Getting there

Actual information

Please note: Are you coming by car and parking in Q-Park Waterlooplein? Due to a renovation, the theatre is accessible via exit ‘Amstelzijde’ and not via exit ‘Nationale Opera & Ballet’! More information on parking can be found here.


Our main entrance is at Amstel 3, on the waterfront of Waterlooplein. This main entrance gives access to the Main Stage to the right and straight ahead, along the Theatre Café, access to our new small auditorium: Studio Boekman

View the location of our theatre on the map here

Opening hours

  • Main Stage: for a performance on the Main Stage, the theatre's main entrance opens two hours before curtain-up. You can then first enter the Foyer Studio Boekman and the Theatre Café. The entrance to the Foyer Main Stage opens one hour before curtain-up.
  • Studio Boekman: for performances in Studio Boekman only, the main entrance opens one hour before curtain-up. One can then enter the Foyer Studio Boekman and the Theatre Café.


Our phone support will be unavailable during the summer, from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 11 August. During this period, you can still reach us via email at

You can buy tickets in the following ways:

  • Through this website, to do so select the performance via programme and then 'Tickets & info'
  • By phone via our customer service -  020 62 55 45 5:

Customer service is available by phone at:

Monday to Friday from 12.00 - 18.00.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 12.00 - 15.00. 
After 18.00 only for questions related to the evening performance; 020 - 5518119.
Customer Service is closed on Sundays and public holidays when there is no performance.

The Box Office is only open from two hours before the start of a performance on the Main Stage and one hour before the start of a performance in Studio Boekman. You will find the Box Office in the foyer, after access through the main entrance at your left.

Plan your trip

Did you know that as much as 22% of our total CO₂ emissions come from the journeys visitors make before going to a performance? By choosing a sustainable travel option, you help us reduce our theatre's CO₂ footprint.

Travelling to Dutch National Opera & Ballet can be done in various ways:

  • Walking or cycling
    Do you live in the neighbourhood? Then we advise you to come to Dutch National Opera & Ballet on foot or by bike. Close to the theatre there is plenty of space to park your bike.
  • Public transport
    Travelling by bus or train to one of Amsterdam's NS railway stations is easy. From Amsterdam Central or Amsterdam Amstel stations, the metro (line 51, 53 or 54) will take you to the Waterlooplein stop in a few minutes. From there, it is a ± 2-minute walk to the main entrance of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
    Plan your trip via 9292.
  • Taxi
    The nearest taxi rank is on the corner of Waterlooplein, at the back of the theatre. A second taxi rank is located - a five-minute walk away - on Nieuwmarkt.
  • Carpooling via Slinger
    Driving with other opera and ballet lovers is more enjoyable and sustainable! Offer your empty car seats through the widget on this page, and interested people can contact you via email to travel along. Confirm the ride by email, and organise a convenient meeting location and any cost-sharing, such as gas or parking. Looking for a ride yourself? Select an offered ride from the widget on this page, write a message indicating that you'd like to ride along, and then organise the specifics by email.
  • Car
    Dutch National Opera & Ballet is located in the heart of Amsterdam. As a result, traffic in the area is often hectic and parking is scarce, so finding a parking spot can be time-consuming. We therefore recommend that you plan your journey well in advance. Also bear in mind that admission to the show cannot be granted after the start of the performance. You will then only be able to take your seat in the auditorium after the interval.


Please note: when leaving the car park Q-park Waterlooplein, take the 'Amstel' exit. The exit 'Dutch National Opera & Ballet' is not accessible due to renovations.

P+R locations
If you come by car, we recommend using 1 of the 7 P+R locations on the outskirts of the city, close to the A10, A9 and A2 motorways. You can park your car here for € 8 per 24 hours (€ 1 when entering after 10:00) and then continue your journey to Dutch National Opera & Ballet at low cost by train, bus, tram or metro. More information can be found here.

There is paid parking in the immediate surroundings of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, for example in one of the following car parks:

  • Parking garage Stadhuis - Muziektheater, Waterlooplein 28, below Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Please note: no booking possible and this car park is often full!
  • Parking garage Q-Park Waterlooplein, Valkenburgerstraat 238. This car park offers the possibility to book your parking space online in advance and as a visitor of Dutch National Opera & Ballet at a reduced rateSee here for more information.
    Please note: when leaving the car park, take the 'Amstel' exit. The exit 'Dutch National Opera & Ballet' is not accessible due to renovations.
  • Parking garage Q-Park The Bank Rembrandtplein, Amstelstraat 12
  • Parking garage Markenhoven, Anne Frankstraat 220
  • Parking garage Q-Park, Kalverstraat, Singel 451 C

Here you will find an overview of all car parks. Detailed information on parking in Amsterdam can be found on the website of the municipality of Amsterdam.