What to arrange in the first week? If you live in the Netherlands, you will find out credit cards are rarely used and not always will be accepted. Paying with a maestro card as well as cashless payment is very popular. For a lot of administration things (like getting a personalized public transport card) you`ll need a bank account. So you might want to think about opening a Dutch bank account.

To open a bank account in the Netherlands, you`ll need:

  • residential address
  • passport and
  • BSN number

The most popular banks in the Netherlands are ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank.