Travel to Amsterdam: Cheap trains, buses and flights

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About Amsterdam

Amsterdam combines beautiful 17th-century Golden Age architecture, hundreds of man-made canals crossed by thousands of bridges, and numerous world-class museums with a world-famous year-round party scene to create a relaxed atmosphere that is unique among European cities. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most walkable (or bike-able) cities with over 7,000 registered monuments interspersed among tiny alleys, gabled roofs, hidden courtyard gardens, picturesque shop windows, and houseboats floating on Amsterdam’s canals. Amsterdam is a Dutch metropolis; however, its relatively small size and easily navigable nature make it one of the most accessible capitals in Europe. City breaks in Amsterdam are ideal for any traveler seeking a change of pace from the bustle of London or Paris.

Travelling to Amsterdam

Getting to Amsterdam by train

Amsterdam Centraal train station is centrally located, so it is easy to walk to many of the major attractions and into the city centre. There are also tram and bus links from the station which go straight into the city centre, or further afield if needed. There is also a taxi rank outside the station.

Getting to Amsterdam by bus

Alternatively, the Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus #197) departs every 15 minutes from platform B9 at Schiphol Plaza. The bus also costs €5 takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the city centre. Both the bus and train are far cheaper than taking a taxi from the airport, which charges €45 to reach the city centre.

How to get to Amsterdam by plane

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is a major intercontinental flight hub and the home of KLM, the national flag-carrying airline of the Netherlands. Travellers can reach Amsterdam Centraal train station in the city centre by taking a 15-minute train trip from Schiphol airport for €5.

Traveling around Amsterdam

Given Amsterdam’s relatively small size, the most popular way to travel is by bike. Every day during rush hour (8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.), thousands of cyclists take to the streets. Amsterdam’s 400+ kilometres of cycle paths make cycling in the city extremely efficient and safe. It costs €10 to register with OV-fiets, Amsterdam’s official bike rental agency, after which it costs approximately €3.15 per day. Alternative bike rental agencies cost approximately €10 per day.

Most areas in Amsterdam are well connected by train, metro, tram, bus or ferry. Most residents use a reloadable OV 'chipkaart' to use these different types of public transport. Day and Amsterdam & Region passes are quite convenient for visitors to the city. An “Amsterdam Travel Ticket” includes train fare to and from Schiphol Airport and 2 days of unlimited public transport. Similarly, “I Am Amsterdam” city cards can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hours and include unlimited use of public transport as well as free access to various attractions in the city. A daily transport pass in Amsterdam costs around €7.40 depending on the city zones covered by the pass. Apart from 12 routes which run to major stations, most transport lines in Amsterdam stop running after midnight. Night bus tickets cost approximately €4.50.

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