Keukenhof Express bus – 2023 FAQ

Taking the Keukenhof Express Arriva bus is the easiest way to travel to Keukenhof from Amsterdam, Schiphol airport and Leiden. Here is everything you need to plan your trip.

Update 11 January 2023: Entrance tickets to Keukenhof 2023 are already available online. Combi-tickets (entrance + Keukenhof express bus) to Keukenhof are expected online in February. If you want to get your tickets right now, you can book entrance ticket (€ 19,50) + Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (from  € 21), which is also valid in the Keukenhof Express bus.

Important! The busiest season at Keukenhof has started. The tickets for some days are sold out. If the regular tickets are not available, try booking the Keukenhof tickets + bus tickets instead. Or book your ticket for another date in advance.

What is the Keukenhof Express?

During the Keukenhof opening season (from 23 March to 14 May 2023) there are special direct bus lines, called the Keukenhof Express, going to the gardens from:

Keukenhof travel options in 2022. Source:

Check the detailed travel instructions here:

Keukenhof Express bus schedule in 2023 and travel times

You can easily plan your trip with the online travel planner. You will immediately receive travel advice (timetable and the route options) from your departure location.

Travel time by the Keukenhof Express:

Travel times can vary depending on the road situation.

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Keukenhof Express tickets

Keukenhof combi-tickets (entrance + return bus ticket) in 2022 cost:

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Combi-ticketes mentioned above include the Keukenhof entrance tickets and the transportation (return transfer).

You can also buy bus only tickets:

To book your bus only tickets choose Day Ticket Bus option during the booking process.

Please note. Due to the COVID-19 virus situation, strict regulations of the government will apply in Keukenhof 2022. A maximum number of visitors will be allowed per day and the Keukenhof tickets will have fixed time slots per day. The bus tickets also have a fixed departure time.

Important! The time you choose during the booking process is based on the departure of the bus. All buses departing 30 minutes before and 60 minutes after the chosen timeslot can be taken. For the buses back for the return transfers there are no timeslots. You can take any bus you want.

If you want to have flexible departure time, you can use a usual OV-chipkaart (Dutch transport card) or Amsterdam & Region Travel ticket (see what’s included in this ticket). Another option is Tulip Festival Card, a combi that includes Keukenhof entrance ticket + Keukenhof Express + two audio guides.

Can I buy Keukenhof combi-tickets at the bus?

No, you can’t buy Keukenhof combi-tickets from the driver.

You purchase a travel ticket from the bus driver only on buses 300, 341, 397, 50 and 90. The price depends on the distance you travel (travelling with an OV-chipkaart or a combi-ticket is much cheaper).  Please note that you cannot pay for tickets in cash on the buses in the Netherlands.

What types of tickets are valid in the Keukenhof Express?

So if you already bought your Keukenhof entrance tickets, you can buy one of the travel tickets mentioned above.

Day tickets for all Keukenhof Express buses cost €11,50 (except Bus 852: €16) for adults and €7,50 for children aged 4 – 11. These day tickets (dagkaarten in Dutch) are only available online, you cannot buy them from the driver. Choose day ticket bus only during the booking process.

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The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is a good option if you are planning to visit other places (Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Haarlem, Zandvoort, etc.) and use public transport in Amsterdam (see what’s included in this ticket).

The advantage of the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is that you can take any Keukenhof Express bus, it’s doesn’t have a fixed departure time and gives you more flexibility.

Can I use my GVB ticket in the Keukenhof Express?

No, bus 858 is operated by Arriva. Your GVB ticket, as well as I Amsterdam city card won’t be valid in the bus.

However you can use Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket. It is valid in the bus lines:

  • 858 (Schiphol Airport – Keukenhof)
  • 852 (Amsterdam RAI – Keukenhof)
  • 854 (Leiden CS – Keukenhof)
  • 50 (station Haarlem – Keukenhof).

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is also valid for 1-3 days of unlimited travel by bus, tram, metro and train in Amsterdam and surrounding areas (including Volendam, Edam, Marken, Zaanse Schans, Haarlem, Zandvoort and Keukenhof. See the full list of included routes here >>). Great option is you are planning to travel a lot!

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You can also use the Tulip Festival Card, which is a combi of Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, the Keukenhof entrance ticket, audio guides and discount codes

Amsterdam Travel Ticket is not valid in any of these bus lines.

Does the Keukenhof Express have any in between stops?

No, it is a direct and nonstop bus that brings you to the main entrance of Keukenhof.

Do I need to wear a face mask in Keukenhof Express bus?

It’s expected that the requirement to wear a face mask on public transport in the Netherlands will be lifted as of Wednesday 23 March 2022. So you won’t need to wear a face mask in the bus after this date.

You also don’t need to wear a face mask in the Keukenhof gardens.

Is the Keukenhof Express accessible to passengers in a wheelchair and mobility scooter?

Yes, it is accessible to the passengers in a wheelchair. There is a special space in the central part of the bus enough for 2 wheelchairs.

However mobility scooters are not allowed in the bus.

Are dogs allowed in Arriva Keukenhof Express?

Yes, small dogs are allowed in the Keukenhof Express. The dog is supposed to be on a leash and may not occupy a seat. Small dogs can travel in the bus for free.

Keukenhof express bus

Can I store my luggage in the Keukenhof Express?

No, the Keukenhof Express is a regular line bus, not a tourist coach. Which means the bus will leave as soon as it takes you to Keukenhof.

See you in the Keukenhof gardens!


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