Amsterdam by ferry
Amsterdam’s ferries provide essential, free connections across the River IJ for pedestrians, cyclists and mopeds. These blue-and-white ferries are directly behind Amsterdam Central Station, providing a frequent and free service across the water to and from Amsterdam Noord and NDSM.
Ferry routes in Amsterdam
The most popular and best-served ferry route is from Amsterdam Central Station to Buiksloterweg (ideal for attractions such as the Eye Filmmuseum and Tolhuistuin). A number of ferries operate on this short route meaning you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes to step aboard (a countdown clock displaying the destination and remaining time until the next departure is shown above each docking spot). This route is also served throughout the night.
The other main routes served from Central Station are to IJplein (a little further east) and to NDSM Wharf (home to many cultural events, restaurants and creative companies).
Click on the map below to see GVB's full, interactive map of Amsterdam ferry routes across the River IJ. The GVB also operates a number of ferry routes crossing the North Sea Canal in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (shown on the map). Please note that the North Sea Canal ferry services also transport motorised vehicles for a small fee.
How to use the ferries in Amsterdam
Ferries departing from behind Amsterdam Central Station are used to shuttle pedestrians, cyclists and mopeds to destinations across the water in Amsterdam Noord. The ferries are quick, easy and convenient to use.
- Ferry services across the IJ are free - you don't need to buy a ticket before boarding.
- Digital countdown boards let you know when the next ferry is due to arrive.
- Simply step aboard the ferry, moving forward to allow room for others behind.
- Once the ferry arrives at your destination, exit straight ahead.