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Tips for Expats Driving in The Hague

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in The Hague.
|-Tips for Expats Driving in The Hague

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

The Netherlands is known for its well-organized traffic system. The Hague, like other Dutch cities, is bicycle-friendly and has a comprehensive public transportation network. Driving is not a necessity for many residents. However, if you choose to drive, be aware that Dutch drivers are generally disciplined and adhere to traffic rules. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and regulations.

2. Choosing the Right Car

Compact cars are recommended for driving in The Hague due to the narrow streets and limited parking spaces. Electric cars are also popular in the Netherlands due to the country’s commitment to sustainability. There are plenty of charging stations around the city.

3. Parking in The Hague

Finding a parking spot in The Hague can be challenging, especially in the city center. Most parking in the city is paid, and the rates can be quite high. It’s advisable to use public transportation or bicycles for daily commuting and save the car for longer trips or when necessary.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in the Netherlands with an international driving license for up to 185 days. After this period, you will need to obtain a Dutch driving license. If you have a driving license from an EU or EEA country, you can use it in the Netherlands until it expires.

5. Obtaining a Dutch Driving License

If you’re from a non-EU or non-EEA country, you’ll need to pass a theory and practical driving test to get a Dutch driving license. You can take these tests in English. It’s recommended to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with Dutch traffic rules and driving style. Once you pass the tests, you can apply for a driving license at the municipality (gemeente).

6. Be Aware of Cyclists

The Netherlands is a cycling country, and The Hague is no exception. Always be aware of cyclists, especially when turning or changing lanes. Cyclists have their own lanes and traffic lights in many parts of the city, but they can also be found on the main roads.

7. Use of Navigation Systems

Using a navigation system can be very helpful when driving in The Hague, especially if you’re not familiar with the city. It can help you avoid traffic jams and find the fastest route to your destination. However, make sure to keep an eye on the road and not rely solely on the navigation system.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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