Amsterdam Travel Tips

Amsterdam Tips > Travel To Amsterdam > Amsterdam Cruises / Passenger Terminal

Visiting Amsterdam by Cruise Ship


Amsterdam is a major northern European cruise hub with around 100 large cruise ships visiting the city every year.

The ships arrive at the striking Passenger Terminal Amsterdam close to central station and the city centre.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) handles around 200,000 cruise passengers per year, particularly during the peak cruise season of April to September. Its wave-like glass structure is a stunning example of the modern architecture to be seen on the Amsterdam IJ waterfront.

passenger terminal amsterdam

The PTA is sandwiched between the Mövenpick hotel and the UP office building. PTA has also become a popular local venue for large corporate events and parties.

 cruise ship amsterdam

The PTA has a 600m long dock and is large enough to host 3,000 people. This modern facility has meant Amsterdam has become a popular stop-off on North Sea, Baltic and polar cruises and is served by many of the major cruise lines. The PTA is located only 25km from the North Sea.

amsterdam cruise

Arriving by ship at PTA

You will find a huge reception hall, luggage lockers, free internet terminals, souvenir shops and a tourist information desk. Bikes or Segways can be rented on-site - and Segway tours are also available.


Central station (northern exit) is only a short 10-15 minute walk to your right (west) along the Piet Heinkade. Alternatively, hop on tram 26 (to direction Amsterdam central station) where you can change onto other tram services around the city. A standard 1 hour single costs €2.90, day tickets €7.50 - buy on board.

From the station trains can get you to Schiphol airport (15-20 minutes) or most major towns/cities in Netherlands. There is also a taxi stand outside the PTA and car parking facilities are available.

If you are looking for a supermarket there is an Albert Heijn either by walking east to Oostelijke Handelskade 1065 or one just across the main road of the south side of central station at Prins Hendrikkade 20.

Other cruises from Amsterdam: it is possible to do various European river cruises from Amsterdam which travel through the Rhine and Danube and visit cities such as Cologne, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. The longest continue through Romania and Bulgaria and reach the Black Sea at Rousse.

Movenpick hotel amsterdam

The nearest and most convenient hotel for Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is the classy Mövenpick hotel with great views of the water - click through to find competitive rates with

For other hotels around Amsterdam Central then please click here


Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Piet Heinkade 27, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 509 1000