King’s Day FAQ

Partying, dancing, wearing orange, buying bargains at the flea markets. Here is everything you need to know about celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam in 2019!

Save the date! In 2019 King’s Day in the Netherlands is celebrated on Saturday, 27 April, 2019.

King’s Day: isn’t it on 30th of April?

No, King’s Day is celebrated on 27 April, which is King’s Willem-Alexander birthday. Until the abdication of Queen Beatrix in 2013, the holiday was Queen’s Day and was celebrated on 30 April. Some old guide books still contain this information which causes confusion to some travellers.

Why do people dress in orange on King’s Day?

Orange is worn on King’s Day as it’s the colour of the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau.

King’s Day 2019 in Amsterdam: what’s on?

King’s Day is famous for its parties, which start the evening before on 26 April (King’s Night) and then continue the next day. Here is King’s Day and King’s Night parties agenda for 2019:

The best way to enjoy Kings’s Day is on a boat on the canals, like a real local in Amsterdam. You can join a 90-minute cruise, including a skipper, drinks and music. Book your ticket now, get on board and get free orange accessories upon departure.

Where can I find flea markets on King’s Day?

On King’s Day everyone can sell their second-hand wares on the streets and in the parks. Thus, Amsterdam turns into one of the world’s largest flea markets. Even kids can start their own merchandise! The flea markets start at 06:00 and continue until 20:00. Check for the flea market locations in Amsterdam >>

Are museums open on King’s Day in Amsterdam?

Some museums, especially the small ones are closed on King’s Day. However can still visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Artis Royal Zoo and many more. Check a full list of museums and attractions open on King’s Day >>

How does transport work on King’s Day?

Public transportation in Amsterdam is limited. The routes are adapted with the buses and trams only running up to the outskirts of the city centre.

  • During the night of Friday 26 into Saturday 27 April, certain night buses will be diverted due to the preparations for King’s Day.
  • Station RAI will be closed the entire day. Metros 50 and 51 will not stop at this station. To travel to the RAI area, it’s best to use Station Zuid.
  • The trams will run on the Saturday timetable. Trams 1, 3, 7, 19, and 26 will run via the normal routes. Trams 11 and 12 will be diverted. In addition, some tram routes in Amsterdam will be merged.

Check the GVB website for more information and plan your trip using 9292.nl journey planner.

Trains to/from Amsterdam. A special train schedule and station accessibility limitations apply on King’s Day.  In 2019 Amsterdam RAI and Amsterdam Sciencepark stations are closed for both trains and metro. For up-to-date travel advice on King’s Day 2019 and train schedule check NS website.

Trains to/from Schiphol airport on King’s Day are still running. But the journey can take more time than usual. Please also keep in mind that:

  • Lockers are not available at Amsterdam Central station on King’s Day.
  • There will be no trams in the Amsterdam Central station, and you will not be able to book a taxi.
  • It may be wise to check if you can travel via another station (like Amsterdam Zuid), rather than Amsterdam Central.

For international trains on King’s Day 2019, the arrival and departure stations will remain unchanged. However it is recommended to leave earlier and check NS International website for up-to-date travel advice >>

Is King’s Day celebrated in other cities in Holland?

Sure, King’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands, not only limited to Amsterdam. In fact, if you are travelling with kids or just prefer to stay out of the crowd, we it’s wise to consider celebrating King’s Day outside Amsterdam. Here are some ideas of celebrating King’s Day in the Amsterdam Area.

Is Keukenhof open on King’s Day?

Yes, Keukenhof is open on King’s Day from 08:00 to 19:30. Book your entrance tickets or tours to Keukenhof from Amsterdam online.

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