The Randstad Rail is the metro and tram service in the city of The Hague, and offers transportation to other cities such as Rotterdam. It was inaugurated on October 29, 2006. It has four lines. It allows connections to trams, buses from multiple companies, and other metro lines. It offers connections to Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It opens from around 7:30 am until 1:00 am. You can buy a card to ride the metro from €2.50. You can reach a metro station by travelling by train from another European country. You can only eat, drink, or smoke at some stations. There is a fishnet-shaped tunnel between Grote Markt and Beatrixkwartier. The metro will have new stations by 2018. You can reach many touristic attractions by using the metro from Blijdorp station.
The Hague is the capital of South Holland in the Netherlands. The King Willen-Alexander lives in this city. It is also the location of the parliament. This city is famous for being the location of multiple international courts. The Hague has a population of around 500,000 inhabitants, making it the 3rd most populated city in the Netherlands. The airport in the city is called Rotterdam The Hague Airport. A nearby airport outside The Hague is the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, located in Amsterdam. Most international travelers that visit The Hague use this airport.
Public transportation in The Hague consists of trams, buses, the metro, the Intercity train, and ferries. The metro and many trams belong to a single service called Randstad Rail. This service offers transportation among The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer. There are also buses that belong to Randstad Rail. Randstad Rail is owned by HTM Personenvervoer NV.
The metro was proposed because the population and the number of jobs in Randstad, The Hague, had a significant increase in 1983. This led to high traffic. Therefore, a new railway system would solve the traffic problem.
The first proposal of the Randstad Rail came in June 9th, 1988. The proposal stated the construction of train stations in Ridderkek, Alblassedam, and Hendrik-Ido Ambacht in The Hague, which would make trips to Rotterdam. The railway companies HTM, NS Regional Transport Company, RET, and ZWN-Group together created the Randstad Rail Foundation to build the metro.
The metro service for The Hague was officially inaugurated on October 29th, 2006, with the opening of Randstad Rail 4. The opening dates for the rest of the lines were: September 10th, 2006 for Metro Line E, February 12th, 2007 for Randstad Rail 3, and July 1st, 2010 for Randstad Rail 19.
The metro has four lines: Randstad Rail 3, Randstad Rail 4, Randstad Rail 19 and Metro Line E. The stations for each line are the following:
Arnold Spoelplein, Mozartlaan, Pisuissestraat, Heliotrooplaan, Hoefbladlaan, Muurbloemweg, Appelstraat, De Savornin Lohmanplein, Azaleaplein, Zonnebloemstraat, Fahrenheitstraat, Goudenregenstraat, Conradkade, Valkenbosplein, Elandstraat, Van Speijkstraat, Browersgracht, HMC Westeinde, Spui, Grote Markt, Centraal Station, Beatrixkwartier, Leidschendam - Voorburg, Laan Van NOI, Opstelterrein RandstadRail, Voorburg‘t Loo, Forepark, Spoorburg over de Vliet, Voorweg Laag, Nedtrain Leidschendam, Stadhuis, Leidschenveen, Seghwaert, Centrum - West, De Leyens, Palenstein, Voorweg Hoog, Leidsewallen, Buytenwegh, Driemanspolder, Meerzicht, Dorp, Delftsewallen
De Uithof, Bounwlustlaan, Beresteinlaan, Dedemsvaartweg, De Rade, Leyenburg, Zuidwoldepad, Tienhovenselaan, Monnickendamplein, De la Reyweg, Dierenselaan, HMC Westeinde, Monstersestraat, Grote Markt, Browersgracht, Centraal Station, Spui, Laan van NOI, Beatrixkwartier, Leidschendam - Voorburg, Voorburg‘t Loo, Spoorbrug over de Vliet, Leidschenveen, Forepark, Centrum-West, Voorweg Laag, Palenstein , Stadhuis, Willen Dreeslaan, Seghwaert, Osterheem, Javalaan
HMC Antoniushove, Weigelia, Leidsenhage, Oude Meddenweg, Oosteinde, Leidschenveen Centrum, Klaverveld, Station Ypenburg, Lanen , Gruttosingel, Weidevogellaan, Scholekstersingel, Anthony Fokkersingel, Ypenburg Centrum, Brasserskade, Nieuwe Plantage
Den Haag Centraal, Voorburg‘t Loo, Laan van NOI, Spoorbrug over de Vliet, Leidschendam - Voorburg, Leidschenveen, Forepark, Pijnacker Centrum, Nootdorp, Berkel Westpolder, Pijnacker Zuid, Rodenrijs, Meijersplein, Wilgenplas, Melanchthonweg, Rotterdam Centraal , Blijdorp, Beurs, Stadhuis, Wilhelminaplein, Leuvehaven, Rijnhaven, Zuidplein, Maashaven, Slinge
The closest Metro Station to Rotterdam The Hague Airport is Blijdorp station from Metro Line E. To go from the airport to Blijdorp, first, walk to Bushalte Rotterdam Airport. Then, board bus 33, and head towards Rotterdam Centraal for 15 minutes. Get off at Bushalte Blijdorp Metro. Finally, walk to Blijdorp station. The entire trip lasts 20 minutes and costs €2.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is close to two Randstad Rail stations: the Den Haag Centraal station and Rotterdam Centraal station, both from Metro Line E. To go from this airport to Den Haag Centraal station, first, walk to Station Schiphol. Then, board an Intercity train from the Dutch Railway Services, and head towards Dordrecht for 15 minutes. Get off at station Leiden Centraal in Leiden. Then, board another Intercity train, and head towards Den Haag Centraal for 10 minutes. Finally, get off at Station Den Haag Centraal. The trip costs €8.30, and lasts 30 minutes. To go from this airport to Rotterdam Centraal station, first, walk to Station Schiphol. Then, board an Intercity Direct train, and head towards Station Rotterdam Centraal for 28 minutes. Finally, get off at Station Rotterdam Centraal. The trip lasts 30 minutes and costs €12.30.
- Tickets: They are divided into the following prices: Tourist Day Tickets (€13.50,) Park + Day Ticket for One Person (€5,) Park + Day Ticket for Two Persons (€6,) Park + Day Ticket for Three Persons (€7,) Park + Day Ticket for Four Persons (€8,) and Park + Day Ticket for Five Persons (€9.)
- Subscriptions: They are divided into three categories: Regio Abonnement, Altijd Korting Abonnement, and HTM Avonduren Abonnement.
1) Regio Abonnement: They are divided into star values. Each star value has a monthly price, a yearly price, a monthly price with a discount, and a yearly price with a discount. The prices are the following (the following format will show the monthly price, the yearly price, the discounted monthly price, and the discounted yearly price): One Star (€49, €490, €32, and €320,) Two Stars (€79, €790, €53, and €530,) Three Stars (€118, €1180, €78, and €780,) Four Stars (€156, €1560, €103, and €1030,) Five Stars (€195, €1950, €129, and €1290,) and Six Stars (€235, €2350, €155, and €1550.)
2) Altijd Korting Abonnement: Its prices are €17.50 per month and €175 per year.
3) HTM Avonduren Abonnement: Its prices are €20 per month and €120 per year. - Cards: They have the following prices: HTM Uurnetkaart (€3.50,) HTM Kinder Dagkaart (€2.50,) and HTM 3 Day Travel Card (€16.50.)
There are three customer service offices: HTM Service Shops at Den Haag HS (Holland Spoor) station, OV Service Shops at Den Haag Centraal station, and HTM Service Shop at Zoetermeer Centrum-West station.
If the metro staff picked up a lost item, you can go to https://ilost.co/org/htm-personenvervoer and browse the list of lost items. If you see your lost object, click it. Next, you will be asked a few questions to verify if the item is yours. Finally, the item will be delivered to you. You need to pay €4. If your address is a foreign address, you need to pay the shipping costs.
The lost object should appear on that website within three days of being lost. Otherwise, the metro staff could not find it.
- Randstad Rail 4: This line will have two new stations: Lansingerland-Zoetermeer (NS) and Van Tuyllpark. Both will open in 2018. Lansingerland-Zoetermeer station will allow connections to Den Haag-Gouda station.
- Randstad Rail 19: It will have the following stations: Delft Station (NS), Prinsenhof, Mijnbouwplein, Zuidpoort, TU-Mekelpark, TU-Aula, TU-Kluyverpark, TU-Sport en Cultuur, and TU-Technopolis.
- Metro Line E: This line will have additional trains to have more trains per hour available. It currently has six trains per hour available.
Blijdorp station from Metro Line E will be used as a reference point. To go to the nearby attractions by using the metro, follow these instructions.
1) The Knight’s Hall : The whole trip lasts 39 minutes and costs €4.33. From Blijdorp station, board the Metro, and head towards Den Haag Central during 25 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte/Metrostation Voorburg’t Loo, Voorburg. Next, board tram 3, and head towards Den Haag Loosduinen for 10 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte Spui, Den Haag. Finally, walk to Ridderzaal, Den Haag.
2) The Peace Palace: The trip lasts one hour and one minute, and costs €4.71. From Blijdorp, board the metro, and travel to Den Haag Centraal during 30 minutes. Get off at Metrostation Den Haag Centraal, Den Haag. Next, walk to Tramhalte Centraal Station Beneden, Den Haag. Board tram 17, and travel towards Centrum for five minutes. Get off at Bus/Tramhalte Centrum, Den Haag. Then, board bus 24, and go towards Kijkduin during 8 minutes. Get off at Bus/Tramhalte Vredespaleis, Den Haag. Finally, walk to Vredespaleis, Den Haag.
3) Great Saint James Church: The trip lasts 43 minutes, and costs €4.39. From Blijdorp, board the metro, and head towards E Den Haag Centraal for 25 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte/Metrostation Voorburg´t Loo, Voorburg. Next, board tram 3, and travel towards Den Haag Loosduinen for 10 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte Grote Markt (tram), Den Haag. Finally, walk to Rond de Grote Kerk 12.
4) The Mauritshuis: The trip lasts 40 minutes and costs €4.33. From Blijdorp, board the metro, and travel towards E Den Haag Centraal during 25 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte/Metrostation Voorburg´t Loo, Voorburg. Next, board tram 3, and head towards Den Haag Loosduinen for 10 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte Spui, Den Haag. Finally, walk to Plein 29, 2511 C5 Den Haag.
5) Scheveningen Resort: The trip lasts 50 minutes and costs €4.89. From Blijdorp, board the metro, and travel towards E Den Haag Centraal for 30 minutes. Get off at Tramhalte/Metrostation Laan van NOI, Den Haag. Walk to Bus/Tramhalte Station Laan van NOI, Den Haag. Then, board bus 23, and go towards Bushalte Kurhausweg, Den Haag, for 15 minutes. Finally, walk to Gevers Deynootplein 30, 2586 CK Den Haag-Scheveningen.
The Randstad Rail makes most of its connections to trams and buses. The connections available at each station are the following:
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