Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is 45 min away by train. For Delft, you have to change at at Leiden Centraal or The Hague Hollands Spoor (which is called Den Haag HS). If you prearrange a taxi to pick you up at Schiphol, expect to pay €60 to Delft. For a one way trip by train, the fare is €9,50.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is only a few kilometres away but has poor public transport connections. RET city bus 33 runs frequently to Rotterdam Centraal Station and takes you there in about 20 min. From there it’s a 20 min train ride.
When taking an airport taxi from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, expect to pay about €35 for the trip. Other, cheaper, options are prearranged taxis from Delft.
Delft has two railway stations: Delft (near the city center and best for the university) and Delft Zuid (Delft’s southern residential area). (Direct) train connections run from:
- Den Haag Central Station or Hollands Spoor(10 min, €2)
- Schiphol Airport (45 min, €9.50)
- Amsterdam (1 h, €12)
- Rotterdam (15 m, €3)
From 2010 till 2015, there will be building works in progress as a new train tunnel is being built through Delft. This is a large project, severely affecting the flow of traffic and parking. Because of this the bus station and taxis are now at the back of the train station.
Delft is a short tram ride from Den Haag by tram. Tramline 1 runs from Scheveningen, through the middle of Den Haag and Den Haag HS to Delft. Travelling time is approximately 20 min from Den Haag to Delft. From Scheveningen to Delft takes about 45 min. Tell the driver your travel plans so that he can sell you the best value ticket. On the trams you now must use the OV-Chipcard or day-pass. Buy these from the central station or ask at an information desk.
Delft is easily reached by car. Coming from Amsterdam or Schiphol, it is at the end of the A4 motorway; coming from Rotterdam, Delft has three exits off the A13 motorway. The city centre is best reached via the IKEA exit. During the weekend this exit can be busy with IKEA shoppers. Then take the North exit.
Buses from Den Haag and Rotterdam terminate at the Delft bus terminal, which is at the back Delft railway station because of building works at the front. Tram line 1 from Den Haag (HS) runs to Delft and has stops near the city center and railway station.
Walking – the centre is small enough to walk across in ten minutes. Most streets in the city centre are pedestrianized. But do take care: taxi’s are allowed to use these streets. Especially at night they drive at inappropriate speeds. When walking through town make sure you leave room for traffic on bikes. The locals are zooming around going about on their daily business.The locals are usually aware of tourists looking up at the gables and are ready for unsuspended side steps, but do try to keep an eye on the traffic. A collision with a bike can ruin your whole day. Walking around without a top is considered uncouth.
The Netherlands is a perfect country for cycling. The land is flat, the views broad and cycle paths are everywhere. For the Dutch cycling is not only useful for the daily commute but also considered an excellent leisure activity. Inexperienced cyclists are few and far between – everyone cycles in the Netherlands.
Inside the Delft canal streets, most locals will mount the pavement shortly to let cars past on the canals where possible. This is just courteous because the next time when you are driving the car you hope to be let through as well.
At the train station in Delft you can rent bicycles. To rent a bike you will need a valid ID and a deposit (€50 for a simple bike or €145 for a tandem). The rental fee for a normal bike with a back-pedal brake will be €7,50 per day (including insurance cover for theft). Often it is possible to rent a bike with gears or one with electric assistance. Especially if you are with a group it is best to reserve the bikes per telephone (015-2143033) beforehand. Please make sure you understand the traffic rules before you set off. Halfords in town (behind the main square) also rents bikes.
The old city has been made largely car-free, but there are two large car parks at the edge of the center (Zuidpoortgarage and Phoenixgarage). These car parks are expensive, but parking on the few public parking spaces on the streets in or near the city center can be even more expensive. The parking policy differs per area and is not always clear. Beware of the signs “alleen vergunninghouders” (permit holders only) in some streets in the vicinity of the city center, especially in residential areas. Sometimes only a floor tile with a “P” is visible. This means Permit parking. Many tourist assume “P” means parking and end up with a parking fine. Parking is energetically policed. Unauthorized parking will cost you about €70. If you do not mind a 15 min walk, consider parking for free in the university area. Usually at weekends there is a lot of free parking space.
Traffic rules on priority consider the vulnerability of the mode of transport. This means a car has to give way to a bike to avoid a collision. Even a bike travelling the wrong way up a one-way street, without lights, driven by someone clearly over the limit colliding with a car will put that car driver at fault. Because of the risk to the cyclist, the car should have done everything to avoid the collision, or he is at fault.
Be sure to check the mirrors before you make a right turn. There is a good chance a cyclist is between you and the pavement.