Amsterdam has developed into a major northern European cruise port hub with up to 180 large cruise ships visiting the city every year. However many cruises departing Amsterdam have been cancelled due to the ongoing ‘coronavirus’ measures.
The ships arrive at the striking Passenger Terminal Amsterdam which opened in 2000 and is close to Amsterdam Central station and the city centre.
Amsterdam Cruise Port
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) normally handles around 300,000 cruise passengers per year – mainly 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 Piet Hein office building. PTA has also become a popular local venue for large corporate events and can hold room for 3,000 people.
The PTA has a 600m long dock (depth 10m) and is large enough to host large cruise ships up to 340m in length.
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. Amsterdam’s cruise terminal is located only 25km (13.5 nautical miles) from the North Sea. You can check out the cruise calendar here.
Inside the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam you will find a huge reception hall (3,000m² area), promenade and panorama decks, a Thinking of Holland souvenir shop, a coffee bar, a Subway sandwich outlet and a tourist information desk. There is free WiFi internet available.
Luggage lockers cost €4 (small) or €6 (large) for 24 hours use. Bikes or Segways can be rented on-site – and Segway tours are also available. A large underground car parking facility has 550 spaces.
If you are looking for a nearby supermarket in Amsterdam there is an Albert Heijn either by walking east from PTA to Oostelijke Handelskade 1065 or one just across the main road of the south side of Amsterdam Central Station at Prins Hendrikkade 20.
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam to Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam Central Station, the city’s main transport hub is only a short distance away from Amsterdam’s cruise port terminal. There are a number of options for getting to and from the station.
Walk: It’s an easy 10-15 minute walk along the Piet Heinkade road. As you come out of the PTA building you need to head right in a westerly direction.
Tram: GVB tram 26 runs to Amsterdam Central Station where you can change onto other Amsterdam trams and public transport. A standard 1 hour single costs €3.20, a 1 day ticket costs €8 – buy on board, payment by card only.
Taxi: If you have heavy luggage then you may opt to take a taxi to the station. The taxi rank is outside the terminal, expect to pay around €10.
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Train: From Amsterdam Central Station there are regular trains running to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. This journey takes around 15-20 minutes. Tickets cost €5.50 (2nd class) and €8.43 (1st class) including the €1 surcharge for buying a disposable ticket.
Taxi: A taxi to the airport will take 30-45 minutes and costs around €45-50. Alternatively, taxi app Uber is present in Amsterdam with an UberX fare estimate of €34-46 and UberBlack at €58-77.
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.
Hotels near Passenger Terminal Amsterdam
The most convenient hotel as mentioned is the Mövenpick hotel, which is literally nextdoor and well rated by travellers. Other good hotels in the area around Central Station include the art-deco Grand Amrath (former Shipping House) and the modern DoubleTree by Hilton.
This article was originally published in 2010 and has continuously been updated. Last update 21 October 2020.