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
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. Line numbers of the GVB ferries are 900-915.
To reach the main GVB ferry terminal 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 take foot passengers (just hop on board) as well as cyclists and moped users. 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:
GVB Amsterdam Ferry services around the harbour area
There are 3 regular ferry crossings running from Amsterdam Central station terminal wharf:
Central Station to Buiksloterweg (901/907, journey 5 minutes, runs daily, 24 hours, 5-14x hourly)
Central Station to IJplein (902, 5 minutes, 0600-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun , 3-8x hourly)
Central Station to NDSM-wharf (906, 14 minutes, 0700-0000 Mon-Sat, 0900-0000 Sun , 2-4x hourly)
2 ferry services run north from the Western Islands area, about 2km north-west from Central Station:
Pontsteiger to NDSM-wharf (903, 6 minutes, 0700-0000 Mon-Fri, 0900-0000 Sat-Sun , 2-3x hourly)
Pontsteiger to Distelweg (900, 7 minutes, 0630-1930 Mon-Fri, 2-3x hourly)
There is a night ferry service (905) loop running Central Station-NDSM wharf-Pontsteiger-Central Station. It operates weekdays (0000-0200) and weekends (0000 and 0300).
In the inner IJ harbour there is also a ferry between Java/KNSM Island and Amsterdam North:
Azartplein to Zamenhofstraat (915, 8 minutes, 0630-2230 daily, 3x hourly)
You can find detailed Amsterdam ferry timetable information at the GVB website here
These free ferries provide a good opportunity to get out on the water and see Amsterdam from another perspective.
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.