Many tourists make day trips from Utrecht with organized tours. The main reason to chose organized tours is that tourists do not know how to reach touristic attractions and other places of interest. Below is a list with Utrecht day trips that tourists can easily reach with public transport. The advantage is that is usually is cheaper to make your own day trips. Another advantage of making your own day trips is that you are flexible and can decide how long you want to visit the tourist attraction. Read more about using public transport in Holland here.
Utrecht to Amersfoort (17min by public transport / 27min by car) Half day
Amersfoort has a well-preserved medieval centre. Oldest settlements of Amersfoort that are found are from 1000BC. Places of interest in Amersfoort are the Koppelpoort, Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren, churches and the Mondriaanhuis. The Mondriaanhuis is the house where the famous painter Piet Mondriaan was born. Nowadays it is a museum.
Utrecht to Betuwe (25min by public transport / 35min by car) Full day
The Betuwe is well-known because of horticulture. Certainly in spring it is worthwhile to visit the Betuwe and go cycling or walking. In April and May you will see blossom in the trees and in June many farmers sell their fresh fruits. A famous route is the yearly Bloesemfietstocht (Blossom route). Good starting points are Geldermalsen, Culemborg and Tiel.
Utrecht to Gorinchem (44min by public transport / 36min by car) Half day
Gorinchem is a city south of Utrecht and founded by fishermen and farmers around the year 1000. The historical centre of Gorinchem is worth a visit. There are many historical buildings in Gorinchem like the town hall, church, city wall with gates and windmills. The main square Grote Markt is a nice place to go for a drink.
Utrecht to Gouda (19min by public transport / 36min by car) Half day
Gouda is a city with historic town centre. The historic buildings and churches make it together with the famous Gouda cheese market a popular day trip destination for tourists. Other places of interest are the Verzetsmuseum, Museum Gouda and the Waaier locks.
Utrecht to Keukenhof (1hr10min by public transport / 51min by car) Full day
The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and is situated near Lisse. It also is known as ‘Garden of Europe’. Annually about seven million flower bulbs are planted at an area of 32 hectares. The Keukenhof 2014 is open from March 20th until May 18th. Yearly the park attracts about 900.000 visitors from all over the world, which makes it one of the most popular attractions in Holland.
Utrecht to Kinderdijk (1hr33min by public transport / 53min by car) Half day
The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best known Dutch tourist sights and placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The windmills protected the land against flooding. Kinderdijk has 19 windmills and two pumping stations. Visiting Kinderdijk is something you can not miss.
Utrecht to Loevestein (2hr04min by public transport / 49min by car) Half day
Castle Loevestein is a medieval castle and famous because of Hugo de Groot escaping by hiding in a book chest. Castle Loevestein is part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, which is the Dutch defence line based on flooding land. The castle has earthen fortifications, bastions, moats, an arsenal and housing for soldiers. Take the ferry from Gorinchem.
Utrecht to Rotterdam (38min by public transport / 42min by car) Full day
Rotterdam is the second-largest city of the Netherlands and Rotterdam port is one of the largest ports of the world. Rotterdam looks modern and the Rotterdam skyline looks impressive with modern architecture. Rotterdam has a wide range of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants. In the evening enjoy Rotterdam nightlife. Read about places to see in Rotterdam on this page.
Utrecht to The Hague (38min by public transport / 46min by car) Full day
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and capital city of the province South-Holland. The Hague is not a city with canals and walls. It has some small streets from the Middle Ages, but also many spacious streets with shops and luxurious residences for diplomats. Read about places to see in The Hague on this page.