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Getting There -- The TESO line (tel. 0222/369-600; www.teso.nl) operates car-ferry service from Den Helder across the Marsdiep Strait to 't Horntje on Texel -- a 20-minute ride. A connecting bus shuttles hourly between Den Helder rail station and the Den Helder ferry dock. Ferries depart hourly at peak times and reservations are not accepted. Round-trip fares for cars, including two passengers, are Friday to Monday 18€ ($29), and Tuesday to Thursday 12€ ($19); for passengers alone, return fares are 3€ ($4.80) for adults, 1.50€ ($2.40) for children ages 4 to 11, and free for children 3 and under. Bicycles and mopeds cost 2.50€ ($4).

May to September, a passengers-only tourist boat operates between De Cocksdorp in the north of Texel and neighboring Vlieland, a 25-minute crossing that opens up the possibility of island hopping through the Wadden chain.

Visitor Information -- VVV Texel, Emmalaan 66, 1791 AA Den Burg (tel. 0222/314-741; fax 0222/310-054; www.texel.net), lies just off the main road into town from the ferry harbor. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Getting Around -- Cars are permitted on Texel, and buses connect the villages and the main beaches, but there's no doubt that the best way to get around and to respect the island's environment is to go by bicycle. These can be brought over free on the ferry, or rented from dozens of outlets around the island.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.