You can get from Manchester to Amsterdam by train, bus or flight.
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|Distance||306 miles (493 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight or coach|
|Ticket price range||£38 - £40|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £38 • 18 h 55 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £40 • 1 h 15 min|
|Popular travel companies||easyJet or Flixbus|
Travel 306 miles (493 km) by flight or coach from Manchester to Amsterdam. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £38. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are easyJet or Flixbus among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight from Manchester to Amsterdam.
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There are a number of options for those travelling between Manchester and Amsterdam. The two destinations are approximately 430 miles apart and can be reached by bus and plane. There are several different facets that come into deciding which mode of transport. Below we have outlined just some of the most important.
KLM and easyJet provide direct flight service from Manchester to Schiphol. KLM offers at least three daily flights from Monday-Friday - usually during the early morning, mid-morning and late evening hours; with an additional early afternoon flight on weekends and holidays. Comparatively, easyJet provides intermittent weekly service with direct flights lasting about 1h 20min which is about the same duration for Manchester to Schiphol flights via KLM.
The sheer number of canals and museums in Amsterdam are two reasons why it’s one of the most famous and visited cities in Europe, hosting millions of visitors each year. The Netherlands uses the Euro currency and there are various ATMs, banks and currency exchange offices at Schiphol where you can purchase some after your flight. The weather in Amsterdam is influenced by the Oceanic System which provides mild winters and warm summers with seasonal extremes from year to year and in excess of 100 days of rainfall. The nightlife in the city is legendary, with bars, restaurants and clubs staying open until late, so you have options if you’re heading in on an evening flight from Manchester.
The fastest way to travel from Manchester to Amsterdam is by far flying. Flights can take as little as 1h15 and when factoring in transport from Manchester Piccadilly to the airport is still only 4 hours. Flights from Manchester to Amsterdam depart from from Manchester Airport and arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Airlines traveling from Manchester to Amsterdam include EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Flybe, Air Berlin, Jet2, Vueling and Aer Lingus with flights departing throughout the day.
Amsterdam has an excellent public transport system which includes airports, network railway services providing intercity and commuter trains, a metro system, bus network, canal transport and a citywide bicycle network. Amsterdam Schiphol is the city’s international airport and the destination for all flights from Manchester into the city. Nederlanse Spoowegen (Dutch Railways) administers the city’s railway network which includes services by providers such as Thalys, Eurostar and Intercity-Express to Amsterdam Centraal, its primary railway station. GVB provides municipal bus, tram and metro services throughout the city from Amsterdam Centraal and also manages its system of ferries. There are also public bicycle ride-share facilities throughout Amsterdam as part of the EU Civitas Initiative.
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Arrival bus, train, flight station, airport: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is the primary international gateway to the Netherlands and is located approx. 13 miles (20.5 km) or about 21min by car and about 15min by metro. The Dutch national railway company Dutch Railways operates a railway station beneath the airport complex, with 24-hr daily commuter and intercity train service to various parts of the country as well as to Amsterdam Centraal Station downtown. These trains run about every 20min with a journey time of approx. 15min. You can also get night bus service from Schiphol to the city centre via the Connexxion N97 Express Bus which gets you there around 40min while the GVB 369 bus route involves connections and takes about an hour. Facilities at Schiphol include airport hotels, lounges, WC with baby-changing facilities, shops and restaurants, ATMs, banks and currency exchange facilities, medical services, luggage storage, parking, car hire centre and free Wi-Fi. Schiphol Airport is fully accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.
Both KLM and easyJet offer direct flights from Manchester Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with nearly identical flight times, but the similarities end there. Passengers can expect multiple daily departures via KLM while easyJet only offers a few flights per week. Fare prices via the low-budget airline for Manchester to Schiphol flights are generally cheaper than those offered by KLM.
KLM is the national flag carrier of The Netherlands and is the principal operator of international flights to and from the country, employing Schiphol Airport as its national hub of operations. The airline provides a minimum of three direct flights from Monday-Friday with two additional flights on the weekend for a minimum of about 23 direct flights per week. The average journey time from Manchester to Schiphol is about 1h 20min.
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easyJet is one of the world’s leading operators of low-budget airline travel services across Europe and provides flights to Schiphol from Manchester Airport where it has a hub of flight operations. While easyJet offers direct flights on this route they do not follow a regular daily schedule so availability fluctuates from day to day and week to week. Once on-board however, you can expect easyJet flights to Amsterdam to take about 1h 20min.
If you want to do Amsterdam "proper", a visit to the iconic Rijksmuseum and a boatride along one of its world-famous canals have to be checked off your list of accomplishments when visiting the city. The Rijksmuseum is arguable the most famous one in all of Europe and the largest of the museums in the Netherlands. Its home to several impressive masterpieces by the Dutch masters, such as Rembrandt’s "Night Watch", Vermeer’s "Kitchen Maid" along with gems by Van Gogh among others. Rijksmuseum is open every day from 09:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m. with guided tours or you can just wander the corridors and browse the artwork at your leisure. If the queues are lengthy, try the nearby Van Gogh Museum as a recommended alternative.
There are over 150 canals in the city which offer magnificent views of downtown Amsterdam and is a popular mode of travel for tourists and locals alike. The inner city Canal Ring is a UN World Heritage Site featuring waterways, islands and bridges that capture the true essence of Amsterdam Old World-style. The city is ringed by four canals: Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht and you can use either of them as launching pad to explore the city by tour boat. Between municipal and private canal boat operators you’re spoilt for choice but reserve your tickets in advance to get the best seating for choice viewing and photo ops. For a bit of open-air tranquillity in the heart of Amsterdam be keen to visit Vondelpark where ponds, footbridges, landscaped lawns and cafes await you. It’s a fabulous spot to people-watch and enjoy a family/group picnic or solo takeaway lunch.
>peaking of food the city has over 1,500 bars and cafes but if you’re looking for a slice of authentic Dutch fare, a bruine kroeg or brown cafe should be your first stop. These are akin to British pub houses with typical short order food menus, a good supply of various beverages and some entertainment. De Zotte offers vegetarian quiche, steak and traditional Flemish fries. Café Galerie Het Molenpad features a rotating menu of salads, soups, sandwiches and more amid a traditional/contemporary ambience while De Twee Zwaantjes is renowned for its group snacks and karaoke nights.
You stand the best chance of securing the cheapest fares for flights from Manchester to Schiphol by booking your travel as early as possible, thanks to Omio. Having some flexibility with your dates of travel allow you to take advantage of indirect flights which are often less expensive than direct flights, especially on long haul trips. With a few enquiries you can determine if airline operators offer reduced fare tickets for young children, persons with reduced mobility, seniors or groups like families. If you’re a frequent flyer or business traveller there are often available clubs and programs to reduce costs even further. Promotional discounts, special offers and the purchase of roundtrip tickets are additional ways to score some cheap tickets for Manchester to Schiphol flights.
Travel between Manchester, United Kingdom and Amsterdam, Netherlands is: Partially open.
International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.
Conditions of entry into Netherlands:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Netherlands has imposed the following measures:
This information was last checked on 24/10/2021. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Manchester to Amsterdam.
Return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom from Netherlands is: Partially open.
Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.
Requirements for reentering United Kingdom:
All travellers must abide by the following measures in United Kingdom to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:
The above information about your return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom was last verified on 25/10/2021. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to your planned date of travel to Manchester from Amsterdam.
You can travel to Amsterdam from Manchester 2 different ways: flight or coach.
A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Amsterdam, which costs on average £38.
This is compared to other ways of getting to Amsterdam:
A coach is generally £1 less than a flight for the same trip. A flight costs on average £40 from Manchester to Amsterdam.
The fastest way from Manchester to Amsterdam is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 15 min.
Other travel options between Manchester and Amsterdam can usually take longer:
In comparison, getting to Amsterdam by coach can take on average 18 h 55 min.
The distance between Manchester and Amsterdam is around 306 miles (493 km).
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Amsterdam:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Manchester to Amsterdam with the following travel companies:
As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Amsterdam tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this journey.
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