Do you want to visit the Kröller-Müller Museum but have no idea how to get to Kroller Muller 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 without a car (but I will include that option also)
It’s 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 famous 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.
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 a travel time of two hours elsewhere, but it’s a little shorter: 1 hour and 36 minutes when you take the correct route.
Once in the park, the bus stops at the Kröller-Müller Museum and then at the Visitor Center, a little further away. You do not need to take a taxi or bike if you don’t want to.
I will tell you how to get to the museum by public transportation. Which lines to take, where to transfer, everything. I’ll also cover alternative ways of getting there, like by car or (private) tour.
And I touch on the tickets you need because the museum is within the Hoge Veluwe National Park, which charges admission separate from the Museum.
Let’s dive right in.
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4 Ways: How To Get To The Kroller Muller Museum
The museum is located inside a National Park 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 possible.
And it’s 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. This is the number one reason I love this museum so much.
You have the following four options to reach the park. Which is the best way to get there for you depends on your budget and preferences.
1. Public Transportation
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:
- You take an 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. Check out from NS (the yellow poles), and check in again at the Blue Pole (see image) since you’re changing operators here.
- You disembark at the “Barneveld Centrum” train station. This takes about 15 minutes. When you exit the train station, don’t forget to check out first. The poles are near the exit.
- 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.
- Change here in Otterlo to bus 106 to the museum. The bus is more like a minivan.
- At the entrance to the park, the bus is 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 one here) since this speeds up the process.
- You 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 on a direct train from Amsterdam. You save 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, you take the bus to Otterlo (bus 108 > direction Apeldoorn), exit at the “Rotonde Otterlo” stop, then transfer to the same 106 bus. This route is also 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. Since all legs of the journey are short, I would advise traveling 2nd class (the standard class on the trains) instead of first class. And when you travel 2nd class with OVpay, you no longer need to buy tickets. How convenient is that?
How does this work?
- When you go to the platforms, you tap a contactless Debit or Credit card at the ticket gates inside Amsterdam Central Station.
- In Amersfoort, you transfer train operators. On the platform, two (2) check-in/check-out poles are next to each other to transfer passengers. You tab out at the yellow one first (NS). Then, you tap the blue one to check in for the next leg. See the photo.
- When you arrive in Barneveld-Centrum, you tab your card at one of the poles in front of the station.
- Once you board the bus in Barneveld, you tap the reader upon boarding.
- You tap out when you exit. You repeat these exact steps on transferring bus 106 into the park.
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 without dealing with different tickets.
Back to Amsterdam, you take the same route in reverse.
Locals tip: You’re not bound by exact departure times. If you miss a connection, you can take the next one.
The total price for a journey is about €20 per person one-way.
PS: So what are those messages about you need to take a taxi or bike? 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.“
But this is incorrect information (unless they traveled on a Sunday). You can walk from that stop and take a bicycle or taxi. But 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.
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 straightforward. It’s an easy drive from Amsterdam. Take the A1 Motorway towards Amersfoort and Hengelo. From there, you take the Otterlo exit. The park and the museum will be signposted.
The driving distance between Amsterdam and the museum is 82 kilometers or 51 miles. Without traffic, it would take you 60-75 minutes.
I recommend two websites for finding the best deals on car rentals: Rental Cars and Discovery Cars. I would search them both and find the best prices. Make sure to have 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 Organized Group Tour
The day trip tour to Kroller Muller Museum, the one also recommended by the museum itself, is run by Tour Company. It’s not cheap. The current price is €199 per person. It 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.
If you’re interested, you can find availability and book your tickets for the Kröller-Müller Day Tour here.
4. By a Private Driver and Private Guide
Another option is booking a private driver and private guide. I offer these services myself. The main advantage is that you don’t have to go to an organized tour company departure location and be part of a group since a private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you back, and there are no strangers.
What does a package like this include:
- Private transportation by a regular midsize car from door to door
- Entrance to the National Park
- Entrance to the Kroller Moller Museum
- A private 1-hour guided tour by a museum guide
- All taxes
What does the package not include:
- Upgrade to a luxury car (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Tips for the driver
The price for this package is €699 based on one to two persons (€50 for each extra person, no more than four in total). The trip would take 6-8 hours door-to-door, depending on whether you want to explore the park before or after your visit (on a white bike). This is optional and at no extra charge.
If you’re not interested in the private one-hour tour at the museum and are okay with my general knowledge (or the audio tour), the price is €100 lower. The total fee is then €599.
If you’re interested in booking this private driver package, fill out this form, and I’ll confirm availability and pricing within 24 hours.
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 also 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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