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Giethoorn, often referred to as ‘the Venice of the North’, is a picturesque village in the province of Overijssel. Even though the village itself does not have a train station, it is easily accessible by public transport. 

Traveling to Giethoorn by Train

Giethoorn does not have its own train station, but the nearest stations are Steenwijk and Meppel. Both stations are well connected to the Dutch rail network, making it easy to find a connection to one of these stations from different parts of the country.

  • Steenwijk: From Steenwijk station, you can take bus 70, which takes you directly to Giethoorn. The bus journey takes about 20 minutes.
  • Meppel: From Meppel station, there’s also a bus connection to Giethoorn, which is bus 79. This ride also takes about 20 minutes.

For the most up-to-date train times and connections, visit the NS website:

Traveling to Giethoorn by Bus

As mentioned earlier, buses from Steenwijk and Meppel offer a direct connection to Giethoorn. Here are some handy tips and references for bus journeys:

  • 9292: This website is perfect for planning your public transport journey in the Netherlands. Enter your starting point and destination to get an overview of your travel options. Visit for more information.
  • OV-chipkaart: Don’t forget to purchase an OV-chipkaart for your journey. With this card, you can pay for both the train and the bus. More information can be found at


Despite its remote location, Giethoorn is surprisingly accessible by public transport. Whether you’re coming from the north, south, east, or west; a combination of train and bus will get you there smoothly. We wish you a pleasant journey and an unforgettable visit to this beautiful water village!


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