How to arrive
You can visit the "Zaanse Schans" by train.
Buy yourself a ticket to railway-station "Koog Zaandijk".From this station it's a 15 minute walk to the "Zaanse Schans".
Entrance to the "Zaanse Schans" is free.
For some attractions, like the windmills entrance is asked.
It's also possible to come by car.
You can park your car at the parking-place between "the Zaanse Schans" and the "Zaans Museum".
You have to pay for parking.
Train, Car or Tourist bus
You can visit The Zaanse Schans by train: Travel to the railway-station "Koog Zaandijk".
From this station it's a 15 minute walk to the "Zaanse Schans".
From January 2008 the Juliana Bridge next to the Zaanse Schans will be closed until the summer of 2009. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to reach the Zaanse Schans by a small ferry operating in the area at 10-minute intervals throughout the day.
If you come by car from Amsterdam: From the A10 ring around Amsterdam NW take the A8 towards Zaanstad/Purmerend. Then follow A7 Purmerend A7 and follow the signs to Zaanse Schans.
Car parking fees:
0 - 30 minutes: Free
30 min - 1 hour: EURO 3.50
1 - 2 hours: EURO 6,00
2 hours or more: EURO 7,00
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
From Amsterdam there are numerous trains that takes you there. If you don’t have a return ticket take some coins since there is a machine and when I was there dind’t accepted notes (Maybe with the euro they have been changed).
Once you get off the train walk along the street up to the end, then turn left and after some few metres right, when you see the bridge. Once in the bridge you see the windmills which announces you have arrived.
Save 20 to 40 Euro getting there
If you are staying in Amsterdam or have a long lay over at Schiphol, there will be no shortage of tour companies offering a day trip to Zaanse Schans. What they don't tell you is you can do it MUCH CHEAPER. Right now I have two brochures in hand, one company is 28 euro and the other is 45 euro per person.
From Schiphol you will go to Amsterdam Central, then form Amsterdam Central you change trains to Koog-Zaankijk. Total cost for round trip ticket 7.50 euro. If you are in Amsterdam its even cheaper!
The train ride from Schiphol to Koog-Zaankijk is 30 to 40 minutes depending on time of day. (less if you are already in Amsterdam)
Once you get off the train in Koog-Zaankijk, there is plenty of signs to point you in the right direction. It is a 15minute walk, but a very enjoyable one, for you also get to see a nice village on the way.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
The windmill park is 15 minutes by train north of Amsterdam. Take the Alkmaar-direction train to Station Koog-Zaandijk and then follow the signs for 10 minutes. If driving from Amsterdam, take the A8 (direction: Zaanstad/ Purmerend), turn off at Purmerend A7, then follow signs to Zaanse Schans.
Only four stops (20 minutes) by train from Amsterdam Central Station. Take the stop train direction Alkmaar to Koog-Zaandijk. From the station simply follow the signs to the Zaanse Schans. It is ten minute walk from the station.
single ticket 2.80 euro second class
return ticket 5.60 euro second class
this if you buy it at a machine otherwise its 0.50 euro more
From Amsterdam Central Staion
From Amsterdam Central Station you have to buy a return ticket on the yellow ticket machine to Koog Zaandijk that cost 5.60 Euros. We caught the train at 9.33 am from platform num 7a. the trip takes about 20 minutes and from there just walk about 10 minutes to Zaanses Schans.
Desde la estación central compramos billete de ida y vuelta que cuesta 5.60euros en las maquinas de ventas que hay en la estacion a la estacion de Koog Zaandijk. Cogimos el tren de las 9.33 am desde el anden num 7a, se tarda unos 20 minutos en llegar y desde allí unos 10 minutos andando.
- Museum Visits
Via the A10 Amsterdam ring direction Zaanstad. Take A8 and then A7 direction Purmerend. Take the exit Zaanse Schans and follow the signs to the Zaanse Schans. Turn right at the roundabout for the car park.
A9 direction Zaanstad. Take exit N203 direction Wormerveer/Zaandam. From here follow the signs to the Zaanse Schans.
There is adequate parking at the Zaanse Schans. The parking fees are used to help maintain the historic buildings. Parking fees:
1st half hour 1.00
Day rate cars 7.00
Busses and coaches 11.00
in some street between trainstation and Zaanse Schans you can park for free. Ask before you park if it is aloud and free.
There is an excellent bus service operating from Amsterdam Central Station direct to the Zaanse Schans. Bus 91 leaves Amsterdam Central Station twice hourly and stops at the St. Michael College next to the Zaans Museum and Zaanse Schans.
Think a single ticket cost 4 euro from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans or maybe there is a special return ticket
Busses run from Zaandam Station to the Zaanse Schans every hour. Take bus 89 direction Wormerveer to Koog aan de Zaan. The bus stop is situated at windmill De Bleeke Dood.
think ticket is 2 euro
If you wanna go to Zaanse Schans by train, you'll find yourself still a couple of minutes away from the actual site. To get there is quite easy though. All you have to do is follow the signsposts. Basically you walk straight on, take a right turn and then cross the bridge. It's about a 10 minute walk.