Useful info when visiting Netherlands for the first time
First time visit
Have some cash!
Maestro & Visa do not work, for example in Primera, where you can buy also normal, blue OV-chipkaart to load credit on to use public transports (also in these machines the credit/debit cards sometimes won’t work) and in supermarkets like Albert Heijn.
Other supermarket, good prices: Lidl & Dirk
Bio supermarkets: Ecoplaza & Marqt
Nearest airports around Netherlands, Amsterdam you could fly to also (check prices, can be cheaper) beside Schipol I will write here.
Example, Paris, is also only 5h train ride away!
Tip! Tickets from Schipol to Amsterdam you can save money if you just buy a normal ticket!
To longer stay – work & study
You need a BSN Number for your work contract! What is it?
If you do not have it right away for your work contract, you need to pay more taxes at the beginning.
How to get BSN Number without a rent contract.
Save up to 40% from public transport tickets and pay next month ->
Get an personalised OV-chipkaart
How to open a Bank account in Netherlands to get iDeal for that.
How to do DigiD for Covid Certificate etc (can be done online).
Find an apartment for rent in Amsterdam & Netherlands for long term.
Lot of Bicycles, be careful in the streets and when passing roads.
You can even rent one yourself, for € 25 (€ 80 for electric one) a month, easily!