Public transport in Tilburg

Getting to Tilburg

When you’re coming to Tilburg for your international exchange, there are several ways that you can reach the city center. These include by: plane, train, car or bus.

By plane

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is the largest in the Netherlands. Yet, there is a closer airport to Tilburg, which is the Eindhoven Airport, which often offers less-expensive ticketing options. Many airlines fly into this airport, including British Airways, Transavia, Turkish Airlines and more.

By train

Most visitors who are traveling into Tilburg typically opt to use the train. There are a total of three train stations in Tilburg: Tilburg Centraal, which is the largest, Tilburg Universiteit and Tilburg Reeshof. You can even view the train schedules in advance, to help you plan your journey.

By car

The city center is easily accessible via car from the airport, and you can rent one right at the airport at Sixt, Hertz or Europcar, just to name a few. For directions, you can look on Google Maps. You can also check with ANWB or VanAnaarBeter, which can update you on the traffic, accidents or road construction.

By bus

While travel by bus can take a lot longer, it is also quite a bit cheaper. There are often direct buses from the airport into Tilburg, or you can check some of the schedules at: Flixbus, Comparabus, Eurolines, Goeuro and Ouibus.

Getting around Tilburg

Bicycle

As that the city of Tilburg is easily managed due its relatively small size, you can ride a bike just about anywhere. There are plenty of paths, so biking is also very safe. It’s also the cheapest mode of transportation, so buy a second-hand bike as soon as you can.

OV-chipkaart

The Dutch people utilize a transport card called the OV-chipkaart. You can load it with credits, whether using coins or a credit card, at numerous vending machines throughout the city, including the metro stations. At the beginning of your travels, you can scan the card, which will then calculate the total cost and remove those credits from your card.

Always be sure to scan your card before you begin your journey, or you will be charged €4 automatically. Plus, if you are caught traveling without scanning your card, you can receive a fine. Once you get accustomed to the process, you’ll be loading and scanning your card, just like it’s second nature.

There are two different types of OV-chipkaart. The blue card can be purchased at many places throughout the city, such as the train station or the airport, and anyone can use it. The yellow card is for personal use, and you must submit an application, along with your personal information, to take advantage of its many benefits.

One beneficial perk is the 40% discount when traveling during off-peak times, including: 9:00-16:00, 18:30-6:30 and all throughout the weekend. Its price is €50 for the entire year, but there are occasional deals that bring its cost down to €29. Plus, if you purchase the personal OV-chipkaart at a discount online, you won’t even have to pay the €7.50 fee for the card itself. If you use the train even a few times each month, you’ll find that it will easily pay for itself quite soon.

Bus

In Tilburg, Arriva operates the bus system, and you must also pay for the bus with the OV-chipkaart. The buses run on a convenient schedule, and even if you have a bike, it’s an excellent option for a rainy day.

Taxi

There are not many taxis, especially due to their expensive pricing. If you must use a taxi, try to keep the trip short, or switch to another method of transportation as soon as you can.

Train

The Dutch railway system is state-of-the-art and very well-connected, servicing the area with very few delays or scheduling changes. Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the main service provider, is one of the largest and the busiest, not just in the country, but also in the world. Trains even offer routes that run 24 hours a day, ensuring that there is always transportation available. The prices are affordable, and the transportation is beyond reliable.

You can purchase a regular ticket, or you can opt to load credits onto your OV-chipkaart. You may utilize either the anonymous or personal cards, but keep in mind that you must have a minimum amount of €10 for the personal card, but you must have €20 for the anonymous card. Just be sure to scan it before getting on the train and then again after exiting.

There are also non-stop trains between certain destination that are called Intercity Direct trains, which require a small supplement of €2,40, in addition to scanning the OV-chipkaart card inside the station. You may also opt to purchase standard tickets either at the station or online, but if you use the trains often, this will be more expensive in the long run.

Be sure to plan your journey to find the quickest, least-expensive routes.


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