Amsterdam Ferry Services & Map

Amsterdam has a number of local ferry services on the IJ river which connect the city centre to Amsterdam Noord (North). The ferries are run by the municipal transport company GVB.

Amsterdam Ferries – introduction

GVB has a fleet of 19 ferries in use around Amsterdam. Some of the ferries are electric powered and the remainder have diesel engines – although the diesels will be replaced in due course by electric ones.

The GVB ferries can take up to 400 standing foot passengers at a time, although this being Amsterdam the ferry also allows cyclists and moped riders to board. Each ferry has open decks at either end with a covered section in the middle.

A number of ferries operate from the northern side of Amsterdam Central station and can get you to the likes of Eye Film and NDSM-wharf.

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GVB ferry terminal at Amsterdam Central station

To reach this main GVB ferry terminal on De Ruijterkade head to the northern IJ-side (‘IJzijde’) exit of Amsterdam Central either via the station or the eastern foot/cycle tunnel.

Do I need a ticket for the Amsterdam ferry? No, the ferries are FREE and you can simply hop on board as soon as the arriving passengers have come off. Note, that smoking is prohibited on all Amsterdam ferries.

Amsterdam Ferry Map

Below is our Amsterdam GVB ferry map showing the inner harbour network and some places of interest:

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Amsterdam ferry map

GVB Amsterdam Ferry services around the harbour area

Here is a listing of the ferry services which operate around the IJ harbour area of Amsteram. Line numbers of the GVB ferries are 900-915.

There are 3 regular ferry crossings running from Amsterdam Central station terminal wharf to the northern side. Note that lines 907 and 905 are special night services.

There are also ferries running north from the Western Islands area (Pontsteiger) and from Java/KNSM Island (Azartplein).

Route Line No.
Journey Time
Frequency Runs
Central Station to Buiksloterweg 901/907 5 mins
5-14x hourly 24 hours
Central Station to IJplein 902 5 mins
3-8x hourly 0600-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun
Central Station to NDSM-wharf 906 14 mins
2-4x hourly 0700-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun
Central Station to NDSM-wharf via Pontsteiger
905 17 mins
2x hourly 0000-0200 Mon-Fri, 0000-0300 Sat-Sun
Pontsteiger to NDSM-wharf 903 7 mins
2-3x hourly 0700-0000 Mon-Fri, 0900-0000 Sat-Sun
Pontsteiger to Distelweg 900 6 mins
2-3x hourly 0630-1930 Mon-Fri
Azartplein to Zamenhofstraat 915 7 mins
3x hourly
0630-2230 daily

You can find more detailed Amsterdam ferry timetable information at the GVB website here

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GVB ferry at Buiksloterweg in Amsterdam

Take the Buiksloterweg ferry to get to the striking EYE Film, a film exhibition space and the adjacent A’DAM Lookout tower.

A trip to NDSM wharf is also recommended – an old shipyard wasteland area being regenerated into offices and art exhibition/festival space.

GVB also operates other ferry services across various points of the Nordzeekanaal (North Sea canal) such as Velsen Zuid-Velsen Nord – although these are of less interest to city visitors.

The GVB ferries provide a good opportunity to get out on the water and see Amsterdam from a different perspective. And you can’t beat a free ride!

This map and article was originally published in 2010 and has been regularly updated. Last update 11 November 2020.

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