Getting to and around Haarlem

Travelling to & from Haarlem

Haarlem is best seen by bike

Haarlem is best seen by bike

With excellent public transport connections and close vicinity to the Amsterdam airport and the ferry harbour, Haarlem is easy to travel to and from.

Haarlem is Connected to the World

With an extensive public transport network, it’s simple and convenient to get to Haarlem from anywhere in the Netherlands.

And Haarlem is only 15 minutes from the IJmuiden harbour where the DFDS Seaways Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry docks. Also, as Haarlem is only 20 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport – it’s easy to get to Haarlem from anywhere in the world!

Travelling To and From Haarlem is Easy

Reaching Haarlem from Amsterdam

Frequent trains run directly between Amsterdam and Haarlem’s Centraal Station. The trains usually leave Amsterdam Centraal Station from Platform 1 or 2 every 15 minutes. Haarlem has two stations – Haarlem Spaarnwoude and Haarlem Centraal – and it is Haarlem Centraal you need to disembark at to visit the city centre. An art nouveau gem dating back to 1908, Haarlem’s Central station is worth a visit even if you don’t arrive by train! For the latest train timetables and fares, check out www.ns.nl

Haarlem’s Art Nouveau train station (from 1908) still charms travellers today

Haarlem’s Art Nouveau train station (from 1908) still charms travellers today

Reaching Haarlem from Schiphol

If you are travelling to Haarlem from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, then you need to change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. Or for a more direct route (cheaper and more convenient although it takes about 10 minutes longer), take Bus 300 called the Zuidtangent which runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol airport and Haarlem Central Station. The trip takes about 30-40 minutes. Buses are signposted when you exit Schiphol airport, and the Zuidtangent is a big red bus with white writing on a grey background – look out for the number 300 on the front.

Bus 300 from Schiphol to Haarlem

The Zuidtangent Bus Connects Haarlem to Schiphol Airport

Reaching Haarlem from Newcastle

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from Newcastle (England) by DFDS Seaways ferry then take Connexxion Bus 75 directly from IJmuiden harbour to Haarlem Station from the harbour.

DFDS ferry between Newcastle-Ijmuiden is 20 minutes from Haarlem

The DFDS Seaways Ferry travels between Newcastle -Ijmuiden and from there it is a short bus ride or drive to Haarlem.

Haarlem by Car

Of course you could travel to Haarlem by car, but be aware that most parking needs to be paid for and is horribly expensive (around EUR 3,90 per hour dring the day, and about EUR 2,70 per hour after 18h00). There are some streets around the centre where you don’t need to park but check carefully that you don’t need a permit (parkeervergunning) to park there or you’ll receive a steep fine. Here is a handy guide to where you can park in Haarlem and what it costs.

Also the main parking garages are:

Stationsplein- Lange Herenstraat 11 – 2011 LK Haarlem – at the station and about a 5 minute walk to the centre
Houtplein- Wagenmakerslaan 1 – 2012 DJ Haarlem
De Appelaar – Damstraat 12 – 2011 HA Haarlem – the handiest of them all for the city centre
De Kamp- De Witstraat – 1, 2011 DV Haarlem
Raaks – Zijlvest 45 – 2011 VB Haarlem – about 5 minutes walk to De Grote Markt, but very convenient.

Haarlem car Rental

Numerous car hire companies have offices in Harlem, which is great for exploring the surrounding areas, including Amsterdam and Leiden.

Avis Haarlem
Leidsevaart 344

Europcar Haarlem
Beynesweg 7

Europcar staff in Haarlem are really friendly and the cars are new and clean. To reach Europcar Haarlem, it’s easiest to take a train to Haarlem Spaarnwoude station, cross the IKEA parking lot and walk 5 minutes to the Europcar depot, which is in Haarlem’s Waardepolder industrial park.

Multirent Haarlem
Nijverheidsweg 7

Getting Around Haarlem is Simple

Once you’ve arrived in Haarlem, navigating around is simple. As Haarlem has a very compact centre, you can easily walk from one place to the next. Then of course, there is the favoured Dutch transport means – the bicycle. Bikes can be rented from several locations in Haarlem. Rent a Bike Haarlem has an English language website.

Haarlem bicycle rental

For those feeling less energetic, frequent buses run around the city – and if you’re really in a hurry there are always taxis. The main taxi stand is outside of Haarlem’s Centraal station.