How to visit The Hague: tips for travellers
With its proximity to most major cities in the Netherlands, its coastal location and cosmopolitan character, The Hague is one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands. You can visit during a day trip from Amsterdam, or stay in the city and explore in full its many spectacular attractions and charming sights.
Getting around The Hague
Once you've arrived at The Hague, travelling around the city is straightforward and convenient. The city centre is just a 10-minute walk from either railway station, and you can also rent an OV-bike, a convenient bike rental, at multiple locations in The Hague.
The Hague has an extensive public transportation system, all using a day card or an OV-chipkaart, which can be purchased at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations and select newsstands and supermarkets. Buses and trams run frequently, and night buses operate on the weekends to ensure you can get back to your hotel.
Staying overnight in The Hague
There's an array of options when you're looking for a place to stay in The Hague. You can stay in a luxury hotel in the bustling city centre, a quaint B&B in the quiet outskirts of the city and, unique to the Netherlands, a seaside resort with coastal views.
The historic city centre is packed with hotels of all shapes and sizes, and its central location means that you are never a far walk from the sights. The Ibis Styles The Hague City Center is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. The modern design of the rooms and the pop art decoration of the hotel complement the original design of H.P. Berlage, architect of various iconic buildings such as the Beurs van Berlage on Damrak in Amsterdam.
If you're in the mood for a relaxing time at the beach, Scheveningen and Kijkduin are two of the best beach resorts in the Netherlands. Check out the most popular hotels in The Hague to find the perfect place to stay.
How to get to The Hague
There are two main railway stations in The Hague: Central and The Hague HS, both of which offer connections to locations around the Netherlands and in Belgium and Germany.
From Amsterdam: Direct trains run from Amsterdam Central Station to The Hague Central Station and The Hague HS every 30 minutes, with journeys taking a little under an hour. Other trains are available, though they may require you to transfer in Leiden, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, or both.
From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: If you've just arrived at the airport, trains to The Hague run every 10 to 20 minutes (though you may need to transfer in Leiden). The journey takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on which train you take. Taxis are also available from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to The Hague, but the fares cost much more than a train ticket.
From Brussels Airport: People travelling to Europe via Brussels Airport can take a train straight to The Hague. Direct trains from Brussels Airport to The Hague run every hour, and the journey takes just two hours.
From Dusseldorf Airport: Train connections are also available from Dusseldorf Airport, either with ICE high-speed trains or multiple Intercity trains in the Netherlands; the trip takes about three and a half hours.
By boat: Ferries from Harwich, England, run regularly to Hook of Holland, a town just 20km from The Hague. You can take a car from Hook of Holland to The Hague, or take a bus to the railway station. Other ferry operators offer services from England to Amsterdam and other ports in the Netherlands.
The Hague tourism offices
The tourist information office in The Hague, known as the VVV, is invaluable once you get to the city. At the VVV's main office, its friendly staff can supply you with leaflets, maps and tickets for events and activities. The information points feature handy touchscreens that are filled with a wealth of information about the city and region. You can find addresses for the VVV office and information points below:
VVV Spui (main office)
2511 BT, The Hague
VVV AKO Scheveningen (information point)
Gevers Deynootweg 990 58
2586 BZ, Scheveningen
VVV Rijswijk Museum (information point)
2282 BR, Rijswijk