With over 7 million flower bulbs in bloom every spring and over 800 varieties of tulips covering area of 32 hectares, it's one of the largest flower garden in the world. Keukenhof is situated near Lisse, small town southwest of Amsterdam.
If you don’t want to join big group of tourist and pay around 45€ for organised trip from Amsterdam (admission to garden is 15€pp), then best way is to organise trip yourself and it's easy.
There are buses number 858 marked also as “Keukenhof Express” leaving from Schiphol Airport about every 15min directly to the gardens. Best option is to buy “Kombi ticket”, that include entry to garden and bud ticket. There is small kiosk clearly marked inside of airport where you can get them. Or you can buy them also online here.
Price for return Kombi ticket is 23€ from Schiphol Airport, entrance to garden included. (Price as in 2014)
Buses are quiet comfortable and journey only takes about 20 minutes depending on traffic. They stop right on the front of the Keukenhof Garden.
It may be a good idea to take with you some bottled drinks and snacks, as you can spend your time taking pictures and enjoying that beauty rather than standing in queue for food and drinks.
Garden is open every spring for about a month. In 2014 it was from 20th of March until 18th of May. (check official web for exact time each year) Judging from my two visits, best time to visit will be probably last two weeks of April and first week in May. Early in April, most of the Tulips are inside in Pavillions and there are mostly Hyacinths, Daffodils and Crocuses with very few blooming Tulips outside. But it's really depend on weather so i do recommend to check forecast and maybe live camera from tulip fields? :)
It’s beautiful anyway but it’s totally different experience compared to my visit two years ago in first week of May.
As the last thing, little advice. Best way to get to Schiphol Airport from town is to go to Amsterdam Centraal Station and buy return train ticket for 8.50€.
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