Bike In Dutch Public Transport

The Netherlands are famous for great infrastructure for bike riders. It’s an easy and cheap way of transportation, really popular in this country. By popular I really mean – P O P U L A R. Statistically every Dutch citizen rides a bike more than 800 km a year! You probably have seen pictures of parkings full of bikes or bikes parked pretty much anywhere possible on Dutch streets. But sometimes you have to use another form of transportation to transport your bike.

If you want to know more about public transport in the Netherlands, check out my previous post on this topic: Public Transport In the Netherlands. It will give you an oversight of how check in and out system works, how to buy tickets for your trip and what ticket is the best option in your case.

Bikes in Trams And Buses

Bikes are not allowed in buses or trams in most parts of the Netherlands, unless they are folding bikes. Folding bikes have the size of a large suitcase after folding, so they take less space than regular bikes. Those bikes have to be folded while traveling with a bus or a train.

For more information about rules of transporting a bike you should check out the website of the company which is providing services in your area.

HTM in Den Haag allows you to bring your bike on RandstadRail trams on Monday till Friday after 19:00 in the evening and all day during weekends. In other trams, such as R-net, bikes are not allowed. You have to enter the tram through the door with a bike sign.

Bikes In Trains

Dutch Train Station
Check in and out at the station

You can bring your bike on a train during specific hours. From Monday till Friday it is allowed between 9:00 – 16:00 and 18:30 – 6:30. You cannot bring take your bike with you on the train during rush hours. On weekends you can travel with it all day long.

Keep in mind that there could be no space in specially designed area for the bikes on the train. If that’s the case, you can’t bring your bike. Also, during some periods and events, bikes are not allowed. If it happens, you will see such information before check in.

NS day ticket for bikes costs €6.90.

Bikes In Metro

Rules for bikes in metro are different in different cities, depending on the company which provides the services.

  • RET (Rotterdam) allows you to bring your bike Monday – Friday between 9:00 – 16:00 and in the evening after 18:30. Bikes are not allowed during rush hours and mass events – you’ll see information about such events on time table boards at stops.
  • GVB (Amsterdam) allows you to take your bike on metro and tram 26. Bikes are allowed between 9:00 – 16:00 and 18:30 – 7:00 on the week days.

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