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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is often abbreviated A'dam, which can be a nice alternative to put on your signs.
During daylight it's usually not a problem to hitch on on-ramps close to Amsterdam, so if you've been at petrol station for 25 minutes you might want to give it a try at an on-ramp closer-by.
Public transport is fairly okay in the Netherlands, albeit a bit expensive since the introduction of the "chipkaart", see below. There are convenient metros from e.g. the Bijlmer. Coming from South there is a petrol station just a couple of kilometers before Amsterdam. There are enough people stopping before going into the city, alex never waited longer than 10 minutes to get a ride, with most of the times putting my bag directly from one car into another. So get off there when your driver doesn't go where you need to be in Amsterdam and catch easily a ride that goes to the district you want to go - this will save you some bugs and 30-60 minutes getting to the other side of town.
There is an official liftplaats about 100 meters south of metro station Sloterdijk on Haarlemmerweg. Here you will find a lot of traffic going straight to Haarlem, and possibly even cars going to Leiden, and further to Delft and Den Haag. Though, most cars going there will use the Ring A10 and then the A4 to Den Haag.
- For Liva it was not the best place even though you have had to do it when you're anyway there...
- For Lilylove it was a great spot to get to Delft. After several uses, it only ever took me one ride to get from Amsterdam to Delft direct.
There is an A10 on-ramp near Sloterdijk station. Exit the station and go 200m east on Hatostraat, 250m north on La Guardiaweg and 250m east on Basisweg and then cross over to the on-ramp.
Another ramp is a little way up the street from the last. Get there from the last by continuing further down Basisweg (which becomes Transformatorweg until Kabelweg). Follow this north past s101 (Nieuwe Hemweg). The ramp is off of Vlothavenweg.
There is a liftplaats, a spot specifically for hitchhiking, at the Gooiseweg next to the Prins Bernhardplein situated before NS Station Amsterdam Amstel (pass the bus stop). This road leads to the ramp of the S112 of the A10, the motorway around Amsterdam (direction A1 and A2). A little further on that road and behind the bend you will find a petrol-station where you can talk to drivers, often a better way for getting a ride.
Most cars here will drive along the A1 towards Amersfoort, Hengelo and Germany. The first petrol-station is just 8 kilometers further, just after Muiden. A second petrol station and parkingspot, called De Slaag, is located 37 kilometers from Amsterdam, right before Amersfoort. If you are hitching in the direction of Berlin or Hamburg, you might find the route-page from Amsterdam to Berlin very useful.
First you go by Tram to the Amstelstation. From there 3 bus lines are going (322, 327 and 320) to P&R Muiden. The bus lines 322 and 327 cost 5€ per Person to get to the P&R Muiden station, but the bus line 320 is just 2,70€ per Person to get there. Step out P&R Muiden, walk under the motorway-bridge, then turn left and walk some meters towards the river, then climb up the spiral stairs on the left directly on the motorway, then walk ON the motorway, over the river, 500m in the direction of Germany and you'll get to the petrol station.
The following link opens Google Streetview for an oversight of the Prins Bernhardplein spot. >
From the liftplaats you can also find rides to Utrecht, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Belgium, though you will find hitching from here relatively harder compared to the Utrechtsebrug, which is the spot for Utrecht.
Since there are so many different directions (and sometimes even many hitchhikers) it's better to make a sign.
There are trains, trams (12,51) and metros to Amstel station from most other stations in Amsterdam. It is a 1 minute walk from there, just behind the FORTIS Bank.
South and Southeast towards Utrecht, Breda, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Düsseldorf, Antwerpen, Brussels, Paris
You can either go and hitch from the same spot as for going West at the Amstel Station, or hitch from where the motorway to Utrecht starts, which is called the Utrechtsebrug. This second option definitely gives you more cars going into the right direction and generally a lot less waiting time.
At the Utrechtsebrug you have several options. First, head to the Martin Luther King Park in Amsterdam Zuid where the motorway to A2-motorway starts, which leads to Utrecht and further to Den Bosch, Eindhoven and Maastricht. Take tram 25 to its end-stop or tram 4 or 12 and walk from the Vrijheidslaan south through the Rijnstraat to the motorway (A10/ A2). At the end of this road before the crossing, you'll find traffic lights where you can pro-actively ask drivers to drop you at the massive Haarrijn service station (See below). The best traffic lights to pick, as there are three sets here, is the one on your left side when you are standing facing the bridge.
From here you can also walk over the bridge, walk along the motorway over the grass towards a small petrol station 250 meters further, behind the bend. Be careful when walking here, the space between you and cars is minimal.
NOTE: Though the spot is generally awesome, you are likely to spend hours waiting for cars going as far as Haarrijn on Sundays (and probably Saturdays too). It might be reasonable to try further spots to avoid local traffic during the end of week.
Just before Utrecht, after exit 5 (Breukelen) and just some kilometers before the Utrecht Ring you find a big petrol-station called Haarrijn. This is an excellent spot to find drivers for larger distances.
It is very possible to hitch boats around the Amsterdam canals. Just sit next to the water and thumb and eventually someone will stop. This is more aimed at sight seeing than getting somewhere specific, but more worth it than paying for the touristy ones.
If you are caught in the rain with nowhere to go, the best place to stay dry that Zac found was outside the train station.
- After walking all night in the pouring rain, trying to stay dry and warm wherever I could, I finally crashed outside the train station until the wee hours of the morning. At that time I moved inside of the station. This had mixed results. It was warmer and drier, but the security guards walked by and gave me a kick every time I dozed off.
There is another solution if you're caught in the rain : you can sleep on one of the tour boats parked along the river in front of central station, some of them have a roof outside the cabin and it can be a quite comfortable place. Policemen or guards sometimes come and kick you out, but far less than in the station.
"Philip's compact atlas Europe" shows service stations in some countries, is pretty compact and was available for 7 euros at the New English Book Store in Amsterdam, in June 2008.
It's not recommended to carry any type of illegal drugs with you while hitchhiking. A bit of weed inside the borders of the Netherlands is not going to get you into trouble. But taking any amount of weed (or anything else) across the border could be a problem for you and possibly your driver. And it's not worth it.
As of 2010 if you take a tram or bus inside the city, for any distance, and you will spend at least 2,60 euro, you need a "chipkaart", "nationale strippenkaarten" aren't valid anymore in all of the Netherlands (since november 2011). Check this for a good overview: http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/ov-chipkaart-travel-products/Pages/ov-chipkaart-travel-products.aspx
For example, a one way ticket by train from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandam is 2,40 EUR, a return ticket costs 4,50 EUR (to be used on 1 day, until 4:00am next day). (See http://ns.nl/)
So staying in a location that's easily reachable by train might actually turn out cheaper!