Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Amsterdam: LTZ BUS
Amsterdam is a top destination for group tours, but there are limited access and parking restrictions for buses. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip, it's essential to plan ahead for parking and drop-off/pick-up points. This guide provides useful information for tourist bus operators, including regulations on bus access, parking options, and drop-off/pick-up points.
It also covers environmental measures and tips for visiting the Old Holland villages of Marken, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for group tours. However, there is limited access for buses. It is recommended to plan ahead for parking and drop-off/pick-up points, for which authorized areas exist around the city.
Access for Buses in Amsterdam
As a tourist bus operator, you are directly responsible for complying with traffic rules in Amsterdam. Tourist guides often are not updated on specific rules that apply to tourist buses. To be fully informed before the trip, read the following information.
Limited Access to the City Center
In the center of Amsterdam, only "destination traffic" is allowed. These are buses that allow passengers to board or disembark at a bus stop in areas of the city center where buses cannot circulate. Transit traffic is no longer allowed in these areas.
Buses must follow certain routes in the center. See the tourist bus map on the Amsterdam city website. Note: buses weighing more than 7.5 tonnes must follow the specified routes for 7.5-tonne vehicles. These are also marked on the map.
Parking and Drop-Off/Pick-Up Points
Parking spaces for buses are available at the following locations:
- Artis Royal Zoo, Plantage Doklaan 38-40. Note: from March 1 to November 1, exclusively for visitors to the Artis Royal Zoo and the Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum). (18 spaces)
- Gassan Diamonds, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175. Note: exclusively for Gassan Diamonds visitors. (20 spaces)
- The Harbour Club, Cruquiusweg 67 (20 spaces)
- Museumplein, entrance at Paulus Potterstraat / corner of the Rijksmuseum (24 spaces)
- P-Plus Arena, Passage 100, Duivendrecht (60 spaces)
- P+R Zeeburg, Zuiderzeeweg 46a (20 spaces)
- Amsterdam Passenger Terminal (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 authorized parking and drop-off/pick-up points, as well as information on vehicle height limits in some parts of the city. The brochure is in Dutch, English, German, and French.
For daily traffic information and bus updates in different languages, go to Tourbuzz.
If you have any questions, call 14020 from the Netherlands or +31 20 624 1111 from other countries.
Environmental Zone: Strict Controls Since 2018
Traffic cameras and road police controls will be used to enforce this new measure, and violations will be fined. See the Environmental Zone on the Amsterdam city website for a map of the environmental zone. On the same page, you can also check the age of Dutch vehicles (simply enter your license plate 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 encourage the adoption of electric transport. Amsterdam's goal is to be emission-free by 2025.
Old Holland Information for Bus Operators
The Old Holland villages of Marken, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time in some of the country's most picturesque settings, making them popular places to visit. Beat the crowd and help your guests (and local residents) have the best possible experience in these three historic villages with the Old Holland bus map.