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#1 Best Guide To Transportation Vocabulary In Dutch

August 26, 2022

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Knowing transportation vocabulary in Dutch will help you to better understand how to get around the famous city of Amsterdam and the Dutch countryside. Learn the basic vocabulary and how to ask about transportation-related things like how to order tickets, give basic directions, and more!

Just in case you didn't know, Dutch is the official native language spoken in The Netherlands, which by the way is also called Holland. To easily get yourself around Holland aka The Netherlands, it will benefit you to know a bit of Dutch.

You don't want to get lost or find yourself confused in the middle of an unfamiliar country! That's why we want to help you learn transportation vocabulary and phrases in Dutch.

So, let's begin with learning a bit about The Netherlands and why you might want to travel there. After that, we'll share the most important Dutch transportation vocabulary you need to know!

 

The Netherlands - The Basics

Transportation in Dutch

Here are some key travel facts about The Netherlands (Holland):

  • Location: Northwestern Europe
  • Bordering nations: Belgium and Germany
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Population: Over 17 million
  • Other Major Cities: The Hague, Rotterdam
  • Climate: Moderate maritime with mild winters and cool summers
  • Weather: between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F) during the summer and 3-4°C (37-39°F) during winter
  • Main Transportation Mode: Train and bicycle
  • Public Transportation System: NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)
  • Interesting Places to Visit:
    • UNESCO-listed Kastel von Breda
    • Grote Markt
    • The village of Kinderdijk
    • Vincent Van Gogh House Museum
    • Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
    • Keukenhof (Garden of Europe)
    • Anne Frank Museum

To visit each of these fantastic attractions, you'll need to know how to get around. Let's get learning!

 

Common Transportation Words In Dutch

Common transportation vocabulary in Dutch

The first thing to know is that transport and transportation in Dutch are the same words - vervoer.

Luckily when you visit you'll find that Holland (The Netherlands) has one of the best transportation systems (transportsystemen) in the world. You'll need a map (kaart) to get around, although these days, most maps are available online, especially through apps.

You'll want to brush up on learning times and dates in Dutch too so you won't miss your train or plane.

Besides having an incredible public transportation system, you can expect a lot of the usual modes of transportation too. Here is a list of the most common types of transport found in The Netherlands.

English WordDutch WordPronunciation
AirplaneVliegtuig
BicycleFiets
BusBus
CanoeKano
CarAuto
CoachCoach
Cruise ShipCruise schip
FerryVeerboot
Golf cartGolfwagentje
HelicopterHelikopter
Horse Drawn TramDoor paarden getrokken tram
KayakKajak
LorryVrachtwagen
MopedBromfiets
PaddleboardPaddleboard
SailboatZeilboot
SegwaySegway
ShipSchip
SkateboardSkateboard
SledSlee
TaxiTaxi
TrainTrein
TramTram
TruckVrachtwagen
Unicycleeenwieler
VespaVespa
Wak/walkingWandelen
YachtJacht

 

Places To Get Transportation

 Transportation vocabulary in Dutch
English WordDutch WordPronunciation
AirportLuchthaven
Bus stationBushalte
Bus stopBushalte
HighwaySnelweg
Metro StationMetrostation
Metro stopMetrohalte
RoadWeg
StreetStraat
Train stationTreinstation
Tram stopTram halte

How To Ask About Transportation In Dutch

Where is the train station?
Waar is het treinstation?

Which train station do I get off at?
Bij welk treinstation stap ik uit?

Where is the nearest metro station?
Waar is het dichtstbijzijnde metrostation?

Where can I get a taxi?
Waar kan ik een taxi nemen?

How can I get to the airport?
Hoe kan ik naar de luchthaven komen?

What's the quickest way to get to the train station?
Wat is de snelste manier om naar het treinstation te gaan? c

Don't forget to say thank you afterward!

 

Different Kinds Of Transportation Tickets

Ticket vocabulary in Dutch
English WordDutch WordPronunciation
TicketTicket
Bus ticketBus kaartje
Train ticketTreinkaartje
Plane ticketVliegtuigticket
Tram ticketTramkaartje
OV-chip cardOV-chipkaart
One-wayEen manier
Round tripRondvaart

How To Ask About Transportation Tickets In Dutch

How much is the bus ticket?
Hoeveel kost het buskaartje?

How much for a one-way ticket?
Hoeveel voor een enkele reis?

How much for a round-trip ticket?
Hoeveel voor een retourticket?

Do you have discounts for students?
Hebben jullie kortingen voor studenten?

Where can I buy a train ticket?
Waar kan ik een treinkaartje kopen?

Are there any tickets available?
Zijn er nog kaarten beschikbaar?

 

Car Related Vocabulary In Dutch

car vocabulary in Dutch

You may find that you'd rather rent a car than take the train or other modes of transport to get around. Here are some useful terms you should know when driving a car.

English WordDutch WordPronunciation
BumperBumper
Doorauto deur
EngineMotor
Fuel/gasBrandstof
Gas stationBenzinestation
Gas tankGastank
HeadlightKoplamp
Number plate (license plate)Nummerplaat
PedalPedaal
Seatautostoel
TireBand
Turn signal (blinker)Richtingaanwijzer (knipper)
WheelWiel
Windscreen-wiperRuitenwisser

Car Related Conversational Phrases In Dutch

Where can I rent a car?
Waar kan ik een auto huren?

How much is the car rental?
Hoeveel kost de autohuur?

The engine has stopped working
De motor werkt niet meer

The car won't start
De auto start niet

Where's the nearest gas station?
Waar is het dichtstbijzijnde tankstation?

What kind of fuel does it use?
Wat voor brandstof gebruikt het?

The car has a flat tire
De auto heeft een lekke band

 

Airplane-Related Vocabulary In Dutch

Airplane vocabulary in Dutch

Airplanes are most commonly taken to fly in and out of Holland, rather than within it. It's most likely that you'll be traveling by train, but just in case, here is vocabulary relating to planned travel.

English WordDutch WordPronunciation
Aisle seatStoel aan het gangpad
ArrivalAankomst
Board/boardingBoard/boarding
Boarding passInstapkaart
CancelledGeannuleerd
Check-inCheck in
Coach/economyCoach/economie
DelayedVertraagd
DepartureVertrek
Flight attendantStewardess
Gate NumberGate nummer
LuggageBagage
Middle seatmiddelste stoel
On-timeOp tijd
One-way ticketEnkele reis
PassportPaspoort
Pilotpiloot
Roundtrip ticketRetourtje
Seat bookingStoelreservering
TerminalTerminal
TransitDoorvoer
Window seatPlaats bij het raam

Airplane Travel Related Phrases In Dutch

Is the plane on time?
Is het vliegtuig op tijd?

How long will the plane be delayed for?
Hoe lang heeft het vliegtuig vertraging?

Where is my gate?
Waar is mijn poort?

Which terminal do I go to?
Naar welke terminal ga ik?

I'd like a window seat
Ik wil graag een stoel bij het raam

 

Train Related Vocabulary In Dutch

Train vocabulary in Dutch
English WordDutch WordPronunciation
AisleGangpad
Cabincabin
CancelledGeannuleerd
DelayedVertraagd
On-timeOp tijd
PlatformPlatform
Seat numberStoelnummer
TrainTrein
Train numberTrein nummer
Train stationTreinstation
WindowVenster

Train Travel Related Phrases In Dutch

Which platform do I go to?
Naar welk platform ga ik?

Where is seat number (insert number)?
Waar is het stoelnummer (insert number)?

Do I get off here?
Stap ik hier uit?

How long will the train ride take?
Hoe lang duurt de treinreis?

Is there food available on the train?
Is er eten beschikbaar in de trein?

Are there washrooms on board?
Zijn er toiletten aan boord?

 

Sea Or Ship Related Vocabulary In Dutch

Ship vocabulary in Dutch
English WordDutch WordPronunciation
AnchorAnker
BoatBoot
BowBoeg van een boot
CabinCabine
DockDok
Dockedgedokt
Jet skiJetski
Knotswind knopen
Life jacket/ life saving deviceReddingsvest/reddingsmiddel
LifeboatReddingsboot
PortHaven
SailboatZeilboot
SeaZee
ShipSchip
StarboardStuurboord
Sternstreng

 

Traffic-Related Vocabulary In Dutch

Traffic vocabulary in Dutch

Important signal signs with their Dutch meaning and pronunciation are below. 

English WordDutch WordPronunciation
Flashing lightKnipperend licht
Green lightGroen licht
Left curve aheadBocht naar links vooruit
No left-turnGeen linkse afslag
No right-turnVerboden rechtsaf te slaan
No trucksGeen vrachtwagens
No U-turnGeen U-bocht
One-way streetEenrichtingsverkeer
Red lightrood licht
Right curve aheadBocht naar rechts vooruit
Speed limitSnelheidslimiet
Stop aheadStop vooruit
Stop signStopteken
Traffic lightStoplicht
Two-way streetTweerichtingsverkeer
Yellow lightGeel licht
YieldOpbrengst

 

Other Useful Transportation Vocabulary In Dutch

EnglishDutchPronunciation
Excuse me, could you help me?Excuseer mij zou je mij kunnen helpen?
Go fasterGa sneller
Go slowerGa langzamer
Go straightGa rechtdoor
How much is it?Hoeveel is het?
JourneyReis
MoneyGeld
PedestrianVoetganger
To the leftNaar links
To the rightNaar rechts
TravelReizen

 

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