Luggage Lockers / Bag Storage

luggage lockers holland train stationThere are a few ways to store your bags when railing the trails around The Netherlands. The first and most convenient are the luggage lockers (bagagekluizen in Dutch) at the train station. These are at all the large train stations (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Eindhoven etc). They are really easy to use and apparently secure. I say apparently because if anyone tries to break in they emit a very loud siren. How do I know this- well one day while trying to force my stuck locker open I managed to set it off- although many onlookers gave me the evil eye and it was quiet embarrassing- no security came to my ‘secure’ but not 100% secure! You can recognise them by the suitcase pictogram. Although the prices are not really bad if you are on a budget its better to just travel light then having to depend on luggage lockers.
Luggage Lockers at train station Amsterdam

Luggage Lockers Prices:
  • Small locker: €3.85/24 hours.
  • Large locker: €5.70/24 hours.
  • 24-48 hours: add 50%. This will be paid at pick up. 
  • 48-72 hours: add 100%. This will be paid at pick up
  •  Lost ticket claim €10.00. *Maxinium storage is 72 hours.  If luggage has to be removed a fee of €70.00 will apply and your luggage will be removed to a Lost Property Office in Utrecht.

   How do They Work
1. The first important thing to remember is that they only accept card payments (Pin, Chip, Maestro, Visa or Mastercard). You have to make the payment is in advance and they payment is for the 24 hour rental period.

2. Choose a locker and put in all your bags. There are typically small (
90cm deep, 45cm high and 40cm wide. ) and large (90cm deep, 60cm high and 40cm wide.) options. Close the door and go to the ticket vending machine terminal beside the lockers.

3. On the screen you will see your locker number and they will await payment.

4. Once payment is made the locker will lock and you will receive a card with a bar code printed on it. Be sure you have a card with a bar code- if the payment is not accepted you will get a card with no bar code this is just a receipt of a non payment transaction.  When you return you simply need to scan the bar code on the bar code reader and your locker will automatically open.

5. Be careful to choose the correct luggage to store before payment. If you wish to open it after you have paid you will need to rent a full new 24 hours and pay again

6. The main rail company in Holland NS have made a video showing how this works- you can find it here. It is in Dutch but its pretty slef explanatrory

Other Options

You can leave luggage at the airport when you arrive.  
Schiphol Airport: Offers various sized lockers they can be found on lower level between the arrival halls. They also have a bag drop off service. Prices start at €6 and all the details of price, size and storage times can be found on this page of the airport information. 

Eindhoven Airport:
Luggage storage lockers are available in the main hall of Eindhoven Airport, near check-in desk 1.This is near the AKO bookstore.They cost €6 per 24 hours. Euro Coins only! You start by paying €1 and you can pay rest upon return. 

If you arrive at a smaller station that does not have luggage locker wall then  you can still store your luggage in a depot typically located near or in the bike shop/bike rental point. The fees are generally €5/day. These have been replcaed by the luggage locker walls so it is not always possible- but at smaller stations worth asking!

Typically hotels/hostels will have no problem storing your luggage for you if you have stayed there for the night- you can even try asking/calling an hotel you are not staying in and offering to pay - worth a try!

When traveling in the UK I used to take my bag to the nearest free museum/gallery and store my bags there as if I was a visitor- this really only works if you are just looking for a place for a few hours.

There are offices near Amsterdam central station called 'Drop & Go'. They offer storage and you can even use their outlets to charge your devices print a boarding pass weigh your bags or pick up keys- awesome idea! 

If anyone else thinks of storge options or knows more about the availability at bike rental points please be sure to leave a comment.