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5 best day trips from Amsterdam

Day trip to Rotterdam

1. Day trip to Rotterdam

For travelers looking to experience one of the Netherlands’ most prominent cities, a day trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam is an excellent choice. The second-biggest city in the country, Rotterdam is home to the largest port in Europe. With its modern architecture and stunning skyline, the city offers visitors numerous spectacular sights. See the single contemporary arch of the Markthal, take in amazing views from the Euromast, or visit the giant windmills of Schiedam.

How far is Rotterdam from Amsterdam?

You can reach Rotterdam in about one hour by car. Taking the train, the 77 kilometers (48 miles) will take 45 minutes or an hour, depending on which train.

Day trip to Utrecht

2. Day trip to Utrecht

Getting to know the charming and historic city of Utrecht is easy on a day trip from Amsterdam. Recognized for being the religious center of the Netherlands, Utrecht is also home to the country’s largest university. While the city is brimming with captivating sights and things to do, visitors should make sure to see the Gothic Dom Tower, the Museum Speelklok (music box museum), and the unique architecture of the Rietveld Schröder House.

How far is Utrecht from Amsterdam?

Just 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Amsterdam, it’s just a quick jaunt to get to Utrecht. By car, you can get there in just 40 minutes, while the train takes only 25 to 30 minutes.

Day trip to Delft

3. Day trip to Delft

The pleasant Dutch city of Delft is a calm escape from the busy energy of Amsterdam. A favorite destination for a day trip, Delft is best known for the blue and white Delftware ceramic pottery created in the city. Visitors can still watch the pottery being made at the Royal Delft Factory. Make sure to check out the main square, the Markt, before heading to the Vermeer Centrum Delft, the Oude Kirk (old church), or the Prinsenhof.

How far is Delft from Amsterdam?

It will take you around 45 minutes to travel the 67 kilometers (41 miles) to Delft by car. Most trains will reach the city in just under an hour.

Day trip to The Hague

4. Day trip to The Hague

Taking a trip to The Hague is a fascinating journey of global proportions. This significant city is the seat of government for the Netherlands, the location of hundreds of international embassies, and home to the International Court of Justice. Travelers can tour the stately Binnenhof, admire the king’s workplace of Noordeinde Palace, and view masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age at the Mauritshuis.

How far is The Hague from Amsterdam?

The Hague is located 64 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Amsterdam. By road or by train, you should reach The Hague in 45 minutes to an hour.

Day trip to Gouda

5. Day trip to Gouda

Let the cheese puns commence and embark on a day trip to the fairytale city of Gouda. Famous for the creamy cheese that bears its name, Gouda is an extremely popular outing from Amsterdam. Founded in the Middle Ages, picturesque scenes are everywhere you look. For a traditional Dutch experience, take a journey to the cheese market and city hall in the Markt Square. When all the cheese starts to weigh you down, other attractions include the Gothic landmark of Sint Janskirk and the old waag (weigh house).

How far is Gouda from Amsterdam?

About 60 kilometers (37 miles) away from Amsterdam, travel time to Gouda normally clocks in just under an hour by train, car, or bus.

Amsterdam day trip FAQ

What is the best transportation option for my day trip?

As such a small country, traveling anywhere in The Netherlands doesn’t take long. Any travel method is relatively easy to plan for and manage, so your choice mostly hinges on your transportation preference.
  • • Amsterdam day trips by train

    With highly efficient and frequent trains running to most parts of the country, rail is always a top choice for transportation from Amsterdam and across the Netherlands. Best of all, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery all the way to your destination.

  • • Amsterdam day trips by bus

    The bus is more commonly used for travel within smaller regions than for long-distance purposes. If you’re looking to make plenty of stops along the way and make the journey a significant part of your day trip, the bus could be the perfect choice for you.

  • • Amsterdam day trips by car

    For independent people who want the freedom to be spontaneous, taking a trip with your own car is often the best option. With your own vehicle, you can really customize your excursion from Amsterdam to your own wants and needs.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Whether you want the local commentary of a tour guide, or you simply don’t feel like making the plans, a guided tour can be the right choice for your day trip. Plus, tours can provide you with special experiences you wouldn’t be able to arrange on your own.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Since day trips from Amsterdam will be in the northern part of Europe, bringing an umbrella or some sort of rain protection is always smart, even in the summer. Any other items you will need really depends on the activities you have planned.


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What people are saying about South Tyrol

Overall rating

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based on 106 reviews

A not to be missed and unforgettable day trip from Venice.

Our guide Simone was sensational. He was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and good fun to be with. Also a good driver. Starting at Piazzale Roma in Venice, we were able to locate Simone easily, due to the clear directions we were given. The trip was unhurried and informative, with regular stops. It was an easy and very enjoyable day, exploring a gloriously beautiful part of Northern Italy, that while only two hours from Venice, was an entirely different experience. Highly recommended.

Wow! Do not underestimate the value of this tour. It's a lot of driving but oh so very worth it. A beautiful day spent away from the crowds. Two items for thought: dress appropriately as temperatures are always cooler in the mountains and over the lunch hour, I recommend grabbing an item from the snack bar and then using that time to hike around the lake. You can eat at an Italian restaurant during the remainder of your trip outsidd the dolomites.

A fantastic tour with a wonderful driver.

We loved the tour but would have happily spent less time in Cortina or not gone there at all and spent more time at the lake and/or at the top of the mountain viewing the 3 peaks. We appreciate that Cortina is a famous location and some people like to shop there but all the people on our tour (including ourselves) chose to tour the Dolomite mountains to experience their grandeur and see the stunning and magnificent views in that area.

It was a very interesting and enjoyable day

The arrangements were well explained and met and the timetable was well adhered to. We were given good explanations at the various places we stopped and the driver was very forthcoming with information and appropriate advice. One thing which would have helped would have been some ongoing commentary about the region etc as we drove through - this would have added to our knowledge and understanding of the region.

The place is espectacular, totally worth it, and Simone, our tour guide, was amazing! he knows the place, he gave us the exact time at each point with lots of data, he is fun and ease and made our tour even more enjoyable. Excellent choice.