International Travel

Visiting Amsterdam by Cruise Ship

Amsterdam is a major northern European cruise hub with up to 180 large cruise ships visiting the city every year.

The ships arrive at the striking Passenger Terminal Amsterdam which opened in 2000 and is close to Amsterdam Central station and the city centre.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) handles around 300,000 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 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. You can check out the cruise calendar here.

The PTA is located only 25km from the North Sea.

Arriving by ship at PTA

You will find a huge reception hall (3,000m² area), promenade and panorama decks, Thinking of Holland souvenir shops, a coffee bar, 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.

Amsterdam Central station 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 Amsterdam trams and public transport. A standard 1 hour single costs €3.20, day tickets cost €8 – buy on board, payment by card only.

From the station trains can get you to Schiphol airport (15-20 minutes) or most major towns/cities in the Netherlands. There is also a taxi stand outside the PTA and large underground car parking facilitiy with 550 spaces.

If you are looking for a supermarket in Amsterdam there is an Albert Heijn e either by walking east from PTA 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.

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