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.

You can plan your door-to-door journeys in the Netherlands by public and shared transport with a free Glimble app:

Tickets for the Keukenhof Express bus have a fixed time-slot. You have to book them online 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:

Travel to Keukenhof by public transport 2023

Keukenhof travel options in 2023. Source:

Check the detailed travel instructions here:

Keukenhof Express tickets

Keukenhof combi-tickets (entrance + return bus ticket) in 2023 cost:

Buy bus + skip-the-line tickets to Keukenhof  >>

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

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.

Please also note that Keukenhof combi tickets are sold with a 30 minutes interval. While the public transport is operating on their own schedule. The best way to see the exact departure times is via the Arriva official app called Glimble.


If you want to have flexible departure time, you can travel with a usual OV-chipkaart (Dutch transport card) or Amsterdam & Region Travel ticket.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is valid for 1-3 days of unlimited travel by public transport in Amsterdam and surrounding areas (including Schiphol airport, Volendam, Edam, Marken, Zaanse Schans, Haarlem, Zandvoort and Keukenhof).

ARTT map in 2023. Open the image in a new window to enlarge it.

Prices in 2023:

  • 1 day – € 21,00
  • 2 days – € 31,50
  • 3 days – € 40,50

The ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 04:00 hours after the last valid day.

Another option is Tulip Festival Card, a combi that includes:

With these type of ticket you don’t need to book a timeslot for Keukenhof Express.

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?

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.

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. Great option is you are planning to travel a lot!

Order Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket online >>

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.

Keukenhof Express bus schedule in 2023 and travel times

You can easily plan your trip with a free Glimble app. It’s an official app of the Arriva company, which operates Keukenhof Express buses:

You will receive real-time travel advice (timetable and the route options) from your departure location.

Travel time by the Keukenhof Express:

  • bus line 852 from Amsterdam RAI. Travel time 35 minutes. The bus departs up to 8 times an hour. The first bus to Keukenhof departs at 7:30. The last bus back is at 19:55.
  • bus line 858 from Schiphol. Travel time 35 minutes. The bus departs up to 6 times an hour. The first bus to Keukenhof departs at 7:30. The last bus back is at 19:55.
  • bus line 854 from Leiden. Travel time 25 minutes. The bus departs up to 4 times an hour. The first bus to Keukenhof departs at 7:43. The last bus back is at 19:55.
  • bus line 50 from Haarlem. Travel time 40-50 minutes + 10 minutes walk. Haarlem on weekdays (bus 50): first bus at 7:30, last bus back at 22:23. Haarlem on weekends (Keukenhof Express): first bus at 10:00, last bus back at 17:45.

Travel times can vary depending on the road situation.

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.

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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