but more expensive taxis). The train station is located directly underneath the airport. Make sure you take the direct train to Station Den Haag Centraal (The Hague Central Station)! Trains to The Hague leave regularly from platform 5-6 and the journey takes around 30 minutes. You can use this journey planner from Dutch Railways for your travel information.

Rotterdam-The Hague Airport
Rotterdam-The Hague Airport offers direct flights to forty European destinations, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Rome, Barcelona, Antwerp, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, Nice and Geneva. This modern airport is just 20 kilometres from the centre of The Hague. You can travel quickly and easily from the airport to both of The Hague's main train stations.

Upon arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, follow the signs to the trains (or the official but more expensive taxis). The train station is located directly underneath the airport. Make sure you take the direct train to Station Den Haag Centraal (The Hague Central Station)! Trains to The Hague leave regularly from platform 5-6 and the journey takes around 30 minutes. You can use this journey planner from Dutch Railways for your travel information.

City centre

Food and drink in The Hague means enjoyment beside historical canals, on charming squares and in chic restaurants. The most interesting restaurants are located around Noordeinde, Prinsestraat and Denneweg. A listing including a map with the nicest dining options in The Hague city centre can be viewed here.

Drinks culture

The drinks culture was virtually invented in The Hague. As soon as the sun casts its first rays everyone sits outside. On the Grote Markt, the atmosphere is friendly and the public is often creative and quirky. On het Plein, beside the Binnenhof, office workers in suits and yuppies arrive after 5 for drinks. Ministers and secretaries of state can often be seen here

Indonesian cuisine

Nowhere is the Indonesian food culture so strongly rooted as in The Hague. The city, nicknamed 'the Indonesian widow' for good reason, offers a wealth of authentic restaurants and eateries, such as Garoeda and Toko Frederik. The interior is reminiscent of old Indonesia with Balinese carving, the service is the warmest and the flavours are superb.

Chinatown

In Chinatown you will find countless Asian restaurants and eateries. You can smell and taste the authentic oriental cuisine here. Dim sum, sushi and noodles restaurants make Chinatown an absolute must for anyone who would like to try something different.

Beach pavilions

No other city in the Netherlands has as many beach pavilions as The Hague. At the beginning of March the beach pavilions are put up again in Scheveningen, Kijkduin and on Zuiderstrand. They stay open until the end of October. So during the beach season you can enjoy a delicious seaside meal at one of the many relaxed beach clubs with a magnificent view of the North Sea.

Scheveningen Harbour

In the harbour at Scheveningen there are countless cosy restaurants and eateries. The view of the marina, activity in the fish auctions and refreshing sea air create a unique place to dine out in the Netherlands. Fresh fish prevails on menus.

Kijkduin

Family resort Kijkduin provides ample opportunities for dining out throughout the entire year. From April to October the beach is filled with lovely beach clubs and in the winter months there is plenty of choice on the boulevard at Kijkduin. The pancake restaurant in Kijkduin is a must for families.

Weather

Holland, with its long North Sea coast, has a typically moderate marine climate. The sea’s influence ensures that we are not too cold during winter, not too hot during summer, and there is always sufficient moisture in the air for a shower. So if you plan to visit Holland, it would be wise to keep this in mind. Put the right clothing in your suitcase so you are covered if there’s an afternoon rainfall and make sure you always have a critical opinion about the weather... Just like the Dutch do!

Electricity

The voltage on outlets in Holland is 230 volts. Hotels may also have a 110-volt or 120-volt outlet for shavers. Travelers are advised to bring along a power converter and an adapter for round two-prong plugs with side grounding contacts.

Water

The tap water in Holland is of excellent quality and you can drink from any tap, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Bottled water is available at all supermarkets, snack bars and kiosks

Tipping

In The Netherlands, Value Added Tax and service charges are included in your check in hotels, restaurants, shops and taxis. Tips for extra service are always appreciated but not required. It is customary to give taxi drivers and waiters a tip of about 10 percent. Many public restrooms have an attendant who is usually tipped EUR 0,50.

Money

Holland is one of the seventeen euro countries. Even though all of these countries issue their own euro coins, all coins and notes are legal tender in all euro countries. There are eight coins (€ 0.01, € 0.02, € 0.05, € 0.10, € 0.20, € 0.50, € 1 and € 2) and seven notes (€ 5, € 10, € 20, € 50, € 100, € 200 and € 500). Very few shops, restaurants, etc., accept the € 500 note. Small shops and supermarkets do not accept the € 200 and € 100 notes either. When you pay in cash, the amount is rounded off to the nearest € 0.05.

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