The Netherlands is a compact country which is very easy to get around by road. The motorways are free to use so you can quickly drive from one city to the next and the secondary roads take you past pretty villages and beautiful countryside.
Spring is a great time to take a road trip in the Netherlands as you can drive through the tulip fields but the major cities like Amsterdam and Maastricht are fun to visit all year round. Here are some suggested itineraries for driving in the Netherlands.
Driving in the Netherlands
- Amsterdam to Maastricht – Driving from Amsterdam to Maastricht takes you from one end of the country to the other. There’s lots to see along the way.
Day Trips from Amsterdam
- Keukenhof Gardens – The most famous flower festival in the world. Visit Keukenhof in April or May to see the tulips in their prime.
- Utrecht – Only a short distance from Amsterdam, Utrecht can easily be visited in one day.
Where to Stay
Amsterdam – I usually stay at the Art’otel in Amsterdam which is a modern boutique hotel the centre of Amsterdam.
Arcen – Arcen is an adorable little town on the river with fantastic restaurants and bakeries, perfect for a stopover on the way to Maastricht.
Keukenhof – The Hotel de Duif is in the centre of Lisse and a short walk to the Keukenhof gardens. The rooms are clean and tidy albeit quite small but there’s free parking at the door.
Utrecht – In Utrecht I stayed at the basic Ibis Utrecht which has free secure parking.
Dutch Driving Tips
- Watch out for cyclists. They have right of way at all times and be particularly careful when turning right as they might come up from behind on the inside.
- Don’t worry about toll roads because there are none. Driving on the highways in the Netherlands is free although there are a couple of tunnels which have a toll.
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