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Welcome on board of the Volendam Marken Express
When visiting Volendam, the passage to Marken is a must. It is an experience. The view from the water of the folklore Volendam cannot be described by words. It does not get any better than this according to us. And that is exactly why we have been providing this experience for almost 100 years.
As a guest on the Volendam Marken Express, you will experience the island feel from the moment you get on board. Enjoy snacks and drinks in The Captains Bar during the passage. Listen to stories of our crew, or follow the audio tour to learn more about both villages (old harbor). Whether you sail on the lower or upper deck, you feel completely free when you sail on the waters of the Markermeer.
From Volendam to Marken
Volendam Marken Express takes you from the harbor of Volendam to the authentic Marken, where you can visit the Klompenmuseum, the Markerhuisje, and the Marker Museum. Hungry? Enjoy a traditional pancake or local dish at Taverne de Visscher while looking out on the Markerhaven. Seen everything in Marken? We sail back to Volendam where you can take a photo in traditional Volendam attire. The Volendam Marken Express fleet sails between Volendam and Marken year-round.
You can buy tickets for the Volendam Marken Express on our website or on board. You can order single or return tickets. Want to take your bike or moped? No problem! You can also buy this ticket online or at our register. Also take a look at our arrangements, or make use of our special actions for a unique day out.
Discover the old authentic Holland on our comfortable ships
Volendam Marken Express sails with unique, authentic ships. Comfortable boats, equipped with toilet, bar, sound equipment, and a panorama deck with an impressive view of the water. Are you making the passage between Marken and Volendam? You are probably enjoying the comfort of the flagship Ms. Jan Smit, the riverboat Ms. Volendam or the Ms. IJselmeer. Are you renting a boat at Volendam Marken Express? In that case you are sailing on the classic Ms. VD1 or you are renting one of our sloops with a captain.
Did you know Volendam Marken Express also offers cruises in “Old Holland”? For example, the famous Windmill Cruises in the Zaanse Schans. For this unique part of history from the waters of the Zaanse Schans, book tickers here.
Volendam Marken Express: our story
The Volendam Marken Express has been founded in 1889. Back then, the sailing botters of skipper Dirk de Waart sailed between Volendam and Marken. Travelers could end up in Marken from Amsterdam, by following a round trip with various vehicles from the Tweede Noordhollandsche Tramweg-Maatschappij. You could choose between a steam streetcar and the botters of Dirk de Waart. At the beginning of the twentieth century, two steamboats were added, the ‘Koningin Emma’ and the ‘President Roosevelt’.
In 1905, the round trip was professionalized by the Noord-Zuid-Hollandsche Stoomtramweg-Maatschappij, and renamed as Marken Express. This name was also given to the trams with special saloon carriages.
Direct connection between Amsterdam and Marken
In 1912, the first steamboat of the Tramwegmaatschappij sailed from the streetcar station, also coffeehouse, at Amsterdam Central Station. The direct connection between Amsterdam and Marken increased tourism in Marken and Volendam enormously. Skippers saw their opportunity, and offered various ferry services to Marken, which could only be reached by water until 1956.
After the war, various ferry services combined forces for the ferry service between Monnickendam and Marken under the name ‘De Combinatie’. Skippers Viskoper, Sta van Uiter, Hoff, Kes, de Groot, Schaap, Schaap, and Klein worked together to stay out of each other’s way.
There was also a ferry service from Volendam to Marken, which was founded in 1920. Kwakman, Veerman en Veerman (no relation) first had three separate ferry services, the united in a single ferry service in 1933: Rederij Veerman en Co.
Rederij Veerman and De Combinatie sailed for decades between the villages. Over the years, various partners entered and left the shipping companies. When the Noord-Zuid-Hollandsche Stoomtramweg-Maatschappij stopped exploiting the Marken Express, De Combinatie and Rederij Veerman en Co merged into one company, called Rederij Volendam Marken Express.
The Volendam Marken Express sails between Volendam and Marken all year round. For almost 100 years, the Volendam Marken Express is ready to provide a great day in Volendam and Marken to guests. The passage is a real experience. We offer guests the island feeling from the moment they board our ship. Get away from it all and enjoy the fresh air on the water. We love to welcome you on board, where Volendam hospitality and Marken traditions merge to give you an unforgettable day.
See Old Holland
See Old Holland
The pride of the Volendam Marken Express: our employees
We welcome you with a smile and are focused on safe transport. The staff of the Volendam Marken Express are the pride of the company. From the captains to the sailors, from the bar personnel to the ticket sellers: they are our company. Do you want to be part of our team? Send us a message or apply to one of the open vacancies.
Tel: 0299 363331
Rederij Volendam Marken Express
Our team likes to arrange the activities together with you. For more information, contact us via email or the contact form. We will contact you as soon as possible. Do you want to speak to us right away? Give us a call.
Volendam – Holland
Tel 0299 363331
Fax 0299 367466