Leiden, geographical location  

Leiden is ideally situated; large urban centres such as The Hague and Amsterdam are only a stone’s throw away. The city is internationally accessible, with Schiphol airport at 20 minutes and the smaller Rotterdam The Hague Airport 25 minutes away. The North Sea coast, the flower bulb fields and the Groene Hart (Green Heart) region are all around 10 kilometres from Leiden. 

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Are you coming to Leiden by public transport, car or bike? You can easily reach the city. This page has more information about accessibility, shuttle buses and bike and car parking.  

City map
View the city map of Leiden.

By car  

Located between the A4 and A44 motorways, Leiden can be easily reached by car. The city centre is car-free but there are over three thousand parking spaces around the edge of the historic centre, scattered across several parking garages and car parks. 


You can park in Leiden at Lammermarkt parking garage. It’s located a few minutes' walk from the city centre with its museums, shops, restaurants and theatre. The 22-metre deep garage has capacity for 525 cars, with special family places, charging ability for electric cars and a number of disabled parking spaces. The city centre is an 8-minute walk away. More about parking in Leiden can be found here.

Shuttle buses

The Stadsparkeerplan Haagweg shuttle buses bring you to your desired location in the city. Park your car and be brought to and collected from any desired location in Leiden’s city centre free of charge . Call 071 51 20 071 and a shuttle will be ready to bring you back to your car for free within minutes.


Leiden is a real biking city and is easily accessible for cyclists. Bicycles can also be rented at some locations, such as the train station. In the city centre, you can store your bike for free in the Waagstalling, under Hudson's Bay, with entrances to the Breestraat and the Aalmarkt. This storage facility has room for 880 bikes and is monitored.