Getting around in Eindhoven is easy and convenient thanks to exceptional public transport infrastructure and a compact as well as pedestrianised city centre. Of course, Eindhoven is also well-equipped for cyclists, with plenty of excellent cycling architecture.
Driving in Eindhoven is not recommended, especially as parking is limited, and most expats get by without a 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. Thus, buses are the best option for getting around Eindhoven.
Public transport in Eindhoven and throughout the Netherlands can be accessed using the OV-chipkaart. This rechargeable smart card can be loaded with credit and swiped at the beginning and end of each journey. There are different OV-chipkaart cards available, and they range from daily to yearly subscriptions.
Eindhoven has a comprehensive bus system that covers the whole city, as well as some popular areas outside the city. Buses with routes in high-demand areas arrive every 10 minutes and every 30 minutes otherwise.
Taxis in Eindhoven
Taxis are available at ranks 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, a car is not a necessity. In fact, car ownership is often a hindrance, as finding parking can prove a challenge. Be that as it may, parking is relatively cheap in Eindhoven compared to other Dutch cities, and a vehicle can be a fantastic resource for expats who want to explore further afield.
Expats who wish to drive in Eindhoven should note that they can use their foreign driving licence for up to 185 days. Expats from non-EU countries staying longer must apply for a local licence, while those from EU countries can continue using their licence until it expires. Nationals from countries with agreements with the Netherlands can simply exchange their driving licences for a Dutch licence through their local municipality and the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer (RDW).
Cycling in Eindhoven
As is the case in most Dutch cities, Eindhoven has an extensive network of cycle paths. Cycling is typically the easiest and cheapest way to get around. It’s possible to hire bicycles at bike shops dotted around the city.
While life in Eindhoven is relatively safe, bicycle theft is an unfortunate reality here. Expats should always ensure their bike is secured with a lock – preferably two – when parked in the street.
Walking in Eindhoven
One of the simplest ways of travelling in Eindhoven is walking. The city centre is walkable and easy to navigate on foot. New arrivals frequently find walking helpful in orientating themselves in their host city. Expats looking for accommodation should search the areas and suburbs in walking distance from their work or school.