The Hague or Den Haag is a city on the western coast of the Netherlands on the North Sea and the capital of the province of South Holland. It is also the seat of government of the Netherlands and hosts the International Court of Justice, one of the most important courts in the world.

Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located in the city.

With a metropolitan population of more than 1 million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Hague is the only big city with a beach directly on the North Sea coast.

How to get to The Hague

Located in the west of the Netherlands, The Hague is easily accessible by air, train or road. Rotterdam is less than 30 kilomteres from The Hague and Amsterdam approximately 60 kilometres. Major cities close to The Hague include Brussels, London and Paris, and there are trains to all major destinations.

Transport to The Hague

The international airports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam-The Hague are just short distances away from The Hague.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can be reached by car in approximately 30 minutes and by public transport in about 45 minutes. A total of around 150 European airports and more than 100 intercontinental airports operate direct connections to Amsterdam, with more than 3,500 flights a week.

For business travellers visiting The Hague from abroad, flying to Rotterdam-The Hague Airport is another convenient option, with the airport located only around 20 minutes from the city by car and approximately 45 minutes by public transport. The fast check-in and check-out procedures enable travellers to save time. The airport operates scheduled services to and from a wide range of European destinations.

The Hague has two international and well-equipped train stations. Trains from Hollands Spoor Station leave for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Belgium and France. Trains for Utrecht and Germany leave from The Hague Central Station. Both train stations operate a direct service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Transfer from/to the airports

Trains to The Hague run every 10 to 20 minutes. The journey takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on which train you take.

The Intercity is the faster train with fewer stops. The Sprinter will stop through more smaller towns along the way. The Intercity direct should take about 30 minutes to travel between Amsterdam and the Hague.

Taxis are also available from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to The Hague, but the fares cost much more than a train ticket.

Trains to The Hague run every 10 to 20 minutes. The journey takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on which train you take. The Intercity direct should take about 30 minutes to travel between Amsterdam and the Hague.

Getting Around

Walking

Getting around by foot is easy. The entire city, from the centre all the way to the beach, can be traversed in under an hour. Over one third of the city is covered with greenery: forests and parks as well as some 70,000 roadside trees. It’s a great setting for getting around by foot and grabbing some fresh air.

Public transport

The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you to your destinations in and around The Hague. There’s also a night bus, so you can get home safely after a night out.

Taxis

Special night rates do not apply in The Hague. It is often possible to hail a taxi in the street, but you can also find special taxi stands at the train stations and various points throughout the city. You can reliably order a taxi by telephone too.

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