Do you want to visit the Kröller-Müller Museum? But unsure how to get to Kröller Müller Museum from Amsterdam.
You’re not alone. This museum might be the most challenging museum to reach. But you’re in the right place, and it is doable.
You can get to the Kröller-Müller museum with by:
- Public Transportation
- Car (both rental or with a private driver)
- Group tours
The Kröller Müller is a fantastic museum for those who like modern art and nature combined. Since the Kröller-Müller museum is located in National Park “De Hoge Veluwe.”
It’s world-famous for having one of the largest collections of Van Gogh’s paintings, only second to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
I’m a Dutch private guide, and I will explore all transportation options from Amsterdam to the Kröller-Müller Museum in this article.
After reading this article you know exactly whether you should drive yourself, hire a private driver, go by public transportation or take a small group tour.
And I also touch on the tickets that you need because the museum is within the Hoge Veluwe National Park, which charges admission separate from the Museum.
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4 Ways: How To Get To The Kroller Muller Museum
The museum is located inside the National Park “De Hoge Veluwe” in the eastern part of the country.
It’s not near a city. Thus, transportation options from Amsterdam are a little bit time-consuming, but it’s absolutely possible.
And… well worth it. The National Park is beautiful, and the museum has the world’s 2nd largest Van Gogh collection. If you’re a Van Gogh fan, it’s worth your effort.
Van Gogh is the number one reason I love this museum so much.
You have the following four options to reach the park.
The best way to get there for you depends on your budget and preferences.
1. Public Transportation
There is some confusion out there about whether it’s possible to get to the museum by public transport from Amsterdam, whether there is a bus stop in front of the museum, or whether you need to take a taxi or a bicycle for the final leg.
Let’s remove the confusion: You can get to the Kröller-Müller Museum from Amsterdam by public transport, but it requires some time.
I’ve read in some articles a travel time of two hours, but it’s a little bit shorter: 1 hour and 36 minutes IF you take the correct route.
Once in the park, the bus stops at the Kröller-Müller Museum every day except Sundays. You do not need to take a taxi or bike if you don’t want to.
A trip to the Kroller Muller Museum in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe takes about 90 minutes.
This is the quickest way to get there by public transportation:
- Take the Intercity train from Amsterdam Central Station to Amersfoort. This takes about 30 minutes.
- In Amersfoort, you transfer on a local train towards Ede-Wageningen or Barneveld Zuid. They go up to 4x per hour.
- Then disembark at “Barneveld Centrum” train station. This leg takes 15 minutes.
- Then, cross the roads, and within a few minutes, you can take the bus to Otterlo (bus 105 > direction Arnhem). The bus journey takes 20 minutes and takes you through a lovely Dutch landscape.
- Exit at the stop “Rotonde Otterlo.” Wait at the same stop.
- Bus 106 to the museum comes a few minutes after your disembarked at the same spot. The bus is more like a minivan.
- At the entrance to the park, the bus will be stopped for a ticket check. The national park charges admission. Please don’t be that person who did not already purchase a ticket (you can get your Hoge Veluwe ticket here) this speeds up the process.
- Exit the bus at the “Kroller Moller Museum,” almost before the museum.
You can take this route twice per hour. I took this route myself recently, and it worked like a charm. Everything went on time, and all connections were easy.
Alternatively, you can also take a train to Ede-Wageningen via Utrecht. This is a direct train from Amsterdam. You save yourself one transfer if you do this. But this route is about 10 minutes longer than the one I mentioned above, and a little more expensive (a few euros).
Once you get to Ede-Wageningen, take the bus to Otterlo (bus 108 > direction Apeldoorn), exit at the “Rotonde Otterlo” stop, then transfer to the same 106 bus. This alternative route is possible twice an hour.
Either way, visiting the Kröller-Müller museum is a do-able day trip from Amsterdam.
Most people use two different planners for planning their trip by public transport in the Netherlands. They’re:
I usually like Google Maps better, especially in city environments like Amsterdam. But in this case, 9292.nl has the better travel advice. The route over Barneveld is not mentioned in Google Maps. The Google Maps route makes it unnecessarily longer and more expensive.
How to Buy Public Transportation Tickets to the Museum?
For this route, it is very straightforward:
Buy a train ticket for the train part of your journey in advance. (roundtrip Amsterdam Centraal – Barneveld Centrum), or (Amsterdam Centraal – Ede-Wageningen for the alternative route.
If you book 4 days or more in advance and travel off-peak you can get a discount up to 20% on your tickets.
You can pay for the bus part of your journey with your contactless bank, or credit card. If your card has contactless payment activated you can use it.
How does that work?
- Once you board the bus in Barneveld or Ede-Wageningen, tap your card at the reader upon boarding.
- You tap out when you exit. You repeat these exact steps on transferring bus 106 into the park.
- Make sure to have one card per person. You can not travel with more people on the same debit or credit card.
It sounds a little complicated. I get that. But it’s a quick process; it’s super easy once you get the hang of it. It ensures you pay the lowest possible price.
Back to Amsterdam, you take the same route in reverse.
My tip: You’re not bound by exact departure times. If you miss a connection, you can take the next one, ticket are never bound to a specific departure.
But note that if you buy a discounted off-peak ticket you can not travel between 7-9 AM and 4-6:30 PM on weekdays.
The total price for a journey is about €20 per person one-way.
PS: So what are those messages on online forums about you need to take a taxi or bike from Otterlo? For example, I saw this review: “From the “Otterlo Rotonde” stop, you can walk to the National Park entrance (15 minutes). But from there, it’s another 2 miles / 3 kilometers to the museum’s entrance.“
While that is true, you can just as quickly transfer to the 106 bus from that stop and be taken straight to the museum’s entrance without walking, biking, or using any taxi. (Not on Sundays).
So the answer is you can get to the park by bus to the museum’s front door. But keep in mind on Sundays, services are more limited. It’s best to avoid visiting on a Sunday if you travel by public transportation.
2. By Rental Car
Getting to the Kroller Moller Museum from Amsterdam by car is easy to do. Take the A1 Motorway towards Amersfoort and Hengelo. From there, you take the Otterlo exit. The park and the museum will be signposted from there on.
The driving distance between Amsterdam and the Kröller Müller museum is 82 kilometers or 51 miles. Without traffic, it would take you about 75 minutes.
Make sure to get full insurance since car rental companies are more difficult in Europe with damages, even smaller ones. Also, traffic is much busier than in most other places.
When it comes to parking, you have two options. You can leave your car at the park entrance and continue on one of their free white bikes. Or you can buy a more expensive parking ticket and follow the signs to the museum’s parking lot. Day tickets cost around €5 for parking at the entrance and around €10 for parking inside the park.
Remember that the museum is closed on Mondays outside of the summer season (roughly May – to August).
3. By a Private Driver
Another option is booking a private driver. I offer this services myself.
There are few advantages to this option:
- Save time. Public transportation takes much longer.
- No hassle. No transit to deal with, or driving in a foreign country yourself.
- Convenience. I’ll pick-up at your accommodation.
- More time. You’ll have more time at the park than with a group tour.
- More than just a transfer. I remain available during the day.
- I personalize your tour. You’re not limited to a pre-set program.
- Flexbile. When can adapt travel times to your needs.
- Access to a local. I’ll be your guide. Meaning you have direct access to a local.
Read more about a private transfer here, I’ll confirm availability within 24 hours.
4. By Organized Group Tour
You can take a day trip tour to Kroller Muller Museum with a small group tour.
The one that I recommend is also recommended by the museum itself, and run by Tour Company. It’s not cheap. The current price is €199 per person.
If you’re traveling with two people a private transfer with me is only slightly more expensive. But with the extra benefit of flexibility in time, no other people traveling with you, and a pick up from your accommodation.
The small group tour includes transportation to the park by minivan, all your entrance and admission fees, and a short museum tour. After that, you’ve plenty of free time to explore the rest of the museum and the sculpture garden.
Even though it’s expensive, it can be worth the money because you don’t have to transfer trains and buses or buy tickets. Everything is taken care of for you and it’s cheaper than a private driver if you are traveling by two people or less.
If you’re interested, you can find availability and book your tickets for the Kröller-Müller Day Tour here.
Information About Entrance Tickets
I mentioned it before, but the Kröller-Müller Museum is in the middle of the National Park “De Hoge Veluwe.” To enter you not only need a ticket for the museum but also for the park. In the section below, you can buy both.
The Entrance Price is €12.30 per person to enter the park.
Tickets for the Kröller-Müller Museum costs €13
I strongly advise buying your tickets before you travel to avoid a delay at the entrance gate.
The Museum is open daily in summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November 1 to April 1, some sculptures are not accessible because of weather conditions. From September to May, the museum is closed on Mondays.
If you visit by public transportation, Sunday is not the best day to travel because services are limited.
Once inside the park, you can use the free white bicycles you find at every entrance and stop inside the park. There is nothing to it. You grab one and go.
These bikes have no locks. You leave it once you get there and take another one when you leave. All major sights in the park are signposted and easy to get to by these bikes.
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