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Netherlands Traffic

Would you like to know which routes are best to drive or where it will or will not be busy this season? On this page you will find everything about traffic and route information in the Netherlands.

Road network in the Netherlands

  • The Netherlands has an excellent and well-signposted road network. A large part of the route network consists of motorways and expressways with at least four lanes.
  • The secondary roads are also of excellent quality. There are hardly any unpaved roads.

Traffic, roads and routes in the Netherlands

New roads

  • A1 / A28 renovation of the Hoevelaken junction. Start 2021, delivery in phases 2023-2025.
  • A13 / A16 Rotterdam. Completion 2024.
  • A15 / A12 junction Ressen – junction Oudbroeken. Completion 2024.
  • A24 Blankenburgtunnel (A20 / A15). Completion 2024.
  • A27 / A12 ring road Utrecht. Completion 2027.

Road works in The Netherlands

  • For an up-to-date overview of all road works in the Netherlands, visit the website of Rijkswaterstaat: www.vanAnaarBeter.nl.

Traffic and traffic jams in the Netherlands

Busy roads

  • A1 Amsterdam – Apeldoorn. Bottleneck at Hoevelaken.
  • A9 / N9 Amstelveen – Den Helder. Bottlenecks at Rottepolderplein and Alkmaar.
  • A12 Utrecht – Arnhem. Bottlenecks at Lunetten (Utrecht), Greyoord and Waterberg (Arnhem).
  • A16 Rotterdam – Breda. Bottlenecks at Moerdijk Bridge and at Galder (Breda).
  • A20 Hook of Holland – Gouda. Bottleneck between the Kleinpolderplein junction and the Terbregseplein junction.
  • A27 Almere – Utrecht – Breda. Bottlenecks near Utrecht, in front of the bridge at Gorinchem and St. Annabosch (Breda).
  • A28 Utrecht – Zwolle. Bottleneck at the Hoevelaken junction.
  • A50 Arnhem – Oss. Bottleneck between the Greyoord junction and Paalgraven junction.
  • N50 Emmeloord – Zwolle. Bottleneck at Kampen.
  • N59 Hellegatsplein junction (A29) – Zierikzee.

Busy days fall / winter 2020/2021 and spring 2021

  • Easter: April 2-5.
  • May holiday: April 29, 30. May holiday from 1 – 9 May, some schools up to and including 16 May.
  • Ascension Day: May 12-16.
  • Pentecost: May 21 – 24.
  • June 25 and 26, June 2 and 9.

Traffic peak hours in the Netherlands

  • It is busy every morning on the highways to the big cities and in the evening from the cities. The morning rush hour starts just after 6 am and lasts until 10 am. The crowds in the afternoon and in the evening start around 3 pm and last until 7 pm. On Friday it is already busy on the roads around noon.
  • In bad weather conditions, the traffic on all roads increases.

Traffic jam in the tunnel

  • Rijkswaterstaat wants to prevent congestion in tunnels. There is a greater chance of rear-end collisions when traffic jams begin. And if this causes a fire, you have a much bigger problem inside a tunnel than outside a tunnel. In the event of a fire, the tunnel fans blow the smoke and heat out of the tunnel in the direction of travel. This only works if there is no traffic jam beyond the fire, otherwise all the people in this traffic jam will end up in the smoke.
  • That is why Rijkswaterstaat stops traffic in front of the tunnel when a traffic jam begins to form. In most cases this will hardly lead to any extra delay. It doesn’t matter whether you wait in front of the tunnel or in it. It may feel illogical … you don’t see a traffic jam and you still have to stop.

Traffic in the winter in the Netherlands

  • Busy days fall / winter 2019/2020
  • South direction:
    • Busy: October 11, 18 and 25, February 14, 21 and 29.
    • Very busy: –
  • North direction:
    • Busy: October 18 and 25, February 21 and 29.
    • Very busy: –

Traffic information in the Netherlands

Radio

  • Traffic information updates are broadcasted via, among others, the national public broadcasters (NPO Radio 1, 2 and 4) and various commercial and regional radio stations.