In July I am planing a 2 week visit in the Netherlands and I would like to visit Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague...and maybe other places too.
Could anyone give me some info on fares on public transportation in this area (trains or busses)? Or if there is any other cheaper way to get from one place to another that I don't know of.
Regarding the accomodations in these cities...if anyone has some experiences with the hostels found here and can recommend some places, I would be deeply endebted if u would do that...:D
You can find out about trains at ns.nl, the site of the Dutch railways. There's no cheaper reliable way for getting around, alas. Trains go many times an hour though, and are quite reliable and convenient.
The price of a return trip is:
Amsterdam-The Hague: €18,30 (~50 minutes)
Amsterdam-Rotterdam: €23,60 (~1 hour and 10 minutes)
Amsterdam-Utrecht: €12,10 (~30 minutes)
(A single trip would cost about 55% of that, so there's a tiny discount for buying a return trip.)
I think trains would be the best mode to get from one place to another. There're also express trains from one city to another if you do not need to get off at the stops in between. A one-way ticket on a Sneltrein from Schiphol to the Hague costs about 7 euros one-way (30min).
Within cities there are buses and trams. You can buy Strippenkaarts to use which would be cheaper than paying cash each time you board.
I've never stayed in a Dutch hostel but in the Hague there's one near Holland-Spoor. If you like beaches you might like to visit Scheveningen. If you're visiting in April I think some of the outdoor cafes on the beach may already be open.
For cheap places to stay, try the Stayokay organisation, which is the equivalent of/used to be Youth Hostels: http://www.stayokay.com/
Make sure you stay at the 'Flying Pig' (hostel)
Im goin to Holland in July and was thinking about camping a few nights there. Whats this like? Safe? Plenty areas to do so? Be travelling the country a bit you see and can't be done with the hassle of getting back to a hostel/hotel every night.
Re camping in The Netherlands, yes it is safe and there are plenty of places to do so. The Dutch like it because it is very economical (some people, not me of course, call them "the Scots of Europe" ;o).
No doubt there are some noisy commercial sites, if that is what you want, but we like nice quiet and out-of-the-way places. A good way to find these is via the Natuurkampeerterreinen (nature camping grounds) organisation, which does have an English page on its website: http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/main.php?friendly_url=english
I think they are related to the Staatsbosbeheer, the NL equivalent of the UK Forestry Commission, who have a page on their campsites at http://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/doen/opvakantie/kamperen/ Officially you need to join first time you use them, but it was only about 8 euros last time I knew.