Safety

Whether you're exploring the city with friends or family, or heading to pubs and clubs, it's important to celebrate safely. For this reason, some of the most popular city spots will be equipped with first-aid posts, dealing with everything from dehydration to minor injuries. You'll find the first-aid posts at Dam Square (positioned along the street at Beursplein), Nieuwmarkt (by the Nieuwmarkt police station), Leidseplein (by the police station at Lijnbaansgracht 219) and Rembrandtplein (by the square).

Getting around

Public transport stops running between 20:00 and 01:30. That means there are no bus, tram, train or metro services between those hours. Check ns.nl for trains or 9292.nl for everything else.

Connexxion Meerlanden bus service to Schiphol will still run. Check GVB or Connexxion for the timetables.

Some ferries will run from 22:00. Three ferries will shuttle between Central Station and Buiksloterweg and one between Central Station and NDSM between 22:00 and 06:00.

Traffic closures for cars

Nieuwmarktbuurt will be closed to car traffic between 20:00 and 03:00 and the area around Amstel, Rokin and Dam between 20:00 and 02:00. The Jodenbreestraat will only be accessible for local traffic at Nieuwe Uilenburgstraat between 20:00 and 01:00.

Fireworks

Amsterdam celebrates New Year’s Eve by allowing its citizens to let-off fireworks in the city. While that may be fun for some, some find the loud noise quite distressing. Pets and animals find fireworks particularly upsetting. As a result, there are rules in place to limit the effect of the fireworks:

  • Fireworks can only be purchased from authorised sellers (in Dutch) and only on 29, 30 and 31 December 2019.
  • Fireworks can only be set alight on 31 December 2019 between 18:00 and 02:00 on 1 January 2020.
  • Setting off fireworks is forbidden in the immediate vicinity of hospitals, zoos, children's farms, animal shelters and riding schools. They are also prohibited in nearly all parks and green areas in Amsterdam.
  • Waste from fireworks must be cleaned up. You can report waste and nuisance caused by the fireworks here.

Visit Gemeente Amsterdam (in Dutch) for more information about the rules surrounding fireworks.