Ijmuiden is known as the ‘Gateway to the Netherlands’ due to its proximity to many of Holland’s most popular cities.

Cruise to Ijmuiden, Holland, ‘Gateway to the Netherlands’

IJmuiden (meaning mouth of the river Ij) is a port city in the Dutch province of North Holland.
Ijmuiden (pronounced ‘eye-mouden’) is known as the ‘Gateway to the Netherlands’ due to its proximity to many of Holland’s most popular cities.

Before leaving your luxury MSC liner for the day be sure to browse our selection of holiday excursion packages to obtain the best deals on the key sights and cities in the area. Ijmuiden is only 17 miles from Amsterdam and is close to the picturesque region of Zaanse Schans, a conservation area and inhabited open-air museum famous for its windmills.
For those already familiar with Amsterdam, the heritage market town of Haarlem is just 15 minutes from Ijmuiden; more relaxing than Holland’s busy capital, Haarlem is compact and lively and will make for a very pleasant day off your MSC cruise ship. Haarlem gave its name to America's ‘Harlem’ in the days when New York was a Dutch colony known as ‘New Amsterdam’. Don’t miss Haarlem’s quaint old district which is centred around the Grote Markt, or ‘market square’.

Relax with a boat trip along Haarlem’s canals or soak up history in the city’s equivalent to the Anne Frank museum: Corrie Ten Boom is a museum and former home that pays homage to a courageous family that hid Jews during the Nazi occupation. All it takes is a few hours away from your cruise ship to experience a slice of authentic Holland and to discover some wonderful, but lesser-known cities during your European cruise vacation.

Cruise to Ijmuiden - Netherland - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises


By Car
From the A9 take the exit IJmuiden/Beverwijik (A22). Follow the signs IJmuiden and make a left turn at the traffic lights. From the 'Pontplein' (ferry to Velsen Noord/Beverwijk) follow the 'Kanaaldijk' (canal) along the North Sea Canal (on your right). After you've passed the viaduct, exit the two following roundabouts at the second exit. You will drive onto the 'Kromhoutstraat'. On the 'Kromhoutstraat' take the first exit to your right (Strandweg). The 'Strandweg' eventually transitions into the 'Zeehavenweg'. After about 500 meters you will find the entrance to the Felison Cruise Terminal on your right hand side.

Public Transportation
The Felison Cruise Terminal can be reached with Connexxion busline 82 to 'IJmuiden aan Zee'. This bus departs from the 'Marnixstraat' in Amsterdam en stops, among others. at Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station and at the Fast Flying Ferry from Amsterdam in IJmuiden. From busstop 'Badweg' it's a 600 meter walk to the terminal. About 10 meters of this route is not paved, so please take this into account if you have heavy luggage or if you have a disability.

Another option is to travel with the Fast Flying Ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to IJmuiden and from there take a taxi to the Felison Cruise Terminal.

By Taxi
From the Beverwijk or Driehuis railway stations about 15 minutes.

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