Travel to Amsterdam: Cheap buses, trains and flights

About Amsterdam

Travelers in the Netherlands can experience Amsterdam's 17th-century architecture and houseboats floating along numerous canals as they use one of the ubiquitous bike paths to travel through the Dutch capital. Art lovers will delight in the Rijksmuseum and Vincent van Gogh Museum, while a year round party scene will be sure to fascinate those looking for a good time. Travelers looking to escape the business of London and Paris will be delighted to experience Amsterdam's relaxed and accessible atmosphere!

Quick Guide to Amsterdam

Must Know Cycling is the most popular way to travel around Amsterdam. The city is quite flat and filled with over 400 kilometers of bike paths. Consider renting a bike while you’re in Amsterdam to travel like a local!
Must See For those interested in Amsterdam’s history and culture, the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum cannot be missed. Those feeling more adventurous should visit the oldest area in Amsterdam - the world famous Red Light District.
Must Do Visit one of Amsterdam’s world famous coffee shops or take a cruise in a glass-roofed boat on one of the city’s the 160+ Golden Age canals.
Must Eat Tuck into the nation's favourite treat, Stroopwafels!
Did You Know There are a total of 165 canals in Amsterdam.

Top Experiences in Amsterdan

A Twilight Boat Ride on the Canal

There are many benefits to taking a trip on Amsterdam’s famous canals in the evening, the first being that they tend to be less busy. Secondly, sailing through the romantic canals of Amsterdam under the moonlight is a much more beautiful experience than whizzing through the city at rush hour.


Flower Market

Have you ever dreamt of seeing tulips in every color? Well you’re in luck. Meandering through Amsterdam’s famous Bloemenmarkt (flower market) is a visually spectacular experience. Indulge in the sights and sounds of this bustling part of town, flowers in one hand, a stroopwafel in the other.


Van Gogh Museum

Post-Impressionism lovers rejoice! The Van Gogh Museum is stocked full of the painter's most well-known pieces including ‘The Potato-Eaters’, ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘The Bedroom’. This collection also boasts pieces by Gauguin, Monet and Degas, perfect for a rainy-day in the capital of the Netherlands!



Amsterdam

Demographics

Local Time 08:53
Euro
Population 741,600
Region Noord-Holland
Languages Dutch

How expensive is Amsterdam?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Amsterdam costs 10.7% more than in the rest of the country.

Shopping

Prices in Amsterdam are on average 6% higher than in the other cities in the Netherlands.

Public Transport

Public transport in Amsterdam costs around 7.7% more than the national average.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Amsterdam is about 47.1% more expensive on average than in the rest of the Netherlands.

Arriving in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Centraal train station is centrally located, so it is easy to walk to many of the major attractions.
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 center. Both the bus and train are far cheaper that taking a taxi from the airport, which charges 45€ to reach the city center.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is a major intercontinental flight hub and the home of KLM, the national flag-carrying airline of the Netherlands. Travelers can reach Amsterdam Centraal train station in the city center 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. Everyday during rush hour (8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.), thousands of cyclists take to the streets.

Amsterdam’s 400+ kilometers of bike 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€.

Driving is not recommended in Amsterdam due to the abundant traffic and narrow streets. There is also no free parking in Amsterdam, with parking typically costing between 25-55€ per day.

Popular Journeys to Amsterdam

via Rotterdam Centraal Amsterdam Centraal
duration: 01:06 hrs
Departure
first: 15:59
last: 00:52
Arrival
earliest: 17:05
last: 02:14
  • Rotterdam Centraal
  • Amsterdam Centraal

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25/05/2016 15:59 - 17:05 15.10 €
26/05/2016 11:59 - 13:05 15.10 €
27/05/2016 00:52 - 02:14 15.10 €
via Istanbul Amsterdam Schiphol
duration: 03:40 hrs
Departure
first: 10:40
last: 10:40
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earliest: 13:20
last: 13:20
  • Istanbul
  • Amsterdam Schiphol

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25/05/2016 10:40 - 13:20 48.45 €
via Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere Paris, Porte Maillot Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
duration: 16:40 hrs
Departure
first: 07:15
last: 07:15
Arrival
earliest: 23:55
last: 23:55
  • Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere
  • Paris, Porte Maillot
  • Amsterdam, Sloterdijk

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12/05/2016 07:15 - 23:55 44.00 €
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14/05/2016 07:15 - 23:55 44.00 €
17/05/2016 07:15 - 23:55 44.00 €
18/05/2016 07:15 - 23:55 44.00 €
29/05/2016 07:15 - 23:55 50.00 €
via Geneve, Cornavin Paris Gare de Lyon Paris Gare du Nord Amsterdam Centraal
duration: 08:00 hrs
Departure
first: 09:42
last: 09:42
Arrival
earliest: 17:42
last: 17:42
  • Geneve, Cornavin
  • Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Paris Gare du Nord
  • Amsterdam Centraal

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16/11/2015 09:42 - 17:42 218.00 €
via Geneva Brussels
duration: 01:15 hrs
Departure
first: 19:40
last: 19:40
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earliest: 20:55
last: 20:55
  • Geneva
  • Brussels

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17/05/2016 19:40 - 20:55 48.01 €
via Lisboa, Oriente Amsterdam, Amstel
duration: 35:45 hrs
Departure
first: 09:30
last: 09:30
Arrival
earliest: 22:15
last: 22:15
  • Lisboa, Oriente
  • Amsterdam, Amstel

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22/08/2015 09:30 - 22:15 138.00 €
via Rotterdam Centraal Amsterdam Centraal
duration: 00:37 hrs
Departure
first: 02:02
last: 12:54
Arrival
earliest: 03:14
last: 13:36
  • Rotterdam Centraal
  • Amsterdam Centraal

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11/05/2016 02:02 - 03:14 15.10 €
12/05/2016 00:52 - 02:14 15.10 €
13/05/2016 12:54 - 13:36 15.10 €
14/05/2016 11:05 - 11:42 15.10 €
15/05/2016 01:02 - 02:14 15.10 €
19/05/2016 06:52 - 08:02 15.10 €
20/05/2016 20:05 - 20:42 15.10 €
21/05/2016 02:02 - 03:14 15.10 €
26/05/2016 11:59 - 13:05 15.10 €
27/05/2016 12:54 - 13:36 15.10 €
via Lisbon Amsterdam Schiphol
duration: 02:55 hrs
Departure
first: 08:05
last: 20:20
Arrival
earliest: 13:30
last: 00:15
  • Lisbon
  • Amsterdam Schiphol

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28/05/2016 08:05 - 13:30 68.00 €
03/06/2016 20:20 - 00:15 75.00 €