FAQs

# How to enter Netherlands?

Schiphol Airport , near Amsterdam, is a European hub, and after London, Paris, and Frankfurt the largest of Europe. It is by far the biggest international airport in the country, and a point of interest in itself, being 4 metres below mean sea level (the name actually translates as Hollow of Ships). Travellers can easily fly in from most places of the world and then connect with The Netherlands' biggest airline KLM.From Schiphol there are excellent railway connections: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and most large cities have a direct train service. The train station at Schiphol is located underground, under the main airport hall. The train is the quickest and cheapest way to get around in the Netherlands. Taxis are expensive: legal taxis have blue number plates, others should be avoided. Some hotels in Amsterdam, and around the airport, have a shuttle bus service.

# Do the travelers need the travel permits to visit Netherlands?

The Netherlands is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. European visa policy will be covered in the article about the EU. In brief, a visa to any other signatory state of the Schengen Agreement is valid in the Netherlands too. No visa is required for citizens of other EU member states, and those of some selected nations with whom the European Union or the Netherlands have special treaties.


# Can anyone travel in Netherlands by bus, if he/she can’t afford the car?

Bus travel in the Netherlands is very inconvenient for longer distances. Buses are mainly used within towns or small regions, not between them. Usually bus lines are convenient for distances up to 10 kilometers. A cheap way to get across the Netherlands is to buy a "buzzer" ticket. It costs 10 euros a day, and is valid after 9am on every single Connexxion bus for two grownups and up to three children. On weekends and holidays it is also valid before 9am. Because Connexxion has a near monopoly on the bus market, you can get from Groningen to Zeeland this way in a day, and it undercuts the train. A big downside though is that bus lines are very indirect. For example, if you want to travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, you have to change at Schiphol, Haarlem, Leiden, Den Haag and Delft to get all the way there.

 
# What to pack for Netherlands tours?

Sunglasses, sun lotions, chapped stick, hat, layered clothing and down-filled coat for winters as the temperature may drop down below freezing point. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


# What is the weather like in Netherlands?

The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is south-west, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters.

# What is the best timing for Netherlands tours?

The best time to visit Netherlands during summer; from May to October, Netherlands is bustling with activity. Spring is also good time for visiting Netherlands. To avoid tourist rush, winter is the ideal time.


# What medical preparations the travelers need to make before Netherlands tours?

In summer, open air recreational (mainly fresh water) swimming areas might suffer from the notorious blue algae, a rather smelly cyanobacteria which when it dies, releases toxins into the water. When these occur, a signpost at the entrance to the area or near the water should tell you so by stating something like "waarschuwing: blauwalg". If in doubt, ask someone. When walking or camping in forests and dunes be aware of ticks and tick-carrying diseases such as Lyme disease. It is advisable to wear long sleeves and to put trousers into your socks.

# What are the norms if I contact with the Dutch?

The Dutch are among the most informal and easy-going people in Europe, and there are few social taboos to speak of. It is unlikely that Dutch people will be offended simply by your behaviour or appearance. In fact it is more likely that visitors themselves will be offended by overly direct conversation. Nevertheless, the standards for overt rudeness and hostility are similar to those in other western European countries. If you feel you are deliberately being treated offensively, then you probably are.

# What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Dutch?

Do not photo them without permission, please show respect to them !
Do not talk about the sensitive topics like political or t religious matters!

# How much should I tip?

Tip low - generally. Waitresses and Waiters make much more than peeps in the U.S. They do not work based on tips, and usually the service shows for it. The general feeling is that you should feel lucky to be served by them, and that they dont need your business. Be polite, and dont expect much. When I recieve extraordinary service (basically service that can be compared to what I am used to in NYC) I tip appropriately (at least 15%), otherwise, I tip MUCH less.If you expect too much, and show your distain, they will treat you even worse.

# Do the travelers need to ask the permissions before taking the photos of Dutch?  

It is always good to ask permission first. Dutch people are very friendly. However, it might arouse the upset feelings of local Dutch by photo-taking without asking the permission first.

# Is it easy to get the cash money from ATMs in Netherlands?

As some other European countries, Netherlands adopted the Euro. You won't find it hard to reach any ATM when you need to withdraw money, since there are plenty available.


# What are the commonly used phone numbers for emergency in Netherlands?

The following phone calls can be directly made from any other telephones in Netherlands once the emergency happens.

Police emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112