Alkmaar city centre

The Best Ways To Get From Amsterdam to Alkmaar

Getting from Amsterdam to Alkmaar is a pretty straightforward journey that offers a taste of the Netherlands’ picturesque landscapes.

After living in the area for more than 20 years, I know what are the most convenient ways to get from Amsterdam to Alkmaar.

Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended visit, this guide will provide you with all the essential information to make your journey as easy as possible.

Let’s dive into the different ways you can travel from the buzzing capital of Amsterdam to the charming town of Alkmaar.

Boat tour in Alkmaar

From Amsterdam to Alkmaar

There are several ways to reach Alkmaar from Amsterdam. Here you will find the most common transportation options:

Train

Getting from Amsterdam to Alkmaar by train is the most convenient and efficient way. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make this journey:

Your journey begins at Amsterdam Centraal Station, which is located in the heart of Amsterdam and is easily accessible by various forms of transportation, including trams and buses.

Head to the train station’s ticket counter or use the self-service ticket machines to purchase your train ticket. You can also buy tickets online through the official Dutch railway website or mobile apps such as 9292 for more convenience.

train to Alkmaar blue seats
Train to Alkmaar

Trains from Amsterdam to Alkmaar run frequently. You can choose between regular intercity trains and sprinter trains. The intercity trains, which are usually yellow, are mostly faster and make fewer stops.

Check the departure boards or ask station personnel for information about the next train to Alkmaar. Platforms are well-marked and usually easily accessible from the main hall of Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Arrive at the platform a few minutes before the departure time. Be sure to validate your ticket at the gate or platform entrance if required. Dutch trains are generally punctual, so it’s advisable to be on time.

As you depart Amsterdam, you’ll enjoy views of the Dutch countryside, passing by lots of greenery and meadows.

Alkmaar station outside
Alkmaar station

The train journey typically takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on the type of train you choose. Upon arrival at Alkmaar Station, follow the signs to the station exit.

From the train station, you can easily explore the town on foot or rent a bike to enjoy the sights at your own pace. It’s around a 10 to 15 minute walk to the main sights in Alkmaar.

Traveling from Amsterdam to Alkmaar by train is not only convenient but also allows you to experience the beauty of the Dutch countryside along the way. It’s a great way to explore two Dutch cities in a single day or as part of a longer itinerary through the Netherlands.

Alkmaar station

Car or taxi

Traveling from Amsterdam to Alkmaar by car or taxi provides flexibility, allowing you to explore the region at your own pace.

The most common route is taking the A9 motorway northbound from Amsterdam towards Alkmaar.

In Alkmaar, you’ll find parking options in and around the town center, but it can get busy during peak times, so consider parking on the outskirts and walking to your destination.

The journey by car typically takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and your exact starting and ending points in Amsterdam and Alkmaar.

If you prefer not to drive, you can hire a taxi from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. Taxis are readily available in Amsterdam, and you can either hail one on the street, book one in advance through Uber app or by calling a local taxi company.

When you’re ready to head back to Amsterdam, simply reverse your route, following the A9 motorway southbound. Remember to check traffic conditions and consider the time of day to avoid rush-hour congestion.

However, do keep in mind that Alkmaar is not enormous and is a very walkable city, so a car won’t be completely necessary to explore the city.

Alkmaar waagplein
Alkmaar Waagplein: no place for a car

Bus

Traveling from Amsterdam to Alkmaar by bus is another option, especially for budget-conscious travelers. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make this journey:

Your journey begins at Amsterdam’s primary bus terminal, Amsterdam Sloterdijk Bus Station, or Amsterdam Centraal Station. The choice of departure point may depend on the bus service you select.

You can purchase your bus ticket at the bus station or online through the official websites of Dutch bus companies like Connexxion or EBS. You can also buy tickets on the bus, but it’s generally more convenient to have them in advance.

Several bus services operate between Amsterdam and Alkmaar. These include express buses and local buses. Express buses are faster and make fewer stops, while local buses may take a bit longer but might be more budget-friendly.

Check the departure schedule to find a bus that suits your preferred departure time. Buses to Alkmaar are relatively frequent throughout the day, but schedules may vary on weekends and holidays.

Arrive at the designated bus stop a few minutes before the departure time. Bus stops at major stations are usually well-marked. Be ready to show your ticket to the bus driver or use contactless payment methods if available.

As you travel from Amsterdam to Alkmaar by bus, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the Dutch countryside. The journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the specific bus service and traffic conditions.

Upon arrival in Alkmaar, get off at the Alkmaar bus station or the stop closest to your destination in the city. From there, you can explore the town on foot or by using local public transportation. It’s around 10 to 15 minutes from here to the city centre of Alkmaar.

When you’re ready to return to Amsterdam, follow the same steps in reverse. Check the bus schedules, purchase your ticket, and board the bus at the Alkmaar bus station or a nearby stop. The bus station is located next to the train station.

Alkmaar station exterior
Walk to the right from here to find the main bus station in Alkmaar

Final thoughts

All in all, there are a couple of options to get from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. Traveling by bus is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. However, it does cost a lot more time.

Traveling by car or taxi offers the freedom to explore Alkmaar and its surroundings at your own pace. It’s a great option if you want to visit other places in the region or have a more flexible schedule. Just be mindful of traffic and parking conditions, especially in popular tourist areas.

However, it’s clear that the most convenient option is to take the train from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. This only takes around 30-40 minutes and trains run very frequently.

Whatever way you choose to travel to Alkmaar, I’m sure you’ll have a great time here, as it’s filled with lovely canals and good restaurants. Let me know what you think of Alkmaar after visiting!

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Alkmaar streets

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