The Dutch city and municipal zone of Terneuzen lies on the southern side of the Western Scheldt in the province of Zeeland. Made up of 14 districts, it has a population of 55,000. Terneuzen is the third-largest seaport in the Netherlands and an important centre for industry and, in particular, the petro-chemical industry. In the first week of June every year, Terneuzen hosts what is the country’s second-most important jazz festival. Apart from this, there’s not a great deal of interest to tourists in the town itself but Terneuzen offers a few leisure activities and serves as a base from which to explore fascinating historical destinations such as Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges.
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It is easy to rent a car at either of the two closest international airports: Brussels Airport (60 miles southwest on the E19 and the E34) and Rotterdam Airport (100 miles north on the A58). It is also possible to fly from the UK to Antwerp Airport (40 miles to the east along the E34). Here, you can find representatives of most main car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt, in addition to local agencies. Travellers are advised to pre-book their vehicle online before arrival. The best way to compare prices is to compare car hire online here.
Best Time to Go
As you would expect given where the town is situated, just inland from the North Sea, Terneuzen has a cool, damp climate. In July and August, temperatures reach the low 20s (°C). Autumn tends to see a lot of rainfall. In the wintertime, the average minimum temperatures is a chilly 1°C.
Need to Know Essentials
When hiring a vehicle, you will need to present the following documents:
- An International Driving Permit or a DVLA driving licence
- A passport or another valid form of identification with a photograph
- The same credit card as the one used for the reservation
- A printed copy of the confirmed reservation
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Access to Terneuzen from destinations in the rest of the Netherlands to the north is via the Western Scheldt Tunnel. This is the longest tunnel for road traffic in the Netherlands. The toll fee for cars is around £4.25. The toll booth is located at the northern end of the tunnel. Driving in the Netherlands is on the right. Bear in mind when driving in Terneuzen that in there are many cycle lanes on the roads and that drivers have to give way to cyclists. There are a number of car parks within the town.
Read more on driving in the Netherlands here.
There is very little in the way of public transport in Terneuzen. The best option is to rent a car or go Dutch and rent a bicycle. The town is small enough to make walking practical. The tourist information office in Terneuzen is located at Markt 11-13 4531 EP Terneuzen.
Terneuzen does not have a train station. The closest one is in the town of Goes. If coming from Rotterdam Airport, take a bus to Rotterdam Central Station then catch a train to Goes. From here, you can take the number 20 bus to Terneuzen. The ride takes 50 minutes and costs around £4.30. Total travel time from Rotterdam to Terneuzen is 2 hours. The nearest train station in Belgium to Terneuzen is Ghent (one transfer from Brussels Zaventem Airport). From Ghent, bus number 50 will take you to Terneuzen in about 1 hour. The bus runs every 2 hours and costs £2.
There are a few taxi companies operating out of Terneuzen, including Hemtax. A taxi from Ghent to Terneuzen costs around £85.
From Terneuzen, you can visit some of the beaches in the province of Zeeland. There are hiking and biking trails, and it is possible to practice a variety of water sports, such as sailing (either on the North Sea or on the inland waterways), windsurfing, kite surfing or even diving in the Scheldt Delta. Easily accessible from Terneuzen by rental car are important tourist destinations such as Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp.
Ghent – This is Belgium's fourth-largest, and one of its most attractive, cities. It is an important port. The city centre is a pedestrian zone. It is full of fine examples of early Flemish architecture along with impressive Gothic sites, including St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts. At the Museum voor Schone Kunst you can see works by the Flemish masters, while the Museum of Contemporary Art, SMAK, is the place to head to view a great collection of modern art. To reach Ghent, take the Tractaatweg before joining the N62 and then the R4. Ghent is 22 miles from Terneuzen, a journey time of around 40 minutes.
Bruges - A UNESCO World Heritage site, the idyllic city of Bruges is a delightful destination for history buffs. Its historical centre, encircled by the Ring Canal, is full of well-preserved examples of medieval architecture. Other attractions include the Choco-Story museum which is devoted to the history of chocolate, the Halve Maan Brewery for those who enjoy Belgian beer and the Frietmuseum, which is dedicated to the history of chips. In addition, there are many impressive churches, canals and a beautiful lake. It takes 1 hour to reach Bruges via the E34 and the N49.
Antwerp - A major European port, Antwerp offers visitors a great deal in the way of history, culture and activities. Major cultural attractions range from the Royal Museum of Fine Art to the Rubens Museum, located in the artist’s one-time house, itself a fine example of Flemish Baroque architecture. Antwerp is also well known for its fine food, bars and excellent nightlife. The city is located 35 miles east of Terneuzen on the E34.