Keukenhof is the world’s most beautiful spring flower garden. More than 7 million flower bulbs are planted in Keukenhof every year. It’s definitely a must-see place in the Netherlands! Open gardens and pavilions demonstrate a fantastic collection of tulips, irises, lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids and other flowers.
In 2021 the Keukenhof tulip gardens will be open from 20 March to 9 May, including the Easter weekend, King’s Day (27 April) and Liberation Day (5 May).
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Please note. Due to the COVID-19 virus, strict regulations of the government will apply in Keukenhof 2021. A maximum number of visitors will be allowed per day and the Keukenhof tickets will have fixed time slots per day.
Planning your visit to Keukenhof? Make sure you book a hotel well in advance as in April – May Holland is extremely popular among tourists. In spring 2021 the Netherlands will also host the Eurovision song contest and the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, so millions of people will visit the country during this season. Check out our tips: Visiting Keukenhof: where to stay?
We advise you to buy tickets to Keukenhof online to avoid long waiting lines at the entrance. The tickets have an open date, which means you can choose any date during the Keukenhof season for your visit.
Keukenhof opening hours: 08.00 – 19.30.
The gardens are open every day during the season, including King’s Day and Easter weekend.
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof by public transport: bus
Use 9292.nl route planner to find the shortest and the fastest way to get to Keukenhof by public transport. Note that during Keukenhof opening season there are special direct buses (Keukenhof Express) going to the gardens from airport Schiphol (№858), Leiden (№854), Hoofddorp (№859), Amsterdam RAI (№852) and Haarlem (№50). You can get Keukenhof combi-tickets (entrance + return bus ticket) for € 32,50 if you travel from Amsterdam, and € 27,50 if you travel from Schiphol, Leiden, Hoofddorp or Haarlem.
From Amsterdam you can take bus line №397 from Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum and Museumplein or bus №341 from Amsterdam Zuid Station. Both buses stop at station Hoofddorp and there you will change to bus №859 which goes to Keukenhof. When you depart from station Amsterdam RAI you take bus №852 which will take you directly to Keukenhof.
Keukenhof Express bus schedule and travel times
You can easily plan your trip with the 9292.nl online travel planner. You will immediately receive travel advice (timetable and the route options) from your departure location.
– bus line 852 from Amsterdam RAI. Travel time 35 minutes.
– bus line 859 from Hoofddorp. Travel time 22 minutes.
– bus line 858 from Schiphol. Travel time 35 minutes.
– bus line 854 from Leiden. Travel time 25 minutes.
– bus line 50 from Haarlem. Travel time 40-50 minutes + 10 minutes walk.
Please note that travel times can vary depending on the road situation.
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof by public transport: train
Please note there is no train station near the Keukenhof gardens. If you decide to travel by train, you will first need to go to Leiden Centraal station (train tickets are available online) and switch to the bus №854.
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof by direct transfer bus
Taking a transfer bus from Amsterdam can be a good option if you want to travel to Keukenhof directly. There are two different direct transfers operating between Amsterdam and Keukenhof.
Tours & Tickets hop on & go. The bus departs from De Ruijterkade, 34 (the opposite side of the Central train station of Amsterdam). Travel time is about 45 minutes. Departure every 30 minutes from 09:00 till 14:30. Prior booking is required. Open ticket price: € 37.50 Guaranteed seat price: € 45. The price includes skip-the-line entrance to Keukenhof. Tickets are available online.
The bus departing from the “This is Holland” experience (Overhoeksplein 51). Simply take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the opposite side of the IJ, where “This is Holland” is a 2-minute walk away. Travel time is about 55 minutes. Departure every 30 minutes from 09:00 till 14:30. Prior booking is required. The price includes skip-the-line entrance to Keukenhof. Tickets (€ 39) are available online.
From Amsterdam to Keukenhof by car
The Keukenhof tulip gardens are located between Amsterdam and Leiden. To plan your route use Keukenhof’s address in your navigation: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse. It will take you approx. 40 minutes (sometimes more depending on the traffic) to drive from Amsterdam to Keukenhof. You can park your car near the park for € 6 (you can pay for the parking online).
The Flower Parade will take place on 17 – 18 April 2021. It will start on 17 April 2021 around 9:15 in Noordwijk. Approximately at 15.00 the beautiful cars decorated with flowers will process to Keukenhof and around 21:30 will arrive to Haarlem. On 18 April 2021 the flower compositions will remain in Haarlem. The Flower Parade is an unforgettable show. Don’t miss it!
What is the best time to see tulips in the Netherlands?
Tulip season runs from the end of March until mid May. Exact blooming times depend on the weather, but tulips are usually at their best in mid April – beginning of May. If you want to see tulip fields in bloom, we recommend to travel to the Netherlands in mid April. Later most flowers are cut, even before they are done blooming, as the farmers mostly grow tulips for the bulbs, not for flowers.
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