Arrival by aeroplane
The best way to travel from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht is by train. There is a direct train connection between the airport and Utrecht Central Station. It only takes you 30-45 minutes to travel to Utrecht. The train station is part of Schiphol Plaza, just follow directions for ‘trains’.
Train tickets are available from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza or from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza. One can also use the OV-chipcard on the train.
There is a direct train to Utrecht every 15 minutes. Buy a one way ticket (‘enkele reis’) to Utrecht Central Station. When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. You will soon notice that almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks English fairly well. For journey advice and time tables you can also check: www.ns.nl.
Travel within Utrecht
From Utrecht Central Station you can either take a bus or a taxi.
Public transport and OV-chipcard
To pay for buses, trams and metro in the Netherlands you need an OV-chipcard. The OV-chipkaart (in Dutch) is a new means of payment for the public transport system. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipcard can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket.
There are personal, anonymous, and disposable cards. The OV-chipcard can also be used for traveling by train. Anonymous OV-chipcards are available at railway stations, supermarkets and tobacco shops and carries a one-time price of € 7,50 and is valid for five years.
More information about the OV-chipcard.
The old strippenkaart has been phased out in the Netherlands and is no longer valid.