Amsterdam has a number of free local ferry services on the IJ river which connect the city to Amsterdam Noord (North). These are run by the municipal transport company GVB.
A number of ferries operate from just outside central station and can get you to EyeFilm and NDSM wharf.
GVB Amsterdam ferries services around the harbour area
To reach the main GVB ferry quay come out of the north exit of Amsterdam Central station, cross over the road (De Ruyterskade) and walk towards the left. The ferries are FREE and take foot passengers, as well as cyclists and moped users. Below is our Amsterdam GVB ferry map showing the network and some places of interest:
There are 3 regular services running from Central station wharf:
(journey time 5 minutes, runs daily, 24 hours, 5-14x hourly)
to IJplein (5 minutes, 0600-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun , 3-8x hourly)
to NDSM-wharf (14 minutes, 0700-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun , 2-4x hourly)
run north from Tasmanstraat wharf, which is located in the Western Islands
area about 1.8km west from central station:
to NDSM-wharf (6
minutes, 0700-0000 Mon-Fri, 0900-0000 Sat-Sun , 2-3x hourly)
to Distelweg (7 minutes, 0630-1930 Mon-Fri, 2-3x hourly)
There is a night ferry service loop running Central Station-NDSM wharf-Tasmanstraat-Central Station. It operates Friday and Saturday nights only between 0000 and 0300.
A recent addition has been the ferry between Java/KNSM Island and Amsterdam North:
Azartplein to Zamenhofstraat (8 minutes, 0630-2230 daily, 3x hourly)
These free ferries provide a good opportunity to get out on the water and see Amsterdam from another perspective. The waterfront area is undergoing a lot of development including the striking EYE Film, a film exhibition space.
A trip to NDSM wharf is also recommended - an old shipyard wasteland area being regenerated into offices and art exhibition/festival space.
GVB also has 3 ferry services operating on the North Sea canal (Noordzeekanaal) further out of the city - Amsterdam (Nieuwe Hemweg)-Zaanstad; Spaarndam-Assendelft and Velsen Zuid-Velsen Noord. The ferries run 24 hours per day and are free for foot passengers, cyclists and mopeds. There is a small charge for cars/motor vehicles (€1.20) and buses/trucks (€3).
Connexxion Fast Flying Ferry - no longer in service
Note that the Connexxion hydrofoil service which ran for many years between Amsterdam central and Velsen was permanently cancelled at the beginning of 2014. Replacement bus services operate on the route.