I was looking at the Keukenhof website and the combo tickets for bus and entrance ticket seem to imply that when you buy the ticket it is good for anytime the park is open. This would be great so that one can pick a good weather day to visit but I just wanted to verify that this is correct with those who may have used the combo ticket before. Another question on the combo is whether it is possible to swap buses to and from the garden. Say one wanted to take the Schiphol bus to the garden and when leaving take the bus that goes back to Haarlem or Leiden for dinner. The website doesn't address this specifically but by calling it a Schiphol/Haarlem/Leiden ticket, seems to imply that the combo ticket is not specific for one bus but good for any of the three. Not a big deal but it be nice to know what alternatives are available. Any information is greatly appreciated.
You can use the combo ticket any day you want. The website doesn't ask you for a date.
I have never actually done it, but you should be able to swap buses. The price is the same for all locations, and the website doesn't give you the option to select any one of the three (Haarlem, Schipol, Lieden).
Hey, Michael -I haven't checked the website for this year yet. Is there any advantage (aside from it's in your pocket) to having purchased the ticket in advance? (no location swap involved)
I think you save a euro or two by buying the combo. But the biggest advantage is the convenience, the bus drivers aren't allowed to accept cash anymore, only those chipkaart cards or a ticket purchased at the train station ticket counters. One less line to wait in.
The major advantage if advanced purchase is to avoid lines.
Andre--and that means line to purchase the ticket at the station, as opposed to entering the park, no?
I've never seen any lines to purchase tickets at the gardens.
My sister and I have stood in line for more than an hour ! Only one ( 1 ) window was open and people were asking why there was not another window being opened . It was a beautiful day and Keukenhof was the place to go that day. Everyone had the same idea . Second window was finally opened , way too late. So yes , buy the combo ticket and avoid the line , unless the weather is bad = fewer people .
Yes, with the ticket printed beforehand you go straight to the entry gate, avoiding eventual queues at the ticket booth. I've been there 3 times, in 2 of them there were substantial lines to buy tickets.
Thanks everyone for all the good information. Combo ticket sounds like the convenient and flexible option I'm looking for.