Discover the windmill village of Zaanse Schans with a leisurely bus excursion.

Begin your tour in a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus as it journeys 20-30 minutes outside the city to Zaanse Schans. This windmill village is an open air museum, home to a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century.

All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards, bringing life back to this formally prosperous area of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. These small factories oversaw many tasks including sawing wood by machine, grinding spices, pressing oil for food and paint, producing flou, cocoa powder and much more.

Discover the prosperity during the 18th and 19th century as you explore beautiful houses, originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Explore the beautiful facades of these opulent houses that have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village - visit the Clog Museum, wooden shoemaker shop and taste delicious and traditional Dutch cheese in the cheese farm. Enjoy exploring the village at your own pace, learning all about the village's history, local culture and unique character. 

Terms & Conditions of the bus excursions

You may pick one (with a 1,2 or 3-day pass) or two (with a 5-day Pass) of these 4 guided bus excursions:

  • Volendam, Edam & Windmills Bus Excursion
  • Zaanse Schans Bus Excursion
  • Cheese market Bus Excursion to Alkmaar
  • Keukenhof & Flowerfields Bus Excursion (from March 21st until May 10th 2020)

How to book your bus excursion:

Step 1: Choose your favourite guided bus excursion
1, 2, 3-day pass: one excursion is included
5-day pass: two excursions are included

Step 2: Arrive 30 minutes before departure at the pick-up point. No reservations required, just show
your Amsterdam Pass. Admittance is subject to availability.

Step 3: Enjoy your bus excursion!

 How to get there

  • Departure point: This is Holland. From Amsterdam Central Station take the free ferry with direction “Buiksloterweg”. Duration of the tour: ± 3,5 hrs

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Nov 3 - Mar 20, May 11 - Nov 2
Monday Daily from 11.30 AM
Tuesday Daily from 11.30 AM
Wednesday Daily from 11.30 AM
Thursday Daily from 11.30 AM
Friday Daily from 11.30 AM
Saturday Daily from 11.30 AM
Sunday Daily from 11.30 AM
Mar 21 - May 10
Monday Daily from 14.30
Tuesday Daily from 14.30
Wednesday Daily from 14.30
Thursday Daily from 14.30
Friday Daily from 14.30
Saturday Daily from 14.30
Sunday Daily from 14.30


Dec 25,26, Jan 1, Apr 27

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Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS, Amsterdam



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