Getting around in Eindhoven is easy and convenient thanks to a well-established public transport system and compact city centre. Of course, Eindhoven is well-equipped for cyclists with plenty of good cycling infrastructure. It’s also safe and it's easy enough to get around the city centre on foot.
Driving is not recommended, especially as parking can be difficult to find, and most expats get by without having their own vehicle.
Public transport in Eindhoven
Eindhoven’s public transport system is not as extensive as other Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. While trains offer a good option for travel to and from the city, there are no trams or underground train systems for inner-city travel, with buses being the best option for getting around Eindhoven.
Public transport in Eindhoven and throughout the Netherlands can be accessed using the OV-chipkaart. This smart card is loaded with credit and is swiped at the beginning and end of each journey. There are different types of cards available, ranging from daily to yearly subscriptions.
Eindhoven has a comprehensive bus system that covers the city as well as some popular areas outside of the city. Buses arrive every 10 minutes in high-demand areas and every 30 minutes otherwise.
Taxis in Eindhoven
Taxis are available at taxi stands throughout the city. Taxi rates are not formally regulated so it’s best to negotiate the fare with the driver before setting off on a journey.
It’s also possible to order a taxi over the phone or via a ride-sharing app, but this may work out as a more expensive option.
Driving in Eindhoven
As Eindhoven is a compact city, owning a car to get around is not a necessity. In fact, it's often a hindrance and finding parking can prove a challenge. That said, parking is relatively cheap in Eindhoven compared to other Dutch cities, and renting or owning a car can prove helpful for expats who want greater freedom to travel around the country.
Expats who do wish to drive in Eindhoven should note that they can use their foreign driving license for up to 185 days. Expats staying longer must apply for a local licence.
Cycling in Eindhoven
As is the case in most Dutch cities, Eindhoven has an extensive network of cycle paths. Cycling is often the easiest and cheapest way to get around. It’s possible to hire bikes at bike shops dotted around the city.
While life here is relatively safe, bicycle theft is an unfortunate reality in Eindhoven. Expats should always ensure their bike is securely fastened with a lock – preferably two – when parked in the street.
Walking in Eindhoven
One of the simplest ways of getting around is by walking. Eindhoven's city centre is walkable and easy to explore on foot. New arrivals often find walking helpful in initially orientating themselves in their host city. Expats looking for accommodation should always first search in areas walking-distance from their work or school.