Tips for Utrecht mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Utrecht bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Utrecht. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Utrecht. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Utrecht highlights.

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What to see and visit in Utrecht when touring with a bus

Utrecht is a vibrant province and there is much to find in the field of art, culture, architecture, music and theater. Want to taste some of the Utrecht’s culture or history? Visit the museum Catharijneconvent, in Utrecht, where interesting things are to be seen on Utrecht in the golden age or go to the Cheese and lodging farm, IJsboerderij Willigen, in Vreeland, and taste authentic Utrecht cheese. Another great option is to go to the market ‘Warenmarkt’ in Soest.

Nice colors of Utrecht's night

Nice colors of Utrecht's night credit: Tambako The Jaguar CC BY-ND 2.0


In the cities you especially enjoy a day of shopping or a bite to eat. In the evening the city has a thriving nightlife and there are several bars and clubs. Utrecht also has the Beatrix Theatre and the Jaarbeurs. In the Beatrix Theater many different theater or musical performances are held year round and the Jaarbeurs holds grand (business) events throughout the year.

Cafe on a Canal Bend

Cafe on a Canal Bend credit: Michael Coghlan CC BY-SA 2.0


Nature lovers can enjoy a lovely day out at the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. You can also make nice walks along the Loosdrecht lakes in the north and there are pleasant walking routes along the major rivers in the south. For the more active types, there are also many water sports options. The touristy place Winkelpolder offers great hiking opportunities and canoe routes.


Utrecht credit: Alex Alishevskikh CC BY-SA 2.0

Business tourism

Architecture Park Makeblijde located on just outside the city of Utrecht is the perfect place to have business meetings but also to relax. The building is made of glass, which creates a beautiful play of light, and steel and is surrounded by an oasis of tranquility and space. Near Amersfoort there is the family business Breevoort who have 2 conference rooms. These very modern rooms have a magnificent view over the animals. The company has over 700 dairy goats.


If you have a sporting group full of energy then a bicycle day is right for you. Utrecht has an extensive cycle network and is based on nodes connected to each other. On each node are information panels with a map of the area. So you can easily put your own route together.

Monuments and Castles

Important buildings in the province such as Paushuize (Utrecht), the Pyramid of Austerlitz (in Woudenberg) and steenfabriek De Bosscherwaarden (near Duurstede) are masterpieces and tell their own story about the history of the region. Also visit the beautiful Castle de Haar. In addition to an exclusive tour, there are different activities for young and old.

Kasteel Duurstede

Kasteel Duurstede credit: Frans Berkelaar CC BY-ND 2.0

Bus and coach tourism in Utrecht

The city of Utrecht is centrally located and the center point of roads, railways and waterways in the Netherlands. The population is around 321,000 and therefore Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. Utrecht was one of the first cities with municipal rights and has a rich history and an important historical character

Open monumentendag, Utrecht

Open monumentendag, Utrecht credit: Hans Splinter CC BY-ND 2.0

Tourist attractions in Utrecht

Utrecht is well known for the Old Canal, the Cathedral of Utrecht (the 112 meter high Dom Tower), shopping mall Hoog Catharijne, The Beatrix Theatre, The Jaarbeurs, the Railway museum, Shop Sinkel and Museum Catharijne convent, but has many more attractions that are worth taking a look at.

Kunst Utrecht CS, in Hoog Catharijne

Kunst Utrecht CS, in Hoog Catharijne credit: FaceMePLS CC BY 2.0

Bike and Segway rides in Utrecht

Because the center of Utrecht is difficult to reach by car or bus, there are other nice possibilities to tour the real center of the city. Utrecht is well known for its Segway tours. After a short training you will start the tour with a tour guide and explore Utrecht on a Segway. It's also possible to do a historical tour or do the tour of the vest. At the tourist office you can book these Segway tours.

Also tours by bike and scooter are very fun to do. A company that offers bicycle tours is Color Bike Tours. Schuttevaer is also a touring company and provides cruises and boat tours in and around the city. These tours are daily. The before mentioned company Bessling also provides bus tours of Utrecht.

Of course there are pub crawls, wine tours and dining-tours that take you to the best or most traditional restaurants and bars. Domsdat Evenementen makes it easy to book these tours online.

Dutch pub, Utrecht

Dutch pub, Utrecht credit: Daran Kandasamy CC BY-ND 2.0

What to do during your tour in Utrecht with a rented coach with driver?

toeristische bus van Pouw Vervoer bv

View of an tourist bus from Pouw Vervoer bv

The Dom Tower

This tower is the main feature of Utrecht. This tower is over 600 years old and 112 meters high. The cathedral has the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and is the tallest building in Utrecht. From 1254 the cathedral was built as the cathedral for the diocese of Utrecht and it was dedicated to St. Martin. In 1580 it became a Protestant church. It's possible to do a tour during which the history of the tower is told. The Dom tower is only to be climbed with a guide.

The Beatrix Theater

This theater is one of the most visited places in Utrecht. The theater attracts thousands of visitors who come to see musicals by Joop van den Ende and other theatrical productions. It is very rewarding to watch one of the many shows. Besides theater and musical performances, you could also be into corporate events. In the Queen's restaurant and brasserie you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat at any time of day. The Beatrix Theater is located at the station and there are plenty of parking options.

Jaarbeursplein en Beatrixtheater Utrecht

Jaarbeursplein en Beatrixtheater Utrecht credit: Victor van Werkhooven  CC BY 3.0

The Railway Museum

The museum is composed of 5 'worlds' where the visitor makes a journey through the history of the development of the railways. Each world represents a major part of history and is divided into historical, social, romantic or technological categories. It is quite an adventure and some worlds are classified as amusement park rides with a walk-through, dark ride and simulator attractions.

railway museum

railway museum credit: bertknot CC BY-SA 2.0

The Oude Gracht

The Old Canal is the most famous canal in Utrecht. The old canal is about two kilometers long and is the connection between the Rhine and the Vecht and intersects the entire city from south to north. The yards and wharfs of the Utrecht Old and New Canal are the most unique in the world. Along the Old Canal are all kinds of nice restaurants and shops and it's really nice to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. If you're travelling by coach, it is possible to park outside the city center and after a short walk you will easily reach the Old Canal.


Oudegracht credit: khawkins33 CC BY 2.0

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