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The free Dutch Flower Route is the cycle route that lets you enjoy spring flowers or summer flowers in the Bollenstreek. You will cycle past the most beautiful flower fields, the beach, the dunes and the villages of Noordwijkerhout and Lisse. On the way, you will pass by the nicest (flower) attractions, monuments and nature reserves such as Keukenhof flower park and various tulip farms and tulip show gardens.

Cycle the Dutch Flower Route

The Flower Route is about 35 kilometres long and can be cycled in about 2 to 3 hours. During the cycle route, you will discover the versatility and hospitality of the Bollenstreek. You will cycle along the beach, the unique dune area, beautiful monuments and of course, the most beautiful flowers of the season. Because of the relatively short distance, the route can easily be combined with a visit to one or more of the highlights along the route.

Hop on Hop off sightseeing along the Flower Route

The Flower Route takes you past many fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. These flower fields provide the most colourful landscape in the world every spring. Besides the flower fields, there are also many attractions, museums and monuments you can visit. In spring, the Keukenhof flower park is highly recommended, but there are also many tulip show gardens, museums and tulip farms to visit. Please note! For some locations you need to book in advance. Check the Hop on Hop off locations page for this.

Highlights along the Flower Route in spring

When is the Flower Route at its most beautiful?

The season of spring flowers starts from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 12 May 2024. During this period, various spring flowers bloom. Besides the famous Dutch tulips, you can also enjoy the daffodils and hyacinths. During this period, the Keukenhof flower park is also open and is also located along the cycle route. In summer, the Dahlia show gardens bloom from 10 August to 13 October 2024.

Please note that the flowering of spring flowers depends on the weather. Keep up to date with the flowering of the flower fields through our free Flower Alerts on our Facebook and Instagram

Experience the story of the flowers of the Bollenstreek

The Flower Route aims to provide the cyclist with a real experience. The route takes you past various fun flower attractions and monuments. So hop off your bike, visit one of the hop-off locations and enjoy the Bollenstreek to the full.

Price of the Flower Route

The Flower Route is free to cycle by following the node signs. You can also easily follow the route by using the free route map below.

Directions to the Flower Route?

The Flower Route uses the extensive network of cycle junctions, which makes this route easy to cycle by means of signs with green numbers. You follow the cycle junctions that can be found on the free version of the Flower Route. You can then print out the route. A paper version of the cycle route is available from the tourist information offices in the Bollenstreek (bulb region) and from the hotels, B&Bs and holiday parks along the route.

Start locations and times

The Flower Route can be started at any point along the route. There are a number of convenient starting locations. We have listed a number of starting points below. The starting points are easy to reach by car and have ample parking space. You can also easily cycle the Bloemenroute from various hotels and holiday parks.

Travel by car

Start locationParking costsBike rentalNavigation address
Flower park Keukenhof€ 10.00 voor de hele dagBike rental KeukenhofStationsweg 166A, Lisse
The centre of LisseFree parking at the parking spaces. Please note: do not park in a blue zone. There is a maximum parking time of 2 hours.Not availableBondstraat 13, Lisse
Heereweg 249, Lisse
Westerdreef (t.h.v. 105), Lisse
Bike rental Lisse LemonBikeFree for customers of Bike Rental LisseBike rental Lisse LemonBikeVeenenburgerlaan 73a, Hillegom (border Lisse)
The centre of NoordwijkerhoutFree of charge (please note that some parking spaces have a 2 hour limit)Bike rental NoordwijkerhoutBrink 1, Noordwijkerhout
Langevelderslag beach€ 10.00 for a day ticketNot availableLangevelderslag 20, Noordwijk
Bike rental NoordwijkFree parkingBike rental NoordwijkHerenweg 23, Noordwijk

Travel by public transport

Start locationPublic transportBike rentalNavigation address
Flower park KeukenhofSpecial Keukenhof buses from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Schiphol, Leiden, Noordwijk, Katwijk and NoordwijkerhoutBike rental KeukenhofStationsweg 166A, Lisse
Station HillegomTake the train to Hillegom Station. From the station, cycle in the direction of bicycle junction 12 (after 700 metres you are on the route)Bike rental Station HillegomBondstraat 13, Lisse
Heereweg 249, Lisse
Westerdreef (t.h.v. 105), Lisse
Station SassenheimTake the train to Sassenheim Station. From the station follow the cycle junctions 51 -> 50 -> 58 (after 1.5 kilometres you are on the route)Not availableHeereweg 386, Lisse

Travel by bike

You can also cycle the flower route from several popular hotels and holiday resorts.

  • From Noordwijk, follow junction 32 and then start the flower route at junction 43.
  • From Zandvoort: follow junction 79 and then start the flower route at junction 31.
  • From Sassenheim: follow junctions 51 and 50 and then start the cycle at junction 58.

Bike hire along the Flower Route

The Flower Route is easy to cycle with your own bike. Don’t have a bike or don’t feel like taking your bike to the Bollenstreek? Then you can simply hire a bike from one of the locations along the route.

Restaurants along the Cycle Route

With this cycle route, you will not only enjoy the beautiful nature in the Bollenstreek, you will also cycle through the cosy flower villages Noordwijkerhout and Lisse. In these flower villages, you will find village squares with many restaurants and terraces where you can enjoy a snack and a drink. You can also find several restaurants at the beach of Langevelderslag. Here are some tips for restaurants along the Flower Route

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How long does it take to cycle the route?

The cycle route is 35 kilometres long and takes about two hours to complete. With visits to the highlights, the Flower Route takes two to three hours on average.

Will there also be a guide on the tulip route?

No, this route has to be done individually. There are also bicycle tours available where a local guide takes you to the most beautiful tulip fields in bloom and to a tulip farm. For this, see Bike tour with local guide.

Can the flower route also be driven with a scooter or solex sightseeing tour?

Yes, the route can also be driven with one of the sightseeing tours. For example, the electric scooter, Solex and also the TukTuk. However, the Solex is not allowed to drive through the dunes and the TukTuk has to take an alternative route.

Can I combine the Flower Route with a visit to Keukenhof?

Yes, a visit to Keukenhof takes on average between 2 and 4 hours and can be combined very well with the flower route. The cycle route is 35 kilometres long and takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. You can decide for yourself whether and how long you will stop at a hop-off location. Please note! To visit Keukenhof you have to reserve your ticket in advance. Look at Keukenhof tickets to book your visit and to reserve a parking ticket.

Also check out our other cycling routes along the tulip fields. There are cycle routes of 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 25 km and 35 km.