Netherlands By Bike
Getting a closer look...
A selection of news and short documentaries on Dutch life, bicycling and historical events.
If you are thinking about a bicycling holiday to the Netherlands, this is the place to start!
Some trips to consider...
Allow us to introduce you to some of our favorite bicycle tour routes.
Here are some bike travel ideas we think you should know about.
A fietspont crossing a canal outside of Amsterdam
Here is a comprehensive data map showing locations of most ferries currently operating in the Netherlands today including the small hand operated ferries. Although this is a Dutch website, the map is easy to use and very helpful.
Association of Ferry Enthusiasts
Some helpful Dutch words...
Bike Ferry = "Fietspont"
Ferry = "Pont"
Lake = "Meer"
Sea = "Zee"
Bridge = "Brug"
Beach = "Strand"
De Onrust provides both a Family Cruise at 1-1/2 hours and a Nature Cruise at 2-1/2 hours. Both tours provide binoculars for viewing wildlife. The on-board tour is spoken in Dutch only but they offer English tour information by book. A full galley is available for food and drink. We recommend you coordinate a visit to the Flood Museum (Waternoodmuseum) in Ouwerkerk by bike. (De Onrust no longer provides ferry service to Colijnsplaat)
Walk on self-operated canal ferry in North Holland
Bicyclist operating a hand crank
Photos courtesy of Carla Tours
These small ferries are either owner operated or supported by local municipalities. They typically have seasonal schedules so be sure to investigate prior to arranging your bike route. The cost for these ferries is usually around €1 to €2 and exact change is expected.
A municipal bike ferry outside of Amsterdam near Amstel Park
Small private ferry shuttling bicyclists across a canal
Ferry boat for bicyclists and pedestrians