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Transport to and on wadden island Ameland

Transport to and on wadden island Ameland

Wadden Island Ameland is easily accessible. You can travel to the ferry with your own transport, but you can also use public transport. Ameland also has a harbour and an airport, so you can visit the island with your own boat or plane.

Find everything about transport to and on Ameland here.

With the ferry

As soon as you step on the ferry to Ameland, you immediately experience that wonderful holiday feeling! Just the boat trip over the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site to the island of Ameland is an experience in itself!

The boats to Ameland depart from the ferry port of Holwert (formerly Holwerd) in Friesland.
The crossing to Wadden Island Ameland is provided by Wagenborg Passagiersdiensten.
The ferry takes you from Holwert (Holwerd) to Ameland and vice versa in just 50 minutes. If you choose to take your dog, bike or car on board, this is no problem at all.
If you travel by public transport, you can travel to Holwert from the bus station in Dokkum or the train and bus station in Leeuwarden.

Tip: Buy a ticket for your boat trip to Ameland on time!

Ferry timetable

Good to know

Fast ferry

Are you travelling without a car and would prefer to be on Wadden Island Ameland as soon as possible? Then opt for the express service. You will be on the island within 20 minutes!

Fast ferry

Additional crossings

On busy days, Wagenborg Passenger Services deploys extra sailings. The times of these sailings may vary each day. See the overview.

Additional crossings


Parking your car in Holwert is no problem at all. You will find two parking spaces. If you want to know all about the locations, rates and payment, click here.



Is the OV-chipkaart valid for the boat to Ameland? If you also have a question about your trip to Ameland, check out these frequently asked questions and find your answer!


Transport on Ameland

Are you taking the (electric) car to Ameland, do you want to cycle around the island, use the taxi or take the bus to the beach? Wadden Island Ameland offers plenty of transport options!

View all the transport options


Ameland is a real bicycle island! Bring your own bike or rent one from one of the many bike rental companies and take advantage of their good service.

Bike rental companies


Get transported from your desired location to a place of interest, restaurant or the ferry, for example. The taxi will take you wherever you want!

Taxi transport


The bus travels through all the villages, to the beaches and past hotels and campsites on the island. An ideal and sustainable means of transport!

By bus

Car rental

Want to spend a day touring the island? Or quickly get from A to B at your convenience? Rent a car on Ameland from these companies.

Rent a car!

Mudflat hopping

Mudflat hopping - wadden island Ameland -

A unique way to travel

Wadden hopping is a very unique way of transport. Sail through the channels of the Wadden Sea, enjoy the wide views, sandbanks, birds and spot a seal along the way.

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