Almere is strategically located in the vibrant Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The city is in the vicinity of two international airports, the port of Amsterdam and a plethora of railway and motorway connections.
Effective infrastructure – by road, rail, air and sea - is crucial to the city's productive capacity and growth prospects. Although Almere is already well-connected to the Dutch mainland and to various important European conurbations, the national government has made a strong and ongoing commitment to invest in the city’s lasting accessibility.
Almere’s motorway connections offer maximum flexibility for getting around anywhere in the Netherlands . The premier motorways into the city are the A1 (Amsterdam), A6 (Lelystad) and A27 (Utrecht).
In the direction of Almere, these routes are usually congestion-free during morning and afternoon rush hour. Within its city limits, Almere is equipped with a sophisticated network of secondary roads and an urban ring road that ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
Almere boasts an excellent system of public transportation. Over twenty five bus lines quickly and safely transport residents and visitors to their destinations in and around the city. Within Almere’s city boundaries the buses travel on traffic-free bus lanes, optimizing traffic circulation and ensuring efficient connections between stops. The principle operator in and around Almere is Connexxion.
Almere is also well-connected by direct rail routes to its adjoining municipalities and to Amsterdam , Schiphol Airport and Utrecht . The Lelystad-Zwolle railway provides Almere with a direct link to the east of the Netherlands . The city currently has sixe railway stations:
- Almere Centrum
- Almere Muziekwijk
- Almere Parkwijk
- Almere Buiten
- Almere Oostvaarders
- Almere Poort
Railway operator NS (or Nederlandse Spoorwegen) is one of the most modern railway companies in Europe.
Accessibility by water
Almere is located a mere thirty minutes from the Port of Amsterdam . The port area ranks among Europe ’s five biggest maritime hubs and handles 87 million metric tons of cargo annually.
Good accessibility to and from the sea and the hinterland is of paramount importance to the entire Amsterdam area, including Almere. For goods shipped to the hinterland (including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain and Scandinavia), the Port encourages sustainable water and railway transport.
Accessibility by air
The fourth largest airport in Europe, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is situated under 40 kilometers from Almere.
At Schiphol Airport, over ninety airlines serve 284 scheduled destinations (including cargo destinations) and handle an average of 120,000 passengers a day. Schiphol has the second largest catchment area on the European continent and has recurrently been awarded as one of the world’s leading business airports.
Lelystad Airport – situated some twenty kilometers east of Almere - is expanding to establish its reputation as a key modern, regional airport. This expansion includes lengthening the runway to 2,100 meters and building a new terminal building and platform. Additionally, the municipalities of Almere and Lelystad and the province of Flevoland have joined forces to develop a high-quality business park for airport-dependent businesses.