The best way to experience the Waterland area is by bike; pick up a rental in Amsterdam and head north.
Regional buses from Amsterdam Centraal are covered with a Waterland Ticket.
If you're planning a day trip by bus north of Amsterdam around the Waterland region, including Monnickendam and Marken, as well as Edam, Volendam and Hoorn, save money by purchasing a Waterland Dagkaart (Waterland Ticket; adult/child €10/2.50). This great-value pass allows a day's unlimited travel on buses 312, 314, 315 and 316. Buy it online at www.ovshop.nl or from tourist offices.