The Tourist Tram The Hague is a Hop-on Hop-off link between the city and the beach with historic trams from the 50's. In 2017, the Tourist Tram operates on Saturdays and Sundays from April 8th to September 24th and from Wednesdays to Sundays between 1 July and 27 August. The tram runs every half an hour between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm from the Hague city centre to the Scheveningen beach. During the route past the many tourist attractions and sights, you will be told everything about The Hague via an audio tour. Over the course of a day you are be able hop on and off the tram as much as you like.
The Tourist Tram runs between the Hague city centre and the Scheveningen beach. The route starts next to the Grote Kerk in the centre of The Hague and runs in a circuit through the city centre to the sea. On the return journey, the tram takes the route via the Statenkwartier and the Zeeheldenkwartier, ending again at the Kerkplein. During the route, the tram passes numerous tourist attractions and sights such as:
- Haagse Passage
- Tourist information office (VVV Den Haag) and city hall
- Central Station
- Lange Voorhout, Koninklijke Schouwburg and Escher in The Palace
- Hofvijver (Court Pond), Binnenhof (Inner Court) and Mauritshuis
- Panorama Mesdag and Plein 1813
- Peace Palace
- World Forum and Madurodam (short walk)
- Beelden aan Zee Museum
- SEA LIFE Scheveningen
- Circus theatre
- Holland Casino
- Zwarte Pad (return point)
- Scheveningen Harbour
- Frederik Hendriklaan
- Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum), Museum of Photography, GEM, Museon and Omniversum
- Prins Hendrikplein
- Veenkade, Paleistuin and Prinsestraat
In total, the route has 16 stops where you can get on and off on the way. The Tourist Tram can be recognized by the designation tram line "T".
Times and duration
The route has a total length of 16 kilometres, and is run in 55 minutes. In 2016, the Hop-on Hop-off tram will run during weekends from 8th of April to 24th of September. The Tourist Tram runs from Wednesday to Sunday between July 1 and August 27. On these days the tram will run every half an hour between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm.
Multi-language audio tour
Each seat in the Tourist Tram is provided with an audio tour explaining the sights along the route. The audio tour is available in eight different languages. Dutch, English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and in the Hague dialect.
The Hague Public Transport Museum (HOVM) provides the trams for the Hop-on Hop-off link. These trams, type PCC, were built in the 50's. The vehicles have classic, Hague livery: cream-yellow with green stripes. These trams also have an extremely comfortable interior, and offer passengers a magnificent view of the city. On special royal days (King's Day, Prinsjesdag and on Queen Maxima's birthday) the HOVM runs with a historic tram from 1905.
The route of the new Hop-on Hop-off tram has a long history. The very first tram link of the Netherlands, in those days a horse-drawn tram, was opened in 1864 and ran from The Hague to Scheveningen. In those days, people thronged to be able to take a ride on this exceptional means of transport.
There are various types of tickets for sale for the historic tram:
- day ticket - 15 euros
- two-day ticket - 19 euros
- two-days children's ticket (4-11 years) - 5 euros
With a day ticket, unlimited use can be made of the Hop-on Hop-off tram for the entire day. With a weekend ticket, this even applies to two days. Tickets can be purchased in the tram itself (cash, PIN and credit card), at the VVV The Hague and VVV Scheveningen. Besides the tram driver, every Tourist Tram has a host to welcome passengers on board, to answer questions, provide information and sell tickets.