The island of Texel lies about 90 km North of Amsterdam and can be reached conveniently by air from Schiphol Amsterdam airport, by train and by car.
To Texel by public transport
You can plan your trip very conveniently on the website 9292ov.nl. Your destination is the address ‘Landsdiep 4, City: t Horntje or Den Hoorn (Texel).from Amsterdam Central Station, or Utrecht Central Station. Take the train to the city of ‘Den Helder’.
By train from Schiphol Amsterdam airport: take any train that stops at the ‘Amsterdam-Sloterdijk’ rail-way station. The trains coming from Schiphol airport stop at the 2nd floor of the station, whereas all trains to Den Helder depart from the ground floor.
Once you have arrived in Den Helder (=final destination of the train), take bus 33 to the TESO ferry terminal. This bus departs every 12 minutes past the hour from the bus terminal directly next to Den Helder railway station.
The TESO ferry leaves on an hourly service at every 30 minutes pas the hour (XX:30 hr.). The trip from Den Helder to Texel takes only 20 minutes. Detailed information about the ferries and the ferry scheme is given on the TESO website..
NIOZ is located directly next to the ferry terminal; it takes only a 5 minute walk to reach the main entrance.
Travelling by car
If your car has navigation, choose as City: 'Den Helder'; Street 'Havenplein 3'. This is the address of the TESO ferry terminal.
From Amsterdam to Den Helder: Travel north along highway A7. Leave the highway near the village of ‘Den Oever’ and travel along the N99 and the N250 to the city of ‘Den Helder’.
From Haarlem / Alkmaar to Den Helder: Travel north on the A9 to the city of Alkmaar and continue on the N9/N250 to Den Helder (80 km/h max, regular speed checks!). Once in Den Helder, follow the direction ‘Boot Texel’. You can either take your car on the ferry, or leave it behind at the parking lot next to the ferry terminal in Den Helder (we do not advise this if you own a really beautiful car).
From Friesland / Groningen / Bremen to Den Helder: Travel (south-)west along highway A7 over the ‘Afsluitdijk’, which separates the Wadden Sea from the ‘IJsselmeer’ (lake IJssel). Leave the highway directly after the sluices at the end of the ‘Afsluitdijk’ near the village of ‘Den Oever’ and follow the N99/N250 in the direction of ‘Den Helder’. Once in Den Helder, follow the direction ‘Boot Texel’. You can either take your car on the ferry, or leave it behind at the parking lot next to the ferry terminal in Den Helder (we do not advise this if you own a really beautiful car).