The Stena Line ferry from Harwich (Essex) docks at Hoek van Holland (Corner of Holland – very close to The Hague) and from here, travellers from the UK can make their way to Leiden Central Station within an hour.
Leiden is easy to reach with public transport. Trains from all directions (including direct from Amsterdam and The Hauge) stop at Leiden Central Station, and the city centre is just a short walk from the station. The region boasts an excellent network of buses, and, there is a frequent service from the station which will take you to virtually every corner of the city and to neighbouring towns.
The Dutch public transport (Openbaar Vervoer – OV) system is highly integrated, and an OV-chipkaart allows you to travel on any train, bus, tram or metro in the Netherlands (subject to the card having sufficient balance loaded onto it).
The website 9292 has information about public transport in the Netherlands. You can plan your trip from door to door on this website and the associated apps for Android and IOS.
The Dutch National Railways (Nationale Spoorwegen – NS) have information about traveling by train.
tel: 0900-9292, € 0.70 cpm.
International train services, tel: 0900-9296, € 0.35 cpm
Leiden area Bus companies
The Expat Centre / Leiden Tourist information has an Arriva service point where you can buy subscriptions and ask questions.