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Your Personal Tour guide app: LOCALBUS EBS

Departure times, general information and our recommendations for Amsterdam Countryside

All the information you need to travel like a local! By using this application you can travel independently without any time limit, our buses depart several times an hour!  

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If you coming from the city center, walk all the way through the station past track 14/15 into the hallway at the rear side. There you find at the bottom of the escalator the Public Transport Ticket shop. Buy your ticket and go up the stairs to your left, there you’ll see the red EBS buses.

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Head out into the Dutch countryside on one of Holland’s loveliest bus routes, taken by local Amsterdammers every day. In just minutes, you’ll find yourself riding along century-old dikes, eating pancakes in tiny villages and boating past the homes of Holland’s 17th century rich and famous. We’ve mapped out a few inspiring tours – but feel free to create your own local experience!

If you coming from the city center, walk all the way through the station past track 14/15 into the hallway at the rear side. There you find at the bottom of the escalator the Public Transport Ticket shop. Buy your ticket and go up the stairs to your left, there you’ll see the red EBS buses.

A 6-hour route that takes you from quaint villages to a former island.button-ROOD-local-bus

Broek in Waterland looks like a postcard, but it’s real! This picturesque village is just ±20 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. No wonder so many famous rich 17th & 18th century merchants and seafarers built their home there.

Marken was an island in the middle of the Zuyder Zee until 1957. Today it is connected to the mainland by a dike – with its little wooden houses snuggled together on the former island.

Monnickendam is ideal for exploring on your own – with cute cafes, historic sites and nice shops.

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This picturesque village lies just 20 minutes from from Amsterdam Central Station. No wonder so many famous rich 17th & 18th century merchants and seafarers built their homes there. Each home is a living historical landmark. Wander the tiny streets and canals, and don’t worry if you find yourself staring at the beautiful sites – the locals are proud of their charming and peaceful village. The name of the village translates literally into “trousers in the land of water”. Keep an eye out for the wooden houses, and explore the tiny canals behind the 14th century Saint Nicholas church.

route-image-11-789511eaRENT AN ELECTRIC BOAT
Glide silently across the waters of Waterland! 2-5 people incl. instructions & routes. Drs. van Disweg 4, T: +31 (0)6 37525640, www.fluisterbootvaren.nl

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Head to the rear of Amsterdam Central Station and up the stairs to the red EBS bus 312, 314, 315 or 316. Buses depart 2x per hour, and the ride takes 15 minutes. Get off at the stop Dorp at Broek in Waterland.
The old village is just across the street.

bus-icon-1-c02e6c1a312, 314, 315 or 316 to Dorp (Broek in Waterland).

Picturesque Marken was an island in the middle of the Zuyder Zee until 1957. Today it is connected to the mainland by a dike, and its little wooden houses are snuggled together on the former island.
It’s like walking through an open-air museum! So don’t be shy about exploring the village streets and alleyways, where the houses were built on hills to protect them from the waterfloods. You’ll find special cafes on the harbor. And if you’re lucky, you may spot someone in traditional costume.

CLOQEXPERIENCE
Visit the woodenshopfactory with ?a traditional clog maker!. Kets 52. ?T: +31 299 601 250?www.theclogexperience.com

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From bus stop Dorp in Broek in Waterland, take bus 315 headed towards Marken. After about 20 minutes, you’ll reach bus stop Kerkbuurt-Centrum. Buses depart 2x per hour. Cross the little bridge to reach the old heart of the village.

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Dating back to the middle ages, Monnickendam was once one of the most important ports in Holland. With a prime location on the sea, ships from Monnickendam were especially famous for the Baltic trade, and made it a wealthy city. Not only that, but they were also famous for producing excellent cheeses and smoked fish. Today most of the city is a protected heritage site. Thanks to its compact size, Monnickendam is ideal to explore on your own – with cute cafes, historical sites and nice shops. Make sure you visit the old weighing house, de Waegh, where merchants used to weigh their products (and where, later, witches were weighed…).

THE HISTORICAL SMOKE OF MONNICKENDAM

A fishing boot from Volendam moors alongside the fish market in Monnickendam. Inside, the fish traders are ready to bid for herring, mackerel and smelt. The trader who makes the highest bid takes home the catch to his smokery. He invites you to come and see how he smokes the fish. Others have less sophisticated equipment and simply smoke the fish outside in smoke barrels. Would you like to try some? Help yourself!
The Monnickendam Fish Days give a glimpse of the Monnickendam of times gone by. Our guides are happy to take you on a tour through our picturesque town that at one time had as many as 30 smokeries. They can tell you all about them. The Marken Express has a fixed timetable and can take you over the Gouwzee to Marken, where local guides are ready to meet you and give you a tour of this beautiful former island.
On Fish Days there are also basket weavers, clog makers and people mending nets working on the quayside. At the end of the afternoon, local actors, who have had a few drinks, ensure there is plenty of entertainment. There is also a street market selling local produce. Fishermen’s choirs sing songs about the old days and children play traditional Dutch games. In short, a unique experience – a trip back in time to the Monnickendam of 100 years ago! ,
http://www.monnickendammervisdagen.nl/en/

 

WATERLAND’S SPEELTOREN MUSEUM
Learn more about the Waterland region. This museum is dedicated to the origins and rich history of this unique landscape. Noordeinde 2-4,
T: +31 (0)299 652203, www.despeeltoren.nl

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Leaving Marken from bus stop Kerkbuurt, take bus 311 headed towards Monnickendam. After about 13 minutes, you will arrive at your next bus stop, Nieuwpoortslaan. It’s just a short and lovely walk from here to the heart of the city.

bus-icon-1-c02e6c1a311 to Nieuwpoortslaan (Monnickendam).

To return to Amsterdam Central Station, take bus 315 from station Nieuwpoortslaan (Monnickendam).

A 7-hour route to heart of the lowlands – for a true taste of Holland, without the tourist crowds. Including a visit to 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.button-ROOD-local-bus

Just outside Amsterdam you’ll find the lovely Graft-De Rijp. Actually, they are 2 small villages joined together as a municipality. In the 17th century, when de Rijp was still connected to the Zuyder Zee, it was famous for hemp (for rope making) fishing and whale hunting.
Middenbeemster is one of the towns that make up the municipality of De Beemster. The area is also part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam – a ring of 42 forts built in the 19th century to protect the city of Amsterdam.
Purmerend is a great combination of modern and traditional Holland.

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Purmerend is a great combination of modern and traditional Holland. Originally a small fishing village, the city has maintained many of its charming historical monuments. The centuries-old Koemarkt, or Cattle Market, is one of the highlights. Today it’s a traffic-free square, lined with bustling cafés and restaurants. With so much to see and do, you’ll end up spending more time than you’d expected in Purmerend. Visit the 19th-century Saint Nicholas Church for a sense of history, wander through the museum, and then head out for a bit of shopping and a drink. Purmerend will charm you before you know it.

THE PURMERENDS MUSEUM
The Purmerends Museum is housed in the former town hall on the Kaasmarkt and has a varied collection relating to the town and the region.
T: +31 (0)299 472718, www.purmerendsmuseum.nl

HOW TO GET THERE

Leaving Middenbeemster, go to bus stop De Buurt and take bus 306 headed towards Amsterdam Central Station. Get out in Purmerend at bus stop Martin Luther Kingweg. Then take bus 301 headed towards Amsterdam Central Station. But you’ll get out at bus stop Gedempte Singelgracht in Purmerend.

306 to Martin Luther Kingweg (Purmerend), then bus 301 to Gedempte Singelgracht (Purmerend).

During the 17th century, when the Amsterdam elite wanted to escape the city, they headed out to the region known as De Beemster. Here, they built smaller versions of their luxurious canal houses. You’ll find impressive farmhouses, historical churches and an old fort transformed into a glamorous (and affordable) wellness center! Middenbeemster is one of the towns that make up the municipality of De Beemster. This area is also part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a ring of 42 forts built in the 19th century to protect the city of Amsterdam. Not only is De Beemster a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the defence line has earned this title as well. The unique museums of these UNESCO World Heritages sites are absolutely worth a visit!

RENT A BIKE AND EXPLORE!
Biking is one of the best ways to explore De Beemster on your own. Maps detailing some wonderful bike tours can be obtained from VVV offices like the one at Middenweg 185.
T: +31 (0)299 621826, www.bezoekerscentrumbeemster.nl

HOW TO GET THERE

The trip takes ±20 minutes, and you need to change buses once. From De Rijp bus stop Wollandje, take bus 301 (to Amsterdam Central Station), which departs 2x per hour. Get off at Purmerend at bus stop Martin Luther Kingweg. Then take bus 306 to Middenbeemster and exit at bus stop De Buurt.

301 to Martin Luther Kingweg (Purmerend) then bus 306 to De Buurt (Middenbeemster).

Purmerend is a great combination of modern and traditional Holland. Originally a small fishing village, the city has maintained many of its charming historical monuments. The centuries-old Koemarkt, or Cattle Market, is one of the highlights. Today it’s a traffic-free square, lined with bustling cafés and restaurants. With so much to see and do, you’ll end up spending more time than you’d expected in Purmerend. Visit the 19th-century Saint Nicholas Church for a sense of history, wander through the museum, and then head out for a bit of shopping and a drink. Purmerend will charm you before you know it.

THE PURMERENDS MUSEUM
The Purmerends Museum is housed in the former town hall on the Kaasmarkt and has a varied collection relating to the town and the region.
T: +31 (0)299 472718, www.purmerendsmuseum.nl

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Leaving Middenbeemster, go to bus stop De Buurt and take bus 306 headed towards Amsterdam Central Station. Get out in Purmerend at bus stop Martin Luther Kingweg. Then take bus 301 headed towards Amsterdam Central Station. But you’ll get out at bus stop Gedempte Singelgracht in Purmerend.

306 to Martin Luther Kingweg (Purmerend), then bus 301 to Gedempte Singelgracht (Purmerend).

To return to Amsterdam Central Station, take bus 315 from station Nieuwpoortslaan (Monnickendam).

This 8 hours route leaves from Amsterdam Central Station and heads towards places that used to be important harbors… until the sea was filled in to create new land.button-ROOD-local-bus

Marken is a village that used to be an island, where houses were built on hills to protect them from the water. You’ll find quaint cafes on the harbor.
Bustling with visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the world-famous port – Volendam may be somewhat touristy, but it’s certainly worth a visit.
Back in 1357, Edam was awarded the right to be a city – and to create a toll-free harbor. That was the beginning of an amazing era of trade, which brought merchants and ship builders to these shores. And turned this small city into one of the region’s most important harbors.

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Back in 1357, Edam was awarded the right to be a city – and to create a toll-free harbor. That was the beginning of an amazing era of trade, which brought merchants and ship buildings to these shores, and turned this small city into one of the region’s most important harbors. One of them is the Edam Museum, located both at the former city hall as well as the home of a 16th century merchant, which takes you back to the Golden Age of Holland. But perhaps the most famous site in Edam is the cheese market, which operated until the 1920s. For a taste of the past, witness one of the re-enactments of the cheese market action, held each week during summer.

RENT A BIKE FROM TON
One of the best ways to go local is to go by bike. Make a tour to Middenbeemster! You can hand in Tons bike at the VVV office in Middenbeemster too. (just 2 min. from the bus station), Schepenmakersdijk 4-6.
T: +31 (0)299 371922, www.tontweewielers.nl

HOW TO GET THERE

From Amsterdam Central Station, take bus 314 to Edam and exit at the bus stop Busstation.

314 to Busstation (Edam).

Bustling with visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the world-famous port, Volendam may be somewhat touristy, but it’s certainly worth a visit. Once known as the Pearl of the Zuyder Zee, Volendam has attracted visitors throughout the ages, including many artists. Take a walk away from the harbor, and down the back of the dike. There, you will discover an amazingly beautiful labyrinth of tiny streets and homes well worth exploring. While you’re there, try some local smoked eel or salted herring.

ART HOTEL SPAANDER
Staying at art hotel Spaander means bathing in cultural history and romance. Haven 15 – 19, Volendam. +T: +31 299 363 595, www.hotelspaander.nl/en/

Cruise between Volendam and Marken
For eighty years the Volendam-Marken Express has been faithfully providing a ferry service between the picturesque tourist attraction Volendam and the authentic fishers’ island of Marken.The Volendam-Marken Express gives a unique insight into the history of the former Zuiderzee. Haven 39, Volendam. T: +31 299 36 33 31, www.markenexpress.nl

HOW TO GET THERE

From Edam’s bus stop, take bus 316 and hop off at bushalte Julianaweg / Centrum, Volendam.

316 to Julianaweg/Centrum.

Picturesque Marken was an island in the middle of the Zuyder Zee until 1957. Today it is connected to the mainland by a dike, and its wooden houses are snuggled together on the former island.
It’s like walking through an open air museum! So don’t be shy about exploring the village streets and alleyways – where houses were built on hills to protect them from the waterfloods. You’ll find special cafes on the harbor. And if you’re lucky, you may spot someone in traditional costume.

CLOQEXPERIENCE
Visit the woodenshopfactory with ?a traditional clog maker!. Kets 52. ?T: +31 299 601 250?www.theclogexperience.com

 

HOW TO GET THERE

You can take the Marken Express (boat) from Volendam. The tickets can be bought at our ticket shop in Amsterdam Central Station or buy your ticket online: www.markenexpress.nl

To return to Amsterdam Central Station, take bus 315 from station Kerkbuurt-Centrum. This bus departs 2x per hour and the trip takes 35 minutes.

“We went to Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland and Purmerend by local bus and it was amazing. You can hop on and off whenever you feel like for only 10 euros a day. At the end of the day we went back to Amsterdam Central Station, where we easily switched over to the public travel line to the centre.”
“Before our trip, we already bought our bus tickets online. In just 5 minutes you book your day tickets for only 10 euro a day. Much cheaper than other companies and actually much more fun too, because you’ll do exactly like the locals. A very friendly lady from Volendam helped us out and tiped us a realy nice lunch spot, where we enjoyed the most delicious fish plate I had ever tasted!”
“We had a fantastic day, traveled all day long for just €10 through Waterland. We ate pancakes in Marken, bought some real Edam cheese and even tried a herring in Volendam!”
“The best way to discover Waterland is by local bus. You’ll easily hop on at Amsterdam Central Station and you see the country side of Amsterdam for just 10 euro a day. The bus driver was very helpful, he pointed us on every stop where we had to jump off.”

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On time, and in style. EBS buses are modern, and arrive as scheduled. Enjoy the scenery from your comfortable seat – with extra legroom. All buses offer free WiFi. And to help keep Waterland beautiful, our buses ride with environmentally-friendly engines.

As you enter the bus, say hi to your driver! Feel free to ask them questions – and to let you know when your stop is coming up. And because you’re traveling like a local, you’ll meet new people and see the real sites of Holland. Enjoy!

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