About PTA

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam was opened in the year 2000 and has since become the multipurpose terminal of the Netherlands.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam


Passenger Terminal Amsterdam has welcomed over 3.8 million passengers since the opening in the year 2000. Passengers come from all over the world to visit the Dutch capital. The most common nationalities on board are English, German, American and Dutch.

Since the opening, a total of more than 2,100 ships have visited PTA. This total consists out of two different types of calls: transit calls and turn arounds. With a turn around, PTA is the start or end point for the cruise passenger. With a transit call, the same passengers will board again after their visit.

History

PTA is located in Amsterdam, on the southern banks of the river IJ. Since 1875, this area has been dominated by the maritime industry. The two-kilometer-long island was built at the time to accommodate the ever-increasing ocean steamers. Large sheds and majestic buildings were built, and the bank was renamed the Oostelijke Handelskade. In 1970 one of the sheds was converted into a passenger terminal. Soon the cruise ships became larger and the cruise industry started to play an important role for the Amsterdam economy.

That boast was the reason to build a new terminal in 1997: Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Architect Larry Malcic carried out that the building should symbolize the connection between land and water. The undulating shape of the roof symbolizes the connection between land and water and the huge wooden beams in the interior are a reminder of the shipbuilding tradition. All the glass makes the view of the IJ harbor and the city center phenomenal.

First multipurpose terminal in Europa

In March 2000, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam became the first multipurpose terminal in Europe. In addition to being a passenger terminal, PTA is also a unique venue for events. A successful combination that was widely adopted in various ports around the world. PTA is the textbook example of beautiful modern architecture on historical ground with a special function.

Award winning facilities

We are proud of the number of prestigious prizes that have been awarded to us in recent years.

2015 Seatrade Cruise Awards: Port of the Year
2016 Cruisers’ Choice Cruise Critic: Best Cruise Destination
2017 Cruisers’ Choice Cruise Critic: Best Cruise Destination