Amsterdam has a number of international coach (bus) services which can take you around Europe.
In this article we will take a detailed look at 2 coach companies operating from Amsterdam and the Netherlands – Flixbus and BlaBlaBus. Eurolines was taken over by Flixbus in 2020.
Note, international coach timetables have been significantly impacted by the ‘coronavirus’ measures.
Flixbus in Amsterdam
Flixbus is a long-distance international bus company from Germany. It operates coach services from Amsterdam and other Dutch cities to both Germany and European destinations.
Flixbus offers the largest bus network in Europe and currently serves over 2,500 destinations in 36 countries. Book your Flixbus ticket here
Flixbus operates regular services between Amsterdam and many cities in Germany including Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Emmerich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Mainz, Munich and Stuttgart.
Direct international services from Amsterdam include:
London Victoria (UK)
Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges and Gent (Belgium)
Lille, Paris, Dijon, Nancy and Lyon (France)
Basel and Lucerne (Switzerland)
Katowice, Warsaw and Wroclaw (Poland)
Flixbus also sells domestic bus tickets for journeys between various Dutch cities from €6.
Flixbus uses a fleet of modern buses with comfortable seating (78cm/31″ pitch), power sockets and free WiFi. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board.
Ticketed passengers are able to bring up to 2 cases with maximum combined weight of 30kg plus one piece of hand luggage (max 7kg).
The main Flixbus stop in Amsterdam is just outside Amsterdam Sloterdijk station (at Piarcoplein, 1043 DW Amsterdam).
Flixbus also operates from Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA station and Amsterdam Schiphol airport. More details on other Flixbus routes/stops.
BlaBlaBus (Ouibus) in Amsterdam
Blablabus (formerly known as Ouibus and previously iDBUS) is a European coach (bus) company which offers international services to and from Amsterdam.
OUIBUS was originally founded by SNCF (French Railways). In 2018 it was taken over by Spanish company BlaBlacar and has since been rebranded to BlaBlaBus. It partners with National Express (UK) and ALSA (Spain) on some routes.
In Amsterdam the Blablabus coaches depart/arrive from Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station (Piarcoplein 69, 1043 Amsterdam – the same as Flixbus) in the west of the city.
Blablabus operates direct international coach services from Amsterdam to the following destinations:
Lille, Paris (France)
Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges (Belgium)
Note that Blablabus also serves Rotterdam and Groningen in the Netherlands.
Blablabus has a number of other bus routes from its Paris hub including many domestic French cities, Genoa/Milan/Turin (Italy) and Girona/Barcelona (Spain). It offers more Spanish cities in conjunction with ALSA.
Tickets can be purchased online (ouibus.com) and printed out at home. Passengers must travel with a valid ID card or passport and should arrive at least 30 minutes before departure. 2 items of hold baggage (max 20kg) are permitted plus 2 pieces of hand-luggage on board.
Blablabus coaches have 48 adjustable seats on board with leather headrests that offer 84cm (33″) seat pitch. Each pair of seats has a power outlet (European) and USB ports, there is free WiFi and TV screens show the geolocation of the bus in real time.
Seating is assigned by number and passengers can choose their seat when they book. The buses are wheelchair accessible and there is a toilet on board.
See How to Get to Amsterdam Sloterdijk for detailed travel info on reaching the bus terminal.
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This article was originally published in 2018 and has been continuously updated since then. Last update 8 January 2021.