Buses to The Hague depart from the UK up to five times a day. The service is provided by National Express and passengers can get on board at London Victoria. The journey takes nearly 12 hours and there are four refreshment stops. The National Express coach arrives in at Den Haag Centraal railway station, which also houses the city’s bus terminal. The primary regional operators is Arriva, with routes stretching across the city to the suburbs and the rest of the Netherlands. Den Haag is within walking distance of the city centre, but it is also well connected to the outlying areas by a network of buses, trams and trains.
The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands; however, because of its status as the second United Nations base it is of international importance. The Hague is dedicated to promoting global peace and justice, in total 14,000 people across the city are employed by organisations relating to this cause. However, visitors can experience its darker history at the Museum de Gevangenpoort, with a trip to the torture chamber and medieval cell block. For a less intense day out, the model village at Madurodam is perfect. It’s an incredibly detailed version of real buildings, places and objects, spread over three differently themed zones. The Hague sits next to the North Sea, so it’s possible to enjoy a splash in the waves at the resort of Scheveningen. The beachside location has a Sealife Centre, the Museum Beelden aan Zee, which is packed with examples of 20th century sculpture, and a thriving port. Back in town at the end of a busy day, try The Penthouse on the top floor of The Hague Tower. At 135 metres up, visitors enjoy an unforgettable view and a unique dining experience.