- Area Municipality : 219.32 km² (84.68 sq. mi)
- Area Code : 020
- Currency : Euro €
- Population Municipality : 844,667 (2016)
- Official Language : Dutch
- Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST): CEST (UTC+2)
- Airports : Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol began operating in 1916 and today has six runways and is the primary airport for the Netherlands, located in Haarlemmermeer nine kilometres south-west of Amsterdam. Finding cheap flights Amsterdam will depend on the time of year you plan to travel. To travel from the airport to Amsterdam station passengers can take the train that departs every 10 to 15 minutes between 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. taking around 15 to 20 minutes and departing from platforms 1, 2 and 3 located a floor below the airport terminal. Buses are economical and ideal if your hotels located close to the bus station.
During the week buses depart every 30 minutes between 5:40 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. and are located outside the main entrance of arrivals and take about half an hour to the city centre. A cheaper option to a taxi is with the Schiphol Hotel shuttle service. These buses operate every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from platform A7. A taxi is the most expensive but ideal for travellers with lots of luggage outside peak traffic hours, take around 20 minutes. They’re located outside the main arrivals entrance. Passengers wanting to hire a vehicle can choose from reputable companies located within the airport and in the city.
Cheap Flights To Amsterdam From Cape Town
|Route||Departure Date||Return Date||Airline||Price||Last Checked Date|
|Cape Town(CPT) – Amsterdam(AMS)||11 Nov||18 Nov||Qatar Airlines||R9,429||22 Apr 06:10|
Cheap Flights To Amsterdam From Johannesburg
Cheap Flights To Amsterdam From Durban
|Route||Departure Date||Return Date||Airline||Price||Last Checked Date|
|Durban(DUR) – Amsterdam(AMS)||2 Nov||25 Nov||Turkish Airlines||R8,309||3 Mar 06:10|
|Durban(DUR) – Amsterdam(AMS)||10 Feb||10 Mar||Mango||R13,089||20 Oct 11:33|
- Airlines flying between South Africa and Amsterdam include:
- Air France
- Kenya Airways
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has airlines touching down from all over the globe, some that include:
- Arkia Israel
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Delta Air
- El Al
- TAP Portugal
Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
- It’s a charming city rich in history with world-class museums, parks, public squares, scenic canals, pubs, dance clubs, coffee shops, the Red Light District, the world’s oldest stock exchange and glorious blooming tulips. This city has such a plethora of sights it’s impossible for visitors to run out of attractions to see.
- Meander through a maze of streets in the historical area of the Jordaan, peruse flea and organic farmer’s markets, stopping for coffee in traditional or hip cafes and during September, take the Jordaan Festival, a full days enjoyment of Dutch classic and folk music. The city affords a wide range of museums that include handbags and purses, cats, photography, diamonds, Jewish history and plenty more. Museum enthusiasts should purchase an I Amsterdam City Card to save money with free or discounted entry to plenty of the most favoured attractions. Discover hidden gems while strolling through the enchanting Canal District with elegant mansions along the canal.
- The city was also home to Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn and philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Amsterdam received city rights in the early 1300s and from the 14th century prospered mostly from trading with the Hanseatic League, by the 17th century it was the world’s wealthiest cities.
- This city overflows with an enormous variety of accommodation. Book a night or two at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, a grand hotel with a spa and fine dining or rent a lovely holiday apartment. Great for backpackers is Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark located in the heart of Vondelpark that includes free breakfast and Wi-Fi, cycle hire, a laundry, lockers and luggage storage. Visitors have a wide choice of coffee shops and eateries comprising cuisines from around the world. Some are casual and cosy while others are high-class with fabulous views. There are nightclubs scattered throughout the city but the main areas for a great night of clubbing are Rembrantplein or Leidseplein. For shopping make your way to Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk and explore the side streets too. This is the busiest for shopping area in the city.
When to Go to Amsterdam
For the lowest airfare and accommodation prices, the winter months from November to February are ideal and although the weather is dreary and dismal the city affords a romantic feel with snow. Also, good for reduced rates is fall from late September to end October. Spring and the tulip season from mid-March to early May afford good weather with medium tourist traffic.
Places to Visit in Amsterdam
- The Royal Palace spoils visitors with a splendid array of treasures that include the marble Citizens Hall, Orphans Chamber, remarkable works of art and oodles more.
- A Dutch national museum, the Rijksmuseum is devoted to the history and European masterpieces of Amsterdam and is situated in the Museum Square in Amsterdam’s South borough. Close by is the Van Gogh Museum that has the largest collection in the world by van Gogh and the Stedelijk Museum, housing contemporary art and design. An art museum and historic house is Rembrandt House Museum where the painter worked and lived from 1639 to 1656. The National Maritime Museum founded in 1916 is an interactive museum that was previously a storehouse. It has an 18th century merchant ship and virtual voyages and replicas. The Bijbel’s Museum affords a wonderful collection of Bibles (and other religious articles) from the Judeo-Christian tradition including the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands. The Allard Pierson Museum is an archaeological museum showcasing ancient Greek and Roman pottery and Egyptian jewellery and mummies. One of Amsterdam’s largest museums, the ethnographic Tropenmuseum was founded in 1864 and has eight permanent exhibitions and more.
- Ons Lieve Heer op Solder is a 17th century canal dwelling with a spectacular house church and museum.
- Dominating the Red-Light District, the Oude Kerk is the city’s oldest parish church founded by sailors in 1213 and consecrated in 1306. Today it hosts cultural and religious activities and concerts.
- Anne Frank House is a biographical museum and writers house dedicated to Anne Frank, the Jewish wartime diarist. Its located on the Prinsengracht canal in central Amsterdam close to the magnificent Westerkerk that opened in 1631 and is the burial place of Rembrandt, Titus van Rijn and others.
- A hidden treasure is the Begijnhof, one of the city’s oldest inner courts with a group of historic buildings, most of which are private dwellings.
- The scenic public urban Vondelpark comprising 47 hectares is the most famous park in Holland that includes cafes and restaurants with no nude sunbathing allowed. Oosterpark is beautiful with its wading pool and bandstand. The public Sarphatipark is compact with an English-style garden, ponds, meadows and a memorial to its founder.
- Ideal for families is a visit to the Natura Artis Magistra, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands that also has a planetarium and an aquarium.
- Take pictures of the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands, the De Gooyer Windmill.
Getting Around Amsterdam
The public transportation is GVB Amsterdam. An OV-chipkaart is used for public transport with two available types: a personal one with a picture of the owner or an anonymous one that can be used by anyone and seniors and children can purchase cards at reduced rate. Short-term visitors can buy a 1-day or multi-day card with the latter comprising a range of hours from 24 to 144.
Bike Taxi (Rickshaw):
These fully insured bike taxis are available throughout the city, fairly comfortable and clean and handle the city’s cobbled streets well. They can also be booked in advance from Amsterdam Bike Taxi.
The blue and grey trams are most enjoyable with 16 routes of which 10 routes start and end at Centraal Station and the other lines great for visiting sights south of the city and the city centre. Just remember to check-out with your card when getting off. The tram is usually faster than taking a bus.
The bus system complements the trams with numerous bus routes also starting and ending at Centraal Station and some city areas only accessible by bus.
The Metro has four lines running partly above ground and transporting people in and out of suburbs. The Metro operates daily from 06h00 to midnight.
There are free GVB ferries and 2-wheeled transportation connecting the city centre with north Amsterdam across the IJ waterway. These free short crossings are great affording wonderful vistas of the harbour. Ferries leave from Waterplein West located behind Centraal Station.
As parking is limited in the city and vehicles are quickly towed for any violation, its best to use your hired vehicle for trips into the Dutch countryside. Booking your vehicle on line before arriving is cheaper than hiring it in the city and your choice of rental companies includes Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise.