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A day trip from Amsterdam is the perfect way to explore Holland’s countryside and culture away from the touristy crowds. Places such as Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, Volendam, Den Hague, Almere, and Delft offer a peak into Holland’s world-famous tulips, picturesque windmills, fishing villages, medieval buildings, canals, and cobblestone streets. A trip to Brussels or Bruges in neighboring Belgium can also be squeezed within a day. These make a day trip from Amsterdam an ideal way to explore the many things the Netherlands offers.
  • Zaanse Schans: Home to the iconic Zaanse Schans windmills, this town is also known for the cheese factory, bakery museum, and picturesque wooden houses. A visit to the countryside guarantees picturesque views, authentic Dutch cuisine, and an understanding of Dutch independence, for which the neighborhood is significant.
  • Keukenhof: Keukenhof is home to one of the world’s most extensive and beautiful gardens, famous for endless rows of tulip bulbs. The world-famous tulip festival is held here for two weeks from March to May, every year, when people across the globe flock to the Keukenhof gardens to witness the rarest colors of tulips.
  • Volendam: Volendam is a harbor city and a small fishing village famous for its historic-looking houses and cultural Holland clothing. It is also known for its Palingsound music, and FC Volendam.
  • Den Hague: The seat of the Royals of the Dutch and the Court of International Justice lies in Den Hague. Noordeinde Palace, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, beach resorts along the North Sea, and Madurodam (the miniature town of Holland) are some of the places to cover on a day trip.
  • Almere: Host city of the famous Floriade Expo 2022, Almere is located in the heart of the Netherlands. It was a planned municipality formed in 1984. The city’s streets are named after famous comic characters, which attracts comic geeks from around the world to visit the city.
The closest destinations from Amsterdam with plenty of things to do within a day are:
  • Zaanse Schans: 20 km
  • Keukenhof: 40 km
  • Volendam: 20 km
  • Den Hague: 65 km
  • Delft: 67 km
Yes, most day trips from Amsterdam include a round trip transfer to and from the destination.
Pick-up and drop-off points will be informed before the trip for a smooth journey. Although the Netherlands has a well-connected public transport system, there are no direct trains or buses to top day trips from Amsterdam. Booking a day trip from Amsterdam offers a hassle-free and pocket-friendly alternative to commuting by yourself.
Day trips from Amsterdam rarely include meals. Volendam day trip from Amsterdam includes cheese tasting at the iconic cheese factory of the town. You can always find cafes and eateries at every corner in other destinations to savor authentic Holland cuisine.
Here are the top day trip destinations from Amsterdam, their distance, time taken to reach, and time taken to explore:
  • Zaanse Schans:
    Distance: 20 km
    Travel time: 20 -35 minutes depending on the mode of transport.
    Day tour duration: 2-4 hours
  • Keukenhof
    Distance: 40 km
    Travel time: 40 - 45 minutes depending on the mode of transport.
    Day tour duration: 4-5 hours
  • Volendam
    Distance: 20 km
    Travel time: 22 - 25 minutes depending on the mode of transport.
    Day tour duration: 4 hours
  • Den Hague
    Distance: 65 km
    Travel time: 1 hour
    Day tour duration: 6-9 hours
Day trips from Amsterdam include transfers from the city to the destination and back. A guide will accompany you all the way and back, and take you on a guided tour of selected places to explain their culture and significance in detail. Depending on the destinations you select, you will also be taken on cheese tastings or an Amsterdam canal cruise. The entrance fee for attractions will also be taken care of.
How do I travel from Amsterdam by train?Here are the best train routes to top destinations from Amsterdam:
  • Zaanse Schans: You can reach Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans in just under 17 minutes with the help of Sprinter 4024 Uitgeest train. Board the train at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station.
  • Keukenhof: There is no direct train from Amsterdam to Keukenhof. You will have to board the Intercity 3232 Schiphol Airport train at Amsterdam South station and alight at Schiphol Airport station. From the airport, board the bus — 361 Sassenheim — to reach Lisse, Meer en Duin, and walk 15 minutes south to reach Keukenhof gardens. The entire journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Volendam: There is no direct train from Amsterdam to Volendam. Luckily, the journey including a metro ride and a bus only takes 25 minutes from the city to Volendam. Take the 52 Noord at the central station and get off at Noord. Walk to Amsterdam, Station Noord to board the 312 Volendam-Edam bus to Katwoude, Hotel Volendam. It only takes a 15-minute walk from there to Volendam city.
  • Den Hague: Although 65 km away, the train journey from Amsterdam to the Hague takes only 25 minutes. You can board the Intercity 742 Den Haag Centraal train from Amsterdam South station to Den Haag station.
Here are the best road routes to the top day trip destinations from Amsterdam:
  • Zaanse Schans: From Amsterdam, get on to the s116 road and head towards the A10. Near the Noorder IJpolder flyover inter junction, move to A8 road and keep on the lane until you reach Skatepark Zaandam. From there, head to s153 to reach Zaanse Schans. The entire route will not take more than 25 minutes.
  • Keukenhof: The journey to Keukenhof by road from Amsterdam only takes about 40 minutes. From Amsterdam city center, head to the A10 highway, and then onto A4 highway. Head South until you reach Burgerveen and turn right from there to N207 highway, which will lead you to Keukenhof gardens.
  • Volendam: the road from Amsterdam to Volendam only takes about 40 minutes. Take the IJtunnel from Amsterdam to get on the s116 highway. Then head on to N247 highway until you reach Zedde. Take the right to N517 highway to reach Volendam city.
  • Den Hague: The shortest (in 1 hour) and smoothest way from Amsterdam to the Hague is via the A4 highway. From Amsterdam, head to the A10 highway until you reach Knooppunt. From there, head to A4 and keep to it until you reach Cars Jeans Stadion junction. Den Hague is only a 10-minute ride from there.
The essentials you cannot forget on a day trip from Amsterdam are:
  • The physical or electronic copy of your booking confirmation
  • A backpack with a raincoat or a thick jacket, depending on the weather
  • A power bank and a type B or C cable
  • ID, cash, credit card
  • A water bottle (1L) and a comfortable pair of shoes

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