Transport infrastructure

One of the Netherlands' key assets is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, an airport that has won over two hundred international prizes in recent years for its excellent levels of service and passenger traffic handling.

The country is served by a dense and intricate network of motorways and secondary roads that offers access to international routes throughout the rest of Europe. The Netherlands constantly upgrades its transport system and allocates substantial budgets to reducing rush-hour congestion.

Public transport

The Netherlands has an excellent public transport system. Its rail network is ultramodern and highly efficient. You can even plan your trips in advance using the website.

The Dutch use a contactless smart card system [Dutch: OV-chipkaart] on trains, buses, metros and trams throughout the Netherlands. Paper tickets were discontinued in mid-2014. The OV-chipkaart is available at rail and bus stations, kiosks and many supermarkets. A card costs €7.50 and needs to be kept topped up to a minimum of €10.

For additional information about the OV-chipkaart, please visit the Dutch Railways [Dutch: Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)] website.

Importing a vehicle

If you plan to bring your own vehicle to the Netherlands, you'll have to register it with the Netherlands Vehicle Authority [Dutch: Rijksdienst voor Wegverkeer (RDW)].

You'll have to register your vehicle within six months of arriving in the Netherlands, after which you'll have to pay Dutch road tax and switch to Dutch number plates. To get Dutch number plates, you'll first have to have your vehicle inspected.

If you plan to import a car or motorcycle into the Netherlands, you'll have to pay:

  • Private Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Tax [Dutch: Belasting van Personenauto's en Motorrijwielen (BPM)]
  • VAT on the value of the car or motorcycle
  • Customs duty – if importing a vehicle from outside the EU
  • For additional information about importing vehicles, please visit the Dutch Tax and Customs Authority [Dutch: Belastingdienst] website.