About PTA
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Since its opening in 2000, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam has welcomed a large number of visitors. We are proud that we are in the top five of the most visited cruise terminals in northern Europe and equally proud of the unique events that are held at PTA each year.  

Mission statement

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam offers cruise ship passengers and crew a clean, safe and pleasant reception facility in Amsterdam and efficient vessel handling to shipping companies.

At a business and cultural level, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam offers a first rate location in Amsterdam that provides its clientele with the opportunity of putting on events that exceed the expectations of their guests. 

History of PTA

PTA is located on the southern bank of the IJ in Amsterdam an area which has been associated with seafaring since 1875. In those days, this area was a 1¼-mile long island built to provide moorings for increasingly larger ocean liners. Large warehouses and majestic buildings rose up and the bank was renamed the Oostelijke Handelskade, the Eastern Quay. In 1970 one of these warehouses was converted to a passenger terminal. Cruise ships soon became larger and ocean and inland waterway cruises started to play a key role in Amsterdam's economy. And so in 1997 it was decided that a new terminal was to be built. Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Architect Larry Malcic was told that the building had to symbolise the connection between land and water. The undulating shape of the roof symbolises this connection and the huge wooden beams in its interior are a nod to the shipbuilding tradition. The extensive use of glass provides a spectacular view across the IJ harbour and the city.

In March 2000, the terminal was opened to become the first successful, multi-functional terminal in Europe. Besides functioning as s passenger terminal, PTA is also a unique events venue. This forms a successful combination that has been copied in various ports around the world. PTA is a perfect example of magnificent modern architecture on historic land with a very special function. 


20 MIN

from schiphol airport

10 MIN

walk from
central train station


luggage lockers

Small locker €4 / 24hrs
W35 cm x H45 cm x D85 cm

Big locker €6 / 24hrs
W35 cm x H62 cm D85 cm

€ 1 and € 2 euro coins only

outside terrace


parking spaces

tourist information point

3000 m2


bus parking spaces

valet parking

crew lounge

wave goodbye

wave goodbye to family and friends from the outside terrace of the Promenade Deck

Nautical facts

  • 600 m, 12 to 30 m wide dock. Maximum crane lifting capacity: 30 tons
  • Only 25 km (14 nautical miles) from the open sea to Amsterdam
  • Depth: 10 m
  • Large cruise ships up to 340 metres are able to moor thanks to the wide turning radius that has been dredged to a depth of 10 metres. 
  • Two computer-controlled gangways that connect seamlessly to virtually all ships
  • Excellent technical facilities for taking on supplies
  • Ideal departure point for the Baltic and Polar Circle routes
  • High-speed turnaround procedure.
  • ISPS certified / IMO code 0253
  • Request security equipment in advance from the shipping agent, as scanning equipment is not always present!
  • Tugboats provided by Port Towage Amsterdam
  • Tides: none
  • Boatmen: De Koperen Ploeg
  • Pilot: mandatory
  • Fibre-optic cable in every gangway for online
  • For more information on the nautical facts please e-mail cruise@ptamsterdam.com

Berth Booking Policy

The objective of this Berth Booking Policy for Cruise vessels is to provide well-defined, transparent and non-discriminatory guidelines for the allocation of berths at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam or at the Port of Amsterdam. PTA reserves the right to modify each year if necessary.

Berth Booking Policy:

  • Booking of a ship’s date or serie comes via a shipping agent, as well as amendments or cancellations
  • Cruise Season PTA is from mid-April to mid-October
  • A cruise booking has a 1st right to book before events, until 1st of August preceding a cruise year
  • The handling of a ship in the low season (mid October – mid April) shall always be planned at the east side of the quay via PHB
  • A Turn Around operation (minimum 2/3 of total number of passengers) has priority over a Cruise Call
  • Booking at quay PTA will be confirmed as subject to more bookings. If more bookings occur for a particular date, PTA reserves the right to divert a ship to an alternative quay in the Westhaven – to avoid operational problems at PTA
  • Amsterdam uses a dynamic lock planning