Zaanse Schans

We have added an additional regular tour to one of the most special destinations in Holland… the Zaanse Schans! The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries were brought to life. Be sure not to miss the cheese factory, clog warehouse and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops.

Get more out of your visit and upgrade with a ‘Segway’ or ‘Guided’ Tour, and why not take home some of the best Dutch cheeses. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.

The Zaanse Schans Heritage Tours have fixed scheduled boarding times: 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, from platform 2B, Amsterdam Central Station. Departure is about 15 minutes later. The train journey from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaanse Schans will take approximately 1 hour (we take the long way round) where you are served a light meal including a beverage.

During the one hour Heritage Tour with our train our guests experience a Zaanse Schans ‘appetizer’ so they are well prepared for their arrival. After a 2 hour visit to Zaanse Schans, our train will bring you back to Amsterdam Central Station within 15 minutes. Needless to say that the Zaanse Schans ‘ambassadors’ on the train in authentic local dress will add a lot of flair to the tour!

The Zaanse Schans Heritage Tour by the Amsterdam Dinner Train uses Amsterdam Central Station as its regular departure and arrival station. Our arrangements start with a welcome in front of the ‘royal waiting area’ on platform 2B. We welcome our guests on the hour before the tour’s departure. Before and after the train ride, we invite you for a photo session with our train driver!


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Boarding (platform 2 B) no tour no tour no tour 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00
Departure (Amsterdam Central) 11:15 11:15 11:15 11:15
Arrival (Amsterdam Central) 14:45 14:45 14:45 14:45
Boarding (platform 2 B) no tour no tour no tour 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00
Departure (Amsterdam Central) 13:15 13:15 13:15 13:15
Arrival (Amsterdam Central) 16:45 16:45 16:45 16:45
Boarding (platform 2 B) no tour no tour no tour 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00
Departure (Amsterdam Central) 15:15 15:15 15:15 15:15
Arrival (Amsterdam Central) 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45

Ticket and check-in
Upon booking you will receive the train tickets by e-mail. The majestic gates of the royal waiting area at platform 2 B of Amsterdam Central Station are the check-in point for Amsterdam Dinner Train, where the red carpet will be laid out on the platform and our train manager welcomes you on board.

The train departs from Amsterdam Central Station and operates in approximately 1 hour via Halfweg, Haarlem and Uitgeest to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans. After your two hour visit at Zaanse Schans, the train brings you back to Amsterdam Central station in 15 minutes.

In the rare occasion that construction works hinder the regular operating route, we might divert the train after departure from Amsterdam Central Station towards Zaandijk Zaanse Schans.

Departure platform

Platform 2 B of Amsterdam Central Station is the regular departure platform of the Zaanse Schans Windmill Tour by the Amsterdam Dinner Train. When arriving at the station, please pay attention to the information displays and the announcements for the actual departure information. Our train manager awaits you on the platform, accompanies you on board, and will show you your table, which will start your Amsterdam Dinner Train experience.

Accessing the platform

The Amsterdam Dinner Train tickets come with a QR code. This code is to be scanned at the ticket gates and grants access to the platform.

Disabled guests

The Amsterdam Dinner Train train does not offer a floor level entrance for guests arriving by wheel chair or walker.