Traveling into Eindhoven is pretty simple, as that it has a central train station and its own airport.
On this economical bus system, Flixbus travels to 11 different cities from and to Eindhoven. In the Netherlands, they include Apeldoorn, Enschede, Hengelo and Groningen. If you’d like to travel to Germany, your options are Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hanover and Munich. For Belgium, you can get to both Antwerp and Brussels.
Eindhoven Airport is a small airport, making it easy to get around in. However, don’t let its size fool you because it sees about 4 million passengers each year. In fact, it offers service from eight airlines to over 70 different cities.
To get into the city by bus, you have two options:
The buses run every 15 minutes into the Eindhoven train station, where you can connect to other areas of the city.
There’s also the Airexpressbus, with departures for both Utrecht (€30 return/€17 single) and Amsterdam (€40 return/€24 ). They run 60 times throughout the week and up to nine times every day. You can easily spot the bus stop right in front of the terminal.
Eindhoven’s Central Station sees more than 100,000 passengers every day. What’s interesting about the station is that it looks like a radio, which might be a nod to the Philips company and its impact on the city of Eindhoven. There are eight platforms, and the downstairs middle hallway leads directly to the center of the city on foot, or you can head to the bus station to transfer to other areas.
Eindhoven’s public transport system consists of buses, with no undergrounds or trams. But there are bus routes criss-crossing throughout the city and beyond, even with a bus running straight to the airport. It’s also simple to plan your route to just about any destination.
To use all types of public transport in Eindhoven and all around the Netherlands, you will need the OV-chipkaart. It is a transport card which you scan when you get on a bus, tram or train. The total cost of your journey will be automatically calculated after you scan your card again when getting off. Don't forget to check out otherwise you will be charged the maximum cost of your travel.
There are two options to choose from: anonymous (blue) and personal OV-chipkaart (yellow). The latter can give you many benefits like 40% discount when traveling during off-peak times (purchased separately). However, to apply for a personal card, you must be registered at your Dutch address and have a Dutch bank account.
In the Netherlands, taxi drivers can set their own prices, so remember that you can actually negotiate a price, or even move on to another driver if you feel you’re being given an unfair rate. Taxi stands are located throughout the city, with the largest at the airport, the Central Train Station and at the Begijnhof, just behind the Stratumseind.
If you’re going to be living in Eindhoven, one of the first things you should think about doing is buying a bike. This is the preferred method of transport throughout the country, and Eindhoven is no exception! There are several bike shops, even one right next to the train station. Plus, with the compact size of the city, you can get just about anywhere on a bike. Additionally, there are dedicated bike lanes in most areas, so safety doesn’t have to be a concern, either.