Kinderdijk is accessible by public transportation. However, the town is only reachable by bus from either Rotterdam, Dordrecht or Utrecht train stations – and towns on the way to Kinderdijk, of course.
Arriving from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, take the train to either Rotterdam or Utrecht. From Rotterdam take the subway to Rotterdam Zuidplein station and then the bus to Kinderdijk at the Molenkade bus stop. From Utrecht, take the bus to Kinderdijk and get off at Molenkade.
To get to Kinderdijk from Utrecht, you will take regional bus 90. The bus stop is opposite the Beatrix theatre in Utrecht. You can buy your ticket on the bus or at the kiosk in Central Station. Bus 90 is the only one that stops at the entrance of the windmill-area – the World Heritage Kinderdijk site.
From Dordrecht Central Station, take bus 89 to Alblasserdam.
The Kinderdijk is approximately 93 kilometers from Amsterdam – 1 hour, 10 minute drive – and approximately 20 kilometers from Rotterdam. You can park at the small parking lot near the windmills. When there are no open parking spaces at the small lot, you can park the car at the large parking lot near the IHC factory, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
The waterbus goes from Rotterdam Erasmusbrug in 45 minutes to Dordrecht Merwekade and back. The waterbus docks at the quay of Alblasserdam, and you’ll have to walk for approximately 30 minutes to reach the windmills.
The absolute best way to see this Dutch “monument valley” is by bike or on foot. There are several routes leading to this place, but the most well-known is the ANWB “Steden-route.”
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Kinderdijk transportation.