With its central location in the Netherlands, Utrecht central station is not only the biggest station in this country but also the busiest. In 2018, Utrecht central station had nearly 200.000 travellers a day checking in or out here, which helps to explain why this station is also home to the biggest bike parking lot in the world (12.500 spots)!
Living in the city with the biggest train station has its perks; wherever you want to go in the Netherlands, Utrecht central station is bound to have the fastest connections going there! Big cities are almost always reachable without layovers and if you have some time to kill while waiting for your train, there are many little shops for food or other handy things for on the road!
The bike parking below Utrecht Central station is the largest bike parking on earth! The bike parking has a capacity of 12,500 bikes and a digital system that shows where parking spots are still available. The bike parking is open 24 hours a day and also has a service point in case your bike needs maintenance or repair. When entering the parking with your bike you should check in with your OV-chipcard and you can park your bike on one of the three floors for free during the first 24 hours. You can also find rental OV-bikes in case you don’t have your own bike (yet).
Getting the most out of your OV-chipkaart
Your OV-chipkaart is the card you use to check in and out of train stations when traveling with public transport in the Netherlands. You can buy a standard one at most ticket machines at train stations, but you can also order a personalized one online, on which you can load season tickets. These season tickets can be loaded onto your personal OV-chipkaart for a monthly price, and give you discount when traveling. Click here to explore the season tickets and see if you find one which might save you money!
Picture: 837616 / Het Utrechts Archief