Welcome to the Netherlands: The lowdown on the lowlands

The Netherlands may be small, but this vibrant country definitely punches above its weight. Witness the windmills, fields of colourful tulips, and a seemingly endless supply of bicycles

Small and compact

The Netherlands is a small and compact country, so the Dutch go almost everywhere by bicycle. You’ll only need a bike and public transport if you plan to stay in a city. You can also reach other European cities easily by train or car – from Amsterdam, you can drive to Paris in just 4-hours.

Pay with euros

The Netherlands’ currency is the euro (EUR). Cash and Maestro debit cards, called ‘pin cards’, are the most common form of payment for goods and services. Credit cards are not commonly used in the Netherlands for smaller purchases like car parks and train tickets, so it’s a good idea to carry some cash and coins with you.

Electricity in the Netherlands

The Netherlands uses the Type F electrical plug. This plug has two round pins, spaced about 2cm apart, and is the same as those used in many countries in Continental Europe. The standard voltage is 230-volts, but some hotels have special plugs for 110 or 120-volt shavers.

Did you know?

  • It’s safe to drink the tap water anywhere in the Netherlands
  • You should never walk on the cycle path – you can risk injury from oncoming bikes
  • You don’t have to tip in the Netherlands, but a tip of around 10% is appreciated.

Useful links

Find your way around with these useful links

The first choice for travellers

Filled with amazing places to dine, shop and relax, you’ll never see airports the same way again after you see Schiphol Airport.