Watch the countryside of Bollenstreek transform from regular farmland to a fantastical rainbow-hued masterpiece in Spring!
The magical spring flowers, Tulips, have now become synonymous with the Netherlands. The tulip bloom takes place in the months of March to May, so plan your trip to Keukenhof accordingly. A mere 40 kilometers from Amsterdam, Keukenhof is a great day-trip destination from Amsterdam. Here's all you need to know before going from Amsterdam to Keukenhof to see the tulips!
Keukenhof: The Scented Garden of Europe!
Holland is world-famous for its sprawling tulip fields and Lisse is considered as one of the best regions in Europe to spot colourful tulip fields.
Home to one of the largest tulip gardens in the world - Keukenhof Tulip Garden - this hood is naturally associated with tulips and other flower species that blooms here every year.
From tulips to orchids and roses, and from carnations to lilies - expect a pristine sea of flowers covered with bright hues and sweet smelling aroma. Owing to its unique nature, this botanical park attracts at least a million tourists every year.
While the tulips are the show’s stealer, Keukenhof also displays Dutch’s rich history and tradition through multiple historic landmarks. So, if you’re a history buff, this neighbourhood’s got a lot to offer.
From stunning castles dating back to the 17th century to art museums - Keukenhof every corner has got something interesting to showcase its tradition and history.
Visit Keukenhof in the months of March and April for the real deal.
Gaze out at the vast stretches of multi-hued flowers.
Visit other Keukenhof attractions like the Keukenhof Castle, Woonhuis 'De Looster', and more
Why take a day trip from Amsterdam to Keukenhof?
Just a 30 minutes drive from Amsterdam, Keukenhof is a must-visit if you’re in Amsterdam during the spring season.
A Picturesque & Mesmerising Roadtrip
A scenic route from Amsterdam, you’ll get to capture the true beauty of the countryside and rainbow-hued flower beds. If you’re renting a car and planning a roadtrip, there are a few popular attractions on the way from Amsterdam to Keukenhof you can make halt at including The Upside Down Amsterdam, The House Of Bols (Dutch Gin museum), Beatrixpark (another popular city park) etc.
Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!
While Holland is known for its tulips, Keukenhof’s scenic fields not only houses 800 different types of tulips, but also homes an array of other flower species including daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, roses, carnations and irises. There are a number of tulip field hikes, bike rides and private tours to help you explore the hidden gems and make the most of your trip to Keukenhof.
DIY: Drive It Yourself
One of the best experiences in Keukenhof is simply self-drive around the tulip fields in an electric 2-person Twizy car. Equipped with GPS and commentary that familaises you with the history of these fields, these easy to drive electric cars also earn brownie points for making your trip an eco-friendly one.
Guided Tours From Amsterdam to Keukenhof
A tour is the most convenient way to visit Keukenhof from Amsterdam. There are multiple benefits to taking a tour –
- Transportation in sorted – The private tours have comfortable AC buses which start from near Amsterdam Central. You don’t have to travel to Schiphol or Amsterdam RAI and then take the Keukenhof Express. It offers a direct transfer!
- Skip the line entry – A tour will give you a fast track entry that will help you beat the crowds at the Keukenhof Gardens
- Visit nearby attractions – A guided tour will also take you to nearby attractions like a bulb farm, flower fields, Marken, Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and even get a free Amsterdam Canal cruise. You don’t have to worry about arranging transportation for these additional locations.
Below are the top Keukenhof Guided Tours from Amsterdam that you must consider for your trip.
Keukenhof Fast Track Entry Ticket & Transfers
Relish a comprehensive experience of Keukenhof with an exclusive fast track entry into the attraction as well as flexible travel options to and from the park. Explore 32 acres of the Keukenhof Garden and get a chance to see more than 7 million blooming flowers.
Top things to do in Keukenhof - Day Trip Itinerary
Any trip to Keukenhof is incomplete without a trip to the magnificent and famous Keukenhof Garden. Sprawling across a whopping 80 acres of land, this iconic garden is open only for 8 weeks in a year - between mid March & mid May. Apart from being a home to at least 800 types of tulips, this garden showcases an array of other flower species. One of the most popular attractions inside the garden is the Dutch windmill - where you can park your bikes/electric cars and spend your evening overlooking the beauty of the park.
Note: The garden is not open for visitors in 2021. The garden will open doors for the public from March 2022.
Parked on the same estate as the Keukenhof Garden, this castle that was built in 1641 dates back to the Dutch Golden Age. So, when you’re done exploring the magnificent garden, make sure you make a visit to this notable landmark as well. Known for its elegant and classy Neo-Gothic architecture, this historic landmark showcases precious collection artwork, paintings and furniture pieces that shows how lavishly life was lived in that era.
Entry: The entry to the castle is free. And yes, if you’re driving here, there’s a parking lot within the estates.
Keukenhof is a home to an array of iconic museums that showcase Dutch’s rich history and tradition. Most of these are in close proximity to each other, so you can easily shell out a few hours from sight-seeing the flower fields and explore these museums. Visit the Museum Black Tulip to understand the history associated with tulip growing and the flower industry. Foodies, make sure to make a visit to the LAM museum that’s a fun food art museum that showcases paintings, sculptures & art related to food and drinks.
4Indoor Flower Picking
Another popular botanical garden you can try and tick off your list is the Tulip Experience Amsterdam. Not only does it help you understand the breeding process and the history of the iconic Dutch tulip, but it also lets you pick a bunch of tulips in their indoor picking garden. Visit this flower bulb region during the evenings and spot over a million tulips in their outdoor show garden, grab some amazing coffee, watch a short film about the history of tulips or get mesmerised by the tulip paintings in their art corner.
Ride a cycle around the hood or rent an electric car if you want to get a bit more active and sporty. Or you can also opt for a soothing boat ride that sails peacefully along the endless flower landscape. Most boat rides are around 45 minutes, so if you’re planning this for evening - be rest assured to get some great snaps for your ‘gram!
Traveling from Amsterdam to Keukenhof
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof by Train
Keukenhof Gardens are located in the town of Lisse, which does not have a train station. You will have to choose to visit any of the nearby train station and then take the Keukenhof Express Bus to reach the gardens.
From Haarlem – Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Haarlem Station (One way ticket cost approx € 4,50) and it takes about 20 minutes on average. From Haarlem you can take the Regional Bus Line 50 to reach the gardens.
Leiden – Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal (One way ticket cost - € 9,60) and it takes about 35 minutes on average. From Leiden you can take the Keukenhof Express Bus Line 854 to reach the gardens.
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof By Bus
The best way to take a direct bus from Amsterdam to Keukenhof is by using a Combi-Ticket that offers fast track entry to the Keukenhof Gardens plus round-transfer on a AC coach. You can board the bus from Amsterdam Central Station. There is no direct public bus from Amsterdam to Lisse, you will have to take a connecting bus to Hoofdorp, Amsterdam RAI, or Schiphol and then board a Keukenhof Express Bus.
If you wish to take a bus to Hoofdorp Station, here are your options -
- Bus Line 397 – From Amsterdam City Centre (Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum, Museumplein)
- Bus Line 341 – From Amsterdam Zuid Station
- Bus Line 300 – From Amstelveen Bus Station
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof By Car
Keukenhof Gardens are about 40 KM away from Amsterdam (Amsterdam Central) and it takes about 40 minutes to drive. It is a convenient drive and ideal for a short road trip, you can also use the car to drive by the countryside of Bollenstreek. The parking fee for cars is € 6.
- The Keukenhof Gardens are at the address – Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM, Lisse
- The Keukenhof Garden’s GPS coordinates are ‘52.271256 4.546365’
Directions - You will have to take the A4 Highway will getting out of Amsterdam, and take the exit at Nieuw-Vennep to Leimuiderweg/N207. Drive on the road for about 10 KM and you will reach Loosterweg Noord, near the gardens.
Walking or Biking to Keukenhof
Keukenhof is located in the Bollenstreek area which offers beautiful countryside views and the best way to appreciate it is through slow exploration by walk or bike. An added bonus is that you can visit the garden early in the morning or late without the worry of missing a bus back to Amsterdam.
Lisse has a few hotels that will suit your budget and are ideal for walking to Keukenhof Park. The surrounding areas that are suitable for biking to Keukenhof which have great hotels are –
- Noordwijk – 12KM from Keukenhof – Idyllic coastal town with access to beaches
- Hoofdorp – 15 KM from Keukenhof – Canal side town with famous Amsterdamse Bos Park
- Haarlem – 15 KM from Keukenhof – City with medieval old town, art museums, and tulip fields
By the Keukenhof Express Bus
The Keukenhof Express Bus is the official bus that transports visitors to the Keukenhof Gardens. There are four lines which will take you straight to the Keukenhof Gardens –
- Bus Line 858 – From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Aprox. Travel time – 35 minutes)
- Bus Line 852 – From Amsterdam RAI (Aprox. Travel time – 35 minutes)
- Bus Line 859 – From Hoofddorp (Aprox. Travel time – 22 minutes)
- Bus Line 854 – From Leiden (Aprox. Travel time – 25 minutes)
The single one way ticket on Buses 858, 859, 854 costs € 5, and on the bus line 852 costs € 7.
The buses are wheelchair-friendly and you can also bring along your small dogs on the bus.
Where to Eat
From everything ranging from Dutch cuisine to International, with vegan options this restaurant is perfect for a family dinner with a cozy vibe and great service.
With a sombre environment, the Mediterranean and Italian cuisine assures a delicious meal that is testament to its amazing reviews. The exceptional food and service enhances your culinary experience to another level.
With its dark matte walls and piping food, Den Ouden Heere is every food lovers’ dream. It’s seafood and Central European cuisine will leave you planning another trip just to taste it once more.
The rustic ambience adds to the flavor of the exquisite Dutch cuisine and seafood available here. The smoked food will leave your palette satisfied after a day long trip of sight seeing.
A restaurant that captures the floral colors of Keukenhof, Hofboerderij is a brunch favorite. Visit it for its cheerful ambience and mouth watering dishes.
Where to stay in Keukenhof?
NH Amsterdam Schipol Airport - NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is a four-star hotel conveniently located just ten minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. This location offers great connections to Keukenhof by car and public transportation. Its exquisite breakfast spread is just the icing on the cake.
The NH Zandvoort lies between the dunes and North Sea beachfront on Zandvoort boulevard. It is a peaceful setting and makes your stay just as enjoyable although it is a drive away from the Keukenhof Gardens.
Urban Lodge Hotel brings a mixture of Urban Design and Country Style Lodge to Amsterdam´s Sloterdijk Station area. Combining elements of inviting Dutch design and coziness they have created a unique and warm ambience that make you feel at ease.
A well furnished room with a comfortable ambience is the perfect fit for a cozy night.
Best Time to Visit Keukenhof Gardens
The tulip season in Amsterdam lasts for around eight weeks during spring, which is also when the Keukenhof Gardens are open to the public.
Mid-April to Mid-May – This is undoubtedly the best time to visit Keukenhof Tulip Gardens.Spring is at its peak with bright and sunny days, making for the perfect time to walk around blooming tulips. It is a visual treat as the colors shine in the sun, making for terrific photographs. Note, this also happens to be the most crowded period, hence be prepared to brave massive tourist hordes.
Mid-March to Early-April – Early spring is also a good time to visit, however be prepared for a few cloudy days. Also, there is a possibility that you may not view the tulips in their full glory. But, you can enjoy other flowers like crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths during this period. You will also experience fewer crowds at this time.
Where to shop in Keukenhof
From colourful tulip printed merchandise to artwork and quirky knick-knacks, make sure you pack a piece of the Keukenhof back with you. The most popular souvenir in Keukenhof includes miniature ceramic pots with a bunch of tulips, tulip shaped chocolates, mugs and other fashion accessories. The price range of these start at €2,50.
There are tons of gift shops and souvenir shops that offer well-assorted gifting items, decor, stationery and other accents. Some of the shops where you can shop for yourself and your folks are World Of Delight, Holland Souvenir Shop, Keukenhof Garden (there are tons of shops inside the estates itself) and Souvenir Shop Ans.
Keukenhof Opening Times
The Keukenhof Park is open only during the tulip season in Amsterdam. In 2019 the garden is open from 21st March 2019 to 19th May 2019, including Easter (22nd April), Kingsday (27th April) and Liberation Day (5th May).
- The park timings are 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM
- The Keukenhof gardens tickets are sold from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tips for going from Amsterdam to Keukenhof
- The earliest Keukenhof Express bus from Amsterdam Schiphol leaves at 8:00 AM, while the first bus from Amsterdam RAI leaves at 8:43 AM. If you want to get to the gardens early then choose to go to Schiphol.
- Going by train from Amsterdam to Keukenhof might not be the quickest option but if you are going on the day of the flower parade, then it will be your best option. You can watch the flower parade either at Leiden or Haarlem, and take the train, as the streets will be packed for the parade with the visiting crowd.
- You can keep your bikes for free at the designated parking spots at the Keukenhof Gardens. Make sure you bring a lock and put up an identifying marker for your bike.
- The earliest bus from all of the stations is the Direct Bus Line 50 that leaves from Haarlem Station at 7:00 AM. There are at least eight trains that leave from Amsterdam Centraal to Haarlem Station before 7:00 AM. You can use this combination to get to Keukenhof Gardens in time for the 8:00 AM opening, and have the gardens to yourself for almost an hour till the first Keukenhof Express Buses start coming in!
- Hotel de Nachtegaal, Hotel De Duif, Boutique Suites Lisse, Hotel de Lis, and Bed & Breakfast Madeleine, are some of the best hotels in Lisse. These hotels are within 5 KM radius of the Keukenhof Gardens and ideal when you want to stay overnight and bike or walk to the park.