How do I get to the Anne Frank House Amsterdam by Public Transport?

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House (Dutch: Anne Frank Huis) is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945). The building is located on one of the famous canals of Amsterdam, called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in the city center of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in a 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex (Dutch: Achterhuis). From June 1942, thirteen year old Anne kept a diary in which she wrote regularly, until the family’s arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944. Following their arrest, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen, where they died (probably of typhus) a few months later.

Her father Otto, the only survivor of the Frank family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by his secretary, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 70 languages.

Ten years later the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.

The museum opened on 3 May 1960. It preserves the hiding place, has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and has an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination. In 2013 and 2014, the museum had 1.2 million visitors and was the 3rd most visited museum in the Netherlands, after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

Address
Anne Frank House
Westermarkt 20
1016 GV Amsterdam

More Information

Other sources
This article was written by a born and raised Amsterdammer. It’s intended for the vast majority of travelers and covers the most important options. If you are looking for detailed information, or if you are traveling to or from less visited locations, then consult other sources:

How do I get there?
The city center of Amsterdam is quite small. Since the Anne Frank House is situated right in the the city center, many people visit the museum simply by foot or by rented bike. For example, a walk from Amsterdam Centraal station to the Anne Frank House would take 20 minutes and you’ll pass the busy shopping area, or if you want, the famous canal zone of Amsterdam along the way. From the Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square, it’s only a 9 minutes walk.
CLICK HERE for the pictures of the walking route from Dam Square to the museum.

It is possible to park your car near the Anne Frank House. However, the number of parking places available is limited and parking your car in Amsterdam is very expensive. There are also some supervised parking garages in the area. Taxis in The Netherlands are expensive and the Anne Frank House is in a busy area, so the best way to visit the museum is by foot, rented bike, or by public transport.

Public Transport Options
The Anne Frank House is located right in the city center of Amsterdam, in a busy area. There are many public transport options, which can make it slightly confusing. The one which is the best for you, depends on your starting point (e.g. hotel or railway station). You can reach the Anne Frank House from 9 railway stations in the Amsterdam area and also from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Dam Square is a nice public square. So, if you arrive anywhere near Dam Square by public transport and don’t mind to walk 10 minutes, you should be fine.

The map below shows the main tram and metro stops near the Anne Frank House.

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The metro/tram map below, might help you to find the best options for you.

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Best options

T = Tram, M = Metro, B = Bus, > = Transfer

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Station Amsterdam CentraalT13 or T17WestermarktStops around the corner of the Anne Frank House
Station Amsterdam ZuidM52Rokin+ 10 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam RAIM52Rokin+ 10 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam AmstelT12Dam+ 6 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam SloterdijkT19 > T13WestermarktTransfer at Willem de Zwijgerlaan
Station Amsterdam LelylaanT17Westermarkt>Stops around the corner of the Anne Frank House
Station DuivendrechtM50 > M52RokinTransfer at Station Amsterdam Zuid
Station Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenAM50 > M52RokinTransfer at Station Amsterdam Zuid
Station Amsterdam MuiderpoortT3 > T13WestermarktTransfer at De Clercqstraat
Amsterdam NoordM52Rokin+ 10 minutes walk
Schiphol Airport railway stationTrain > M52Rokin+ 10 minutes walkMore information (click)
Amsterdam Airport SchipholB397 > T17WestermarktTransfer at Elandsgracht, or walk 11 minutes

Entrance
The current entrance to the museum is no longer at the original house at Prinsengracht 263. The entrance is around the corner, at Westermarkt 20, just behind the famous and easy recognizable Westerkerk chuch, and close to tram stop Westermarkt (13 + 17). At the time of writing, the Anne Frank House no longer sells tickets at a ticket boot. Tickets can only be purchased online (click) for a specific time slot. Rescheduling of tickets or refunds are not possible.
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Tram 13, 17
Both trams leave from Amsterdam Centraal station and stop just around the corner of the Anne Frank House at tram stop Westermarkt. When arriving at Amsterdam Centraal station by train, most visitors should walk in direction of train platform 1/2 to an exit at the city center side. At the center side you will find metro entrances and two tram platforms. Walk towards an exit and check out at a ticket barrier with the NS logo on it. Tram 13 and 17 both stop on the western platform. To get there, immediately turn right when exiting the railway station at the city center side.
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When you leave the tram at tram stop Westermarkt, just walk in direction of the Westerkerk church you see. The entrance of the Anne Frank House is just behind the church.
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Metro 52
Since July 2018, metro 52 (North/Southline) runs between Amsterdam Zuid station and Amsterdam Centraal station (and on to Amsterdam-Noord). The stop at Rokin, exit Dam, is just a 10 minutes walk from the Anne Frank House. Make sure you travel in the right direction. Use the metro map below to determine whether you have to take metro 52 in the north or south direction.
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After exiting the metro train follow the signs Uitgang (exit) Dam.
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Use the 2 escalators to go upstairs and exit the station using the exit at Dam (Dam Square). As soon as you’ve left the last escalator, walk straight ahead in direction of Dam Square (Dam). You’ll probably see GASSAN Dam Square and the famous Scheltema bookstore. You’ll see Madame Tussauds Amsterdam at the other side of Rokin, at the corner of Dam Square.
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Use the pedestrian crossing next to GASSAN Dam Square to cross Rokin in direction of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. Take your time and wait for the green pedestrian light. At busy moments cars, trams, taxis, and bicycles usually come from everywhere at this point. Cyclists in Amsterdam might ring their bicycle bells, but usually don’t stop and might kill you.
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At the corner of Dam Square, at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, you’ll see the famous Royal Palace of Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis or Paleis op de Dam) and the Nieuwe Kerk church. The walking route to the Anne Frank House basically starts between the Royal Palace and the church.
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At the end of the short street between the palace and the church, use the pedestrian crossing to cross the street in the direction of the front-left corner of the monumental Magna Plaza shopping mall building. Take your time and wait for the green pedestrian light, as this street is usually very busy.
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As soon as you’ve reached the other side of the street, turn around the front-left corner of Magna Plaza shopping mall building, into Raadhuisstraat. From this point it’s a 4 minutes walk to the Anne Frank House. Just keep walking straight ahead. You’ll cross the bridges of the famous Amsterdam canals: Singel, Herengracht, Keizergracht.
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The entrance of the Anne Frank House is near the fourth canal (Prinsengracht), just behind the small building behind the famous and easy recognizable Westerkerk at the right side of Raadhuisstraat. The quickest way is to turn right at the church and walk around the Westerkerk church counterclockwise. You’ll see the entrance to the museum almost immediately.
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Do not want to walk?
Alternatively, if you don’t want or can’t walk to the museum, you can transfer to tram 13 or 17 at Dam Square, next to the Bijenkorf department store. Make sure you take the tram in the opposite direction, in direction of Dam Square, leaving from the stop in front of Pott Change and Tours & Tickets.
It’s only 2 stops to tram stop Westermarkt, around the corner of the Anne Frank House.
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Tram 3
Tram 3 circles within the old part of Amsterdam, but outside the city center and canal area, passing the city center and the Anne Frank House at the west side. You can take this tram for example, if your starting point is near Amsterdam Muiderpoort railway station in the old east part of Amsterdam. Transfer to tram 13 at tram stop De Clerqstraat.
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Tram 3 also stops just in front of exit Ceintuurbaan of De Pijp metro station at metro line 52 (North/Southline), so transferring here to metro 52, direction North (Noord)is also a good option. Exit the metro train at metro station Rokin, Uitgang (Exit) Dam. CLICK HERE for further information on this route.

Metro (51), 53, 54
This is the old metro line (Eastline), starting at Amsterdam-Southeast (Bijlmer, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost) and heading to Amsterdam Centraal station. You can still take all 3 metros and transfer to tram 14, just outside metro stop Waterlooplein, exit Waterlooplein/Stadhuis/Nationale Opera & Ballet.
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Get off the tram at tram stop Dam. From this tram stop it’s an 11 minutes walk to the Anne Frank House.

Do not want to walk?
Alternatively, if you don’t want or can’t walk to the museum, you can transfer to tram 13 or 17 at Dam Square, next to the Bijenkorf department store. Make sure you take the tram in direction of Dam Square, leaving from the stop in front of Pott Change and Tours & Tickets.
It’s only 2 stops to tram stop Westermarkt, around the corner of the Anne Frank House.
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Schiphol Airport railway station
The railway station is under the airport. Every 6 minutes, you can take a train to Station Amsterdam Zuid. 7 minutes later you’ll arrive. From Station Amsterdam Zuid, you can take metro 52 (also every 6 minutes) and exit 9 minutes later at Rokin, exit Dam. From Rokin, it’s an 10 minutes walk to the Anne Frank House. So, it’s possible to travel from Schiphol Airport railway station to the Anne Frank House in about half an hour. CLICK HERE for further information on this route.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The Amsterdam Airport Express is a fast and easy way to travel by bus between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the center of Amsterdam. Every 7.5 minutes bus line 397 departs from bus stops B15-19 at Schiphol. The bus brings you to the Elandsgracht Bus Station. Outside the bus station, near the canal opposite the Esso gas station, you can transfer to tram 17, which stops just around the corner of the Anne Frank House at tram stop Westermarkt. You can also go on foot, it’s only an 11 minutes walk.

‘We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means.’
– Otto Frank –

Last update: August 30, 2020

How do I get to the Moco Museum Amsterdam by Public Transport?

Moco Museum
The Moco Museum (Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam) is an independent museum located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, dedicated to exhibiting modern and contemporary art. The museum was founded with the mission of attracting broader and younger audiences, and of making art accessible to the public. With artists like Banksy, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Moco Museum offers visitors a collection of subversive art in which irony and humor are used to reflect on modern society.

Moco Museum is situated on Museumplein (Museum Square), in the historic Villa Alsberg, a townhouse designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers the nephew of Pierre Cuypers, designer of Amsterdam Central Station and the Rijksmuseum. The townhouse was one of the first privately-owned residencies on Museumplein and remained so until 1939. The Moco Museum is just a few steps away from the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. It is therefore easy to combine your visit to the Moco Museum with a tour of the other important museums.
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Address
Moco Museum
Honthorststraat 20 (Museumplein)
1071 DE Amsterdam

More Information

Other sources
This article was written by a born and raised Amsterdammer. It’s intended for the vast majority of travelers and covers the most important options. If you are looking for detailed information, or if you are traveling to or from less visited locations, then consult other sources:

How do I get there?
The city center of Amsterdam is small. Since the Moco Museum is situated just a little south of the city center, many people visit the museum simply by foot or by rented bike. For example, a walk from Dam Square to the Moco Museum would take 20 minutes and you’ll pass the famous canals of Amsterdam along the way. It is possible to park your car near the Moco Museum. However, the number of parking places available is limited and parking your car in Amsterdam is very expensive. Under the Museumplein is a supervised underground parking garage. The entrance is at the side of the Concertgebouw, next to the Albert Heijn supermarket. Taxis in The Netherlands are expensive and the Moco Museum is in a busy area, so the best way to visit the museum is by foot, rented bike, or public transport.

Public Transport Options
The Moco Museum is located just south of the city center of Amsterdam, in a busy area. There are many public transport options, which can make it slightly confusing. The one which is the best for you, depends on your starting point (e.g. hotel or railway station). You can reach the Moco Museum from 9 railway stations in the Amsterdam area. Located at the Museumplein (Museum Square) are three major museums. Museumplein is a nice public square. So, if you arrive anywhere near Museumplein (Museum Square) by public transport and don’t mind to walk a couple of minutes, you should be fine.

The map below shows the main tram and metro stops near the Moco Museum.

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The metro/tram map below, might help you to find the best options for you.

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Best options
T = Tram, M = Metro, B = Bus, > = Transfer

FromNumberStopRemarks
Station Amsterdam CentraalT2 or T12Van BaerlestraatStops around the corner of the Moco Museum
Station Amsterdam AmstelT12Van BaerlestraatStops around the corner of the Moco Museum
Station Amsterdam SloterdijkT19Spiegelgracht+ 5 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam LelylaanT1Spiegelgracht+ 5 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam ZuidM52Vijzelgracht+ 8 minutes walk
Station Amsterdam RAIM52Vijzelgracht+ 8 minutes walk
Station DuivendrechtM50 > M52VijzelgrachtTransfer at Station Amsterdam Zuid
Station Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenAM50 > M52VijzelgrachtTransfer at Station Amsterdam Zuid
Station Amsterdam MuiderpoortT1Spiegelgracht+ 5 minutes walk
Amsterdam NoordM52Vijzelgracht+ 8 minutes walk
Amsterdam Airport SchipholB397RijksmuseumStops next to Museumplein (Museum Square)
Schiphol Airport railway stationTrain > M52VijzelgrachtMore information (click)

Entrances
Moco Museum is situated on Museumplein (Museum Square). The entrance is just a few steps from the square at the walkway leading to Paulus Potterstraat. To avoid the lines and save time, you can Make your reservations for the Moco Museum online and avoid waiting in a queue.

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Metro 52
Since July 2018, metro 52 (North/Southline) runs between Amsterdam Zuid station and Amsterdam Centraal station (and on to Amsterdam-Noord). The stop at Vijzelgracht, exit Vijzelgracht, is just an 8 minutes walk from the Moco Museum. Make sure you travel in the right direction. Use the metro map below to determine whether you have to take metro 52 in the north or south direction.
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After exiting the metro train follow the signs Uitgang (exit) Vijzelgracht / Museumplein (Museum Square).
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Use the 2 escalators to go upstairs and exit the station. As soon as you’ve left the last escalator, turn to the left and make a 180 degree turn. Walk to the corner at Weteringschans (only 30 meters). At the corner, turn to to the right. There’s a signpost pointing to the Museumplein (Museum Square) at the corner.
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Now follow the Weteringschans to the tram stop Spiegelgracht. When you look to the left at Weteringschans, you might see the Rijksmuseum. Museumplein (Museum Square) and the Moco Museum is just behind the Rijksmuseum. Use the pedestrian crossing at the end of the tram stop to cross Weteringschans. Take care, at busy moments cars, trams, taxis, and bicycles usually come from everywhere at this point. Cyclists in Amsterdam might ring their bicycle bells, but usually don’t stop and might kill you.
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Now just follow the sidewalk to the Rijksmuseum. You’ll cross the bridge at Stadhouderskade. Use the pedestrian crossing to cross the street. Take your time and wait for the green pedestrian light, as this street is usually very busy.
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As soon as you’ve reached the other side, walk trough the arcade of the Rijksmuseum to the Museumplein (Museum Square) at the south side of the museum.

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During the cold months of the year you might see an artificial skating rink in the middle of Museumplein (Museum Square). Keep walking straight ahead at the right side of the square.

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To make sure you walk in the right direction, take a look at the green signpost, pointing to the Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Moco Museum is in the same direction. Follow the walkway and keep walking straight ahead for 2 minutes. The Moco Museum is the first museum in the row. Next are the the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The entrance of the Moco Museum is just off the square.
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Metro (51), 53, 54
This is the old metro line (Eastline), starting at Station Amsterdam Centraal, and going to Amsterdam-Southeast (Bijlmer, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost). You can still take all 3 metros and transfer to tram 1, 7, 19 just outside metro stop Weesperplein. Get off at tram stop Spiegelgracht. From the tram stop it’s a 5 minutes walk to the Moco Museum.

Tram 1, 7, 19
These trams pass the Rijksmuseum and the Museumplein (Museum Square) behind it at the city center (north) side. Get off at the tram and bus stop Spiegelgracht. From the tram stop it’s a 5 minutes walk to the museum.
You can find the images of this route HERE.


Tram 2, 5, 12
Tram 2, 5, and 12 stop at the backside of the Stedelijk Museum at Paulus Potterstraat, just around the corner of the Moco Museum. Leave the tram at tram stop Van Baerlestraat. Walking to the main entrance takes only a minute or 2. When exiting the tram, just cross the street, using the pedestrian crossing at the end of the tram stop. Follow the grayish façade of the old Van Gogh Museum (you’ll pass the group entrance). Just keep walking straight ahead for a minute. The garden of The Moco Museum is at the corner. At the corner, turn to the right (Honthorststraat) in direction of the Museumplein (Museum Square) and simply walk to the entrance.
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[alternative] You can also get off tram 2, 5 or 12 at tram stop Rijksmuseum and approach the Moco Museum from the Rijksmuseum side, as the museum is in between the 2 tram stops.

Tram 3
Tram 3 circles within the old part of Amsterdam, but outside the city center and canal area, passing the Museumplein (Museum Square) at the Concertgebouw (south) side of the Museumplein. This tram stop is also close to the Moco Museum. You can take this tram for example, if you’ve visited the neighborhood called De Pijp (The Pipe) with it’s lively Albert Cuyp Market, just south of the city center. Tram 3 also stops just in front of exit Ceintuurbaan of De Pijp metro station at metro line 52 (North/Southline).

Get off at tram stop Museumplein. Cross the street to Museumplein (Museum Square) and simply walk to the Moco Museum at the left/west side of the square. This takes 3 minutes. Tram 5 and 12 also stop at tram stop Museumplein.
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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The Amsterdam Airport Express is a fast and easy way to travel by bus between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the center of Amsterdam. Every 7.5 minutes bus line 397 depasrts from bus stops B15-19 at Schiphol. The bus brings you directly to bus and tram stop Rijksmuseum, next to the Museumplein (Museum Square). Walking to the entrance of the Moco Museum takes only a minute or 3.

Schiphol Airport railway station
The railway station is under the airport. Every 6 minutes, you can take a train to Station Amsterdam Zuid. 7 minutes later you’ll arrive. From Station Amsterdam Zuid, you can take metro 52 (also every 6 minutes) and exit 5 minutes later at metro stop Vijzelgracht. From Vijzelgracht, it’s an 8 minutes walk to the Moco Museum. So, it’s possible to travel from Schiphol Airport railway station to the Moco Museum in about half an hour. For a description of the walking route to the museum, CLICK HERE.

Enjoy your trip to the Moco Museum!

Last update: January 12, 2020