On public transport
Delft is well connected with a range of public transport options. In Delft buses, trams and trains are easily accessible. For shorter trips within the city, the bus and tram provide a simple way to get around.
Public transport options in Delft
The train station is within five minutes walking distance of the city centre. Delft is located between Rotterdam and The Hague, which means both can be reached by train in under 20 minutes. Trains depart roughly every 10 minutes to these two major cities.
From Delft station, it is easy to reach the rest of the Netherlands. You can get to Amsterdam in under 50 minutes on a direct train. Groningen and Maastricht, cities at the northern and southern ends of the country, are about a 3-hour journey away. You can see the whole Dutch railway network here. All main train stations, including Delft, have a service desk where you can make travel inquiries and buy tickets.
Next to Delft central station you will find the main bus station. With many bus routes and two tram routes, it is easy to reach the whole city, and also The Hague and Rotterdam.
The website 9292.nl is an online tool, also available as an app, which will help you choose the best transport option to reach your destination.
Delft central station
Delft bus station, located next to the train station
Tram 19 in Delft
To make getting around Delft and the Netherlands as easy as possible, you should get a plastic public transport card, or OV-chipkaart. This card allows you to use buses, trains and trams throughout the country with a digital payment system. With it, you can scan in and out of a railway station, bus or tram. As you use the card, you will occasionally need to top it up; this can be done online and at transfer points.
There are two types of OV-chipkaarts. First, the personalised OV-chipkaart. It is valid for 5 years and allows you to buy products and discounts for railway travel. If you are planning to use the trains frequently, it is worth looking into the options available for the personalised OV-chipkaart, for example, free travel on weekends and discounted travel in off-peak times. Information on products can be found here. You can order a personalised OV-chipkaart online (see link below) or by post. Second, you can get an anonymous card. This card can be shared among any number of people. It can only be used by 1 person at a time, however. You cannot use it to buy train discount packages. You can buy an anonymous card at a railway station.
You will see yellow self-service machines at railway stations. At these terminals, you can check your balance and top up your OV-chipkaart. They all have an English language feature. It is possible to buy individual tickets each time you travel, but this is a little bit more expensive. If you intend to travel frequently, an OV-chipkaart will be cheaper and more convenient. For more information have a look at the OV-chipkaart website. (All information on the website is also available in English.)
Barriers at Delft station to check in and out of with your ticket or OV Chipkaart
Chipkaart scanner on a bus
Personalised, yellow, OV Chipkaart
Since cycling is a popular way to get around in the Netherlands, many transport stations and vehicles cater for bicycles. Underneath Delft central station is a bike park with room for 5,000 bikes. This is a safe place to lock your bike if you are travelling on the train. You are allowed to park your bike there for up to 10 days. There is also a bike repair shop for any repairs or accessories you may need. Across the country, most big railway stations have facilities to park your bicycle. It is easy to check what facilities are available at each train station at this website. (Information in Dutch only.)
It is possible to take your bicycle onto the train, except during peak travel times on weekdays. For a few euros, you can take your bike anywhere in the country for 1 day. You can buy a ticket for your bike in addition to your own ticket at the railway station, online or at a self-service machine. All trains have designated places for you to store your bike; they are clearly marked by a picture of a bicycle on the train doors. A folding bike can be taken on the train for free at any time!
If you want to use a bike in another city, it is possible to use the national bike rental scheme, or OV-fiets. The rental bikes are a recognisable blue and yellow colour and are available at railway stations and designated points around Dutch cities. For a few euros, you can use one of these bikes for a 24-hour period. You need a personalised OV-chipkaart to access these bicycles and you must buy the OV-fiets product ! For more information click this link.
Bike shop, Delft station. Here you can find OV Fiets
Bicycle compartment shown by the signs outside of the train
Bicycle park in Delft station
Customer renting an OV Fiets bike