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I plan to visit Ouwehands Dierenpark with a friend, and to move more quickly around we plan to use bicycles and carry them with us on trains.

Is it possible to safely park a bicycle near the entrance of the park? Or would it be more sensible to leave them elsewhere?

I tried looking with Google Maps and Street View, but I could not really locate a spot dedicated for them (as opposed to the large car parking lot east of the entrance).

  • It is the Netherlands, I expect a bike rack where you can lock your bike to a post at best. Would that do or are your bikes in 'need guarded inside parking' category? – Willeke Apr 12 at 10:16
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    Remember that only a folded folding bike can be taken on the train for free and also only those can be taken in peak hours. If you bring a full size bike you can not travel before 9:00, nor between 16:00 and 18:30, you need to buy a (day) ticket for the bike(s) at €6.90 (2019) and you can find the space for bikes in the train full and having to wait for the next train. – Willeke Apr 12 at 15:31
  • Less restrictions on time but more bikes in summer. – Willeke Apr 13 at 6:22
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There's a dedicated spot for bicycles at the entrance of the parking lot. During my last visit (Spring 2017, coincidentally just after the pandas arrived), it was more or less guarded, and there's a lot of traffic during the opening hours anyway, so I'd say your bikes are safe.

Here is a picture of it on Google Street View. Of course, remember to bring your locks with you.

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Another option would be to not bring your bikes, as the zoo is only a kilometer, so about 10 minutes walking, from the local train station. This will save you a € 6.90 train ticket for your bicycle, and as @Willeke mentioned in the comments, you can only bring a (regular) bike during off-peak hours and in the weekend.

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