Camping sites

by Tanja
Camping site Amsterdamse Bos

There are 5 camping sites in Amsterdam. Prices of these Amsterdam camping sites are around €17 for tent + 2 people and €30 for a family with caravan or camper in high season. The camping sites in Amsterdam are clean, welcoming and they all come with wifi. Most are only open from April 1 till  October. Surrounded by water and green and within easy reach of the Amsterdam city centre, a stay at a camping ground in Amsterdam is a very interesting option for those willing to hand in some luxuries and stay in a greener and more relaxed area. People visiting Amsterdam by camper van or trailer might opt for the basic camper site in Amsterdam NDSM.

1. Camping site Amsterdam Zeeburg

Camping Zeeburg is one of the few camping sites that’s open all year. It’s only a 15 tram ride from the Amsterdam city centre. The camping site is located along the water of the IJ-water and the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal.


This camping ground is popular among youngsters and backpackers visiting Amsterdam, so it can be a bit noisy in the night. Apart from camping in you own tents, caravans or camper, this Amsterdam camping site offers colourful wagonettes (small trailers) and so called eco-cabins, but they don’t come with cooking possibilities, unless you bring you own cooker. Camping site Zeeburg is one of the more popular camping grounds in Amsterdam. In summer, activities and outdoor film screenings are organised and you are likely to make new friends while camping out.

The view is amazing. From your tent along the water, you are looking out on the Amsterdam bridge to IJburg. The views have a down side too, as the chilly winds hit the camping grounds easily so it can be a bit chilly.

Camping sites Amsterdam: Zeeburg

Camping bar and restaurant at Zeeburg

Transport into Amsterdam

You can reach the Amsterdam centre with Amsterdam public transport by taking tram 7 or 14. Tram 26 takes you to Amsterdam Central station.
During the night, you can take night bus 359 from Amsterdam Central Station to go back to the camping site.

Entertainment and sports

The nearby outdoor swimming pool Flevoparkbad offers free entrance to guest of the camping site Zeeburg. Children might enjoy some animals at the camping (a couple of goats). There is a barbecue zone, a ping pong table and a actual beach to take a dip in the IJ-water right from the camping site.

This campsite is located at the outskirt of the city. The green area along the Flevopark and along the IJ-water is a beautiful, quiet area where you can cycle, kayak, skate and hike. Kayaks and bicycles can be rented at the camping.

Wagons and cabins

The Amsterdam camping ground of Zeeburg is open all year and to endure camping in the cold Dutch winters, you will need some more shelter than a tent can offer. Therefore, camping site Zeeburg has put up a large number of wagonettes, small, colourful trailers with bunk beds. The eco-cabins are hikers huts with a little bit more room. Important aspect of the wagonettes is that they all come with heating, electricity sockets and a table and chair. The wagons and cabins don’t have a kitchen. Bed covers and pillows, and linnen are provided for. Reservations for the cabins and wagonettes are recommended.

Food and drinks

The cosy bar and restaurant makes for a great hangout that makes everyone feel at home. You can charge your phone, shoot pool and on cold days, cuddle up around the fireplace. In summer the large terrace is open and with a fun program of outdoor film screening and the occasional live music you don’t need to explore the Amsterdam night life every night but instead enjoy an fun night at the camping. In the morning you can get breakfast at the restaurant breakfast buffet or prepare your own from the groceries and bread available at the small camping shop.

Prices Camping Zeeburg

Two people and tent will pay €17 for one night in high season. A family with 2 children and caravan or camper pays €35 per night, this price includes the car. The 2-person wagonettes are €45 per night at high season. A 4-person eco-cabin costs €100 a night in high season, but you have stay for 2 nights minimum.

In winter season, prices for the Amsterdam camping site are much lower. A 4-person eco-cabin on weekends costs €75 in low season, which makes it a very interesting option when choosing between a crowded Amsterdam hostel or a quiet camping spot. To use the shower, you need a shower coin (€0,80).

Camping Zeeburg

2. Camping Vliegenbos

Amsterdam camping site Vliegenbos is open from April until the end of September. The Camping site of Vliegenbos is located in a large park. The camping site is surrounded by trees. There is a roofed pick nick area and camp fires are allowed. The camping ground is located across the IJ-water in Amsterdam Noord.

Transport to the city centre

Amsterdam Noord can be accessed easily by public transport in Amsterdam: metro, bus and ferry. Amsterdam city centre is easily and quickly reached. Walking 20 minutes, you find the free ferry who takes you to Amsterdam Central Station in less than 5 minutes. The ferry runs 24 hours a day. From Amsterdam Central Station the camping site is also reachable by bus 361 which runs until 6 am. Bus 32 runs from 6 am to midnight.

In 2018, the new Amsterdam North-South Metro Line 52 was opened, which gets you to Central Station in minutes (stop: Noorderpark).

Entertainment and sport

For people who would like to take a day trip to Monnickendam or Volendam these can be reached from the camping on a wonderful bike ride. The Amsterdam camping site of Vliegenbos also has 30 wooden cabins for travellers that have no tent. A cooker is present in the cabin, but you have to bring your own cooking equipment.

Camper site Amsterdam Vliegenbos

Campers are welcome, but there is no room to sit outside and you still pay the same price as a caravan with extra space to put out a table.

Food and drinks

Camping Vliegenbos has a bar and restaurant with terrace. At the camping shop you can get freshly baked bread.

Prices

For a small tent and two people you pay over €20. Camping with a car, a caravan, electricity, two adults and two children in high season you pay over €40. Hot showers are free.

Camping Vliegenbos

3. Camping site near Amsterdam: De Badhoeve

De Badhoeve is a camping site located at a natural reserve along the IJsselmeer, the large inner sea of The Netherlands. Swimming, windsurfing and canoeing is all possible at this camping site. From this camping site near Amsterdam, you walk to the lovely typically Dutch village of Durgerdam or visit Amsterdam city centre on a day trip.

Camping site De Badhoeve is only open during summer (April – September). The Amsterdam camping site De Badhoeve is surrounded by a typical Dutch landscape of grass, marshlands and the large fresh water lake. You can place your tent directly by the lake and start you day with a nice swim.

Camping Badhoeve

Camping site Badhoeve on the waterfront

Entertainment and sports

You enjoy the waterside camping by renting a canoe or boat and a bicycle. There is a football field and a 18-hole golf course just 10 minutes away from the camping site. At the camping cafe, you can play games typically played at these Dutch ‘brown cafés’: billiards and darts. Children might enjoy the gaming zone, which includes a Playstation and a Nintendo gamecube.

Food and drinks

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

Prices Camping De Badhoeve

For a tent and 2 persons you pay €16 a night. Camper vans are €9,50, caravans €11,50, all added with €5 per person and €2,50 per child. Electricity is €2,50 a night. Showering for 8 minutes costs  €1.

Camping De Badhoeve

4. Camping site Amsterdamse Bos

The forest park near Amsterdam, Amsterdamse Bos is home to a quiet camping site. The camping grounds are surrounded by trees, water and grass. Getting into the Amsterdam city centre is not easy, you will have to take first a bus and then taking the tram 5 or 51 or take a direct bus into the city. This Amsterdam camping site is not only one of the cheapest in the area, but it’s also the only one with a communal kitchen and dining room. Camping Amsterdamse Bos is open all year. In winter, you can stay at one of the heated (optional) wooden cabins.

Camping site Amsterdamse Bos

Camping site Amsterdamse Bos

Communal kitchen

The cooking place has 4 4-pits cookers and all the basic cooking equipment, but it lacks the very necessary refrigerator and coffee machine. The kitchen can be closed in wintertime.

Entertainment and sports

The camping and forest offer many options for sports: hiking, biking, swimming and canoeing. Bikes can be rented at the camping site, canoes can be rented at the forest. The forest furthermore hosts a pancake house, a goat far, an indoor swimming pool, a spa/sauna, horse riding and fishing. Restaurant, bars an supermarket options are very limited. In most cases you need a car, bike or take a bus.

Transport from camping to Amsterdam

Bus 199 stops in walking distance of the camping and takes you to Amsterdam Zuid metro and train station, but it takes an awful long time. It’s best walk to bus 171 (or walk) to take tram 51. Tram 51 takes you to Waterloo Square and Amsterdam Central Station in around 40 minutes. Anyway, for being this close to Amsterdam, the transport is not easy and not fast. On the other hand, Bus 199 does have a fast connection with Schiphol Airport, where you can catch trains to all parts of The Netherlands. Easiest is probably by bike, as there is a long bike road leading you into the centre of Amsterdam in about 45 minutes.

Cabins and hostel

On the camping grounds of Amsterdamse Bos camping site, there’s room for tents, caravans and camper vans, but there is also a full fledge cabins, chalets and cottages in all price and luxury ranges. The cottages and chalets have separate bedrooms, private bathrooms, a kitchen and central heating. In summer months, these cosy wooden houses function as shared rooms and you rent a bunk bed, like in hostel.

In winter months, these t and cottages offer temporary housing for for example expats or temporary workers.

Prices Camping Amsterdamse Bos

One night at Camping Amsterdamse Bos with your tent and 2 people costs €15. For caravans it’s €20 (including 2 people). Children are €2,50. Long, temporary stay costs €350 per month in summer and €450 in winter, which makes this is viable option for desperate house seekers looking for a spot to start looking or a more long term solution.

Camping Amsterdamse Bos

5. Camping Gaasper in Amsterdam Southeast

Camping site Gaasper is located in an recreational zone in Amsterdam Southeast (Amsterdam Zuidoost), consisting of a lake with city beach and a large park with playgrounds. The city centre of Amsterdam is easily reached by metro. At night, you can take the night bus back to the camping, which stops in front of the camps ground.

Near Gaasperplas is the zone Bijlmer, known for its colourful inhabitants, that have come from all over the world, often having fled wars and the bad economic situation in their own country.
Some parts of the Bijlmer are best to avoid, 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.

Food and drinks

The camp site 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 camp site shop for fresh bread, coffee and last minute camping gear.

Prices Camping Gaasper

In high season a tent + 2 persons is €17,50. A caravan with a family with 2 children, car and electricity is €33,50.
Shower coins are €0,80.
Gaaspercamping

6. Camper site in Amsterdam

For people arriving by camper van, there is a special camping site for camper car and trailers near the NDSM terrain in Amsterdam Noord. This Amsterdam camper site is open all year. Basically, the camper camp ground consists of a large parking space to park you camper van or trailer, added with free toilets and showers. Dogs are allowed and you can check in and check out 24 hours a day at the self service desk.

The view over the IJ-water is spectacular, the entertainment at the NDSM and Amsterdam Noord is fabulous and the Amsterdam city centre is easily reachable within 20 minutes. Parking your camper van at the camper site is cheaper than parking in Amsterdam city.

Transport

From NDSM there is a direct free ferry that will take you to Amsterdam Central Station in less than 15 minutes. Be wary that this ferry runs until midnight. But at the former NDSM shipyard, there enough restaurants, bars with live music and club nights art exhibition, city beach and market s to keep you entertained at the NDSM terrain itself.

Prices Camper site NDSM

The Amsterdam camper site costs €15 (includes two people) and €18 in high season. Electricity is an added €3.
For an Amsterdam camping site, this is probably the cheapest option for people with a camper van.
Amsterdam City Camp, camping site for camper vans and trailers


 

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2 comments

luke hollingsworth June 12, 2015 - 15:39

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

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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?
thanks!
tom

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