Kinderdijk travel guide

How to get to Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Using public transport to reach Kinderdijk can be time consuming so be sure to plan ahead via (http://www.9292ov.nl) (Dutch and English). The name of the bus stop for Kinderdijk is "Kinderdijk Molen".

The best way is to take a train to Rotterdam Lombardijen station. This station is easily accessible from major cities in The Netherlands. When leaving the station, cross the big street and tram lines. The bus stop is visible after crossing the street. Take either bus 90 or 190 (special), both operated by Arriva (http://www.arriva.nl). Bus 90 (destination Utrecht) operates every hour, 7 days a week. This bus will take you in about 45 minutes to Kinderdijk. Ask the bus driver to let you know when the stop comes for Kinderdijk. Both bus lines depart from Rotterdam Zuidplein metro station so alternatively you could take the bus from there.

You can also take the Waterbus (http://www.denieuwewaterbus.nl/) ferry from Rotterdam (near Erasmusbrug) or from Dordrecht (on Merwekade). Get off at Ridderkerk, and change for a smaller ferry to Kinderdijk, which pier is around 1km from the windmills.A single trip should take you around 45 minutes to an hour, depending your point of departure and waiting time at Ridderkerk. Note that the Ridderkerk-Kinderdijk ferry service takes a long lunch break - from 10 a.m. to noon.

There are many ways to get to Kinderdijk by motorway. If you're coming from Rotterdam, drive south along motorway A16 in the direction to Dordrecht. At the junction, get onto the A15 that goes in eastward direction to Gorinchem. Get off at exit 22 and follow the signs to Kinderdijk.

If you're coming from Amsterdam or Utrecht, drive south along motorway A2. At the junction Everdingen, get onto motorway A27 that goes to Gorinchem in southwestern direction. At the junction Gorinchem, get onto motorway A15 that goes to Rotterdam in westwards direction. Get off at exit 22 and follow the signs to Kinderdijk. The ride is about 100 km from Amsterdam.

You can also take the Waterbus (http://www.denieuwewaterbus.nl/) ferry from Rotterdam (near Erasmusbrug) or from Dordrecht (on Merwekade). Take Route 1 and get off at Ridderkerk (De Schans). There you have to change onto Route 3, a smaller ferry to Kinderdijk that leaves every half hour. The pier is around 1 km from the windmills.

A single trip should take you around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your point of departure and waiting time at Ridderkerk.

By Public Transit

As Kinderdijk is in a rural area, getting there with public transport can be a time-consuming process. The easiest way to get there is to first take a train to railway station Rotterdam Lombardijen. This station is easily accessible from the major cities. You will have to continue your way by bus. When leaving the railway station, cross the street and tram lines to get to the bus stop. Arriva (http://www.arriva.nl) operates two bus connections that serve bus stop Kinderdijk, Molenkade:

  • Bus 90 operates hourly, 7 days a week, and has Utrecht CS as its final destination. The ride takes about 45 minutes.
  • Bus 190 is a special bus that operates infrequently. It only seems to reach Kinderdijk during morning rush hours.

If you're not sure when to get off, ask the bus driver to tell you when he's there. You can plan your trip ahead from 9292ov.nl (http://www.9292ov.nl). As both bus lines depart from metro station Rotterdam Zuidplein, you could alternatively take the bus from there.