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Aalsmeer is a town and municipality in Amstelland, near Schiphol Airport, just outside Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


Aalsmeer is nicknamed "Bloemenstad" - Dutch for flower city. That is not necessarily because there are many flowers around in the area (there are not), but because it is the main flower export hub in the Netherlands.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Airport Schiphol is not far north of this place. Direct buses from the airport to Aalsmeer were suspended in 2021. Now you have to take buses 181/180 ("Cirkellijn") to Schiphol Knooppunt Zuid, then transfer to bus 340 towards Uithoorn Busstation.

By car[edit]

Aalsmeer can be reached by car by taking the exit Hoofddorp-Aalsmeer on the A4 and driving south-east on the N201. After a few kilometers Aalsmeer is reached. From the center of the Netherlands, Aalsmeer can be reached via the N201, which connects to the A2 at Vinkeveen. (The N201 goes around Aalsmeer, but has several exits. Depending on your destination in Aalsmeer, it may be more convenient to use the N196.)

By bus[edit]

Bus connections to Aalsmeer:

  • Line 171: Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA - Uithoorn Busstation
  • Line 340: Haarlem - Hoofddorp - Aalsmeer Busstation - Uithoorn
  • Line 357: Amsterdam - Amstelveen - Aalsmeer Busstation
  • Line 358: Amsterdam - Amstelveen - Aalsmeer Busstation - Kudelstaart

Lines 357 and 358 provide a somewhat awkward connection to Amsterdam because they stop at Amsterdam Elandsgracht and Amsterdam Zuid respectively. You'll have to take the Noord-Zuidlijn metro from Amsterdam Zuid in order to go to the central station and the city center.

On foot[edit]

Aalsmeer can be reached on foot with LAW Pelgrimspad and LAW Waterliniepad (formerly LAW Stelling van Amsterdam).

Get around[edit]

Map of Aalsmeer

The centre of Aalsmeer is of limited size. Bus lines 171 and 340 from Connexxion are particularly suitable for public transport within Aalsmeer. The bus stop Aalsmeer West/centrum (340) is actually quite far from the centre.



Hop on your bicycle. While Aalsmeer itself isn't quite special, the surrounding areas are beautiful, especially Braassemermeer and Langeraarseplassen and the surrounding villages. Aalsmeer is a good hub for bicycling around the Groene Hart.


Most shops are located in the centre, near the town hall. There are also shops on the part of Ophelialaan east of the N196. On the Aalsmeerderweg, to the north-east of the built-up area, you will find some large garden centres.





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