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Best Ways to Reach the Van Gogh Museum | Public Transport, Car, & More

Where is the Van Gogh Museum located?

Getting to the Van Gogh Museum by public transport

By bus
By tram and light rail
By metro
By train

Best for: Budget travelers
Travel time: 33 mins from the Amsterdam Schipol Airport
Closest stops: Museumplein, Leidseplein, Concertgebouw
Timings: Daily buses in Amsterdam run from 6am to 12:30am. After 12:30am, you can avail of the night buses to get around the city. 

You can board bus number 397 going towards AMS Elandsgracht and get down at Concertgebouw, a 4-minute walk from the Van Gogh Museum. You can also board any of the other buses between 305, 314, 41, 65, and 852 and reach Museumplein, Leidseplein, Concertgebouw, Ferdinand Bolstraat, or Vijzelgracht, all 8-minute walks from the museum. Also, Bus 347 in the direction of Uithoorn can help you reach the Van Gogh Museum directly from Amsterdam Central. 

Best for: Travelers with a limited budget
Travel time: 16 minutes from the Amsterdam Central railway station
Closest stations: Museumplein and Van Baerlestraat
Timings: The earliest tram timings are 6am during the weekdays and 7am during the weekend to nearly midnight.

Tram numbers 3, 5, or 12 can also take you to Museumplein. If you board the tram at Amsterdam Railway Station, it will take you around 16 to 20 minutes to reach Museumplein. De-board at Museumplein to reach the Van Gogh Museum, as it is just a minute's walk from the station. You can also board 12, 2, or 5 light rail trains and reach Van Baerlestraat, a 4-minute walk from the museum, or Spiegelgracht, an 8-minute walk from the museum.

Best for: Travelers short on time
Travel time: 16 minutes from the Amsterdam Central railway station
Nearest station: De Pijp station
Timings: The earliest metro service starts at 5:30am on weekdays, 6:30am on Saturdays, and 07:30am on Sundays and other holidays. 

You can hop on the metro number 52 from the Amsterdam Central Railway Station until you reach De Pijp Station. Also, you can board Tram 12 in the direction of Central Station or Tram 3 in the direction of Zoutkeetsgracht. It is a 1-minute walk from Museumplein to the Van Gogh Museum. 

Best for: People who are looking to save time
Travel time: 4 minutes
Nearest station: Vijzelgracht
Timings: Trains run quite frequently. If you miss a train, you can rest easy knowing that the next one will arrive in 10 minutes. Typically, they run from 6:30am to 12:30am everyday throughout the year.

One of the most affordable ways to reach the Van Gogh Museum is using a train that departs every 10 minutes from Amsterdam Central Railway Station for Vijzelgracht. You can choose between IC and SPR trains. 

Getting to the Van Gogh Museum by car

Travel time: 24 minutes from the Amsterdam Schipol Airport

  • When traveling directly to the Van Gogh Museum from the airport, head northwest towards Koepelstraat. Continue down that road until you reach Handelskade.
  • From there, you have to turn right onto Energiestraat. After that, turn left onto the ramp to Westelijke Randweg. Look for signs that show the way toward Schipol Noord or Schipol Oost.
  • Turn left on the A4 and merge with Haarlem or Utrecht. Continue onto A10 and take exit 8 for s108 toward Oud Zuid.
  • Then, you have to turn left onto Amstelveenseweg. Continue onto De Lairessestraat. From Concertgebouwplein, continue toward Paulus Potterstraat. You will see the Van Gogh Museum. 

Parking facilities: Museumplein Bus Q-Park (250m), Parking Museum Quarter (550m), Johannes Vermeerstraat 2 Parking (300m), Parkhaus (70m), and WeParc - Rembrandtplein Car Park (1.6km).

Walking to the Van Gogh Museum

Best for: Those travelers with a lot of time, who want to get a feel of the city
Travel time: 35 minutes
Distance: 2.9km via Rokin

Even though Amsterdam Central Railway Station is located in the center of the city. It is quite far from the Van Gogh Museum. One has to walk for nearly 30 to 35 minutes to reach the spot. However, if you want to explore the architecture and culture, and pick up some snacks along the way, you can walk all the way to the museum. The city is quite pedestrian-friendly, making it ideal for walking. You can also rent a bike and pass through Vondelpark on your way. 

The Museumplein or Museum Square also features other major attractions like the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, and Dam Square, all within walking distance from each other, so you can easily navigate and explore these attractions along the way as well. When walking, you can also chance upon hidden gems. Amsterdam is filled with cozy cafes, boutique shops, local markets, and hidden courtyards waiting to be discovered.




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Frequently Asked Questions about getting to the Van Gogh Museum

What is the best way to reach the Van Gogh Museum?

Using public transportation like a bus or a train is the most convenient and budget-friendly way to reach the Van Gogh Museum. You can either board a bus between 347, 397, or 314 to reach Vijzelgracht or Museumplein, walk to the museum, or board a tram between 3, 5, or 12 to reach Museumplein.

Which is the fastest way to get to the Van Gogh Museum?

The fastest way to get to the Van Gogh Museum is using a tram service from Amsterdam Central Railway station. Tram numbers 3, 5, or 12 can take you to Museumplein. You can also board 12, 2, or 5 light rail trains and reach Van Baerlestraat, a 4-minute walk from the museum, or Spiegelgracht, an 8-minute walk from the museum. 

Are there parking facilities near the Van Gogh Museum?

Yes, there are parking facilities near the Van Gogh Museum. Some of them are Parking Museum Quarter, Johannes Vermestraat 2 Parking, Q-Park Museumplein Car Park, Parkhaus, and others. 

Can I walk to the Van Gogh Museum?

Amsterdam is quite pedestrian-friendly, making it an ideal city to explore on foot. If you begin walking from the Amsterdam Central Station, you can reach the Van Gogh Museum in around 30 to 36 minutes. If you do not feel like walking the whole stretch, take a tram or bus, get down at Museumplein, and walk for around 4 minutes to reach the Van Gogh Museum.