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It’s all very well reading about Efteling, but once you decide to go, you’ll need to know how to get there!
We have a lot of people asking how to get to Efteling, because in truth, they don’t make it particularly obvious. Fortunately, it is easier than ever, with bus timetables and maps available on the internet. It isn’t too hard to find Efteling once you know how! Personally I have gone by ferry as well as by air, so I will list details of the two.
So Schiphol Airport is where you want to be flying in to (Eindhoven is another possibility). It is a huge airport, more like a small town! After arriving at the airport, you will need to buy train tickets as you will be either taking two trains to the town of Tilburg, or taking one train to s-Hertogenbosch. There are yellow train ticket machines in the middle of Schiphol Plaza, you can’t miss them. However if you would like to speak to a person, there are ticket offices to the right of the plaza as you walk in from arrivals. If you tell the person on the desk where you need to go, they will point you in the right direction for the platform you need, and give you your tickets.
There are a few different ways to get to Tilburg and you will need to change train once, either at s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), Breda, Rotterdam or Utrecht; depending which train you get on, you will change at one of these places. This first train should take you about 1 hour, so get comfortable! Your next train will take you to Tilburg, and takes approximately 15-20 minutes, so don’t get comfortable! You then need the bus number 300 to get to Efteling.
If you take the train to s-Hertogenbosch, you can get the 300 bus from there to Efteling*. That bus will take about half an hour. This is probably the fastest way to get to Efteling. The bus will drop you at Efteling’s bus station, which is a short walk from the main entrance.
*(See down the page for more bus info)
It may sound like a little bit of a hassle, but it really isn’t too bad, and I’ve never waited very long for a train. It is nice to be able to take a look at the Dutch landscape whilst you are travelling! The cost of the train tickets are not too bad compared to the U.K, however I would suggest you take a look here for a rough idea of costs before you travel. The bus from Tilburg to Efteling costs only a few Euros each.
If you have decided to take the DFDS ferry, you will need to make your way to Efteling from Amsterdam Central. A DFDS bus will take you from the ferry to the centre of Amsterdam free of charge, from here you will need to enter the Central Station (you can’t miss it). From here the same rules apply as above, you need to get to Tilburg and then take the bus from Tilburg to Efteling, or get a bus from s-Hertogenbosch to Efteling.
You Have Arrived!
Now the boring part is over, you have arrived! So here we will assume that you are staying at the Efteling Hotel or holiday village, Bosrijk.
To get to Bosrijk: Once you have been dropped off by the bus, you will see the House of the Five Senses in front of you, along a long path (however, a pleasant walk) Instead of going straight through the House of the Five Senses, (I know it is tempting!) you need to turn right, along a small path. Follow the path and you will find yourself at Bosrijk!
To get to the Efteling Hotel: You need to take the 300/301/302 bus from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, not Tilburg. This will drop you off at Horst which is a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel. Alternatively you could travel to Tilburg as mentioned above and get a taxi to the hotel, which shouldn’t cost too much.
Bus number 136 also goes to Efteling, but takes a fair bit longer than the 300, which is an express service. As mentioned above, bus number 300 only runs during the week and stops running at around midday. On weekends and during busier periods such as holidays, bus 303 runs to Efteling also.
Please note that we try to keep this information up to date, however I do advise that you research into travel yourself before your trip, to avoid any problems.
Also check here for timetables etc.
Schiphol Airport public transport info here.
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