Buses, Trains, Public Transportation! OH MY!
Even though walking and cycling are two very common modes of transportation you may not want to walk everywhere or cycle in the rain. I am here to tell you the public transportation is as easy as pie (well, eating pie- baking it is a little more difficult).
In this particular province, Limburg, Veolia is the bus transportation company that is everywhere. You can even download an app when you are here to be able to type in your destination (within Limburg) and it will tell you exactly what bus you need to take, what bus stop you need to be at, and how long the ride will take.
If you don’t have a cell phone while you are traveling or much less data on said cell phone. There will be posts at every bus stop that tells you what line stops there, what direction it is going and when it will be there. It looks like this:
This post for instance shows that Line 37 is going toward Heerlen and the times are broken up by Monday-Friday, Saturday and Sunday. P.S. I know you probably can’t read the post that well- I will try to get a better picture.
I would suggest getting to the bus stop at least 2 to 3 minutes early. Sometimes, the buses are running early or late. All I can say is be on time for your bus. Now, if you are just visiting when you get on the first bus for the day just ask for a day card (it will be 6 Euro) and you can use it all day on any of the Veolia buses.
Be aware that you need to hit one of the red stop buttons on the bus if you stop is the next one. If you do not then they will not stop, unless someone is standing there.
Also, if you find yourself needing transportation times all around Europe, may I suggest that you download the app ‘9292’. It will have train and bus times and locations for everywhere you need to go.
Fair warning though: if you choose to take the train and have decided to just pay euro at the station. Not all the stations have a machine for credit cards and it is even questionable if they will work. You will have to have the amount for your trip in coins and will have to get your ticket for whatever destination. Each destination is a different amount. So, you should probably look up the cost before you leave. Consider the cost to your destination and back.
When you get to the little machine at the station you will be able to put it in English or whatever language you need and it is self explanatory from there.
When you are on the train and have gotten to your stop, there are two buttons by the door: one red, one yellow. Hit the yellow one for the door in front of you to open. Otherwise, the door won’t open and you are on the way to the next town.
However, if you want an easier and simpler way of traveling. I would use the OV-Chipcard. It is a plastic card that you can pre-load with the amount you need for your travels and just carry it when you go exploring. (I just ordered mine and am waiting for it to be delivered).
Now, no matter which way you choose to buy your train ticket(s) you will see these little posts on just about every train platform where you will need to scan either your ticket or your card. This measures when you got on the train and when you you got off the train. Scan it getting on and getting off.
You can also use the OV-Chipcard on the local buses. Scanning on and off, on and off, on and off, until you get to your destination.
So to simplify, for buses and trains either use a day pass (you can get these for trains as well) or use the chipcard. Everything is measured from the moment you scan your ticket or your card at every destination you get on/off at. Different destinations are different prices, the farther away, usually the higher the price.
Okay, cool! So, now you know how to use the public transportation system. Let’s get traveling!
If you have and questions or comments about how to use the public transportation system, I am more than willing to help. Just let me know below. Thanks!
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