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
Frequent trains run directly between Amsterdam and Haarlem's Centraal Station. 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
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, 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.
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.
Of course you could travel to Haarlem by car, but be aware that most parking needs to be paid for. Here is a guide to where you can park in Haarlem and what it costs.
Numerous car hire companies have offices in Harlem, which is great for exploring the surrounding areas, including Amsterdam and Leiden.
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.
For those feeling less energetic, frequent busses 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.