Haarlem; easy to reach
In 1839, the very first railway road in the Netherlands was opened between Haarlem and Amsterdam. Three years after, the central station was moved to its current location at the north of the centre. Ever since, anyone who travels from the capital to Haarlem by train is treated on a beautiful short view on the city from the bridge over Spaarne.
With very frequent train service between Haarlem and the surrounding large cities (every 10 to 15 minutes) and fast bus transfers to and from Amsterdam, Leiden and Schiphol Airport, Haarlem is perfectly connected through public transport.
From Amsterdam, an extra intercity departs for Haarlem each Friday and Saturday night at 02.34 AM. The last intercity from Haarlem to Amsterdam on Friday and Saturday nights leaves at 2:10 AM.
Traveling to Haarlem by car has been made easier by the recent improvements to the local motorways. Haarlem is faster to reach and traffic flows have significantly improved since the renovation of Velsertunnel and the diversion of the A9 motorway at Badhoevedorp. The roads A200, N205, and N208 lead all traffic smoothly to one of the many parking facilities in the city centre. On the access roads towards the city, look for signposts that direct you to the public car parks.
Haarlem offers over 1,700 parking spaces in and around in the centre at the following car parks::
– Parkeergarage De Appelaar
– Parkeergarage Raaks
– Parkeergarage Stationsplein
– Parkeergarage Houtplein
– Parkeergarage de Kamp
– Parkeergarage Cronjé
– Parkeergarage de Dreef
Parking in the streets of Haarlem is free on Sundays and holidays. All other days are paid-parking. Keep in mind that the inner city streets have little parking space. Parking in one of the seven public car parks is therefore recommended. For more parking information you can visit the website of Spaarnelanden.
Traveling to the centre by bike? At daytime, park your bicycle for free in one of the guarded indoor bike parks at the Botermarkt, Smedestraat or Tempelierstraat. You can also use the underground bike park at central station.
Whether you arrive in Haarlem by train, bus or in your own car, the best part will be the last steps taken by foot. The beautiful monuments, the picturesque alleys, the half-hidden courtyards and cosy shops turn every stroll through Haarlem into the highlight of the journey. The small distances travelled by day will ensure that you can still lift your feet from the (dance)floor when the inner city comes alive at night.