King's Day in Amsterdam
Every year on 27 April, Amsterdam turns completely Orange to celebrate the King's birthday! Every corner of the city will be hosting events, activities, music and open-air markets. If you have children, bring them along to the children's market in the Vondelpark. The city centre of course offers countless events of all sizes. The major dance events are all located outside the city centre, and are easily accessible by train.
Travelling to and from Amsterdam
On King's Day, every corner of the city will be hosting events, activities, music and open-air markets. Find the best way to travel to your King's Day destination here. The downloadable map below shows the best ways to travel to and from Amsterdam, to help you find the recommended route to your event.
Good to know
- Be prepared for crowded trains and stations on King's Day, as we expect large numbers of visitors.
- Special rules for alcohol consumption will apply in Amsterdam as well.
- Station Amsterdam RAI will be closed for the day; passengers may travel via station Amsterdam Zuid instead.
- Station Amsterdam Sciencepark will be closed for the day; passengers may travel via station Amsterdam Amstel instead.
- Buses and trams will run according to a special timetable on 27 April. Visit gvb.nl for more information.
Open-air markets in the city centre
The city centre is within walking distance of station Amsterdam Centraal. If you are travelling from the direction of Utrecht, you can depart at station Amsterdam Amstel and continue on by metro or tram. If you are travelling from the direction of North Holland, you can transfer to a tram, metro or bus at station Amsterdam Sloterdijk to reach the open-air markets in the city centre.
Vondelpark and Leidseplein
The fastest way to reach the Vondelpark or Leidseplein is to travel via station Amsterdam Zuid. If you are travelling from the direction of Haarlem and Zaandam, take the train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk and transfer to metro line 50 to Amsterdam Zuid. Both locations are within walking distance of station Amsterdam Zuid.
There are several major dance events scheduled outside the city centre on King's Day. These events are only open to visitors with pre-purchased tickets. There is no point in travelling to these dance events if you have not purchased a ticket in advance.
Kingsland festival RAI
Station Amsterdam RAI will be closed on King's Day. If you have tickets for the Kingsland Festival Amsterdam in the RAI, the fastest way to travel is via station Amsterdam Zuid. From the direction of Zaandam or Haarlem, travel to Amsterdam Sloterdijk, then transfer to metro line 50 to Amsterdam Zuid.
Walking routes to both events will be indicated from station Amsterdam Zuid.
Loveland van Oranje
If you have tickets to Loveland van Oranje, you can travel to station Amsterdam Amstel and follow the walking route to the event location in the Meerpark. Shuttle buses to and from the festival will also depart from station Amsterdam Amstel. Remember to purchase a bus ticket before boarding the bus.
Station Amsterdam Sciencepark will be closed on King's Day.
Urban Music Festival
If you have tickets to the UMF, you can travel via station Amsterdam Sloterdijk, then walk for 15 minutes to the festival location at the Stadspodium.
If you plan on attending Oranjebloesem, you can travel via Amsterdam Centraal and take the shuttle bus to the festival in Blijburg.
For more information about festivities and events in Amsterdam, visit the website.
Return journey from Amsterdam Centraal
The large screens outside the station display the trains' departure information. Consult these screens to see which platform your train will depart from and which entrance to use. Always check the NS Travel Planner for the most up-to-date departure and travel times.