The Previous topic
In the previous blog I have written about housing and its costs. Another important topic, which will be discussed in this post, is travelling opportunities, public transportation and their costs. At the end of this blog I will tell you a really important part of being a student in the Netherlands, which is about how you can save a lot of money on travelling.
The public transportation, as many other things as well, is well organized in the Netherlands. Basically, trains go to every big city in the whole country. The train system is punctual, fast and goes really often but it is quite expensive. In the previous blog I have mentioned that it is cheaper to rent a room in smaller cities that are close by the destination of your school, such as Amersfoort or Soest if you are studying in Utrecht. However the costs of accommodation can be cheaper in those cities but you need to pay a lot on public transportation. To stick with the previous example, lets say a room in Utrecht would be 600 euros per month, and you decide to rent the same kind of room in Amersfoort for 400 euros. To get to Utrecht from Amersfoort by train is 5,20 euros on a one way ticket and still you aren’t at school yet but at the central station of Utrecht. So roughly you need to pay around 12 euros per day to get to school and get back home. So if you add together the costs of travelling, you might choose to rent a room in Utrecht and travel to school for free! How to get to school for free? Keep on reading!
The Dutch way of travelling
It is likely that you have heard already that the Dutch is the cycling nation. Dutch people ride their bikes no matter if it’s snowing, raining, icing or whatever. I don’t know if they do so because it is free or they just want to stay in shape but they DO bike all the time no matter what. If you decide to pay a more expensive room in the city of your school you MUST have a bike. You can buy a really good condition bike for a maximum of 100 euros (and you need to buy at least two locks, because bikes get stolen here really often) and you are good to go! Bike roads are well developed; basically you can get to anywhere by bike and you even have the right over cars. If you decide on buying a bike, get one with lights on it because police tends to give you a fine if you are riding a bike in the dark with no lights on.
Travelling in your free time
As it was mentioned above, the train system is well developed but really expensive. Still, if you decide on moving to the Netherlands there are many beautiful cities and destinations you want to (and you should) visit. I wouldn’t recommend to do these tours by bike but who knows what you prefer! Utrecht and Amsterdam are basically the middle of the country so from there you can just travel around the Netherlands. A must seen place is Den Haag with its beautiful beach called Scheveningen. From Amsterdam a return ticket is like 30 euros so again it isn’t cheap!
Airports in the Netherlands
I guess everybody knows the biggest airport of the country (and one of the biggest of Europe); Schiphol. Besides Schiphol there are some smaller airports such as the ones in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Maastricht. If you are coming from a European Union country you will be able to find cheap tickets to fly back home or to visit other European destinations. WizzAir from Eindhoven and Maastricht flies to a lot of Western and Central European cities for a really cheap price. It is really great that you just have the opportunity to fly home for a long weekend or visit another Europen city easily and cheap. Another cheap flight company is Transavia that flies from Amsterdam. Maybe these aren’t the most important factors when you decide on where to go to study, but I know that sometimes people just want switch off and go home for a couple of days. In that case it is great that you can just get home in a couple of hours!
The solution against high transportation costs
After all the problems that makes your life harder was discussed in this and in the previous blog, in the next blog I will write about a more positive topic. In that blog I will discuss what job opportunities you might have and how you can get extra money from the Dutch government. This extra money also consists the opportunity of free travelling so you really don’t want to miss out the next post! See you next time!
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