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Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 11:45pm
by ashnew
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone had cycled from the Port of Amsterdam into the City Centre and could offer advice on routes?

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 2 Oct 2019, 5:09pm
by foxyrider
When you say 'Port of Amsterdam', do you mean the ferry port (which is actually at Ijmuiden) or do you mean the docks along the Ij waterfront (of which there are many!)? :)

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Oct 2019, 5:57am
by SimonCelsa
cycle.travel suggests around 19 miles, pan flat.

Never done the route myself but it looks relatively straightforward.

https://cycle.travel/map/journey/128458

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Oct 2019, 2:27pm
by atlas_shrugged
Might be worth following long distance cycle routes i.e. LF1 and LF20. The distance may be longer but the cycle paths tend to be really nice and so can often be quicker.

Taking multiple turns in any city slows progress and is tiring. I found in Amsterdam that following a natural marker like a river is very helpful for the navigationally challenged like myself.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Oct 2019, 8:28pm
by Ron
ashnew wrote:I was wondering if anyone had cycled from the Port of Amsterdam into the City Centre and could offer advice on routes?

I've had difficulty finding my way out of Ijmuiden in the past so prefer to leave the ferry terminal head east and keeping the Noordzeekanaal close on the left towards Velsen Zuid. Cross the Zijk kanaal following Amsterdamsweg past the junction into Ruigoord and on to swing right onto Westpoortweg. Passing a dock area on your left, Vopak terminal and Oiltanking Amsterdam, and on towards Westpoort. After that it gets more difficult to explain but should be clearly signed Amsterdam Centrum or Centraal Station.
Segregated cycle route all the way, no gradients, well signposted.

atlas_shrugged wrote:
Might be worth following long distance cycle routes i.e. LF1 and LF20.

LF1 doesn't go in to Amsterdam and LF 20 doesn't go in to Ijmuiden, but could be a possibility after reaching Sloterdijk rail station

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 20 Nov 2019, 8:16pm
by Jonners
I realise this is a very late response but if it helps, we cycled in from Ijmuiden last year - I cheated by having google routes on my phone, set it for cycling and just followed the coloured line! The previous poster described the tank storage area so we were on the same route. I clocked it as 17 miles into the Centraal station area.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 21 Nov 2019, 9:19pm
by whoof
I've ridden from Ijmuiden to the centre of Amsterdam by following the signs saying Amsterdam. And then back again doing the same, didn't have any problems.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 9:01am
by mjr
whoof wrote:I've ridden from Ijmuiden to the centre of Amsterdam by following the signs saying Amsterdam. And then back again doing the same, didn't have any problems.

For those new to NL, it's the signs with cycle symbols on the top of the posts and on a bicycle, you can follow the names in green or red, so I'd pick whichever has the lower distance.

Alternatively, it looks like following cycleways alongside N202 and S102 near the river is a direct way into the city. Maybe not the prettiest and through some industrial areas.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 8:34pm
by Wanlock Dod
Why not just take a nice ride through the dunes in the Zuid Kennemerland National Park to Haarlem and take a train.

It’s a fairly easy ride to follow the main road along by the canal if you just turn left out of the ferry port, and keep left (but without crossing the canal by either a bridge or ferry) as far as Westport. You can head South from there to take a train from Halfweg.

You can get most of the way from Halfweg to the centre of Amsterdam along by a canal just North of the railway line, then along a cycle path in the same general direction through Sloterdijk and the Westerparc. You will be pretty close to the city centre by then.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 2:11pm
by st599_uk
Don't miss out Haarlem. Truly stunning little town with a fantastic medieval square with some great cafes. I used a wire strop (of the type that come with D-locks) to lock my bike to a pillar on the town hall undercroft and had a great explore and a fantastic Indonesian inspired sandwich for brunch).

Then I went South for about 2 miles so I could cross the river on a tiny ferry before cross-countrying to Amsterdam arriving near Rembrandtsplein.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 3:35pm
by mjr
st599_uk wrote:Don't miss out Haarlem. Truly stunning little town with a fantastic medieval square with some great cafes. I used a wire strop (of the type that come with D-locks) to lock my bike to a pillar on the town hall undercroft and had a great explore and a fantastic Indonesian inspired sandwich for brunch).

Then I went South for about 2 miles so I could cross the river on a tiny ferry before cross-countrying to Amsterdam arriving near Rembrandtsplein.

And if you do go to Haarlem, I think the Schalkwijkerweg cycleway under the Schipholweg bridge is below the normal water level, which some may find an amusing ride.

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 4:48pm
by foxyrider
whoof wrote:I've ridden from Ijmuiden to the centre of Amsterdam by following the signs saying Amsterdam. And then back again doing the same, didn't have any problems.

That could be confusing, following the signs to Amsterdam top get to Ijmuiden :lol:

Sorry, do know what you meant but on muy first read it just hit the funny bone.