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Dutch vocabulary for public transport and commuting

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Traveling in the Netherlands can be a breeze, especially if you’re familiar with the local language. Understanding Dutch can make navigating through various modes of public transport easier and more efficient. Here’s a list of essential Dutch vocabulary for public transport and commuting, along with definitions and example sentences to help you practice.

Openbaar vervoer – Public transport.
This term is used to describe all forms of transportation that carry passengers through set routes and schedules.

Ik reis dagelijks met het openbaar vervoer naar mijn werk.

Trein – Train.
The train system in the Netherlands is extensive and often used for both short and long distances.

De trein naar Utrecht vertrekt van spoor vijf.

Bus – Bus.
Buses are common for local and regional travel, connecting areas where trains might not reach.

De bus naar het centrum komt elke tien minuten.

Tram – Tram.
Usually found in larger cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, trams provide a convenient method of transportation around the city.

We kunnen de tram nemen om het museum te bezoeken.

Metro – Metro.
In cities with a metro system, this underground transport is a fast way to travel without traffic delays.

De metro rijdt elke vijf minuten tijdens de spits.

Halte – Stop (Bus/tram stop).
This is where you would wait to catch a bus or a tram.

U moet bij de volgende halte uitstappen.

Station – Station.
This term refers to the larger transport hubs where you can catch a train or sometimes also the metro, tram, or bus.

Het station is op tien minuten loopafstand van hier.

Kaartje – Ticket.
An essential item for any commuter, a kaartje grants you access to board public transport.

Heeft u al een kaartje gekocht?

Ov-chipkaart – Public transport chip card.
This smart card is used for accessing all forms of public transportation in the Netherlands by checking in and out at the beginning and end of your journey.

Je kunt je OV-chipkaart opladen bij de automaat.

Conducteur – Conductor.
The person responsible for checking tickets on trains and often providing assistance.

De conducteur komt eraan, zorg dat je je kaartje klaar hebt.

Chauffeur – Driver.
Refers to the person driving the bus, tram, or metro.

De chauffeur was erg behulpzaam toen ik de weg vroeg.

Spits – Rush hour.
The busiest times in public transport are usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Tijdens de spits is het erg druk in de trein.

Vertrektijd – Departure time.
The scheduled time for the transport to leave.

Kunt u mij de vertrektijd van de laatste trein vertellen?

Aankomsttijd – Arrival time.
When the vehicle is expected to arrive at a destination or stop.

De aankomsttijd is vertraagd vanwege werkzaamheden op het spoor.

Dienstregeling – Timetable/schedule.
Public transport schedules that specify the times of departures and arrivals for buses, trains, trams, and metros.

Waar kan ik de dienstregeling vinden?

Understanding these terms will not only improve your Dutch communication skills but also improve your confidence while commuting. With this vocabulary at your disposal, you’ll be able to navigate the Dutch public transportation system like a local. Happy travels, or as the Dutch say, “Goede reis!”

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