This article will provide you with everything you need to know if you are driving in Holland. We did this when we stayed at Beekse Bergen which is just over the Belgium border into Holland. It was honestly our easiest holiday abroad to date and much easier than flying with children. You might find it interesting to take a look at our Safari Park Accommodation Review where we stayed, or I can also advice on other places to stay in Holland too. All of which are extremely child friendly. Even Amsterdam is a great for a family.
Holland is a great place to go on holiday because it is within easy driving distance of the UK. You can either catch a ferry from Dover and drive up which takes around 4.5 hours total, or from The Hook and you can be in the country after a 6 hour ferry ride – usually overnight which could be fun. Either way, you will have your car with you to explore the country as there are some great days out to do.
(Photos of Efteling Fairytale Theme Park and Keukonhof and the Sand Dunes)
We took a trip to Holland when my three were 3 and 10 months and honestly, it couldn’t have been an easier trip. If you are concerned about travelling with young children and/or twins, this is definitely the way to do it.
(travel case by Microscooter)
Driving In Holland
Now I am not brave enough to drive abroad, so my husband does but there are rules we need to follow and they are different from the UK so I have put together a list of everything you need to think about if driving in Holland.
- Drive on the right.
- Ensure you have your driving licence on you at all times.
- Keep your motor insurance certificate and V5 registration documentation with you in the car.
- Place a GB sticker on the back on your car.
- Headlamp converters – these are stickers you put on your headlights so that your lights don’t dazzle other motorists.
- Wear your seatbelt.
Items you should have in your car
- Spare bulbs for the external lights on the car.
- A first aid kit
- A fire extinguisher
- A warning triangle
- A green card – whilst this is not compulsory yet, it is a useful back up to your insurance documents. You get these from your car insurance provider.
- It advisable you have European breakdown cover for your trip.
- You don’t have to pay motorway tolls.
- The speed limits are standard
- 50kph if you are in built up areas
- 80kph on regional and local roads
- 130kph on motorways
- 112 will connect you with emergency services
I hope you have found this useful if you are going to be driving in Holland. If you are getting the ferry to Calais and driving up through France and Belgium, there are some different rules you have to follow so do check these out.
If you are looking for a child friendly Holiday in Holland, which I highly recommend, then we booked our trip through Little Clogs Holidays which specialise in holidays in Belgium and Holland. They are experts in this field and can advise you on different accommodation to suit your families needs.
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