Lisse Travel Guide: Top Things to Do in Lisse

Lisse Travel Guide

Lisse is a small town in South Holland, famously known for Keukenhof Garden and the surrounding tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil fields. It’s best to visit in spring when all the flowers are blooming. Make sure to check the Keukenhof website for opening dates. Depending on the length of the winter, these dates shift each year. In 2019, Keukenhof is open from March 21st until May 19th. 

Most visitors come to Lisse as a day trip from Amsterdam. You can spend the day here visiting the gardens and biking around the surrounding tulip fields.

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Top Things to do in Lisse

  • Where to Stay: Lisse & Amsterdam
  • How to Get to Lisse from Amsterdam
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Biking Around Tulip Fields in Lisse – where to rent a bike, which routes to take
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Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, the Netherlands

Where to Stay


De Vier Seizoenen is a bed and breakfast in Lisse. This lovely accommodation is close to the Keukenhof gardens (15-20 minute walk). The B&B offers bike rentals and breakfast on the terrace. While most people visit Lisse as a day trip from Amsterdam, it’s a lot more relaxing to spend the night in Lisse.


BudgetStayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen is a hostel located in Amsterdam’s city center. Stayokay offers 24-hour front desk, lockers, breakfast, luggage storage, and a bar.

Mid-RangePH93 Amsterdam Central is a clean, comfortable and top-rated accommodation in the heart of the city.

LuxuryAndaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is an elegant and upscale hotel located in the heart of the canal belt. Each room is uniquely designed. The hotel has a spa and wellness center, a restaurant and a bar.

Tulips in a floating boat, the Netherlands

How to Get to Lisse from Amsterdam

By Transit

Amsterdam to Lisse By Bus

During the Keukenhof season, there’s a direct line (Bus 858) from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the gardens that run 4 to 12 times per hour. The nonstop ride takes 35 minutes.

If you purchase the Combi Ticket from the Keukenhof website, it covers the entrance to the park as well as the transportation to and from the Airport. There are two types of Combi Tickets: (1) Combi-Ticket,  bus + entrance Keukenhof; (2) Combi-Ticket, train + bus + entrance Keukenhof.

Amsterdam to Lisse By Train + Bus 361

Another way to travel from Amsterdam to Lisse is by taking a Sprinter Train and then Bus 361. There are different connections, so check out Google Maps for directions.

Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, The Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens

With 800 varieties of tulips and 7 Million bulbs planted each year, Keukenhof Garden is a flower paradise. The garden expands over an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).

There are fountains, waterways, pavilions, flower shows, dining areas, and a Mill located on the premises. You can spend hours wandering through the manicured gardens. Though, it’s best to come as soon as they open (8:00 a.m.) to avoid the crowds.

Address: 2160 AB, Stationsweg 166, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

When to visit Keukenhof

Keukenhof is open roughly between late March through the end of May.  Dates will vary slightly each year. To see the garden in full bloom, it’s best to aim for late April or early May. The flowers will bloom earlier if it was a warm winter, and later if it was a cold winter.

Keukenhof Garden, Lisse, the Netherlands

Biking Around Tulip Fields in Lisse

In April and May, Lisse is bursting with color. Tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils are in full bloom. Interestingly, the farmers in the region cultivate the flowers for bulb production. They don’t actually sell the flowers; they sell the bulbs under the ground. That’s why this area is called the Bulb region.

Thousands of people flock to Holland each year to experience the Keukenhof Gardens in Spring. The best thing to do is explore the gardens in the morning (as early as possible), and spend the afternoon biking around the surrounding area. And if you must choose between the two, we recommend opting for the bike ride.

Where to rent a bike in Lisse

Rent-A-Bike van Dam is a bike rental company located directly in from of the main entrance to Keukenhof Gardens. They charge a flat fee of 10 EUR. The staff is fast, helpful, and informs you about your route options.

What bike route to take

There are four route options.

  1. Route 1 (Yellow) is 5 km in length and takes you to some of the flower fields around Keukenhof.
  2. Route 2 (Orange) is 15 km in length and takes you around more flower fields in the vicinity.
  3. Route 3 (Red) is 25 km and takes you around flower fields, a Lake, the North Sea, and the Dunes.
  4. Route 4 (Purple) is 10 km and takes you to other flower fields.

We opted for Route 3 (Red) and loved it. Apart from the flowers, this route takes you to the Dunes, which is an entirely different landscape. We took several breaks, one of which was at Langevelderslag Beach, to enjoy the sea breeze. We also stopped for coffee at Como & Co, which is located on the lake.

Biking around Lisse
Lisse Tulip Fields, Lisse
Tulips in Lisse, The Netherlands
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