Amsterdam to Giethoorn

How are we getting from Amsterdam to Giethoorn is a frequently asked question in our mailbox. Therefore, we created this page. In other words, we want to help you on your way to Giethoorn village in a country that is foreign to you.


Research conducted by us in 2019 showed that an estimated 19% of the visitors to Giethoorn village were stil in Amsterdam the day before they visited Giethoorn. More than 8 out of 10 times, this group of tourists also had Amsterdam as a base for an average stay of 2.5 days. So, based on a minimum of 1 million visitors which Giethoorn village had in 2019, 190.000 of them had to know their way from Amsterdam to Giethoorn village. Secondly, the fact that we received almost 1000 emails in 2019 about how to get to Giethoorn from Amsterdam. Therefore, we decided to dedicate a page to this topic.

Getting from Amsterdam to Giethoorn? Then these are the options:

1. Public transport:

The travel by train takes between 2/2.5 hours for a one-way ticket and costs about EU25 per person. It is sometimes possible to buy a one-way ticket for approximately EU15 per person in the lowseason.

2. Travel by car:

The distance between Amsterdam and Giethoorn is 138 km. The expected travel time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes. Most of the journey will be on the highway. The maximum permitted speed on the Dutch highways is 100 km per hour between A.m 06.00 and P.m 07.00. After 07.00 P.m and until 06.00 A.m 120 km per hour is allowed. You can call the ANWB number if you need roadside assistance. There are more than 20 parkings in Giethoorn. Most of these parkings are free of charge. Make sure that you use one of the parkings because a fine is EU 90 and there is a lot of checking.  Find a free parking here.

3. Travel with a taxi/private tourguide:

the travel takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes and costs around EU300/EU400 for 8 people based on a return. Included airconditioned transport.

4. Travel by organised bus tour:

the travel takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs around Eu90 per person based on a return. The tour often includes a lunch and a boat trip in Giethoorn. Included airconditioned transport.

Parking in Giethoorn? Tips and tricks.

There are 3 parkings in Giethoorn for 610 cars total and 20 smaller parkings. Almost all these parking places are free of charge.

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