How to get to the Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a stone’s throw from Amsterdam and is easily accessible by bus, train, car and bicycle.

For the most recent travel recommendations, check the Travel planner on the website or the Reisplanner Xtra travel planner app on your telephone from 10 days prior to departure.


The Rnet-bus 391 runs from Amsterdam Central Station every fifteen minutes to the Zaanse Schans. The trip takes forty minutes. For more information:


The Rnet-bus 817 drives in July and August from the Zaanse Schans to Volendam/Edam. Also in the weekends Ascension Day and Pentecost is the bus available. For more information:



The nearest railway station is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. This station can be reached by local train from Amsterdam Central Station in 17 minutes. Subsequently walk to the Zaanse Schans in 15 minutes.

Get from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans the easy way with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – a travel card that delivers carefree travel on public transport. For more informatie click here. 

Plan your journey by public transport via 9292.

Coming by car? Use the following address in your GPS: Schansend 7 in Zaandam. Parking costs €11,- / € 15,-per day for cars depending of the season. Coaches pay € 30,- / € 50,- depending of the season. Please check the daily parkingcosts at the entry sign. Please do not park outside the parking area of the Zaanse Schans or along the road. this is not allowed. Parking at the places mentioned above (outside the Zaanse Schans parking area or along the road) can cause dangerous situations and nuisance.
Ferry Amsterdam CS to Zaanse Schans

You could take the Ferry  Zaanboot from Amsterdam Centraal Station to the Zaanse Schans. Duration +/- 110 minutes. You can find information on the ferry timetable and current rates via


Public Jetties

There are several public jetties at the Zaanse Schans. For more information contact the Port Authority of Zaanstad: +31 (0) 75-681 68 88.

The Zaanse Schans is easy to reach by bike as well. A bicycle path runs both along and across a portion of the Zaanse Schans. For health and safety purposes cycling on the narrow paths between the houses is not permitted. There are for this reason plenty of bike racks to leave your bike in the large parking area.
From 1 April to 1 October, a pedicab will ride between Koog Zaandijk train station and the Zaanse Schans, between 10:00 and 12:00 and between 14:00 and 16:00. In addition, taxis are available on demand, even in the off season, for example to take fun rides to the mills, Zaandam and Haaldersbroek. Call +31 (0) 6 2250 3234.

Motor homes

It is possible to park with motor homes near the Zaanse Schans, the address of the parking place is Wezelstraat 12.

Accessibility for disabled visitors

The Zaanse Schans is a unique living and working community with beautiful wooden houses, museums, mills, shops, crafts and restaurants. This area gives an excellent picture of the Zaan district in the 17th and 18th centuries. This means – alas – that accessibility has been adjusted accordingly and stems from a different era in order to maintain the nostalgic and historical picture. Not all locations are wheelchair or walker accessible. The Zaanse Schans does have accessible bridges and toilets. These can be found in the brasserie de Bezem and the Zaans Museum.

There are special parking spaces available for disabled visitors. You can reserve a wheelchair at the Zaans Museum. Of all the mills, only the Jonge Schaap is wheelchair accessible.

In the high season, the bicycle taxi is a fun way to get to and from the station and the windmills, but also Zaandijk and Haaldersbroek. Most types of wheelchairs can be transported.