Where in Amsterdam is accessible for coaches?

As a tour bus operator, you are directly responsible for following the traffic regulations in Amsterdam. Hired travel guides are often not up to date regarding the specific rules that apply to tour buses. To be sure you are fully informed before you travel, please read the following information. 

Restricted access to the centre

Only ‘destination traffic’ is permitted in Amsterdam’s city centre. This refers to coaches that let passengers embark or alight at a coach stop in areas of the city centre where coaches are not allowed to drive. Through traffic is no longer allowed in these areas.

Coaches must follow certain routes in the centre. See the map at Coaches and tour buses on the website of the City of Amsterdam.

Please note: coaches heavier than 7.5 ton must follow the specified routes for 7.5-ton-vehicles. These are also marked on the map.

Parking spaces and drop-off locations

Parking spots designated for coaches are available at the following locations:

  • Artis Royal Zoo, Plantage Doklaan 38-40. Please note: from 1 March to 1 November exclusively for visitors of Artis Royal Zoo and the Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum). (18 spaces)
  • Gassan Diamonds, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175. Please note: exclusively for visitors to Gassan Diamonds. (20 places)
  • The Harbour Club, Cruquiusweg 67 (20 spaces)
  • Museumplein, entrance at Paulus Potterstraat / corner of Rijksmuseum (24 spaces)
  • P-Plus Arena, Passage 100, Duivendrecht (60 spaces)
  • P+R Zeeburg, Zuiderzeeweg 46a (20 spaces)
  • Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), Piet Heinkade 27 (41 spaces)
  • RAI, Europaplein 2-22 (20 spaces)
  • Sloterdijk, Basisweg (11 spaces)

There is also a PDF brochure that you can download and print, which includes a map of authorised parking spots and drop-off locations, as well as information about vehicle height restrictions in parts of the city. The brochure is in Dutch, English, German and French.

For daily traffic information and updates relevant to coaches in a variety of languages, go to Tourbuzz.

If you have any questions, please call 14020 from the Netherlands or +31 20 624 1111 from other countries.

Environmental zone: stringent checks from 2018

Traffic cameras and checks by traffic police will be used to enforce this new measure, and offences will be fined. See Milieuzone on the website of the City of Amsterdam for a map of the environmental zone. On the same page, you can also check the age of Dutch vehicles (simply enter your registration number in the ‘Uw kenteken’ field under ‘Kentekenchecker’).

The aim of this measure is to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality throughout the city of Amsterdam, and to stimulate take-up of electric transport. Amsterdam’s goal is to be emission free in 2025.

Old Holland information for coach operators

The Old Holland villages of Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans offer visitors a chance to step back in time in some of the country’s most picturesque settings – which makes them popular places to visit. Beat the crowds and help your guests (and local residents) have the best possible experience in these three historical villages with the Old Holland coach map (PDF, 8.9 MB).