Many tourists make day trips from Amsterdam with organized tours. The main reason to chose organized tours is that tourists do not know how to reach touristic attractions and other places of interest. Below is a list with Amsterdam day trips that tourists can easily reach with public transport. The advantage is that is usually is cheaper to make your own day trips. Another advantage of making your own day trips is that you are flexible and can decide how long you want to visit the tourist attraction. Read more about using public transport in Holland here.
Amsterdam to Alkmaar (36min by public transport / 41min by car) Half day
Alkmaar is a city north of Amsterdam. Alkmaar is a popular destination for tourists because of the traditional Alkmaar cheese market. Other sights in Alkmaar are historical buildings and museums like Holland Cheese Museum and National Beer Museum.
Amsterdam to Enkhuizen (57min by public transport / 52min by car) Half day
Enkhuizen was one of the harbour towns of the VOC and because of that one of the most important harbours of Holland. Finally Enkhuizen lost its position to Amsterdam, but history can still be seen in the Zuiderzeemuseum. Also the historical city centre makes a visit to Enkhuizen worthwhile. Buy Zuiderzeemuseum tickets with discount here.
Amsterdam to Keukenhof (1hr by public transport / 36min by car) Full day
The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and is situated near Lisse. It also is known as ‘Garden of Europe’. Annually about seven million flower bulbs are planted at an area of 32 hectares. The Keukenhof 2014 is open from March 20th until May 18th. Yearly the park attracts about 900.000 visitors from all over the world, which makes it one of the most popular attractions in Holland.
Amsterdam to Kinderdijk (2hr19min by public transport / 1hr16min by car) Half day
The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best known Dutch tourist sights and placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The windmills protected the land against flooding. Kinderdijk has 19 windmills and two pumping stations. Visiting Kinderdijk is something you can not miss.
Amsterdam to Leiden (34min by public transport / 38min by car) Half day
Leiden is a city in the province South Holland and famous because of the university of Leiden and medical centre. Like Amsterdam Leiden also has canals and historical buildings. Places to see in Leiden are The Burcht, Hooglandse Kerk and Hortus Botanicus. Making a canal tour in Leiden is possible too. Tourists can easily visit Leiden because of the direct train connection.
Amsterdam to Rotterdam (41min by public transport / 55min by car) Full day
Rotterdam is the second-largest city of the Netherlands and Rotterdam port is one of the largest ports of the world. Rotterdam looks modern and the Rotterdam skyline looks impressive with modern architecture. Rotterdam has a wide range of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants. In the evening enjoy Rotterdam nightlife. Read about places to see in Rotterdam on this page.
Amsterdam to The Hague (48min by public transport / 45min by car) Full day
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and capital city of the province South-Holland. The Hague is not a city with canals and walls. It has some small streets from the Middle Ages, but also many spacious streets with shops and luxurious residences for diplomats. Read about places to see in The Hague on this page.
Amsterdam to Utrecht (27min by public transport / 42min by car) Half day
Since the 8th century Utrecht has been the religious centre of The Netherlands, making it one of the most important cities of the Netherlands. Utrecht has many old buildings and structures from the Middle Ages. The central location within The Netherlands makes it an important place for rail and road transport. Read about places to see in Utrecht on this page.
Amsterdam to Volendam (31min by public transport / 25min by car) Half day
Volendam is a town north of Amsterdam. Volendam is popular among tourists because of the old fishing boats and traditional clothing of residents. It also is well known because of the musicians, called ‘Palingsound’.
Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans (36min by public transport / 19min by car) Half day
Zaanse Schans is a sight near Zaandijk with a collection of historic windmills and houses. The houses are from the Zaanstreek and were moved to the museum in the seventies. The area attract about 900.000 visitors yearly.
Amsterdam to Zandvoort (31min by public transport / 42min by car) Half day
Zandvoort is a town along the coast of the Netherlands. It has one of the most popular beaches of the country, dunes and a racing circuit. Tourist can easily visit the place because there is a direct train from Amsterdam and Haarlem.