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.
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.
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.