Keukenhof Gardens by bus
Keukenhof Gardens is open from 24 March 2016 - 16 May 2016. During this time, the Arriva Keukenhof Express bus 858 runs direct from Schiphol Plaza. The journey takes around 30 minutes and buses run frequently as they are popular. You can find the bus by Arrivals Hall 4 (next to Starbucks). A combi-ticket can be purchased at the bus stop giving you direct access to the gardens - no waiting in line! To get to Schiphol Plaza, you can either take a train to Schiphol from Amsterdam Central Station, or take bus 197 departing from the Elandsgracht bus station.
Alternatively, you can book Keukenhof excursions through Tours & Tickets or Lindbergh Tour & Travel.
Aalsmeer flower auction
Get up bright and early for the flower auction at FloraHolland. Connexxion Bus 172 takes you there in a little over an hour. First buses depart Amsterdam Central Station around 5:00am.
FloraHolland visiting hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 07.00 to 11.00, Thursdays, from 07.00 to 09.00.
Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket
Travel around Amsterdam and to the Flower Strip by bus with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
Exploring the Flower Strip by bike
Biking is a popular and hugely enjoyable way to explore Holland's Flower Strip. Many visitors rent a bike in Amsterdam and then take the train (bike day passes are available) to Leiden and cycle up to Haarlem before catching the train back to Amsterdam (or vice versa). The tulip field cycle route between Haarlem and Leiden is well signposted and stretches for around 35km of flat, easily bikeable paths. If you don't want to cycle the entire route, it's also possible to rent a bike at the Keukenhof Gardens for €10 a day, including cycle routes. Four marked routes from Keukenhof range from a relaxing 5km to the meandering 35km bulb route. Find out more about hiring a bike at Keukenhof.