Camping sites

by Tanja
Camping Zeeburg Amsterdam

Amsterdam has some great options for camping. There are five campsites near Amsterdam. You can pitch your tent, park your mobile home, caravan or camper van and travel into the city easily and quickly by bicycle or public transport. Many campsites in Amsterdam also offer cabins, huts and eco-wagonettes that you can rent with a group.

Best Camping Sites near Amsterdam

1. Best Camping Site near Amsterdam: Camping Zeeburg

Camping Zeeburg is one of the few campsites in Amsterdam that’s open all year. There are no bars or supermarkets anywhere in the area, but the cozy restaurant and bar (and small shop) at the campsite make up for that shortcoming. Motorhomes and campervans, caravans and tents are all welcome.

How to get to Amsterdam from the campsite

Camping Zeeburg is one of the best campsites near Amsterdam because the center is very easy to reach by tram. You need to walk about 10 minutes to get to the tram stop. The trams 3, 14 and 26 will take you to the center of town within 15 minutes. There are also night buses.

Camping sites Amsterdam: Zeeburg
Amsterdam Camping Zeeburg has a great place to hang out.

Things to do at the campsite

Camping Zeeburg is one of the more popular camping grounds in Amsterdam. The site is located along the water of the IJ-water and the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal. Swimming and other water sports possible! In summer, activities like outdoor film screenings are organised. There is also a small petting zoo and you can rent a canoe and bicycles.

Campsite facilities

Camping fee includes the unlimited use of hot showers, use of the roofed kitchen with fridge, stoves and microwave, sink and bbq. All guests have free entrance to the nearby outdoor swimming pool.

Cabins and wagonettes

For people without a tent, Zeeburg camping offers various colorful cabins and wagonettes. These all have heating, electricity sockets, and a table and chairs.

2. Peaceful Campsite Vliegenbos

Camping Vliegenbos is set in a quiet woodland park in Amsterdam Noord. It’s open from March 27 till October 26, 2020. There is a roofed pick nick area and campfires are allowed.

How to get to Amsterdam from the campsite?

From the campsite, you can walk 15 minutes to the nearest metro station (Noorderpark) or 20 minutes to the free ferry. Both take you into the center in minutes. Be aware that returning during the night is more complicated.

Campsite Vliegenbos in Amsterdam Noord.

Camping facilities

The camping has its own bar and restaurant and sells fresh bread in the morning. There are no other options for groceries in the near vicinity. The camping is well located for a bike ride into the lovely Dutch countryside.

Rent a cabin

Vliegenbos campsite also has wooden cabins for rent from June till Mid September. The cabins have a stove, but you need to bring bed sheets and kitchen utensils if you want to cook.

3. Camping in the Country: De Badhoeve

De Badhoeve is also located in the North of Amsterdam, about 8km from the ferry. But this camping is set in a typical Dutch landscape of grass, marshlands and small villages. You can pitch your tent directly by the lake.

How to get to Amsterdam

To get to Amsterdam from the camping, it’s a lovely 8 km bicycle ride. There is also a bus, but be sure to get back on time.

Things to do at the campsite

The camping has bikes, canoes, and kayaks for rent. You can windsurf or sail, if you bring your own gear.

De Badhoeve, camping near Amsterdam
Easy-going-campsite near Amsterdam: De Badhoeve.

Campsite facilities

There is a snack bar, a restaurant with a terrace and a café. There is a small camp shop for fresh bread in the morning. The nearest supermarket is located at the shopping center Waterlandplein, a 10-minute bus or car ride away. At the village of Durgerdam, there are two cafés/restaurants to enjoy local specialties like fresh eel.

4. Camping-Hostel Amsterdamse Bos

The forest park of Amsterdamse Bos, near Amsterdam, also houses a campsite. The campsite is one of the cheaper options and it’s open all year. In summer and winter, you can stay at one of the wooden cabins, chalets or cottages. These are also for rent for the long term.

Cabins at Amsterdamse Bos Campsite
Rent a cabin at the Camping-Hostel Amsterdamse Bos.

How to get to Amsterdam

The Amsterdamse Bos is quite a large woodland park. The campsite is set on the outskirts of the forest. To get to Amsterdam city center, you need to take a bus and then the metro. It won’t be easy to get back late at night.

Things to do at the campsite

Bicycles, canoes, and kayaks are for rent at the campsite. The Forest offers a lot of entertainment, but it’s best rent a bike to explore these options. Entertainment in the forest includes hiking, biking, swimming, horse riding, fishing, canoeing. In the forest, there is a goat farm, a pancakes house, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and several eateries. No supermarkets within walking distance.

5. Campsite Gaasper in Amsterdam Southeast

Gaasper is a great campsite located in a recreational zone in Amsterdam Southeast (Amsterdam Zuidoost). The camping is set by on a (not natural) lake with a beach and a large park with a playground.

Gaasper Campsite near Amsterdam
The Campsite of Gaasper is well connected to Amsterdam city center by metro.

How to get to Amsterdam 

Amsterdam’s centre city is easily reached by metro. At night, you can take the night bus back to the camping, which stops at the campground.


Near Gaasperplas is the neighbourhood Bijlmer. Some parts of the Bijlmer are best avoided, especially after dark, for security reasons. Cycling from the camping to the city centre is quite far (more than 45 minutes) and is best avoided after dark.

Camping facilities

The campsite has its own restaurant for a simple dish or pizza that you enjoy inside, outside on the sunny terrace or take-away to your own camping spot. There’s a campsite shop for fresh bread, coffee and last-minute camping gear.

6. Amsterdam City Camp for Motorhomes

For people traveling by motorhome or campervan, there is a special campsite for mobile homes near the NDSM terrain in Amsterdam Noord. Amsterdam City Camp is open all year. There are no toilet facilities.

Campsite for motorhomes near Amsterdam.
Great views from the motorhomes parking in Amsterdam Noord.

How to get to Amsterdam from Amsterdam City Camp

Amsterdam City Camp has an excellent location. The views over the IJ-water are spectacular, the entertainment at the NDSM and Amsterdam Noord is fabulous. You can cross the water by free ferry to get to Amsterdam quickly. All night long.

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tom cracknell May 31, 2016 - 16:15

hi, girlfriend and I are coming to stay in Amsterdam for 3 months for sept, oct and nov in our campervan and can’t find anywhere that will accommodate us for anything longer than a month. does anyone have any advice of where we could look into staying?

luke hollingsworth June 12, 2015 - 15:39

hi I just wondering how many camping at end of july for three night