A1 (Netherlands)

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The Dutch motorway A1 (Dutch: Rijksweg) begins in the east of Amsterdam at the junction Watergraafsmeer and continues into the German motorway A30 in the east of the country.

The A1 is also known as the E231, between Amsterdam and Amersfoort (east of the junction with the A28/E232) and as the E30 eastward until and into Germany (which it crosses entirely).

Along the way it passes the cities of Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Hengelo, Oldenzaal and Enschede.

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Hitching the A 1

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Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Watergraafsmeer A 10
(1) AB-AS-blau.svg Diemen-Noord
(2) AB-AS-blau.svg Diemen-Oost
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Diemen A 9
If you want to go eastwards, walk along this ramp until you find a delivery road. Walk along this for some meters until you reach the service station Honswijck! (3) AB-AS-blau.svg Muiden
(4) AB-AS-blau.svg Muiderslot If you want to go towards Amsterdam, it's your spot! Good.png (good)
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png service station Honswijck Verygood.png (very good) Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png service station Hackelaar Verygood.png (very good)
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Muiderberg A 6
(5) AB-AS-blau.svg Naarden-West
(6) AB-AS-blau.svg Naarden-Vesting
(7) AB-AS-blau.svg Bussum Good.png (good) at the roundabout with a sign |
Average.png (average) in direction of Amersfoort, where there is less space for cars to stop. (8) AB-AS-blau.svg Blaricum/Huizen Verygood.png (very good) in direction Amsterdam. There is lots of space for cars to stop on the on-ramp, which is next to a carpooling place.
(9) AB-AS-blau.svg Laren
(9A) AB-AS-blau.svg Eemnes
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Eemnes A 27
(10) AB-AS-blau.svg Soest
(11) AB-AS-blau.svg Eembrugge
Autobahn gasstation.png service station De Slaag
(12) AB-AS-blau.svg Bunschoten
Autobahn gasstation.png service station Neerduist Good.png (good) to get lifts towards Amsterdam
(13) AB-AS-blau.svg Amersfoort-Noord Good.png (good) For hitchhiking towards Amsterdam, there's some space on the hard shoulder, so possible to hitchhike. Cars drive along quite fast, so take care.
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Hoevelaken A 28
Towards East no hard-shoulder, but some green to stand on. Traffic low, should be okay. (14) AB-AS-blau.svg Hoevelaken
Autobahn gasstation.png service station De Middelaar Verygood.png (very good) It might look small, but it's great for rides into Amsterdam!
Autobahn gasstation.png service station Palmpol
No hard shoulder in direction east, but it's ok to stand on the side of the road, cars can stop there. Just be extremely careful. (15) AB-AS-blau.svg Barneveld A 30
Good.png (good) Enough hard-shoulder on this ramp eastwards for cars to stop, traffic sufficient. (16) AB-AS-blau.svg Voorthuizen
Parking.png Tolnegen South Good.png (good) for lifts towards Apeldoorn Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png service station Tolnegen North Good.png (good) for lifts towards Amersfoort or Utrecht
(17) AB-AS-blau.svg Stroe
(18) AB-AS-blau.svg Kootwijk
Autobahn gasstation.png service station Lucasgat Average.png (average)
Autobahn gasstation.png service station De Hucht Average.png (average)
(19) AB-AS-blau.svg Hoenderloo
Bad.png (bad) (north/eastbound) Try to avoid it. (20) AB-AS-blau.svg Apeldoorn-Zuid
Huge shoulders, ample place for drivers to stop............. If it only didn't get very little traffic because due to it's location this ramp only serves an industrial estate, a village and one or two housing estates. The majority of cars coming from Apeldoorn will take 21 when driving east or 19 when driving west.
Good.png (good) (south/westbound) Towards Arnhem or Barneveld this ramp is doable.
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Beekbergen A 50
(21) AB-AS-blau.svg Voorst
Autobahn gasstation.png service station De Paal Verygood.png (very good) to get lifts further towards Germany Autobahn gasstation.png service station Vundelaar Verygood.png (very good) to get lifts further towards Amersfoort and Utrecht, also reasonable to get a ride towards Arnhem
(22) AB-AS-blau.svg Twello
Good.png (good) (23) AB-AS-blau.svg Deventer Good.png (good)
(24) AB-AS-blau.svg Deventer-Oost
(25) AB-AS-blau.svg Bathmen
Average.png (average) Quite ok, not that much traffic though. (26) AB-AS-blau.svg Lochem
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png service station Bolder Verygood.png (very good) Has a McDonalds, so plenty of cars stopping here. Underground passage connects Bolder and Struik for pedestrians. Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png service station Struik Verygood.png (very good)
Average.png (average) Enough space along the hard shoulder to hitchhike, but not that much traffic here. Doable. (27) AB-AS-blau.svg Markelo Average.png (average) Enough space along the hard shoulder to hitchhike, but not that much traffic here. Doable.
Average.png (average) In direction Hengelo this ramp is quite ok, nevertheless no hard shoulder (only up when you're nearly on the motorway), but very few traffic so standing along the road is possible. (28) AB-AS-blau.svg Rijssen
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Azelo A 35
Senseless.png (senseless) No connection towards the A1 towards Germany from here, only to the A35 direction Enschede (29) AB-AS-blau.svg Borne-West Good.png (good) Small ramp between two junctions, nevertheless good hard shoulder and enough space for cars to stop. Also more traffic than one would expect.
Autobahn junction.png Knooppunt Buren A 35
Good.png (good) Nice hard shoulder and more than enough traffic. All you need from here is a short ride to Het Lonnekermeer. Sometimes getting a ride might take longer because people expect you want a long ride being so close to the border with Germany. (30) AB-AS-blau.svg Hengelo Good.png (good) Just next to traffic lights. Wide hard shoulder.
Average.png (average) Hitching towards Germany isn't that good, most cars only go further to Oldenzaal, but take your chance if you get a lift to Oldenzaal-Zuid! Note that Het Lonnekermeer can be reached on foot from here. (31) AB-AS-blau.svg Hengelo-Noord Good.png (good) Quite good spot for hitchhiking westwards, traffic lights will slow down cars for you.
Autobahn gasstation.png service station Het Lonnekermeer Verygood.png (very good) To the east Last petrol station before Germany and for the next 73km! Best chance for you to get cars towards Germany or even Poland (trucks!). Autobahn gasstation.png service station Veelsveld Verygood.png (very good)
(32) AB-AS-blau.svg Oldenzaal
Verygood.png (very good) The ramp for you if you come from Enschede! Easy to get cars towards Germany, average waiting time 7 minutes!
Ramp in Oldenzaal-Zuid, on the last meters of the A1
(33) AB-AS-blau.svg Oldenzaal-Zuid Verygood.png (very good) In direction west also a busy ramp for traffic towards the whole country.
Bad.png (bad) Don't try it here, better walk down to Bentheimerwald services, slightly over a kilometre down the road. Place is well frequented by cops, keep that in mind when you wish to take a shortcut along the motorway. More in the section De Lutte (34) AB-AS-blau.svg De Lutte
Autobahn Restaurant.png Bentheimerwald Average.png (average) The old customs, now converted to service station. right on the border. border crossing * connection to the German A 30 Autobahn Restaurant.png De Poppe Average.png (average) The old customs, now converted to service station. right on the border.

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