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'''Utrecht''' is a city in the [[Netherlands]]. It is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, dating back from Roman times. Today, it has a population of over 300,000. While being a nice travel destination on its own, boasting a very picturesque inner city and hosting many events throughout the year, it also serves as one of the major transport hubs of the Netherlands. The ''Ring Utrecht'' is composed of the A27 North/South, the start/end of the A28, the A12 West/East, the A2 North/South, and the N230 connecting the A27 and A2 motorways. While the motorway maze around Utrecht might seem complicated, it is generally easy to hitch in and out of the city, as long as you know where the good spots are.
== Hitching Out Hitchhiking out ===== North: [[Amsterdam]], [[Amersfoort]], South: [[Breda]], [[Belgium]] ===There The (arguably) best place to get a ride to Amsterdam is a [[liftershalte]] - a special spot for hitchhiking - at near the 24 Oktoberplein in Kanaleneiland, where the ramp of flyover comes down to the ''Waterlinieweg'' near ''De Galgewaard'' stadiumtraffic lights. It's good Taking any tram for going northwards on the A27 and A28 or southwards on the A12Central Station, A2 and A27. Official hitching spotget out at "24 Oktoberplein", indicated by a walk back to the traffic sign with a thumb on it. To get theresquare, take bus 12 from pass underneath the Central Station flyover and get off at bus stop 'Stadion Galgewaard'make an immediate left. Cross Follow the road until the flyover comes down, and you're at position yourself on the small shoulder between the driveawaytwo traffic lights. Absolutely awesome place. Also works well for going south!
=== South: [[Breda]], [[Belgium]], East: [[ Amersfoort]],[[Germany]] ===
There is a [[liftershalte]] - a special spot for hitchhiking - at the ramp of the ''Waterlinieweg'' near ''De Galgewaard'' stadium. It's good for going northwards on the A27 and A28 (on the right when coming from Galgewaard Stadium) or southwards on the A12, A2 and A27 (crossed the highway on the left when coming from Galgewaard Stadium, indicated by a BP gas station). Official hitching spot, indicated by a traffic sign with a thumb on it.
To get there, take bus 12 from the Central Station and get off at bus stop 'Stadion Galgewaard'. Cross the road and you're at the sliproad!
Another spot is an on-ramp on the A27 near (Note: as of April 28th 2019 the ''Veemarkthallen''. Take bus #5 from central station towards ''Voordorp''. Get off at ''Kemal Ataturkstraat'' and take 12 does not run on Sundays however another bus #77 towards ''Bilthoven''. Get off at P+R Veemarkt. [[Europeangirl]if I remember correctly the 41] usually uses this spot and it takes her between 1 does go to 30 minutes to get a ridethe same stop.)
==Sleeping==If Alternatively, you can take bus 55 in the direction ''Maartensdijk'' and get stranded in Utrecht you can stay off at the Strowis Budget Hostel (Boothstraat 8) Itstop ''Nieuwe wetering''s in the middle of the city. The Boothstraat is From there you are able to walk to a side street of petrol station directly on the VoorstraatA27. It's priced at 15 euro Beware though, you have to walk for about 1 kilometer next to the motorway and a hitchhiker once got a night. For all you outside sleepers there90€ fine for that, but otherwise it's best a great starting place to stay at the university area go south direction [[Paris]] (A27) as well as [[Luxembourg]] (De UithofA2) Take bus 11 or 12 (Note: Looking at the main train station in Utrecht (Utrecht centraal Station) and you will know where satellite image on Google Maps, there seems to get out when you see be some bushes between the large school buildings. There are great spots to camp there A27 and little the railway parallel to no guards. It's pretty it, walking in this strip as far away as possible from the city center so A27 '''may''' just keep you should be able to sleep pretty safe there.out of view!)
*Alternatively* Also, you can ask reach a petrol station on the west side of Nieuwegein, on the friendly people A2 highway. Take any tram from Utrecht Central Station, get out at Nieuwegein Stadscentrum, and walk along the Wijkerslootweg in the direction of the local vegan cafe if people know anywhere A2 highway (be careful, there is no sidewalk, only vegetation you can stay for free:*ACU*'ll have to walk through, Voorstraat 71and cars pass by fast, cheap vegan food but it's perfectly doable). Cross the highway (there is served a sidewalk on tuesdaysthe bridge), wednesdaystake the first right after the bridge, thursdays and sundaystake another right at the little pedestrian roundabout up ahead. Then, keep walking until the petrol station appears on your right. You're already at the front end of the station by now. There's a low fence you can easily step over and walk into the station. Stepping over the fence is probably technically illegal as you enter part of the highway, but you can step over and walk in in just 10 seconds, and you circumvent the creek running round the station. From here, you can hitch to either southwest (A2) or southeast (A27).
{{IsIn|=== East [[Arnhem]] ===If you want to go east, direction [[Arnhem]] and the south of Germany. the best thing to do is to take the train from central station to Bunnik (6 minutes), cross the footbridge across the highway, and walk to the petrol station 2km up the road witch you are able to see from the footbridge. This petrol station on the A12 is very effective. Within 10 minutes you usually find a ride at least to Arnhem. (From this place it is also possible to go to direction Berlin if you take the A50 north near Arnhem)[they rrebuilding the gas station dont go there or you gonna be stranded here] In addition, the abovementioned liftplaats at Stadion Galgewaard is also a viable place for hitchhiking east towards Arnhem/Germany. === West [[Rotterdam]],[[The Hague]] ===Get down to Kanaleneiland in the southwest corner of Utrecht, for instance by taking any tram leaving from Utrecht Central Station. Get out at "Kanaleneiland Zuid". Walk towards the A12 highway. There's an entry lane leading up to the A12 on your right hand side where there's ample room for cars to stop on the hard shoulder.  Alternatively, try the spot near the 24 Oktoberplein as mentioned above. Although the road directly leads to the North/Southbound A2, you can find people going west on the A12. (I tried this myself and it worked) == Sleeping == For wild camping, it's best to stay at the university area (De Uithof). Take bus 28 or 12 from the main train station in Utrecht (Utrecht Centraal Station) and you will know where to get out when you see the large school buildings. There are great spots to camp there and little to no guards. It's pretty far away from the city center, so you should be able to sleep pretty safe there. Alternatively you can ask the friendly people at the local vegan café if they know anywhere you can stay for free:Category''ACU, Voorstraat 71'', cheap vegan food is served on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. == Other useful info == === Free Internet === The main Library in Utrecht has a computer that you can use without paying for the internet. It's on the second floor, and as you face the room, there is a row of three computers in front of you (but behind the desk of the person who works there). The one that works for free is at the end of the row on the right from the perspective of sitting at the computer. The library in the university area (Uithof) also has some computers with free internet. Enter the area by the Heidelberglaan, this is the street with only buses on it. There are two buildings above the road. The second building (coming from the city centre) is connected to the library. The north of this building is connected to the computer rooms, which have a few computers with free internet, and don't require you to log in.  A pilot project until the end of 2013 offers free wifi at Vredenburg, Stadhuisplein and Domplein. Network name:'Free Wifi Utrecht}}'. {{hitchbase_city|419}}As of Sep 2013 free wifi at central station on the KPN network as well as on [http://www.ns.nl/over-ns/nieuwscentrum/nieuwsberichten/2013/09/ns-biedt-in-samenwerking-met-kpn-gratis-wifi-op-stations-aan.html 48 train stations in NL].
[http://www.openwifispots.com/country-city_free_wifi_wireless_hotspot-Utrecht_NL.aspx Free hotspots in Utrecht (unverified)].
<small>(Last checked: February 2010)</small>
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