Image by Bart van Grevenhof

The Ferry – My daily moment of zen

In Amsterdam, we have been talking about a bridge to Amsterdam North, or to the center, depending on your perspective. The reason why a lot of people think there should be one, is that there is no way for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the IJ, except for the ferry.

The ferry is also part of my commute, as I live in the North of Amsterdam and work in the East, so each morning I take the ferry from its stop at IJplein to the Central Station. But there are several other routes it will take you from and to different places in the North of Amsterdam, most of them leaving from the central station. And the ferry is free!

The view is great; especially when you take the longer routes, you will see a nice part of the riverside. And it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of weather or time of day it is. Foggy, sunny, dawn, dusk… even rain all have their own effect, which makes looking out over the river my daily moment of zen.

Public transport is normally full of people minding their own business as well as cranky operators. Not so much on the ferry. The captain will wait for you when he or she is about to leave and come up running or cycling fast to not miss it. And there is always someone starting or willing to talk to you, making time to explain something to you or sharing their life stories.

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Details about this spot



De Ruijterkade, Amsterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)