Travel to Ameland

By Car

The quickest way to get to Ameland is by car. If you arrive by airplane (Schiphol), you could rent a car at Schiphol. There are alot of affordable rent-a-car companies available.

Check the shortest route

By Train and Bus

  • There is a direct train going from Schiphol to Leeuwarden. You can purchase an e-ticket on the NS website. Print the e-ticket and bring it along. Check the journey planner and adjust your travel times.
  • You have to purchase an additional train ticket (Fietskaart Dal); also if you travel with your bicycle in a bike bag or case.
  • You may not bring your bicycle in the train during peak hours Monday till Friday, between 06:30 and 09:00, and 16:00-18:30, due to the limited space available. If you consider to travel with your bicycle during peak hours, check first with the train conductor if there is space available.
  • To get to the ferry in Holwerd, take the bus from Leeuwarden to Holwerd Veerdam. You can purchase a bus e-ticket on the Arriva website. You can use the Fietskaart Dal to take your bike on the bus.

Public transport to and from the Wadden island Ameland

The boat to Ameland leaves from the pier in Holwerd – Friesland.
Pier – Holwerd can be reached by bus, bus 66, from Leeuwarden train station.
Nearest airport is Schiphol – Amsterdam where the train can be taken to Leeuwarden (approximately 2:10pm).

Boat times from Holwerd (about 50 minutes)
Friday 18 September 2020: 14:00 – 15:00 – 16:00 – 17:00 – 18:00 – 20:00
Saturday 19 September 2020: 07:15 – 09:30 – 11 : 30 – 14:00 – 16:00 – 18:00 – 20:00
Sunday 20 September 20120: 09:30 – 11:30 – 14:00 – 16:00 – 17:00 – 18:00 – 20:00

Boat times from Ameland (about 50 minutes)
Saturday 18 September 2020: 17:00 – 19:00
Sunday 19 September 2020: 08:30 – 11:30 – 13:00 – 15:00 – 16:00 – 17:00 – 19:00

Departure overview, all crossings

Fast Ferry service (about 20 min), taking a bike is not possible!
Since the spring of 2018, ms Fostaborg has been providing a fast service between Ameland and Holwerd via a fixed timetable.
On Friday a number of extra cruises from Holwerd: 15:00 – 16:30.

Boat ticket

A boat ticket for passenger and MTB transport is included in the registration fee. This tickets can only be used at the bicycle entrance of the boat in Holwerd until 20 September. There is no check on the return trip from Ameland. The car can be parked on the parking deck in Holwerd

Car on the ferry

If you come to Holwerd by car, you can park it on  P1 or P2 and from the parking lot you can go with your bicycle to the bicycle entrance of the boat. The obtained boat ticket from the organization is scanned here. There is no control on the return trip from Ameland.

If you want to take the car on the boat to Ameland you have to reserve it yourself. The ticket obtained through the registration can then only be used for passenger transport. Costs of a bicycle carrier on or on the car are not covered with the ticket and reimbursement and / or refund is not possible from WPD and the organization of XTERRA NL. It is best for participants to arrange the car reservation by telephone (0900 9238, local rate) or by email to use the boat ticket from XTERRA NETHERLANDS. When ordering E-tickets with car reservations, at least 1 person must always be reserved

Look for extra sailings and all other information on the website of Wagenborg Passenger Services. Do you want to decide for yourself when to depart to and from the island? Which can! The Water Taxi is available every day between 06.00 and 00.00 on demand via 0900-9238. An overview of the water taxis can be found on Since spring 2018, Wagenborg Passenger Services also has a fast service that operates according to a fixed timetable. You can book sailings easily and quickly via


If you park your car on the parking deck in Holwerd, it is advised to purchase a parking ticket beforehand online so that waiting times and delays during exit are limited as much as possible. For all information about transport to and from Ameland, see the website of Wagenborg Passenger Services.

If you leave your car in Holwerd. It is advised to assemble your bike before you board the ferry.


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