How to travel Amsterdam to London by air, rail, bus or

How to travel Amsterdam to London

London is a major world city and capital of the United Kingdom. It is located about 360km west of Amsterdam over the North Sea.

Let’s look at the options for travel between Amsterdam and London by air, train, bus and ferry.

1. Flights Amsterdam-London

Amsterdam-London is a very popular air route with flights operating between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and 6 airports around London – Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), City (LCY), Luton (LTN), Stansted (STN) and Southend (SEN).

Flying time generally takes between 45 and 60 minutes although flights into London Heathrow can be delayed slightly by the management of air traffic into rotating stacks. As the UK is not part of the European Schengen border agreement you will need to go through passport control at both sides. UK passengers will also need to submit advance passenger information to the airline prior to travel.

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No frills heavyweight Easyjet connects Schiphol to London Luton (

6x daily), Gatwick (

8x daily), Southend (

3x daily) and Stansted (

4x daily) using Airbus A319/A320 aircraft. Return prices start at about ВЈ80/€95 when including checked luggage. At Amsterdam Schiphol, Easyjet check-in desks are located at Departures Hall 3 – usually queues are not too bad except for peak times – and flights depart from budget pier H.

British Airways (Oneworld alliance) flies from Amsterdam to London Heathrow (

8x daily), London Gatwick (

3x daily) and London City airport (up to 7x daily) with a reduced schedule at weekends. Aircraft used are mainly Airbus A319/320/321 plus a few Boeing 737s from Gatwick and the occasional larger Boeing 767 on the Heathrow route; smaller Embraer aircraft are used out of London City.

BA flight prices can be a little more expensive than Easyjet and the service is more geared to business passengers or those with onward connections. BA has its own Galleries lounge at Schiphol, as well as multiple lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick. Return economy prices are from approximately 85/ 100 – the very cheapest fares being the hand-luggage-only fares to/from Gatwick. BA also sells more expensive Club Europe (business class) tickets on the London-Amsterdam route.

Flights departing Amsterdam leave from the D gates. Note, BA also flies from Rotterdam airport to London City up to 5x daily.

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KLM (Skyteam alliance) is the national Dutch carrier although these days owned by Air France. It fliest to London Heathrow up to 11x daily. KLM uses Boeing 737s on the route and smaller Embraer/Fokker planes for its Cityhopper branded service.

KLM Cityhopper and partner CityJet flies from Amsterdam to London City airport up to 12x daily. Cityjet uses Avro RJ-85 Avroliner aircraft.

Prices can be a bit more expensive than Easyjet and BA – expect to pay from about 120/ 140 return if checking in luggage. Do not try to book a one-way flight with KLM as they charge expensive fare tariffs for one-ways.

KLM caters for its frequent flyers with its Crown lounges at Schiphol. KLM should be noted for having an excellent network from Amsterdam to all over the UK.

No-frills airline Vueling operates 2x daily between Amsterdam and London Luton using Airbus A320 aircraft. Return fares start from around €65 excluding any optional extras.

Note, Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Eindhoven airport, 90 minutes south of Amsterdam. It currently only serves Dublin from Amsterdam Schiphol.

2. Amsterdam-London by Train

Travelling between Amsterdam and London by rail is a certainly viable option. There are currently no direct routes – you need to make a change at Brussels and possibly Rotterdam. Journey time for Amsterdam-London is about 4 hours 40 minutes on high speed trains and about 6 hours using Intercity services between Brussels and Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam-London rail journey is made up of 2 main parts:

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(1) The trip from Amsterdam to Brussels, as discussed here in detail. This can be made using the high speed Thalys service which runs from Amsterdam Central to Brussels Zuid/Midi via Schiphol, Rotterdam and Antwerp. This runs 12x daily and takes just under 2 hours.

Alternatively, Amsterdam-Brussels can be made by the slower Intercity Brussels (16x daily) which runs hourly between Amsterdam and Brussels Zuid/Midi. This journey takes 3 hours 20 minutes.

(2) The Brussels-London part of the journey is made by high speed Eurostar trains running 6-7x daily via Lille and the Channel Tunnel. This trip takes 2 hours though you need a little extra time beforehand to check-in and go through security and border checks. Check out our detailed review of the London-Brussels Eurostar train.

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Classes of travel on Thalys are Comfort 1 (1st class) and Comfort 2 (2nd class). Comfort 1 includes drinks and snacks served at your seat, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi internet. Comfort 2 passengers can purchase food and drink at the onboard bar. All seats have individual electric power outlets.

Intercity trains have 1st class and 2nd class carriages. The Intercity Brussels trains often have an attendant passing through the train selling drinks and snacks.

Eurostar has 3 main classes of travel: Standard (2nd class), Standard Premier (1st class ‘lite’) and Business Premier (1st class). Standard Premier passengers get roomier seating, drinks and a light meal served at their seat plus a selection of magazines. Business Premier ticket holders get a full meal and drinks, newspapers and magazines as well as Eurostar lounge access. Standard passengers can buy refreshments at the onboard bar buffet car.

Note that Eurostar does not offer onboard WiFi but plans to introduce it in the near future. UK and Euro electrical power outlets are available for Standard Premier and Business Premier passengers – plus Standard coaches 5 and 14.

It is possible to purchase through-tickets for the Amsterdam-London rail journey.

Booking from the UK, London-Amsterdam tickets using Eurostar+Thalys are priced from 52 one-way, 92 return in 2nd class (Standard+Comfort 2) and 100 each way in 1st class (Standard Premier+Comfort 1). Note that the fully flexible Business Premier tickets come in at around a hefty 300 each way. Eurostar’s UK site currently does not sell tickets for Intercity trains to Netherlands.

Eurostar also sells a fare from London to any Belgian station – priced from 51 single, 62 return. If coming to the Netherlands you would then have to buy an additional ticket between Essen (Belgian border) to your Dutch destination station.

Booking from Netherlands, the cheapest fares using the Eurostar+Intercity trains are 59 each way (2nd class+Standard) or 130 each way (1st class+Standard Premier). These fares are valid to any Dutch station. Thalys+Eurostar one-way fares start from 59 (Comfort 2 + Standard) or €109 (Comfort 1 + Standard Premier).

When travelling Amsterdam to London do allow enough time for checking in/border control/security at the Eurostar terminal in Brussels. We suggest arriving at least 1 hour beforehand if possible.

Future: From December 2017, a twice daily direct London-Amsterdam Eurostar service is due to start.





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January in Amsterdam – Travel Advice, Weather Events

January in Amsterdam is imbued with an unmistakable post-holiday calm. Visitors are free to alternate between the outdoor chill and the cozy, climate-controlled indoors; brisk walks around town are a treat on clear days, and when the wintry climate loses its appeal, travelers can find respite from the cold in museums, cafes, restaurants and more. The city is as tourist-free as ever this month, but even in the off-peak season, Amsterdam still offers a full calendar of fantastic events and activities, from yearly events to memorable once-offs.

Seasonal perks, from ice rinks to koek-en-zopie stands – the catch-all term for rink-side refreshments – are also in full supply; don t miss cold-weather staples such as stamppot, oliebollen and more before the warmer months roll around! Compare this to other advice and events for traveling Amsterdam throughout the year.

  • Airfares and hotel rates are at their lowest in January, as companies try to attract customers with competitive rates
  • The tourist crowds are also at their yearly low, so January visitors have the run of Amsterdam s popular museums, attractions and more
  • January is a top month for sales in Amsterdam, with discounts of up to 70%; clothes horses will love the combination of the semi-annual sales with another semi-annual phenomenon: Amsterdam Fashion Week (see below)
  • While winters in Amsterdam are not especially harsh, expect cold temperatures and precipitation (mostly rain; snow is infrequent) – see January Temperatures Rain below
  • Some attractions are closed on New Year s Day (January 1)

January Temperatures Rain

  • Average high: 40°F (4.4°C)
  • Average low: 31°F (-0.5°C)
  • Average precipitation: 2.7 in (69 mm)

Yearly Festivals Events in January

As in most countries worldwide, January 1 is a national holiday in the Netherlands – and a day to recuperate from the hijinks of New Year s Eve.

Note that many tourist attractions and other businesses will be shuttered for the day.

Amsterdam s semi-annual fashion week is the top event on the capital s fashion calendar, and its off-schedule events ensure plenty to see and do even beyond the catwalk. While official Fashion Week events are for industry insiders only, Fashion Week DOWNTOWN puts on exhibitions, shows, launches, parties and more for the broader public.

The International Improvisational Theater Festival, or Impro Amsterdam for short, ad libs its way into its 17th edition at Amsterdam s Rozentheater. Teams of actors from BeNeLux, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, USA, France and elsewhere come to extemporize in front of live audiences over six days of performances.

This annual Dutch equestrian tournament is sure to please hippophiles with its bevy of handsome horses and skillful riders. Top athletes in a number of horse sports return annually to compete before an enthralled audience in an intimate atmosphere; beside the competitions, horse shows, merchandise, food and drinks, musical entertainment and special children s shows round out the event.

The 26th edition of Paradiso s Choir Days features 140 different choirs for nearly 24 hours worth of choral performances. The immense variety of the international choirs treats listeners to pop, jazz, folk, soul, world music and more. Tickets, at just € 2.50, are available at the door.





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The revolution in digital allows to serve your customer across platforms and devices, with new ways to target, personalise, serve and build loyalty. This conference covers what travel brands must do to get ready for the new connected traveller – a must-attend for any travel professional involved in creating and implementing digital strategy.

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The Smart Travel Data Summit 2017 is co-located with EyeforTravel’s Smart Travel Data Summit Europe 2017 conference. Your pass will give you access to both conferences making this a perfect opportunity to bring together your digital and data teams to work together on your 2018 strategy.

The keynote sessions will include content that will address both the digital and data disciplines while the breakout sessions will focus on specific issues in each discipline.

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Where to Shop for Souvenirs in Amsterdam

Don’t forget to save room in your carry-on if you’re heading to Amsterdam. Alongside the must-buy—or must-avoid, depending on your taste—tourist trinity of cheese, tulips, and clogs, we picked the three best things to bring home with you.

Stroopwafels

The signature Dutch cookie, stroopwafel—which consists of two buttery wafers sandwiched together by caramel syrup—is hard to resist. After eating them warm from a street vendor or in a café in Amsterdam, you’ll want to take some home with you. They make great gifts, acceptable to all but those on the strictest diets.

Reputedly, the city’s best stroopwafels are made at Lanskroon, a historic canalside bakery and tearoom. The street vendor at the Albert Cuyp market comes in a popular second. Tins of stroopwafels can also be bought in retail chains Hema and Albert Heijn. Pro tip: Make sure you get the all-butter variants. You can also combine Delft and stroopwafels, by buying the Royal Delft canal house stroopwafel jar (from the Bijenkorf) to keep your cookies in.

Delft Blue

Nothing says Holland quite like Delft Blue, the trademark blue-and-white pottery that dates back to the 16 th century. Not-so surprisingly, you’ll see it everywhere in Amsterdam, from classic tiles to minimalist modern bowls. Antique pieces can put you back thousands of euros, but there are cheap-and-cheerful versions you can pick up for a few euros in the markets, If you’re after the real deal, head for Galleria D’Arte Rinascimento, which stocks both old and new pieces (the aged pieces are often great value for money), or for the Jorrit Heinen Delft Shop. For the latter, there’s a branch on Prinsengracht and also a location in the historic former city mint, the Munttoren, which stocks a wide assortment of pieces made by the centuries old and still operating Royal Delft factory.

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Keep in Mind.

  • Red Light District photo opps are a no-no Bouncers and police have been known to confiscate cameras and even toss them into the canal.
  • Amsterdam has great pancakes Not only are they delicious, they’re varied savory or sweet, cheese or meat-stuffed, jam or fruit-topped, and on and on and on.
  • Amsterdam is kid-friendly Despite its penchant for adult entertainment, the city has numerous kid-centric attractions like the science center NEMO. the Zandvoort beach and the Anne Frank House .

Don’t believe everything you hear about Amsterdam. Yes, this Netherlands city takes a lax look at women beckoning business in the Red Light District and “coffee shops” selling an unorthodox type of herb to a toking clientele, but these descriptions only scratch the surface. At some point, during an excellent Indonesian meal, a twilight canal-side rambling or a shopping excursion through the boutiques of Nine Streets. you’ll realize as many travelers have before you that there’s much more to Amsterdam than you might’ve thought.

And although the city’s loose laws on vice seem to attract a college-age, male-dominant crowd, Amsterdam is also ideal as a romantic getaway for two or an educational excursion with the kids. With attractions that range from biking along a maze of canals to remembering the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank; from exploring the swirling Expressionism of Van Gogh to lazing in the expansive Vondelpark. Amsterdam suits a variety of traveler tastes.

How To Save Money in Amsterdam

  • Purchase an “I Amsterdam” card This little piece of plastic allows you free use of all GVB public transportation, free entrance to more than 40 museums and a free canal cruise, among other perks, for a set price. The catch? You buy your card for 24, 36 or 72 hours and can only access the deals within those time periods.
  • Do the heel-toe step Walking rather than taking taxis or public transportation will cut down on costs. And this small city is immensely walkable; just leave a wide berth between you and the serious cyclers on the bike lanes.
  • Visit in winter Invest in a cozy coat and come to Amsterdam in the winter, where the slashed hotel rates will keep you feeling warm and fuzzy. An added bonus: crowds are at an all-time low, as are lines for top attractions.

Amsterdam Culture Customs

Amsterdammers officially speak Dutch, but most residents also speak English and it’s insulting to think otherwise. If you’re versed, try to speak a little Dutch: hallo for “hello” and dank u for “thank you.” But don’t patronize Amsterdammers by asking, “Do you speak English?”

“Going Dutch” is more a way of life than an expression. The Dutch are notorious for their frugality yet they also have a large appetite for consumerism, so enjoy shopping. Amsterdam’s official currency is the euro (EUR). Since the euro to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates often, be sure to check what the current exchange rate is before you go. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops.

Marijuana use in Amsterdam is permitted though not legal. Though as of 2011, Amsterdam has implemented a ban on tourists from its coffee shops. As a result, many coffee shops have had to shutter their doors. Let’s Go Amsterdam also notes that “hard drugs including heroin, ecstasy, or cocaine are very much illegal and not tolerated, and possession is treated as a serious crime.” And as of 2008, hallucinogenic mushroom sales have been banned.

Amsterdam Dining

Raw herring. Pancakes. Indonesian. Like many other international cities, Amsterdam has a multiplicity of ethnic establishments sure to whet appetites. But the city does have a few specialties like pancakes, smothered or stuffed with every topping imaginable, from bacon to blueberries. (Recent travelers rave about The Pancake Bakery ). Raw herring is a Netherlands specialty and is consumed whole. And Indonesian rijsttafel (or rice tables) rice topped with spiced meats, vegetables and fish are hugely popular.

Indonesian establishments are scattered throughout the city. Cheap ethnic eats are mainly gathered in the De Pijp neighborhood. For an upscale dining experience, try the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets ) or the Reguilersdwarsstrat areas. Travelers also praise the food finds on Elandsgracht Street in the Canal Ring. Beware tourist traps in the party-hearty areas of Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and the Red Light District .





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Amsterdam Travel Ticket

Are you planning to visit Amsterdam for 1,2 or 3 days and will you be arriving at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport? Amsterdam Travel Ticket is the easiest all-in-one ticket. The combination ticket offers you a return train ticket and unlimited travel on all public transportation run by the Amsterdam transport company GVB.

    The Amsterdam Travel Ticket offers you a return ticket for the train and unlimited travel on all public transportation run by the Amsterdam transport company GVB. The Amsterdam Travel Ticket is easy to use and saves you money. Buy a 1, 2 or 3-day ticket You will receive a handy map of Amsterdam with all the highlights of the city.

Easy going and all-in-one

Public transport is the ideal way to reach Amsterdam and discover all highlights of the city. The easy all-in-one Amsterdam Travel Ticket is the perfect ticket for exploring Amsterdam. Every ticket includes a 2nd class return ticket to and from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport by NS train, to any station in Amsterdam. Combined with unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam on all trams, buses, metros and ferries operated by GVB (Amsterdam transport company), this is the perfect ticket for exploring Amsterdam. NOTE: The ticket is not valid on buses operated by other transport companies such as Connexxion, EBS and Arriva.

1, 2 or 3-day ticket

Three versions of the Amsterdam Travel Ticket are available: 1, 2 or 3-day. The price for the 1-day ticket is 15 euros, the 2-day ticket costs 20 euros and the 3-day ticket is 25 euros. That amount buys you a huge amount of ease and comfort and most likely saves you money compared to individual transport tickets.

Buy your ticket at Schiphol

Right at arrival on Schiphol you can buy the Amsterdam Travel Ticket at the NS Tickets & Service counter (main hall at Schiphol Plaza), AKO bookshops and the Holland Tourist Information (arrival hall 2 at Schiphol Plaza). You can also buy this ticket at several hotels and the GVB Tickets & Info counters in Amsterdam.

Travelling with the ticket

The Amsterdam Travel ticket is a paper smart card. With this ticket you will check in at the beginning and check out at the end of every trip. The ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 04:00 hours after the last valid day. With the Amsterdam Travel ticket you travel 2nd class in the train to and from Schiphol to any station of Amsterdam. The ticket is valid on all trams, buses, metros and ferries run by GVB (Amsterdam transport company). You can recognise them by the white and blue colors.

Nice to know: you will receive a handy map that explains how the card system works and shows you also all the attractions of Amsterdam!





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Financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is first and foremost a city, which epitomizes open-mindedness and tolerance: its red-light district, cannabis-cafés and “anything goes” attitude certainly make it one of Europe’s most unconventional cities to visit.

Situated in the western part of the country, it is the largest city in the Netherlands and its constitutional capital, although the seat of the government is in The Hague. Amsterdam lies in the middle of an area formed by polders, land reclaimed from the sea, and much of the city rests on wooden and concrete piles driven through the marshy ground. Known as the Venice of the North, it is famous for its picturesque canals lined by prosperous merchant houses. The Dam, which marks the spot where the first dam was built across the river Amstel, is now a bustling square where the National Monument commemorates all those who died during World War II.

Situated on the confluence of the Amstel and Ij rivers, Amsterdam provides a deep and safe natural harbour for international shipping, thus making it one of the great commercial centres of Europe: the city is connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal and to the German industrial heartland by the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. The city boasts one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges and is famous worldwide as a centre for the diamond-cutting industry. It also hosts the headquarters of many international and Dutch companies, including Philips and Heineken. Tourism, with about 3.5 million visitors each year, plays an important part in the economy of the city. Amsterdam is served by excellent road and rail links, as well as Shiphol airport, but it is also one the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The city’s top attractions remain the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, two of the finest art collections in the world, and Anne Frank’s house. With its rich cultural, architectural and historical heritage, charming canals and famous red-light district, Amsterdam caters for every taste. Football fans will enjoy watching the city football club Ajax Amsterdam and large numbers of visitors are drawn to the city’s festivals, notably the Koninginnedag and Gay Pride.

Deliberately unconventional, Amsterdam with its ethnically diverse population and relaxed atmosphere remains one of the most engaging European destinations for a city break.





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Suggested itineraries

Whether you have one, two, three days or more, Amsterdam has plenty to offer and more than enough to keep you entertained. These are our recommended itineraries to give you the best possible overview of the city.

Amsterdam canal cruises

A fleet of about 200 vessels offer a waterborne variety of services and entertainment available on shore. In 2014, almost a quarter of all canal cruise boats were electrically powered. Clean and silent, these boats are ideal for tourists who want to record their cruise on video. No engine noise or tremble will pollute their recordings.

Amsterdam tours

Bike tours run throughout the year with an option to combine a coutryside tour in the summer. Good Amsterdam tips for people who like active relaxation. The daily bike tour goes through the city and countryside visiting sites like a windmill and a cheese farm/clog factory.

Explore Jewish Amsterdam

Jewish population, its culture and religion was since the beginning of the 17th Century an important element of life in Amsterdam. Explore jewish history museum. synagogues, restaurants and the well known Anne Frank house.

Amsterdam photographer

If you would like a profesionally taken photos you can arange a meeting with Amsterdam photographer. The good thing is that she can also tell you a lot about the city just like a guide would.

Buy Dutch Souvenirs online

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Timing your visit

The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when the weather is the finest. Weather, however, is never really extreme at any time of year, and if you’re one of the growing numbers who favor off-season travel, you’ll find the city every bit as attractive during these months.

Things to avoid

General knowledge of what to avoid in Amsterdam, concerns the car driving, bicycle lanes, public transportation and visitor’s safety, as well as smoking at public areas and other Amsterdam tips.

Things to do in Amsterdam with children

The variaty of attractions kids would enjoy is enormous. Whether you are traveling with young children or nearly-grownups you will find fun, crazy, exciting and fascinating things to do all over the city of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Holland Pass , iAmsterdam Card and Museumkaart

As admissions to museums and public transport tickets might represent an important cost during your visit to Amsterdam, three different discount cards aim at lowering these expenses. Amsterdam Holland Pass offers free transfer from and to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, free tickets to most important museums (including Rijksmuseum), discounts on many attractions and 24-hours public transport ticket. iAmsterdam card offers free entrance to several museums (but not Rijksmuseum) and city attractions, 25% discount on selected restaurants and a free public transport ticket in Amsterdam (but not transportation from and to the airport) for a limited period of 1 to 3 days. Museumkaart opens the doors to 34 museums in Amsterdam (including Rijksmuseum) and 400 museums in the Netherlands for a period of one year.

Amsterdam tourist information office

Local tourist office is a one of the great information sources that dwarfs many countries offerings, especially what is up in Amsterdam and useful Amsterdam tips. They however charge a small fee for the room reservations.

Sending your postcards

Most of the shops with cards and souvenirs also carry the post stamps. Postal boxes are in colour red or orange (the new ones). The post is collected every day at 6PM, except for Saturday. If you send your cards abroad, especially overseas, the quickest way is the priority mail. Cards and letters sent with a priority mail are usually delivered within couple of days. Using the priority mail, do not forget to put the blue priority mail label on your card or letter. As the mail service is largely automated, writing Priority or Air Mail will not do the trick, and your post will be delayed.

Central Post Office

If you are sending some letters overseas and you are not sure how many stamps to put on, or you just want to send a small parcel, the Central Post Office is your place. In addition, telephone cards, useful stationary and money change, although the specialized places in town will give you a better rate. The address is Singel 250 (at the corner of Radhuisstraat).

Money and currency

In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, ), no other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, sterling, yens, etc to Euros. Credit cards are widely accepted too, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%) if you pay by a credit card, passport may be required. Generally, the most preferred payment method is Euro cash with the banknotes up to 50 Euro bill.

Using the telephone

Public telephone in Amsterdam can be found on streets all over the city, at railway stations, post offices and some bars. Using the phone is quite straightforward, just when you have the right telephone card. See where you find the phones, where to get the phone-cards, places you can use a credit card or call-direct cards, learn about mobiles and calling from the hotel and other Amsterdam tips.

Safety

Amsterdam is a safe city, and there is nothing to fear when walking in any part of the city. However, don’t leave your belongings unattended. When you’re in a coffee shop. bar or restaurant. keep your bag near to you – under the table, between your legs. As in every larger city, beware of pickpockets. Some residential surburbs (outside the city) have a bad reputation at night.

Dutch language

Dutch is the national language of Holland. However, English is spoken by everyone in Amsterdam. In addition, many Dutch people speak German and French. Dutch is the mother tongue of well over 21 million Dutch people and Flemish people (Dutch- speaking nationals of Belgium). Find a here few Dutch keys phrases and other Amsterdam tips.





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Why use an expert travel agent for your Amsterdam trip?

If this will be your first time to Amsterdam, or even if you haven’t been here in a while, you should strongly consider using an expert travel agent to help book your trip. Amsterdam is a unique city with some unique charms so it’s not one of Europe’s generic interchangeable destinations.

Most of the chain hotels that work with large travel agents are bunched together in the luxurious area west of Centraal Station, and several more are close to Leidseplein and the Museum District. Those are two very different areas and are ideal for different visitors, so it’s important to use an Amsterdam travel agent that understands the difference between the two. This can be a very confusing city the first time, and getting booking advice from someone who knows Amsterdam well can be the difference between a great holiday and a frustrating one.





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With its scores of canals criss-crossing the historical cityscape, Amsterdam is an awe-inspiring example of old-world Europe. The city boasts more than 7,000 monuments and a virtual encyclopedia of various architectural stylings. Because of its popularity among foreign tourists, you can frequently find flight deals to Amsterdam.

Besides being a mecca for European culture, Amsterdam caters to young American vacationers looking for a good time. The city’s many cafes and bars in the Leidseplein neighborhood serve up tasty libations all night long, while the famous red-light district of De Wallen is one of the most unique places to people watch in the world. For the shopping enthusiast, Amsterdam has no shortage of boutique and international retail options. Check out the high-end outlets along Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s most exclusive retail strip.

Which Airlines Fly to Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is serviced by the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Because of its status as a hub for Delta Airlines, a search for discount airfare on the carrier can be fruitful. Other domestic carriers that provide direct flights to Amsterdam include United, Continental and US Airways.





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When to fly to Amsterdam

Amsterdam sees its peak tourist season in the spring and summer. The daffodils and tulips break through the winter weather and welcome spring. Summer sees endless tourists and travellers drinking and dining in the open air cafes along the canal. Flights to Amsterdam and hotels book up fast during the peak season so it’s wise to plan ahead.

From mid-October to mid-March, the weather is pretty unpredictable in Amsterdam. The one constant is the rain, so if you’re flying to Amsterdam during the fall make sure to pack plenty of rain gear. Cheap flights to Amsterdam are usually found during the winter months when the weather is extremely cold.

Book a flight to Amsterdam and join the Dutch in a brew at one of Amsterdam’s outdoor cafes on the canal. Known to many as one of the world’s best hangouts, Amsterdam boasts something for every traveller. The city is an idyllic blend of old and new – 17 th -century buildings coexist with 20-something students and generation-Y tourists. Millions of travellers book trips to Amsterdam every year to take part in the well-known parties throughout city. But after romp through the Red Light District take a tour through some of Amsterdam’s historic sites.

Home to Ann Frank, gable houses and Golden Age canals, Amsterdam is steeped in history and culture. Amsterdam is the fourth most travelled-to city in Europe making it highly populated year-round. Students book airline tickets to Amsterdam to roll their own in the smoking coffee houses while businessmen woo clients after a monumental board meeting. Travel to Amsterdam during the spring and you’ll witness the tulips blooming among the canals; summers are packed full of people enjoying the outdoor environment and winter, while cold, can be the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

Get plenty of rest on your trip to Amsterdam – whether you’re heading to the Dutch city for business or pleasure, there’s much to do and see in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam’s weather varies based on the time of year. Spring welcomes blooming tulips and fields of flowers, but rain showers are likely. The summer months see extreme heat and humidity, but it’s also when Amsterdam is packed with tourists and there’s always something happening in the city or along one of the famous canals. The weather turns cold in the winter, but this is the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

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Discover a cultural giant

Discover the cultural riches of this charming world city. Book flights to Amsterdam and visit the Anne Frank House or Van Gogh Museum before strolling through the Vondelpark. Walking, biking or boating, cultural treats await you on every corner. The centuries-old canal houses, the Dam Palace and the Rijksmuseum breathe history, while the new EYE museum displays Amsterdam’s ultramodern side.

Cultural treasures in and around Amsterdam

Did you know that Amsterdam’s canals are a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Go shopping through the quirky ‘9 streets’ or discover the city from the water on a touring boat. There is also much to do just outside of Amsterdam: For a true taste of Holland, visit the nearby village of Zaanse Schans and the Keukenhof. All this and more makes Amsterdam the perfect destination for a city trip and to start a longer holiday in Europe. Expect to be surprised: Book a flight to Amsterdam now!

Dive into the night life

Dutch delights or an Indonesian rice table? Taste the countless cultures of this small world city. See for yourself how every area of Amsterdam is different. From the Jordaan to the Pijp or Amsterdam North, each neighbourhood has 1 thing in common: Great cafés that stay open until the early hours. Just like the concert halls. From classical (Concertgebouw) to rock (Paradiso), Amsterdam has it all!

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Find a cheap flight to Amsterdam? With KLM your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. Your journey will fly by with your own entertainment set on intercontinental flights: Free films, games and music. Enjoy our selection of snacks or a tasty dinner and drinks. Add in our many handy extra services (some available for a supplement) and you’ll be in The Netherlands before you know it.





22/12/2017

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Cheap flights from within Europe and direct flights from outside Europe are readily available, serving Amsterdam airport Schiphol Europe s fourth largest and located just a few kilometers from the city center.

Ferry to Amsterdam

Boat travel is a viable option for travelers coming from the U.K. and Scandinavia. Scandinavian Seaways connecting to Amsterdam via Newcastle, P O North Sea Ferries via Hull and Stenaline via Harwich all offer ferry and holiday cruise services for those looking for an alternative approach to the city.

Train Travel to Amsterdam is a popular option within Europe with Inter City connections to and from Brussels. London. Paris. Hamburg and Berlin (each 6 hours) as well as Belgium and Frankfurt (3 hours). All other destinations in Holland are located no more than 2.5 hours from Amsterdam by rail. Rail passes and other discounts are widely available and reservations are highly recommended.

International Buses arrive and depart at Amstel Station approximately 10km south of the city. A metro line from Amstel station conveniently connects visitors with the city center. Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) is Europe s largest and most extensive coach service with competitive fares and routes to and from every city on the continent.

Arriving by Car is fairly straightforward, however driving and parking in the city are not. The A10 Ring (Ringweg) encircles the city and receives all major freeways. Drivers from the north should exit the Ringweg at the Ij-Tunnel Exit for quick access to the city center. Exit at Jan van Galenstraat if coming from the east and at Nieuwe Utrechtseweg from the south and west.





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Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys, Premier High Speed Trains

Thalys is the red high-speed train connecting Paris to Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes, and Cologne and Amsterdam in just 3h14. Since 1996, Thalys has been truly a multicultural operator to achieve success in the international high-speed rail business in four countries. Thalys success story is both commercial and technical. transporting over 100 million rail passengers and successfully introducing on-board WiFi in 2008 and a new train management system, in 2009.

Comfort 1 (1st class):

Comfortable seats, quiet and extra space in which to read, work, surf the Internet, etc.

Delicious and varied meals served at your seat.

WiFi connection.

On-board booking of your taxi (only available for Paris or Brussels). Our on-board teams will take care of your taxi booking. You will be welcomed in the station when you alight from the train.

The Salon, a private space on board offering ideal conditions for working. You can work efficiently at 300km/hr.

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

With individual electric sockets, use and recharge your electrical equipment during your journey.

WiFi connection.

Thalys Welcome Bar

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

On competitive fares, you can ride on Thalys for a relaxing day in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne as well as for Charles de Gaulle airport, Antwerp, Den Haag, Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol).





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With 60 miles of canals and nearly 7,000 buildings dating from the 18 th century or earlier, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s best preserved ci. Read More

With 60 miles of canals and nearly 7,000 buildings dating from the 18 th century or earlier, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s best preserved cities—the center has barely changed since Rembrandt’s time. Yet it’s no mere museum piece: T+L’s Amsterdam travel guide shows that, alongside the historic monuments and Old Masters, the city is a modern capital with all the trappings a traveler could want, including a wide range of hotels, innovative restaurants, and stylish shopping.

Colorful, quirky and charming, the old-world city is lined with 17th century building, canals, and the constant sight of bicycles whizzing by. But it also bears the hallmarks of a thriving and downright lenient metropolis. While many young people visit Amsterdam for the marijuana scene—and perhaps to peek at the legal prostitutes in the Red Light District—the city is teeming with high culture, from the world-class art in the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseumn to P.C. Hooftstraat, the shopping street where you can find plenty of the contemporary, cutting-edge design that has become a source of pride in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

There’s no bad time to go to this Dutch capital, but in general, May through October is the main travel season, when temperatures are warmest. Crowds peak in July and August. The other top time for a trip to Amsterdam is tulip season: The city bursts into bloom as early as March, and the plumage can extend into May. Rain is possible year-round, and winter can bring occasional snow and slush, so pack layers. Overall, it’s generally mild, but often wet, so bring an umbrella and suitable clothing at any time of year.





06/09/2017

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Financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is first and foremost a city, which epitomizes open-mindedness and tolerance: its red-light district, cannabis-cafés and “anything goes” attitude certainly make it one of Europe’s most unconventional cities to visit.

Situated in the western part of the country, it is the largest city in the Netherlands and its constitutional capital, although the seat of the government is in The Hague. Amsterdam lies in the middle of an area formed by polders, land reclaimed from the sea, and much of the city rests on wooden and concrete piles driven through the marshy ground. Known as the Venice of the North, it is famous for its picturesque canals lined by prosperous merchant houses. The Dam, which marks the spot where the first dam was built across the river Amstel, is now a bustling square where the National Monument commemorates all those who died during World War II.

Situated on the confluence of the Amstel and Ij rivers, Amsterdam provides a deep and safe natural harbour for international shipping, thus making it one of the great commercial centres of Europe: the city is connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal and to the German industrial heartland by the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. The city boasts one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges and is famous worldwide as a centre for the diamond-cutting industry. It also hosts the headquarters of many international and Dutch companies, including Philips and Heineken. Tourism, with about 3.5 million visitors each year, plays an important part in the economy of the city. Amsterdam is served by excellent road and rail links, as well as Shiphol airport, but it is also one the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The city’s top attractions remain the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, two of the finest art collections in the world, and Anne Frank’s house. With its rich cultural, architectural and historical heritage, charming canals and famous red-light district, Amsterdam caters for every taste. Football fans will enjoy watching the city football club Ajax Amsterdam and large numbers of visitors are drawn to the city’s festivals, notably the Koninginnedag and Gay Pride.

Deliberately unconventional, Amsterdam with its ethnically diverse population and relaxed atmosphere remains one of the most engaging European destinations for a city break.





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Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights. it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife. international restaurants. good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience. To know more about Amsterdam you can read some basic facts and info .

Amsterdam tourist attractions

Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. but there is much more. Amsterdam has over seventy museums which attract millions of visitors each year. See our suggested itineraries to explore these attractions .

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Following ten years of attentive renovation, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the world’s great museums, was reopened in April 2013 by HM Queen Beatrix prior to the accession of Her son Willem-Alexander as the King of the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum with its magnificent exhibit of more than 8000 works, including those of masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens, is today one of Amsterdam must-see attractions.

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Coffeeshops in Holland are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis and are strictly regulated and taxed. Furthermore, coffeeshops must not sell to anyone under 18 and they must not sell more than 5g to any customer. Hard drugs are strictly prohibited. Pictures of coffee shops





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Monogram packages for top European cities, plus Trafalgar deals for Italy, Spain and Portugal

With so many grand capitals to choose from, it s no wonder Monograms, the independent travel division of group-tour specialist Globus, was able to add a few new options to its long list of city combo packages.

Although the London Paris package is the company s perennial best-seller, there s something to be said for combining an old classic with a new favourite, such as Paris Geneva; London Amsterdam; or Paris, Aix-en-Provence Nice, all new for 2013. Other combinations include Munich Berlin, and Prague Vienna.

All Monograms packages include hotel accommodation with breakfast, city-to-city transfers (usually by rail) and a half-day sightseeing tour, plus the option to add sightseeing tours and excursions. There s also an on-site Local Host in every city, ready with everything from dining suggestions to transportation tips.

Monograms early booking bonus offers savings of up to $200 per person off any air-inclusive Europe vacation booked by Feb. 26, or $100 per person for land-only bookings.





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When to fly to Amsterdam

Amsterdam sees its peak tourist season in the spring and summer. The daffodils and tulips break through the winter weather and welcome spring. Summer sees endless tourists and travellers drinking and dining in the open air cafes along the canal. Flights to Amsterdam and hotels book up fast during the peak season so it’s wise to plan ahead.

From mid-October to mid-March, the weather is pretty unpredictable in Amsterdam. The one constant is the rain, so if you’re flying to Amsterdam during the fall make sure to pack plenty of rain gear. Cheap flights to Amsterdam are usually found during the winter months when the weather is extremely cold.

Book a flight to Amsterdam and join the Dutch in a brew at one of Amsterdam’s outdoor cafes on the canal. Known to many as one of the world’s best hangouts, Amsterdam boasts something for every traveller. The city is an idyllic blend of old and new – 17 th -century buildings coexist with 20-something students and generation-Y tourists. Millions of travellers book trips to Amsterdam every year to take part in the well-known parties throughout city. But after romp through the Red Light District take a tour through some of Amsterdam’s historic sites.

Home to Ann Frank, gable houses and Golden Age canals, Amsterdam is steeped in history and culture. Amsterdam is the fourth most travelled-to city in Europe making it highly populated year-round. Students book airline tickets to Amsterdam to roll their own in the smoking coffee houses while businessmen woo clients after a monumental board meeting. Travel to Amsterdam during the spring and you’ll witness the tulips blooming among the canals; summers are packed full of people enjoying the outdoor environment and winter, while cold, can be the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

Get plenty of rest on your trip to Amsterdam – whether you’re heading to the Dutch city for business or pleasure, there’s much to do and see in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam climate

Amsterdam’s weather varies based on the time of year. Spring welcomes blooming tulips and fields of flowers, but rain showers are likely. The summer months see extreme heat and humidity, but it’s also when Amsterdam is packed with tourists and there’s always something happening in the city or along one of the famous canals. The weather turns cold in the winter, but this is the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam, a laid-back and welcoming city

The city of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, is a pretty holiday destination that gives you the freedom to explore. It’s earned a reputation for being more liberal when it comes to sex, drugs and partying, and it’s a popular destination for hen parties and stag weekends. It’s also boomed in popularity thanks to more availability of cheap flights to Amsterdam. Even so, families especially can be reassured by the strong safety level throughout the city.

Sightseeing in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s most important museums. Take in classic Dutch art at the Rijksmuseum, which is the most visited museum in the Netherlands. The artist Rembrandt used to live in the city, and his former home has also been turned into the Rembrandt House Museum. Another key place to visit is the Van Gogh Museum – so many iconic painters and artists have lived in Amsterdam over the years.

A more sombre look at history can be found at the Anne Frank House, in the city centre. The old house has been dedicated to Anne’s life and memory, displaying her diary and some personal items.

Bicycles

Most journeys around Amsterdam are made by bike, and you can rent one out to see more of the city. It’s a quicker alternative to a leisurely float down one of Amsterdam’s famous canals – the 17th-century waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll see that the roads and streets around the city have been laid out with cyclists in mind. Bike routes are marked in brown to help them stand out from footpaths.

Food and drink

The city’s take on the idea of the British gastropub is the brown café, which combines café and pub styles to offer food and drink all day. Taste some of the local beers on tap, and munch on bitterballen (breaded, deep-fried dough balls with mustard) in between sips.

Snack on a stroopwafel, made by hand in front of you at one of Amsterdam’s many street stalls. Pancakes are another sweet dish you should try while you’re in the city.

Shopping and souvenirs

Dutch pottery, or Delftware, has a distinctive blue and white pattern that makes it easy to spot. Pick up some ceramics at a pottery shop. There are just two Delft factories still in operation, and you can easily make a day trip to the town of Delft from Amsterdam.

Another beautiful souvenir of your stay in Amsterdam is a colourful bunch of tulips. The season for these bright and iconic flowers is spring, with the fields around the city blooming into colour every March.





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​Traveling to Amsterdam is a once in a lifetime experience! With its beautiful landscape and welcoming locals, you are sure to have an amazing time. Amongst the world famous museums, miles of incredible canals, gorgeous parks, and authentic cobblestone streets, Amsterdam is sure not to disappoint.

While known for their marvelous culture, Americans enjoy traveling to Amsterdam for many reasons. Not only considered one of the best cities in Europe to visit, many people find it comforting to find that nearly everyone speaks English!

While traveling to Amsterdam, there are definitely a few must-sees! Surely you have heard of the red light district, but do you know about the famous canals and the authentic architecture? There are many things to see and do while in this quaint city.

The tiny restaurants and genuinely friendly local bars are a great spot to grab a bit, throw a few back, and do some great people watching. Looking for some authentic Dutch cuisine? You’ll find plenty of it! Amsterdam also has a wide variety of all genres of food, with some of the best restaurants around. Vegetarian cuisine is also well represented, which is unusual for Europe.

Amsterdam is one of the few unique cities built upon a canal system. In fact, the city has 165 of them! Take advantage of this fun mode of transportation and take a canal tour, or a canal taxi to or from your dinner and drinks! Tours range from large open top boats to small candlelight dinner cruises for the romantic couples.

Love the action activities? SnowPlanet is a rare and downright awesome stop along your tour of the city. Where else can you go skiing or snowboarding inside a giant, temperature controlled, dome of snow! Open year round, this would be a great once in a lifetime experience. Check out the climbing wall in Central Station too! But for those of you who need real adventure, you have to check out the kitesurfing and flyboarding! Prefer to stay lower to the ground? Hop into one of the sand buggies! Whichever your adventure preference, Amsterdam has an outrageous activity for you!

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​Traveling to Amsterdam is a once in a lifetime experience! With its beautiful landscape and welcoming locals, you are sure to have an amazing time. Amongst the world famous museums, miles of incredible canals, gorgeous parks, and authentic cobblestone streets, Amsterdam is sure not to disappoint.

While known for their marvelous culture, Americans enjoy traveling to Amsterdam for many reasons. Not only considered one of the best cities in Europe to visit, many people find it comforting to find that nearly everyone speaks English!

While traveling to Amsterdam, there are definitely a few must-sees! Surely you have heard of the red light district, but do you know about the famous canals and the authentic architecture? There are many things to see and do while in this quaint city.

The tiny restaurants and genuinely friendly local bars are a great spot to grab a bit, throw a few back, and do some great people watching. Looking for some authentic Dutch cuisine? You’ll find plenty of it! Amsterdam also has a wide variety of all genres of food, with some of the best restaurants around. Vegetarian cuisine is also well represented, which is unusual for Europe.

Amsterdam is one of the few unique cities built upon a canal system. In fact, the city has 165 of them! Take advantage of this fun mode of transportation and take a canal tour, or a canal taxi to or from your dinner and drinks! Tours range from large open top boats to small candlelight dinner cruises for the romantic couples.

Love the action activities? SnowPlanet is a rare and downright awesome stop along your tour of the city. Where else can you go skiing or snowboarding inside a giant, temperature controlled, dome of snow! Open year round, this would be a great once in a lifetime experience. Check out the climbing wall in Central Station too! But for those of you who need real adventure, you have to check out the kitesurfing and flyboarding! Prefer to stay lower to the ground? Hop into one of the sand buggies! Whichever your adventure preference, Amsterdam has an outrageous activity for you!





18/08/2017

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Booking your hotel flight Amsterdam is often the first step in planning your trip to the Netherlands. Royal Dutch Airlines has recently merged with Air France, and the resulting airline looks to be the major carrier to the Netherlands. From most countries, travelers will fly first into Amsterdam, and then connect to flights leaving for smaller cities. Often, it will be cheaper to take a train.

Many of the best Amsterdam hotel flight deals can be found by booking both your hotel and flight through the same company. Finding hotel flight Amsterdam deals for a low price can be as easy as searching online or contacting a local travel agent. The best deals on a hotel flight Amsterdam are also often offered to travelers willing to book a red-eye flight or travel at other non-peak hours. Amsterdam hotel flight deals will often offer accommodation at some of the larger chain hotels in Amsterdam. although it is possible to find Amsterdam hotel flight deals with accommodation at some of the smaller bed and breakfasts or even apartment rentals.

Travelers hoping to visit the Red Light District for a tour of a sex museum or other attractions may look for Amsterdam hotel flight red light trips. Amsterdam hotel flight red light trips can include accommodation near the red light district, and many Amsterdam hotel flight red light deals will offer discounted accommodation in or near the Red Light District.

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Once you’ve found the perfect flight and hotel accommodation for your trip, you will want to be sure and pack everything you’ll need to get into the country, as well as leave behind some of the things that might keep you out. Duty-free shopping is no longer allowed in the European Union, so you won’t be able to travel from country to country in Europe with goods and expect the same purchasing allowances as if you had come from another country. Travelers arriving from outside the EU can bring in duty-free cigarettes and duty-free liquor and perfume. When leaving, you can bring up to $800 worth of goods home with you. Anything beyond that will be subject to a tax. You will also, of course, need a passport to enter the Netherlands.





07/08/2017

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Introducing Amsterdam

Seventeenth-century buildings. Joint-smoking alien sculptures. Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Bike & Boat

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop and meet a date for dinner. With all the bike rental shops around, it’s easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be in a boat. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop in a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Admire Art

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And when the urge strikes for something blockbuster, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia ‘s State Hermitage Museum picks from its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibits.

Feel Gezellig

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown café. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafés practically have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel gezellig at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.

Wander into the Past

Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue. Wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a café. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.

Why I Love Amsterdam

By Karla Zimmerman, Writer

I love walking around Prinsengracht in the morning. Houseboats bob, bike bells cling cling, flower sellers lay out their wares. The old merchants houses tilt at impossible angles, and it’s easy to imagine an era when boats unloaded spices out the front.

I love how cappuccinos appear and disappear in 350-year-old bars like Café Pieper, and how beers do the same in candlelit timewarps like Café de Dokter. It’s all good fuel for ferrying across the IJ to see bands under twinkling lights at the Tolhuistuin come nightfall.





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Keep in Mind.

  • Red Light District photo opps are a no-no Bouncers and police have been known to confiscate cameras and even toss them into the canal.
  • Amsterdam has great pancakes Not only are they delicious, they’re varied savory or sweet, cheese or meat-stuffed, jam or fruit-topped, and on and on and on.
  • Amsterdam is kid-friendly Despite its penchant for adult entertainment, the city has numerous kid-centric attractions like the science center NEMO. the Zandvoort beach and the Anne Frank House .

Don’t believe everything you hear about Amsterdam. Yes, this Netherlands city takes a lax look at women beckoning business in the Red Light District and “coffee shops” selling an unorthodox type of herb to a toking clientele, but these descriptions only scratch the surface. At some point, during an excellent Indonesian meal, a twilight canal-side rambling or a shopping excursion through the boutiques of Nine Streets. you’ll realize as many travelers have before you that there’s much more to Amsterdam than you might’ve thought.

And although the city’s loose laws on vice seem to attract a college-age, male-dominant crowd, Amsterdam is also ideal as a romantic getaway for two or an educational excursion with the kids. With attractions that range from biking along a maze of canals to remembering the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank; from exploring the swirling Expressionism of Van Gogh to lazing in the expansive Vondelpark. Amsterdam suits a variety of traveler tastes.

How To Save Money in Amsterdam

  • Purchase an “I Amsterdam” card This little piece of plastic allows you free use of all GVB public transportation, free entrance to more than 40 museums and a free canal cruise, among other perks, for a set price. The catch? You buy your card for 24, 36 or 72 hours and can only access the deals within those time periods.
  • Do the heel-toe step Walking rather than taking taxis or public transportation will cut down on costs. And this small city is immensely walkable; just leave a wide berth between you and the serious cyclers on the bike lanes.
  • Visit in winter Invest in a cozy coat and come to Amsterdam in the winter, where the slashed hotel rates will keep you feeling warm and fuzzy. An added bonus: crowds are at an all-time low, as are lines for top attractions.

Amsterdam Culture Customs

Amsterdammers officially speak Dutch, but most residents also speak English and it’s insulting to think otherwise. If you’re versed, try to speak a little Dutch: hallo for “hello” and dank u for “thank you.” But don’t patronize Amsterdammers by asking, “Do you speak English?”

“Going Dutch” is more a way of life than an expression. The Dutch are notorious for their frugality yet they also have a large appetite for consumerism, so enjoy shopping. Amsterdam’s official currency is the euro (EUR). Since the euro to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates often, be sure to check what the current exchange rate is before you go. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops.

Marijuana use in Amsterdam is permitted though not legal. Though as of 2011, Amsterdam has implemented a ban on tourists from its coffee shops. As a result, many coffee shops have had to shutter their doors. Let’s Go Amsterdam also notes that “hard drugs including heroin, ecstasy, or cocaine are very much illegal and not tolerated, and possession is treated as a serious crime.” And as of 2008, hallucinogenic mushroom sales have been banned.

Amsterdam Dining

Raw herring. Pancakes. Indonesian. Like many other international cities, Amsterdam has a multiplicity of ethnic establishments sure to whet appetites. But the city does have a few specialties like pancakes, smothered or stuffed with every topping imaginable, from bacon to blueberries. (Recent travelers rave about The Pancake Bakery ). Raw herring is a Netherlands specialty and is consumed whole. And Indonesian rijsttafel (or rice tables) rice topped with spiced meats, vegetables and fish are hugely popular.

Indonesian establishments are scattered throughout the city. Cheap ethnic eats are mainly gathered in the De Pijp neighborhood. For an upscale dining experience, try the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets ) or the Reguilersdwarsstrat areas. Travelers also praise the food finds on Elandsgracht Street in the Canal Ring. Beware tourist traps in the party-hearty areas of Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and the Red Light District .





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Why use an expert travel agent for your Amsterdam trip?

If this will be your first time to Amsterdam, or even if you haven’t been here in a while, you should strongly consider using an expert travel agent to help book your trip. Amsterdam is a unique city with some unique charms so it’s not one of Europe’s generic interchangeable destinations.

Most of the chain hotels that work with large travel agents are bunched together in the luxurious area west of Centraal Station, and several more are close to Leidseplein and the Museum District. Those are two very different areas and are ideal for different visitors, so it’s important to use an Amsterdam travel agent that understands the difference between the two. This can be a very confusing city the first time, and getting booking advice from someone who knows Amsterdam well can be the difference between a great holiday and a frustrating one.





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With its scores of canals criss-crossing the historical cityscape, Amsterdam is an awe-inspiring example of old-world Europe. The city boasts more than 7,000 monuments and a virtual encyclopedia of various architectural stylings. Because of its popularity among foreign tourists, you can frequently find flight deals to Amsterdam.

Besides being a mecca for European culture, Amsterdam caters to young American vacationers looking for a good time. The city’s many cafes and bars in the Leidseplein neighborhood serve up tasty libations all night long, while the famous red-light district of De Wallen is one of the most unique places to people watch in the world. For the shopping enthusiast, Amsterdam has no shortage of boutique and international retail options. Check out the high-end outlets along Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s most exclusive retail strip.

Which Airlines Fly to Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is serviced by the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Because of its status as a hub for Delta Airlines, a search for discount airfare on the carrier can be fruitful. Other domestic carriers that provide direct flights to Amsterdam include United, Continental and US Airways.





28/07/2017

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Public transport in Amsterdam

Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport is straightforward and convenient. The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city’s neighbourhoods by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.

Unlimited use of trams, buses and metro with the public transport chip card

In Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart ) is used for travel on trams. buses and metros. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). These tickets can be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus. and are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame.

Amsterdam discount day passes for visitors

Depending on your travel plans and the duration of your stay, there are a number of different public transport passes that are especially valuable for visitors:

  • I amsterdam City Card . Free entrance to the city’s top attractions, plus unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
  • GVB day passes . Available from 1 to 7 days, with prices starting from 7.50. Valid on trams, buses and metros operated by GVB in Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam Region Day Ticket . 24-hour public transport pass valid on all public transport operated by GVB, Connexxion and EBS in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam metropolitan Area, including night buses. Price: 13.50 (it can also be combined with the I amsterdam City Card as part of the ‘Get Out of Town ‘ special offer).
  • Amsterdam Travel Ticket . An all-in public transport solution valid for one, two or three days. This ticket includes return (2nd class) train travel between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and any station in Amsterdam. Additionally, the ticket is valid for unlimited travel on all trams, buses (including night buses), metro and ferries operated by public transport operator GVB in Amsterdam itself.

For inspiration on what to visit outside Amsterdam. view the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area map of all the attractions and sights within an hour of the city by public transport.

Helpful apps and sites for planning your journey

Before seeing the sights, you may wish to consult the 9292 route planner or GVB website to help you find the quickest and most convenient way to get from A to B. In addition, there are a number of excellent apps available to help you find your way around the city.





21/07/2017

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Cheap Flights to Amsterdam

Cheap flights from within Europe and direct flights from outside Europe are readily available, serving Amsterdam airport Schiphol Europe s fourth largest and located just a few kilometers from the city center.

Ferry to Amsterdam

Boat travel is a viable option for travelers coming from the U.K. and Scandinavia. Scandinavian Seaways connecting to Amsterdam via Newcastle, P O North Sea Ferries via Hull and Stenaline via Harwich all offer ferry and holiday cruise services for those looking for an alternative approach to the city.

Train Travel to Amsterdam is a popular option within Europe with Inter City connections to and from Brussels. London. Paris. Hamburg and Berlin (each 6 hours) as well as Belgium and Frankfurt (3 hours). All other destinations in Holland are located no more than 2.5 hours from Amsterdam by rail. Rail passes and other discounts are widely available and reservations are highly recommended.

International Buses arrive and depart at Amstel Station approximately 10km south of the city. A metro line from Amstel station conveniently connects visitors with the city center. Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) is Europe s largest and most extensive coach service with competitive fares and routes to and from every city on the continent.

Arriving by Car is fairly straightforward, however driving and parking in the city are not. The A10 Ring (Ringweg) encircles the city and receives all major freeways. Drivers from the north should exit the Ringweg at the Ij-Tunnel Exit for quick access to the city center. Exit at Jan van Galenstraat if coming from the east and at Nieuwe Utrechtseweg from the south and west.





12/07/2017

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Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys, Premier High Speed Trains

Thalys is the red high-speed train connecting Paris to Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes, and Cologne and Amsterdam in just 3h14. Since 1996, Thalys has been truly a multicultural operator to achieve success in the international high-speed rail business in four countries. Thalys success story is both commercial and technical. transporting over 100 million rail passengers and successfully introducing on-board WiFi in 2008 and a new train management system, in 2009.

Comfort 1 (1st class):

Comfortable seats, quiet and extra space in which to read, work, surf the Internet, etc.

Delicious and varied meals served at your seat.

WiFi connection.

On-board booking of your taxi (only available for Paris or Brussels). Our on-board teams will take care of your taxi booking. You will be welcomed in the station when you alight from the train.

The Salon, a private space on board offering ideal conditions for working. You can work efficiently at 300km/hr.

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

With individual electric sockets, use and recharge your electrical equipment during your journey.

WiFi connection.

Thalys Welcome Bar

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

On competitive fares, you can ride on Thalys for a relaxing day in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne as well as for Charles de Gaulle airport, Antwerp, Den Haag, Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol).





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Hotels in Amsterdam from LateRooms.com

Cosmopolitan in its attitude, cobblestoned and canal-crossed in its layout, Amsterdam provides a truly unique experience for those visiting it.

For those keen to spend some time in the great outdoors, the Vondelpark provides plenty of green space and an outdoor cafe, as well as hosting open-air performances during the warmer months.

When it comes to food, Indonesian cuisine – a colonial legacy – features heavily on local menus, while there are also plenty of contemporary restaurants and small rustic cafes.

Our comprehensive range includes hotels, bed and breakfasts, apartments and guest houses. Accommodation providers use LateRooms to clear their unsold rooms on a last minute basis, enabling you to find some great last minute hotel deals and discount hotels. On these pages you can see those hotels in Amsterdam that are currently offering the biggest discounts and deals.

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30/05/2017

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Introducing Amsterdam

Seventeenth-century buildings. Joint-smoking alien sculptures. Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Bike & Boat

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop and meet a date for dinner. With all the bike rental shops around, it’s easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be in a boat. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop in a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Admire Art

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And when the urge strikes for something blockbuster, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia ‘s State Hermitage Museum picks from its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibits.

Feel Gezellig

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown café. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafés practically have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel gezellig at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.

Wander into the Past

Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue. Wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a café. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.

Why I Love Amsterdam

By Karla Zimmerman, Writer

I love walking around Prinsengracht in the morning. Houseboats bob, bike bells cling cling, flower sellers lay out their wares. The old merchants houses tilt at impossible angles, and it’s easy to imagine an era when boats unloaded spices out the front.

I love how cappuccinos appear and disappear in 350-year-old bars like Café Pieper, and how beers do the same in candlelit timewarps like Café de Dokter. It’s all good fuel for ferrying across the IJ to see bands under twinkling lights at the Tolhuistuin come nightfall.





28/04/2017

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Cheap Flights to Amsterdam, Netherlands

When is the best time to fly to Amsterdam?

The most popular time to take a flight to Amsterdam is from the start of the warm weather, when the tulips bloom, through to the early fall. Everyone—including locals—wants to be out and about and tourists from around the globe abound. From April through August, the weather is usually good, with plenty of open-air dining on sidewalks and canal boats to enjoy. Consequently, accommodations are hard to come by and the city is very crowded, especially in July and August If you do take an Amsterdam flight at this time, be prepared for both cool and very hot weather. September and October are less crowded, the rates are lower, and the weather is often quite lovely. This is an ideal time for the beautiful low-angle light depicted in Dutch landscape paintings.

Most cultural events are scheduled from September through June, but if you go during the cold months of December through March, there will be plenty to do and fewer people trying to do it. Plus, if one of the canals freezes during your trip, you can join the Amsterdam residents on skates—a lovely way to see the city.

Amsterdam overview

Head to the land of tulips, windmills and red light attractions with one of our cheap flights to Amsterdam. Fans of this small but bustling city in the province of North Holland have a lot to appreciate, from world-class museums to nearby tulip fields bursting with color in the spring. Dubbed the “Venice of the North,” this cozy metropolis is built around a labyrinth of picturesque canals dotted with tour boats, paddleboats and houseboats that serve as permanent dwellings.

The museums alone are worth the price of a flight to Amsterdam. Home to more museums per capita than any other European city, Amsterdam boasts the Rijksmuseum, where hometown hero Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” is on permanent display. Located on Museumplein, or Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum’s neighbors include the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum with its contemporary art and other renowned cultural attractions. Musical performances at the Concertgebouw and concerts at Paradiso and the Melkweg are the inspiration for many Amsterdam flights as well.

When you get tired of the highbrow culture and crave something a little more down to earth, Amsterdam has plenty of other options. Sidle up to the bar at a neighborhood dive and order a ginever for a uniquely Dutch experience. This Dutch gin may be the drink of choice for an older generation, but ordering it alongside locals gives you a sense of gezellig. loosely translated as the coziness that embodies Dutch culture. The allure of this unique atmosphere is at least partially responsible for the popularity of cheap flights to Amsterdam.

Of course, Amsterdam’s nighttime activities inspire many a reservation for a cheap flight to Amsterdam from nearby European countries and abroad. The Red Light District’s infamous attractions motivate even the most mild-mannered tourists to pop in for a peek. If your curiosity takes you to this old Amsterdam neighborhood, don’t fear for your safety. Its many hotels and the families who live there make it just another busy part of the city.

Getting around Amsterdam

It’s easy to walk around Amsterdam in just a few hours. You need to keep an eye out though – cars have the right of way and bikes, trams and buses crisscross the city. Rent a bike to speed up your pace without turning the city into a blur.

Amsterdam is a very bike-friendly city. Bike lanes and bike racks are plentiful. Make sure the light on your bike is working; you can be fined for riding without a light after dark. To travel beyond the city, it’s easy to take the train or bus. It can be cheaper to rent a car in the city and the Netherlands road network is very good.

Getting from the Airport to the City

The main airport that services the city is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, located about 5.6 miles southwest of the city. The city is easily reached from the airport, thanks to direct rail and bus routes. Taxis and car rental services are also available.





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When to fly to Amsterdam

Amsterdam sees its peak tourist season in the spring and summer. The daffodils and tulips break through the winter weather and welcome spring. Summer sees endless tourists and travellers drinking and dining in the open air cafes along the canal. Flights to Amsterdam and hotels book up fast during the peak season so it’s wise to plan ahead.

From mid-October to mid-March, the weather is pretty unpredictable in Amsterdam. The one constant is the rain, so if you’re flying to Amsterdam during the fall make sure to pack plenty of rain gear. Cheap flights to Amsterdam are usually found during the winter months when the weather is extremely cold.

Book a flight to Amsterdam and join the Dutch in a brew at one of Amsterdam’s outdoor cafes on the canal. Known to many as one of the world’s best hangouts, Amsterdam boasts something for every traveller. The city is an idyllic blend of old and new – 17 th -century buildings coexist with 20-something students and generation-Y tourists. Millions of travellers book trips to Amsterdam every year to take part in the well-known parties throughout city. But after romp through the Red Light District take a tour through some of Amsterdam’s historic sites.

Home to Ann Frank, gable houses and Golden Age canals, Amsterdam is steeped in history and culture. Amsterdam is the fourth most travelled-to city in Europe making it highly populated year-round. Students book airline tickets to Amsterdam to roll their own in the smoking coffee houses while businessmen woo clients after a monumental board meeting. Travel to Amsterdam during the spring and you’ll witness the tulips blooming among the canals; summers are packed full of people enjoying the outdoor environment and winter, while cold, can be the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

Get plenty of rest on your trip to Amsterdam – whether you’re heading to the Dutch city for business or pleasure, there’s much to do and see in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam climate

Amsterdam’s weather varies based on the time of year. Spring welcomes blooming tulips and fields of flowers, but rain showers are likely. The summer months see extreme heat and humidity, but it’s also when Amsterdam is packed with tourists and there’s always something happening in the city or along one of the famous canals. The weather turns cold in the winter, but this is the best time to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.

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Public transport in Amsterdam

Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport is straightforward and convenient. The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city’s neighbourhoods by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.

Unlimited use of trams, buses and metro with the public transport chip card

In Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart ) is used for travel on trams. buses and metros. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). These tickets can be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus. and are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame.

Amsterdam discount day passes for visitors

Depending on your travel plans and the duration of your stay, there are a number of different public transport passes that are especially valuable for visitors:

  • I amsterdam City Card . Free entrance to the city’s top attractions, plus unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
  • GVB day passes . Available from 1 to 7 days, with prices starting from 7.50. Valid on trams, buses and metros operated by GVB in Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam Region Day Ticket . 24-hour public transport pass valid on all public transport operated by GVB, Connexxion and EBS in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam metropolitan Area, including night buses. Price: 13.50 (it can also be combined with the I amsterdam City Card as part of the ‘Get Out of Town ‘ special offer).
  • Amsterdam Travel Ticket . An all-in public transport solution valid for one, two or three days. This ticket includes return (2nd class) train travel between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and any station in Amsterdam. Additionally, the ticket is valid for unlimited travel on all trams, buses (including night buses), metro and ferries operated by public transport operator GVB in Amsterdam itself.

For inspiration on what to visit outside Amsterdam. view the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area map of all the attractions and sights within an hour of the city by public transport.

Helpful apps and sites for planning your journey

Before seeing the sights, you may wish to consult the 9292 route planner or GVB website to help you find the quickest and most convenient way to get from A to B. In addition, there are a number of excellent apps available to help you find your way around the city.





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Travel to Amsterdam!

​Traveling to Amsterdam is a once in a lifetime experience! With its beautiful landscape and welcoming locals, you are sure to have an amazing time. Amongst the world famous museums, miles of incredible canals, gorgeous parks, and authentic cobblestone streets, Amsterdam is sure not to disappoint.

While known for their marvelous culture, Americans enjoy traveling to Amsterdam for many reasons. Not only considered one of the best cities in Europe to visit, many people find it comforting to find that nearly everyone speaks English!

While traveling to Amsterdam, there are definitely a few must-sees! Surely you have heard of the red light district, but do you know about the famous canals and the authentic architecture? There are many things to see and do while in this quaint city.

The tiny restaurants and genuinely friendly local bars are a great spot to grab a bit, throw a few back, and do some great people watching. Looking for some authentic Dutch cuisine? You’ll find plenty of it! Amsterdam also has a wide variety of all genres of food, with some of the best restaurants around. Vegetarian cuisine is also well represented, which is unusual for Europe.

Amsterdam is one of the few unique cities built upon a canal system. In fact, the city has 165 of them! Take advantage of this fun mode of transportation and take a canal tour, or a canal taxi to or from your dinner and drinks! Tours range from large open top boats to small candlelight dinner cruises for the romantic couples.

Love the action activities? SnowPlanet is a rare and downright awesome stop along your tour of the city. Where else can you go skiing or snowboarding inside a giant, temperature controlled, dome of snow! Open year round, this would be a great once in a lifetime experience. Check out the climbing wall in Central Station too! But for those of you who need real adventure, you have to check out the kitesurfing and flyboarding! Prefer to stay lower to the ground? Hop into one of the sand buggies! Whichever your adventure preference, Amsterdam has an outrageous activity for you!

Travel to Amsterdam!

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​Traveling to Amsterdam is a once in a lifetime experience! With its beautiful landscape and welcoming locals, you are sure to have an amazing time. Amongst the world famous museums, miles of incredible canals, gorgeous parks, and authentic cobblestone streets, Amsterdam is sure not to disappoint.

While known for their marvelous culture, Americans enjoy traveling to Amsterdam for many reasons. Not only considered one of the best cities in Europe to visit, many people find it comforting to find that nearly everyone speaks English!

While traveling to Amsterdam, there are definitely a few must-sees! Surely you have heard of the red light district, but do you know about the famous canals and the authentic architecture? There are many things to see and do while in this quaint city.

The tiny restaurants and genuinely friendly local bars are a great spot to grab a bit, throw a few back, and do some great people watching. Looking for some authentic Dutch cuisine? You’ll find plenty of it! Amsterdam also has a wide variety of all genres of food, with some of the best restaurants around. Vegetarian cuisine is also well represented, which is unusual for Europe.

Amsterdam is one of the few unique cities built upon a canal system. In fact, the city has 165 of them! Take advantage of this fun mode of transportation and take a canal tour, or a canal taxi to or from your dinner and drinks! Tours range from large open top boats to small candlelight dinner cruises for the romantic couples.

Love the action activities? SnowPlanet is a rare and downright awesome stop along your tour of the city. Where else can you go skiing or snowboarding inside a giant, temperature controlled, dome of snow! Open year round, this would be a great once in a lifetime experience. Check out the climbing wall in Central Station too! But for those of you who need real adventure, you have to check out the kitesurfing and flyboarding! Prefer to stay lower to the ground? Hop into one of the sand buggies! Whichever your adventure preference, Amsterdam has an outrageous activity for you!





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FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Amsterdam is Dutch

Currency: The currency used in Amsterdam is the Euro (€)

Local time: Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Schiphol Airport (AMS), around 25km southwest of central Amsterdam

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Brussels with onward tickets to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, via Rotterdam

Flight time from UK: 1.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Amsterdam tourist information can be found at www.iamsterdam.com

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Amsterdam, visit http://gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands for recommendations and advice on visas and health

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 5-21 °C

With the weather hovering in the mid-teens (°C) between March and May, spring is a great time to explore Amsterdam’s cosy cafes. Summer is always a popular time to visit the city, thanks to warm highs of 21, and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day. Book your holiday for autumn or winter to take advantage of fewer crowds, or to enjoy the city’s legendary Christmas markets.

GETTING AROUND

Cycling: Amsterdam is very cycle-friendly. There are plenty of bike rental shops as well as a great network of cycle paths. You can even join a bicycle sightseeing tour to help you get your bearings.

Boat/barge: Taking a trip along the Amstel River is a great way to see the sights, especially on the hop-on/hop-off Canal Bus.

Tram: The tram system is ideal for travelling around the centre. Conductors sell tickets on board, though you might find an OV-chipkaart or an I Amsterdam City Card more convenient if you’re using a lot of public transport.

EVENTS

High Fashion: Young and upcoming designers showcase their work every January at Amsterdam International Fashion Week. You can expect fashion-themed museum exhibits, art exhibitions and lots of parties.

Celebration time: The Netherlands gets into party mode on Konigsdag, the day after King Willem Alexander’s birthday in April. It’s particularly popular in Amsterdam, when an estimated 750,000 people travel to the city for a big open-air celebration.

Musical spectacular: August’s Grachtenfestival features 10 days of jazz, blues and classical music. Enjoy a grand performance at a concert hall, or alternatively, a cosy blues jam in a local resident’s garden.

Van Gogh in bloom: See a spectacular annual display of millions of tulips and other pretty flowers at Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world.  Open from March-May, the colourful 32-hectare gardens will share the inspiration of Vincent van Gogh’s life and works, 125 years after his death.

Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!





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City Breaks in Amsterdam

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This picturesque, hip city has something for everyone, from beautiful canals and architecture to fascinating museums and galleries. Enjoy coffee and culture with a city break in Amsterdam.

Nightlife

Amsterdam has a vibrant and eclectic nightlife, from traditional bars serving beer and snacks, to popular nightclubs such as the Escape. Club Home. and Panama. Trance music is really big here and attracts world-class DJs such as Armin van Buuren and Tiesto.

Jazz fans will love the live performances at clubs such as Bimhuis and Café Alto, while The Ziggo Dome caters to pop tastes, hosting big names such as Beyoncé. Lady Gaga. and Tom Jones .

Museums and Galleries

The city has a number of important museums and galleries that are a must-see during a holiday in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum is the most visited museum in the city and contains a large amount of the artist’s paintings, including the Aardappeleters (The Potato Eaters) and Zonnebloemen (Sunflowers).

The Stedelijk Museum is right next door and houses the largest collection of modern art in Amsterdam by renowned artists such as Piet Mondriaan and Karel Appel.

The house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the war and wrote her famous diary is now a museum dedicated to her memory. The house contains her original diary, photographs and personal possessions and attracts many visitors so be prepared to queue.

Canals

Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful 17 th century canals that run through the heart of the city. Awarded World Heritage status, these meandering waterways, scattered with sleepy houseboats, are a highlight of an Amsterdam city break.

Shopping

Albert Cuypmarkt is Amsterdam’s oldest market and popular with the locals for its tasty snacks, such as doughnuts, egg rolls, and stroopwafels.

For souvenirs, Bloemenmarkt. by the Singel covers all your tulips needs, and Delftware. the famous blue and white Dutch pottery, can be bought at Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts and Collectables in the Munt Tower.

Pancakes and Waffles

Dutch pancakes are delicious, and an essential part of an Amsterdam holiday – try Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs for favourites such as bacon and syrup.

Just as tasty are Stroopwafels (two thin waffels with syrup in the middle) that can be eaten fresh or bought packaged as souvenirs. Head to the vendor at Albert Cuypmarkt for fresh Stroopwafels made throughout the day.





13/02/2017

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With 60 miles of canals and nearly 7,000 buildings dating from the 18 th century or earlier, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s best preserved ci. Read More

With 60 miles of canals and nearly 7,000 buildings dating from the 18 th century or earlier, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s best preserved cities—the center has barely changed since Rembrandt’s time. Yet it’s no mere museum piece: T+L’s Amsterdam travel guide shows that, alongside the historic monuments and Old Masters, the city is a modern capital with all the trappings a traveler could want, including a wide range of hotels, innovative restaurants, and stylish shopping.

Colorful, quirky and charming, the old-world city is lined with 17th century building, canals, and the constant sight of bicycles whizzing by. But it also bears the hallmarks of a thriving and downright lenient metropolis. While many young people visit Amsterdam for the marijuana scene—and perhaps to peek at the legal prostitutes in the Red Light District—the city is teeming with high culture, from the world-class art in the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseumn to P.C. Hooftstraat, the shopping street where you can find plenty of the contemporary, cutting-edge design that has become a source of pride in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

There’s no bad time to go to this Dutch capital, but in general, May through October is the main travel season, when temperatures are warmest. Crowds peak in July and August. The other top time for a trip to Amsterdam is tulip season: The city bursts into bloom as early as March, and the plumage can extend into May. Rain is possible year-round, and winter can bring occasional snow and slush, so pack layers. Overall, it’s generally mild, but often wet, so bring an umbrella and suitable clothing at any time of year.





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About Amsterdam

Amsterdam Travel Guide & Information

Amsterdam the capital and largest city of the Netherlands is a complete destination offering something for every kind of traveler. Impressive architecture, lovely canals that criss-cross the city, great shopping and friendly people make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. Whether your idea of vacation is indulging in culture and history or serious partying, or just relaxing amidst charm of an old European city, Amsterdam won’t disappoint you.

Once you get cheap flights to Amsterdam and start researching about destination, you would realize Amsterdam is a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sites that range from fascinating old buildings, like the Oude Kerk, to oddities such as the Hash Marihuana Museum.

Visiting Amsterdam is like time travelling to 17th century, as the center of Amsterdam has a lot of architecture that dates back to this period. A trip to the city can never be complete without a without a boat cruise on the numerous beautiful canals that line up in the city making Amsterdam lovingly known as “Venice of the North”

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums:

Amsterdam has an amazing collection of museums, ranging from masterpieces of art to porn, vodka and cannabis.

Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum: As its name suggests, the Museum is dedicated to the cannabis plant and its many uses. The museum offers visitors extensive documentation and information about the historical and modern uses of the cannabis plant, as well as its medicinal, religious and cultural applications. The museum also highlights cannabis enormous potential to benefit the environment, agriculture and industry in the future.

Van Gogh Museum: The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history.

Vondelpark: Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year. Here you can spend your time enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching or just lazing about in grass.

Wertheimpark: Wertheimpark features lovely sculptures and structures such as the two marble sphinxes with lanterns and the marvelously decorated fountain commemorating the patron of the park. The park is opposite to the botanical gardens and is home to a Second World War memorial and one of the most popular canals in Amsterdam.

Festivals:

Last year i.e. in 2008 Amsterdam was host for 140 festivals and events.

Koninginnedag: Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands. Queen’s Day is known for its “freemarket” all over the country, where everybody is allowed to sell things in the streets. Other activities during Queen’s Day are children’s games, individual musical performances and music concerts.

Holland Festival: It is the Netherland’s oldest and largest performing arts festival and takes place every June in Amsterdam. It comprises theater, music, opera and modern dance. In recent years, multimedia, visual arts and film were added to the festival roster.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam:

Hotels and even hostels are spread all over Amsterdam and most of them are walking distance from interesting sights. But in case you are planning to visit Amsterdam, there are three main neighborhoods that our travel experts recommend for you.

Central Station Area: From a tourist point of view that area has huge number of hotels and a very active nightlife. The area is dotted with number of hotels and hostels that range from the cheapest hostel beds in town up to luxurious hotels.

Rembrandtplein: Rembrandtplein is often dubbed as Amsterdam’s glamorous district. The popular sights are spread out from the train station area with a high concentration near Leidseplein and all of them are a fairly short walk from this key area in the center.

Leidseplein: The area is close to all the museums and other major attractions likeVondelpark, Heineken Brewery and Albert Cuyp Market. The area is lined up with famous cafes, bars and coffee shops. If you are looking for endless eating, drinking and nightlife opportunities a hotel in Leidseplein is a perfect option for you.

Passport & Visa Requirements

The Netherlands is a party to the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Netherlands.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

* Canadians must also have proof of sufficient funds in order to buy a return airline ticket.

We would strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting “Venice of North”

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

When to visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam has an instantly recognizable charm whether you chose to see it under blue skies, through light drizzles or even alongside the biggest crowds of high season.

In general, most travelers visit Amsterdam between April and September, when the days are longer and temperatures are milder than during other months.

Planning your Visit

Spring: (March – May)

Summer: (June – August)

Amsterdam Weather

Amsterdam has a mild, damp climate but the weather can be variable with temperature extremes even in summer. Rain is spread evenly over the year, often in the form of endless drizzle.

* Summers are moderately warm but rarely hot. The average daily high in August is 22°C.

* Amsterdam’s average annual precipitation is less than 760 mm

Currency and Language

Currency:

In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euros.

Credit cards are widely accepted, however in some small shops or hotels their might be an extra charge of approximately 2-6% in case you pay by credit card.





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Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights. it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife. international restaurants. good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience. To know more about Amsterdam you can read some basic facts and info .

Amsterdam tourist attractions

Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. but there is much more. Amsterdam has over seventy museums which attract millions of visitors each year. See our suggested itineraries to explore these attractions .

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Following ten years of attentive renovation, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the world’s great museums, was reopened in April 2013 by HM Queen Beatrix prior to the accession of Her son Willem-Alexander as the King of the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum with its magnificent exhibit of more than 8000 works, including those of masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens, is today one of Amsterdam must-see attractions.

Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops in Holland are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis and are strictly regulated and taxed. Furthermore, coffeeshops must not sell to anyone under 18 and they must not sell more than 5g to any customer. Hard drugs are strictly prohibited. Pictures of coffee shops





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BEST Amsterdam SIGHTS

Amsterdam

Financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is first and foremost a city, which epitomizes open-mindedness and tolerance: its red-light district, cannabis-cafés and “anything goes” attitude certainly make it one of Europe’s most unconventional cities to visit.

Situated in the western part of the country, it is the largest city in the Netherlands and its constitutional capital, although the seat of the government is in The Hague. Amsterdam lies in the middle of an area formed by polders, land reclaimed from the sea, and much of the city rests on wooden and concrete piles driven through the marshy ground. Known as the Venice of the North, it is famous for its picturesque canals lined by prosperous merchant houses. The Dam, which marks the spot where the first dam was built across the river Amstel, is now a bustling square where the National Monument commemorates all those who died during World War II.

Situated on the confluence of the Amstel and Ij rivers, Amsterdam provides a deep and safe natural harbour for international shipping, thus making it one of the great commercial centres of Europe: the city is connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal and to the German industrial heartland by the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. The city boasts one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges and is famous worldwide as a centre for the diamond-cutting industry. It also hosts the headquarters of many international and Dutch companies, including Philips and Heineken. Tourism, with about 3.5 million visitors each year, plays an important part in the economy of the city. Amsterdam is served by excellent road and rail links, as well as Shiphol airport, but it is also one the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The city’s top attractions remain the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, two of the finest art collections in the world, and Anne Frank’s house. With its rich cultural, architectural and historical heritage, charming canals and famous red-light district, Amsterdam caters for every taste. Football fans will enjoy watching the city football club Ajax Amsterdam and large numbers of visitors are drawn to the city’s festivals, notably the Koninginnedag and Gay Pride.

Deliberately unconventional, Amsterdam with its ethnically diverse population and relaxed atmosphere remains one of the most engaging European destinations for a city break.





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