Leiden: its location 

Leiden is ideally located within a short travelling distance of major centres such as The Hague and Amsterdam. The city can also be reached easily by international visitors, with Schiphol just 20 minutes away and Rotterdam’s smaller airport at 25 minutes distance. Leiden is within ten kilometres of Holland’s North Sea coast, and the Green Heart of the Netherlands is also close at hand.


The shuttle buses of the Haagweg car park take you to your destination in the city.

By car 

Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 motorways, which makes it easy to reach by car. The city centre is a pedestrian-only area, but visitors will find space for more than 3,000 cars in the many small and large car parks and garages spread around the periphery of the centre.

Haagweg car park

Leiden’s biggest car park is on the Haagweg, and provides full park-and-ride services to the city centre. During the daytime and in the evenings, shuttle buses will take you from the car park to all the main spots in the city – and bring you back, of course. Special arrangements can be made for groups, so that you can always be sure of transport to the city centre. For more information:www.stadsparkeerplan.com.

Parking in the city centre

Parking in the city centre is possible, for example in Bearded market parking garage. Discover the deepest parking garage of Netherlands. It's a few minutes walk from the city centre with museums, shops, restaurants and theater. The 22-meter deep garage has a capacity for 525 cars, with special family places, charging ability for electric cars and a number of disabled parking spaces. In an 8-minute walk from the city centre. To find out more about parking in Leiden, click here.

New: the museum bus in Leiden

Within the city centre and the Bio Science Park alone you will find no less than 13 museums. The new OV-museumlijn 10 bus connects these museums, making it possible to combine visits to multiple museums or pop into town for shopping, a boat tour or a city walk. The OV-museumlijn runs daily between 10.00 and 17.00 hrs, with departures every 20 minutes. You can find the bus timetable here.