How to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam Centraal

Windmills were part of our must sees (and probably everyone else’s) when we were planning our visit to Amsterdam. And as I did my research, I found out just the place to see them: Zaanse Schans.

This cool collection of windmills and historic houses were moved from all over the region in the ’70s to where they are today, and though many call it too touristy, my family agrees it was worth it the short trip from Amsterdam – it really feels like just going to an Amsterdam neighborhood a little further away from central Amsterdam.

So here is how to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam Centraal:

1) Head to Amsterdam Centraal Station and purchase your ticket on a Sprinter train towards Uitgeest – you can plan your journey on this link.

The Sprinter train to Uitgeest
The Sprinter train to Uitgeest
Just make sure to look for the screen to make sure you are on the right train! :)
Just make sure to look for the screen to make sure you are on the right train! :)

2) Once you board the train, your journey will take between 15 and 17 minutes and you will get off at Koog-Zaandijk Station.

"Volgende station" = "Next station" = you're almost where you should be :)
“Volgende station Koog-Zaandijk” = “Next station Koog-Zaandijk” = you’re almost arriving

3) Upon arrival at the station you will probably see signs telling you to go to the bar at the station for maps; no need to do that as they will say they can give you a map if you buy something there. Just walk outside of the station and you will see a map dispenser – totally free of charge!

You have arrived
You have arrived
Detail of the windows/doors at the Koog-Zaadijk station
Detail of the windows/doors at the Koog-Zaadijk station
Just follow the signs
Just follow the signs to see the windmills
Map dispenser a few meters outside of the train station - totally free
Map dispenser a few meters outside of the train station – totally free

Or just follow the signs and you can’t go wrong! It is a lovely walk to where the windmills and the houses are… and you will have plenty of opportunities to buy cheese and wooden clogs and have a lovely time enjoying the area!

Signs you can trust
Signs you can trust
Lovely!
Lovely!
Welcome!
Welcome!

To go back to Amsterdam Centraal you just walk back and take the same train. We found this was the fastest way to get to/from Zaanse Schans and will be using again on our next visit.

Hope you will include this lovely place in your plans as a day trip from Amsterdam (we spent 4 hours there and could have spent more!)!

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