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. The PTA is sandwiched between the Mövenpick hotel and the Philips office building. PTA has also become a popular local venue for large corporate events and parties.
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.
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.
Trams 25 and 26 operate from PTA which can get you to central station and Amsterdam city centre (standard single €2.80, day tickets €7.50). Central station (northern exit) is only a short 10-15 minute walk to your right along the Piet Heinkade. 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 opposite 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.
The most convenient hotel by far for the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is the classy Mövenpick hotel with great views of the water - click through to find competitive discounted rates.
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Passenger Terminal Amsterdam,
Piet Heinkade 27, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 509 1000