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How to get to the Netherlands

P&O Ferries take you overnight from Hull to Rotterdam, 90 minutes southwest of Amsterdam, from Hull to Zeebrugge in Belgium (handy for those visiting South Holland) or from Dover to Calais in France, four hours from Amsterdam by road. Alternatively, DFDS Seaways sails from Newcastle to IJmuiden near Amsterdam and Zandvoort. Alternatively, 2018 saw the introduction of Eurostar trains from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, taking about three hours and three hours 40 minutes respectively. 

If you drive, use a GPS – Dutch motorways, especially around Rotterdam and Europoort, can be spaghetti-junction-like, and there is scant signage in English. GPSs also allow you to easily locate out-of-town Park & Ride facilities. For more tips on driving, see our Taking or Hiring a Car page.
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is one of Europe's largest, with excellent rail links into the capital itself as well as to Rotterdam and Den Haag. It's served by both regular and low-cost airlines. Eindhoven and Maastricht are also served by low-cost airlines.

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