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Travelling around and to Friesland by car

You can reach Friesland by car in several ways. For instance, by driving across the world famous Afsluitdijk (Closure Dike) or from the south past the Frisian Lakes. This page contains all information for your visit to Friesland by car.

Closer than you think

Friesland is far away? Not at all, it’s just a short ride! Get into the car, put on your favourite music, enjoy the landscape and you’ll see the characteristic LF2018 flags standing proudly at the provincial borders before you know it. Welcome to Friesland!

Do you want to know exactly how long a trip to Leeuwarden will take? We have put together a list of places and distances for your information:

From Amsterdam: 1 h 35 min
From Utrecht: 1 h 40 min
From Groningen: 50 min
From Den Bosch: 2 h
From Zwolle: 55 min
From Assen: 1 h
From Rotterdam: 2 h 10 min
From Den Haag: 2 h
From Arnhem: 1 h 45 min
From Antwerpen: 3 h


Luckily there are many beautiful things to look at surrounding most bridges while you’re waiting.


Are you bringing your motorhome along? If so, Friesland will not let you down. The place is filled with motorhome places, there is a place suitable for everyone. Right in the middle of cities and towns, on the waterside, on the seafront, in the centre of bicycle, swimming, hiking and sports fishing locations, and in all other corners of the province.

Do you not own a motorhome yourself? Then you can rent one at various companies throughout the province.

View the moterhome parkings

Parking and traveling

Once you have arrived in Friesland, you can choose to park your car on one of the P+R locations throughout the province to travel further by public transport against a small fee. This way you can visit the heart of every city and town without any parking troubles.

Here you can find an overview of parking lots from where you can travel further by bus or train.

  • Akkrum
  • Buitenpost
  • Deinum
  • De Westereen
  • Dronrijp
  • Feanwâlden
  • Franeker
  • Grou-Jirnsum
  • Harlingen CS
  • Heerenveen CS
  • Heerenveen-West
  • Hindeloopen
  • Hurdegaryp
  • IJlst
  • Koudum-Molkwerum
  • Leeuwarden Camminghaburen
  • Leeuwarden CS
  • Mantgum
  • Sneek CS
  • Sneek Noord
  • Stavoren
  • Wolvega
  • Workum


There are large indoor and outdoor parking lots near shipping companies Doeksen in Harlingen (Terschelling and Vlieland), Wagenborg in Holwerd (Ameland) and in Lauwersoog (Schiermonnikoog). The signs will guide you to these parking lots and if necessary there will be shuttle busses that match up with the ferry’s schedule. The shipping companies advise you to take more traveling time into account during high season, days surrounding bank holidays and during events, as it will take more time to find a parking spot. This way you can make sure to be in time for the departure of the boat. More information on parking in Harlingen, Holwerd and Lauwersoog.


  • Do you already have the LF2018 app? Use it to discover everything about Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, the European Capital of Culture!
  • Are you visiting a Wadden Island and are you traveling by car? Then be advised that your car can only be taken with you on ferries to Terschelling and Ameland. Vlieland and Schiermonnikoog are low-traffic areas.

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