The Netherlands has an extensive public transport system, including buses, trams, metros and trains.
A new payment system was recently implemented throughout the country using a smart card credited with euros (see links below). Don't worry if you have trouble getting the hang of the system; many Dutch people do as well! When planning a trip by train, remember that Delft has two stations: Delft and Delft Zuid (South). Be sure to have a valid ticket before getting on the train.
- Guide to public transport in the Netherlands (Expatica)
- The name of the Dutch national rail (train) operator is Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or NS for short. This abbreviation is used quite often, as in 'NS ticket counter'
- Planning your trip with public transport: if you know the addresses of your departure and destination points, this website will do the rest!
- The OV chip card explained
- Guide to new OV chip card system
A direct train from Delft to Schiphol Airport takes only 40 minutes. The intercity (in the direction of Lelystad) leaves Delft at 4 and 34 minutes past the hour. The intercity (in the direction of Vlissingen) leaves Schiphol at 16 and 46 minutes past the hour. Go to Plan a journey for details.
Trams and buses in Delft
- The two trams that service Delft are operated by HTM. Tram no. 1 offers service between Delft, Rijswijk, The Hague and Scheveningen (on the coast). Tram no. 19 offers service from Leischendam to Delft station, in the future continuing on to TU Delft's campus and Technopolis.
- Delft has an extensive network of local and regional buses, most of which stop at the Delft station (Centre). For timetables go to Veolia Transport (in Dutch).