Getting to Gooi & Vecht and around
Explore the Castles and Gardens area
The Gooi & Vecht area is conveniently located within the heart of The Netherlands, just around the corner from cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, Amersfoort and Almere. It's easy to reach by plane, train, car or even by boat. Please find useful tips and information below to make your journey as convenient as possible, regardless of your mode of transportation.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the primary international airport in The Netherlands. Over ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you can get to the Gooi & Vecht area within just half an hour by either train or taxi.
Centrally situated within The Netherlands, you can easily travel from Gooi & Vecht to cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, Amersfoort and Almere in less than half an hour by train. You can find the following trainstations within the area: Weesp, Naarden-Bussum, Bussum-Zuid, Hilversum Sportpark, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark and Breukelen.
To plan a detailed itinerary by train we suggest the public transport planner from the NS, the National Railway company. Please be aware that not all trains leaving from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol station will actually stop at all stations. Intercity direct trains will only stop at Hilversum station.
The best way to explore Gooi & Vecht is the Dutch way: by bike! It allows you to fully experience the area because you can go places where cars are not aloud, such as the heathlands and other protected nature reserves. Please visit the Tourist Information Office of ask at your hotel reception desk to inform about bike rental options.
The best way to get around within Gooi & Vecht is by bus. Not all of the picturesque and smaller towns within Gooi & Vecht have their own trainstation, but busstops are widely spread throughout the area and busses frequent almost all of the towns. This website is possibly the countries best kept secret for tourists when it comes to planning your itinerary by public transport.
If for some reason you are not able to plan your journey within the area, please swing by one of the Tourist Information Centers ("VVV"). We will gladly assist you.
Travelling by car within The Netherlands can be very convenient, however do keep in mind that The Netherlands is not a car-minded country per se. The Dutch love their bicycles, and in some cases it can even be faster to go somewhere by bike than by car. You can find realtime traffic information from The Netherlands through this link.
In most cases you can park your car near your accommodation. If you want to be sure about the available parking options within close proximity of your accommodation, then we'd advice you to get in touch with your accommodation ahead your arrival.
Amsterdam and Region Day ticket
You can discover Amsterdam and its surroundings, including the Gooi & Vecht area, with the Amsterdam and Region Day ticket. A single 24-hour public transport pass. When you purchase this ticket you will also get a public transport guide for the Amsterdam region, filled with useful tips and sightseeing highlights e.g. the Castles and Gardens of Amsterdam! It's possible to download a map and public transport guide ahead of your visit.
The Amsterdam & Region Day ticket costs €19,50 euro and is available for purchase at the Visitors Information Centres in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam and Region Day ticket is valid for 24 hours on any of the routes listed on the public transport guide (available for download above).
How to use?
- Tickets are valid for 1, 2 or 3 calendar days. A day in this context begins at 00:00 and ends the next day at 04:00.
- You must check in and out with your card every time you enter and exit a bus, tram, train or metro. Your ticket is activated from the first check in.
- Tickets are valid on all metro, tram and bus lines operated by GVB, Connexxion, AllGo and EBS, including night buses.
- While the flowers are in bloom between March and May, you can use the ticket to travel from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Keukenhof Gardens (Arriva bus 858).
- Tickets are also valid on NS trains in the Amsterdam Area.
- If you have any questions or your ticket appears to be defective, visit any of the sales locations listed above for assistance.
Where to buy?
GVB Tickets & Info: Amsterdam Central Station (Stationsplein), Bijlmer ArenA Station, Lelylaan Station & Zuid Station
EBS Tickets & Info: Amsterdam Central Station (IJ River side), Purmerend Tramplein, Edam bus station
Connexxion Tickets & Info: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Schiphol Plaza)