Getting there

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is located between Amstel and Waterlooplein, and can be reached easily by public transport or bike.

It can be difficult to reach Dutch National Opera & Ballet on time by car: please bear in mind that the centre of Amsterdam can be very busy and parking space in the vicinity of Dutch National Opera & Ballet is scarce. After curtain-up no admittance to the performance can be granted (after the intermission you can return to the auditorium).

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Public transport

You can go by bus or train to the NS Stations in Amsterdam.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, at Amstel 3, is easily reached by public transport. The metro (lines 51, 53 or 54) from either Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Amstel Station takes just a few minutes to get to Waterlooplein station. 

Route by public transport


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By taxi

There is a taxi rank next to Dutch National Opera & Ballet (on the corner of Waterlooplein) and another at Rembrandtplein (three minutes’ walk away). You can call Taxi Centrale Amsterdam for a taxi on 020 77 7777.

By car

From the Ring A10, take exit S-112 or S-116, in the direction of ‘Centrum’ (city centre). Follow the signs marked ‘P Muziektheater’, which will bring you to the car park underneath the theatre building, which can be very busy on performance evenings. 

Plan your route


There is limited parking in the direct vicinity of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, especially in the evening. Looking for on-street parking can be time-consuming. Please remember that latecomers cannot be admitted to the auditorium once the performance has started.

You will find an overview of all car parks here.

The best option we recommend is the Parking Garage Q-Park Waterlooplein, which is located at just 5 minutes walking distance from the theatre. An additional advantage is that at Q-Park Waterlooplein you can reserve your parking space online in advance, so you are assured of a parking space and you benefit from a good deal. For more information visit this webpage.

The underground car park ‘Parking Stadhuis - Muziektheater’, underneath Dutch National Opera & Ballet is both a public and private parking garage and not exclusively accessible to theatre visitors. Because of that, there is a good chance that this car park is full and/or difficult to access. If you are short of time, we therefore advise you to avoid this car park.

Other parkings garages within walking distance of Dutch National Opera & Ballet:

Amstelstraat 12 - 1017 DA, The Bank Rembrandtplein
Anne Frankstraat 220 - 1011 MP, Markenhoven
Kalverstraat, Singel 451 C - Q-Park

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P+R locations

An alternative, if you are travelling by car, is to make use of one of the eight P+R (Park+Ride) locations on the outskirts of the city, at the motorways A10, A9 and A2. You can park your car here for €8 per day, including free public transport (bus, tram or train) for up to four passengers, to Dutch National Opera & Ballet. For more information, please visit this website.