The Tulip Festival in the Netherlands


Spring in the Land of Tulips. A Guide to the Tulip Festival in the Netherlands

The Tulip Festival is an annual traditional event marking the beginning of the spring season in the Netherlands, spanning several weeks. Whether you are in the Netherlands through a DB Work employment contract or you have planned a trip exactly during this time of the year, we invite you to find out all the useful information about this event hosted by Amsterdam and numerous other localities in the Netherlands.

The 2024 edition of the Tulip Festival starts on March 1st and ends on May 12th, an ideal period to explore and enjoy the beauty of blooming nature.

  • Tulip Festival Netherlands – Top free and paid events

Visiting the wonderful Keukenhof Gardens

Known as the top floral attraction, Keukenhof Gardens open to visitors, inviting them to enjoy the splendor of the flowers in an impressive setting. Here, the tulips bloom earlier and for a longer period, thanks to the technique of layer planting.

With a skip-the-line ticket, you can enjoy the beauty of this place without waiting in queues.

LOCATION: Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

HOW TO GET THERE: With the Tulip Festival Card, you have access to public transportation to reach the destination.

COST: £17.09 for general access (with price variations for additional options)

  • Aerial Experiences

For a unique perspective, consider a helicopter flight over the tulip fields, an extraordinary way to see the natural beauty from a new angle.

LOCATION: Departure from Lisse, Netherlands

HOW TO GET THERE: Transport details and meeting point are provided upon booking.

COST: Starting from £135.88.

  • Walks among the blooming tulip fields - free

The highlight of spring is the blooming fields, where tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths create a vivid tableau.

LOCATION: Bollenstreek, Netherlands

HOW TO GET THERE: Visit the region either by bicycle or by personal car.

COST: Free access for visiting with personal transportation. For guided tours, prices start from £59.37.

  • Visiting a tulip farm: De Tulperij Tulip Farm in Voorhout

The small De Tulperij Tulip Farm can be visited during the opening season of Keukenhof Gardens. De Tulperij is a family business where visitors are personally welcomed. Open daily in spring, from March 21 to May 12, 2024, including Sundays and holidays, the farm is a place full of surprises and inspiration. You can enjoy a guided tour through the tulip fields and the greenhouse, complemented by a cup of coffee or tea and a Dutch waffle.

LOCATION: 5 km away from the famous Keukenhof Gardens

HOW TO GET THERE: Guided bus tour to the tulip farm and Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam, by renting a bicycle from Keukenhof and cycling to the farm, guided bike tour from Keukenhof to the farm, unique tour with Renault Twizy, a self-driving electric vehicle, which also includes a visit to the farm

COST: The guided tour only at the farm, for an adult, is 7.95 euros

  • Bollenstreek Flower Parade - free

The Flower Parade is an iconic event that takes place every year and is a must-see during the festival.

LOCATION: Bollenstreek, Netherlands

HOW TO GET THERE: Reach by bus or personal car.

COST: Free to watch the parade, but related events may have an entry cost.

  • Visiting Option: Tulip Festival Card

The Tulip Festival Card is the ideal solution to experience the beauty of tulips. It includes access to Keukenhof Gardens and public transportation in and around Amsterdam, available for 1, 2, or 3 days. The package also includes two digital guides for Amsterdam and the tulip region, plus a 10% discount at other attractions in Amsterdam.

Important: Make sure to exchange your digital voucher for an OV-chipkaart at stations in and around Amsterdam. The card's validity starts from the first use and allows free travel on public transport

Prices: Costs vary depending on the card duration. Adults and children have different rates, ensuring a day of access to Keukenhof and the freedom to travel on other days to destinations such as the tulip fields.

  • 1 day - €55, 2 days - €66, 3 days - €78

The Tulip Festival Card is available during the Tulip Festival from March 21st to May 12th, 2024. However, the number of tickets available each day is limited. Check availability here. The Card is also valid for Keukenhof buses 852, 858, 854, and 850. If the Tulip Festival Card is not available on your chosen day, there is still often the possibility to purchase combined bus tickets and tours at Keukenhof.

Advantages: When you purchase the Tulip Festival Card, you choose the day and time you want to visit Keukenhof Gardens and can stay in the flower park as long as you wish. In addition, you receive two digital guides, available on Apple AppStore or Google Play, containing information and routes in Amsterdam and the tulip region, as well as a discount code to save 10% on other attractions in Amsterdam.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I visit Keukenhof? In 2024, you need to book your visit's day and time in advance. You can choose the day and time for your Keukenhof visit when you purchase the Tulip Festival Card.

How does the transfer to Keukenhof work? The Tulip Festival Card gives you an Amsterdam Region Travel Ticket which allows unlimited travel in Amsterdam and its surroundings for 1, 2, or 3 days, including the buses to Keukenhof. You do not need to select a time slot for the Keukenhof bus.

When can I download the digital guide? The coupon for the digital guide is valid from March 21, 2024. From then on, you can download the digital guide to your mobile phone (iOS or Android).

How does the discount code for tickets and tours work? You will receive a discount code that gives you a 10% discount on all tickets and tours in our ticket shop. This way, you can purchase tickets for the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and many other attractions in Amsterdam. You can make up to 5 orders with the discount code.

The Tulip Festival in the Netherlands is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Dutch culture and hospitality. Each event within the festival offers a unique experience, making this period an ideal time to visit the Netherlands. Regardless of budget or preferences, there is something for everyone during this time of year when the Netherlands turns into a sea of colors and scents, celebrating the arrival of spring.

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