The Hague has an efficient city wide system of lightrail (called Randstadrail), trams and buses, running mostly on free tracks allowing for a fairly speedy ride. HTM runs the public transport system in The Hague and some of the surrounding area and maps are sold at the station and also the tourist offices. If you are planning a trip to the popular seaside resort of Scheveningen you will find that tram numbers 1, 8 and 9 are the best option. RET runs a Randstadrail line between The Hague and Rotterdam, through various suburbs. Veolia runs regional bus services to the areas surrounding The Hague.
Central Station has easy access to trams on the south side (Rijnstraat), but the main lines(Randstadrail 3 and 4, tram 2 and 6) stop on platforms crossing the main station hall at level 1. Just ask at the information kiosk at the center of the station if you can’t find your tram or bus. Station Hollands Spoor has trams and buses stopping in the front of its main entrance.
One downside to public transportation in The Hague is that it doesn’t run all night. While there are night busses, they only run once an hour and serve only a few areas. Be aware of taxi drivers who might take advantage of this and charge more than seems legit. The best bet is to catch the last tram or bus (usually around midnight), as most things close not much later anyway.
For further information please visit the websites of the HTM, of the RET, of Veolia, and of the NS, the Dutch railway company.
The OV-chipkaart is the means of payment for the public transport system in The Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains a chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket.
There are personal, anonymous, and disposable cards. The disposable card can be purchased at the station vending machine. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. These cards allow the holder to travel immediately. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased from your public transport company or the OV-chipkaart Customer service department 0900-0980 (€ 0,10 p.m.).
More information can be found here.
The Hague’s city centre is fairly compact and you can easily navigate the area on foot. From Central Station, it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Binnenhof and the Hofvijver pond.
Another way of getting around is to do what the natives do and ride a bike. Like all Dutch cities, The Hague is well set-up for cyclists, with cycle paths everywhere, and many places (including Madurodam, the Gemeentemuseum and even the beach at Scheveningen) are within easy cycling distance of the city centre. There are various cycle hire places, including one underneath Central Station where you can just hop on and ride (after paying a deposit).
Please make sure you cycle safely and make sure your bike has appropriate lights. The fines for riding a bike without sufficient lights are high! It is also well worth your while to invest in solid locks as bike theft is quite high.
Reliable operators include:
HCT City Tax
T 070 383 0830
T 070 346 2626
Rijswijkse Taxi Centrale
T 070 390 6262
T 070 386 0202