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Welcome to the Volendam-Marken Express

Ferry service, boat trips and party cruises

The Volendam-Marken  Express operates a ferry service between Volendam and Marken all year round, except when the lake is frozen: for more information check out the timetable and prices. The ships used by the Volendam-Marken  Express are also available for company parties, private and party cruises or family parties. We sail to practically every port in the region : from Amsterdam to Ijmuiden and Muiden and from Lelystad to Enkhuizen and Hoorn. The Volendam-Marken  Express is much more than an ideal form of transport between the folklore of the old fishing village of Volendam and the still authentic Dutch village of Marken. The Volendam-Marken  Express gives a unique insight into the history of the former Zuiderzee, offers you both protection from the elements and a sundeck. In the Captain's Bar you can enjoy coffee and delicious tart during the trip. We hope to see you on board soon!

Volendam - an hospitable and photogenic destination

A Volendammer once said, "There are 16 million Dutch citizens and 22,000 Volendammers. " That is absolutely correct . All the more so if you realise that, besides being a sum, this also tells you something about the nature of the people of Volendam. They are really very different from the average Dutchman. Volendam ,home to incredibly hard workers, has a close-knit community, a rich sense of history and it is known for its hospitality.

Marken, an historic island

Marken, referred to by the locals as "Mereke", is a peninsula reaching out into the Gouwzee and Markermeer lakes. Today it is possible to travel overland to Marken , but until 1957 Marken was an isolated island, situated first in the former Zuiderzee and later in the Ijsselmeer lake. In the thirteenth century the island of Marken was first populated by monks from Friesland, who supported themselves by tending cattle and farming.