Zaanse Schans — Beautiful Village in the Netherlands | How to Reach from Amsterdam?

Zaanse Schans — Popularly known as “Windmill village in the Netherlands”. The Dutch typically refer to it as a “museum village”. In this post, we share how to reach Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam by bus, train, car, ferry, and bike and things to do in Zaanse Scans if you are planning to visit in near future. 

ABOUT ZAANSE SCHANS — Beautiful Village in the Netherlands

The Zaanse Schans is a Dutch village in the province of North Holland.  It is one of the best-known tourist attractions in the Netherlands and is visited by about 1 million people every year. Its history dates back to the 17th century when it was used as a trading post for goods and services. The village has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site because of its authentic Dutch architecture and traditional windmills. 

It is often visited by tourists from all over the world to see how life used to be centuries ago.  The town has many restored houses that are open to visitors and provide an insight into how people used to live in the past. Visitors can also visit museums where they can learn more about Dutch culture, such as customs and traditions.

Things to do in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

  • Visit the cheese factory.
  • Going for a walk through the beautiful countryside.
  • Visit Traditional Clog Making Workshop.
  • Visiting one of the many museums.
  • Shop for souvenirs.
  • Enjoy your time by the canal.



There are many ways to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. By sprinter train, you can reach Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans in 20 minutes. From there it’s a 1 km walk to the village. ( Price: 3:50 Euros one way )

By Bus:

Bus 391 connects the Amsterdam Central station to Zaanse Schans. These buses leave Amsterdam every 15 minutes and the journey takes roughly 40 minutes.

The Rnet-bus 817 drives in July and August from the Zaanse Schans to Volendam/Edam. 

By Car:

You can also drive to Zaanse Schans. The address of the parking place is Wezelstraat 12.

By Ferry:

You could take the Ferry  Zaanboot from Amsterdam Central Station to the Zaanse Schans. Duration +/- 110 minutes. You can find information on the ferry timetable and current rates via

By Bike:

If you love biking, you can easily reach Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam by bike as well.


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