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How do I get to Texel from Amsterdam?

Would you like to visit the beautiful Wadden island Texel? Then travel to the northernmost tip of the province of North Holland: Den Helder. Texel can be reached quickly from Den Helder; you can reach the island in just twenty minutes by ferry.

Please note: there is no ferry to Texel directly from Amsterdam.

How do you get to the ferry terminal in Den Helder? We help you map out your route.

From Amsterdam to Texel by car

Are you going to explore Texel by car? Take the A7 or A9 motorway from the Amsterdam ring road and drive north. The last part of the trip you take the N-roads towards Den Helder. In Den Helder you just follow the Texel ferry signs. Your car ride from Amsterdam takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

The car is allowed on board and on the island Texel. Or park your car for free next to the ferry terminal.

By train from Amsterdam to Texel

Amsterdam Central Station offers a direct link to Den Helder. The train ride from Amsterdam to Den Helder takes 75 minutes. At Den Helder station you take bus 33 from Connexxion to the ferry port of Den Helder. Use an OV chip card or buy a ticket from the driver. Like to go for a walk? You can also walk to the ferry terminal. Calculate about half an hour to walk to the harbour.

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The crossing is short. On the boat you can enjoy a cup of coffee, smell the salty sea air and watch seagulls catching bread crusts from the sky. Head back to your car after 20 minutes, because the ship will dock in the ferry port of Texel.

TESO is the shipping company that provides the ferry service between the Dutch mainland and Texel. TESO boats depart every hour and there are extra departures during busy days.
Crossing Den Helder – Texel: learn more about online tickets, prices and timetables.

What can you do on Texel?

The special ecosystem of the Wadden Sea can only be found off the coast of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. Texel is the largest island in the row.


Of course, you come here for silence and the beautiful nature reserves. But, on top of that, there’s plenty to do on Texel: climb the lighthouse, witness the tricks of the seals at the seal sanctuary Ecomare, go kite surfing or try mudflat hiking. Want to discover more Wadden Islands? Get inspired in our blog about wad hopping.

Seal at Ecomare

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