Located on near the border of Germany, the city of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands is a beautiful and exciting city to visit. This city is over two thousand years old and is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, if not the oldest.
Should you decide to make a visit, or if you are planning on moving there for work or school, knowing how to get around is very important. Here is what you need to know about the Transportation options.
Getting to Nijmegen
When planning you trip, you will need to decide how to get to the city. There are several options available depending on the location of your departure and how much time and money you wish to spend.
Unfortunately there are no airports with direct service into Nijmegen. There are however, three airports within 45 to 110 km from the city. From any of these you will need to take public transportation the rest of the way. The three airport locations are:
· Airport Weeze
· Eindhoven Airport
· Flughafen Düsseldorf
Train service is operated by Dutch Railways and has routes from most points in the Netherlands to Nijmegen.
If coming from Germany, the cities of Kleve and Emmerich are connected to Nijmegen by bus. Rides are available seven days a week, but trips are somewhat spotty on Sunday.
You can choose to drive to Nijmegen if you prefer. There are various motorways that connect with the city. Use caution however, as traffic in the city is notoriously congested.
Getting Around in Nijmegen
Like most cities in the Netherlands, there are the same basic transportation options available in Nijmegen as well. The only exception is that the city has neither a tram nor a metro line within the city.
You can get around the city by bus, using the same OV-chipcard as is recognized in the rest of the Netherlands. In some cases, the card can be used in lieu of a ticket for some train rides. There are two companies that provide bus service. They are:
While you are permitted to drive a car in the city, it is not generally recommended. There is a severe congestion problem in the city, and accidents are a regular occurrence, so unless you are supremely confident, it is best to avoid this option if possible. Parking is also very expensive and difficult to find.
This is by far the most popular way to get around in the city. Bicycles can be rented from the underground storage facility near the Central Station if you are only visiting for a short time, or you can purchase a used bike for a reasonable price if your stay is lengthier. Riding bicycles is the primary method of transportation in most cities in the Netherlands.
There is a lot to see and do in this beautiful city. Take some time and map out the sights, and activities you would like to experience and choose the transportation methods that are right for you.