How to get to Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s top destinations. Travelling to Amsterdam is usually quite easy, as it can be reached by air, land and even sea. Cheap flights from within Europe and direct flights from outside Europe are readily available, serving Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Europe’s fourth largest airport, which is just a few kilometers from the city center.
Transport From Amsterdam Airport
A direct link railway line connects Schiphol International Airport with Amsterdam Central Station
, and is the fastest and most convenient form of transport to the city center. Trains run every 10 minutes from Platform 3 in the main arrival plaza. NS is the Dutch Railways operator. You can check the airport train schedule on its website
(typing from Amsterdam Airport
to Amsterdam Centraal
You can buy tickets online
and avoid complications. You may also buy your tickets upon your arrival. Tickets are available from the Ticket- and Service desks
, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Or you may use any major credit card to pay at the special yellow ticket machines
within the airport, and the machines provide instructions in English. A fine of €35 will be added to the fare if you are caught without a valid ticket on the train. For more information on train tickets, please check here
You might find Amsterdam Travel Ticket
fits your needs during the conference well. The ticket includes unlimited 2nd class rail travel between the Airport and any station in Amsterdam, unlimited travel within Amsterdam for buses, trams, metros and ferries operated by GVB, as well as the Amsterdam Airport Express (bus 197) and Niteliner (bus N97). You can buy the ticket at the Ticket- and Service desks at Schiphol airport. You can browse here
for more information on this ticket.
Amsterdam public transportation
Amsterdam is a wonderfully walkable city, with most major sites in or near the city center. For attractions that are further away, public transport is excellent and driving is strongly discouraged within the canal ring. For public transport in Amsterdam, GVB is the main public transportation company. It provides integrated metro, tram and bus services throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas.Amsterdam Trams
provide the best way to get around Amsterdam and run regularly until 12:15am. Amsterdam Buses
are primarily used to reach outlying suburbs during the day. Night buses are available after the trams have stopped running and are available from 12:30am until 7am, with routes connecting to Central Station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. The Amsterdam Metro system
currently has four lines in service that can quickly take you to the distant suburban areas of the city (see the metro map
). Three of the Amsterdam metro lines begin their journeys from Central Station. Some of the metro stations (e.g. Amstel Station and Sloterdijk) share their platforms with regular trains, which make them convenient points for travelling out of Amsterdam.The Amsterdam Travel Ticket
mentioned in the previous section provides you with unlimited travel through Amsterdam for trams, buses, metros, as well as trains between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam.
Another option is the GVB day or multi-day travel ticket
. It allows you to travel at the hours of your own convenience without any
limitation throughout Amsterdam, day and night, on the bus, tram, and metro. The day ticket is valid for 24 hours after you first check in. You can purchases these tickets online, on a tram or the ticket vending machines in metro stations. For more information, please check the GVB tourist guide
and the instructions on GVB day ticket or multi-day ticket
.Note: GVB day or multi-day travel tickets are only valid in GVB metros, trams, and buses. Thus, these are not valid in the regional buses of Connexxion and EBS or on the train. In contrast, Amsterdam Travel Tickets are also valid for trains/buses between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam.
Cycling in Amsterdam
Bicycling in Amsterdam is a way of life for most Dutch people and is the best choice of Amsterdam transport. Some would say that the only way to truly experience Amsterdam is by bike. There are dedicated bicycle paths throughout the city and very few hills to conquer. A number of companies offer Amsterdam bicycle rentals
for around €8 per day, with discounts for longer rentals.
Taxi stands are available at most tourist hubs including Leidseplein, Dam Square
and Central Station
. Although more expensive, it serves as convenient Amsterdam transport. Hailing a taxi can be difficult, especially on weekends, but cab service is generally prompt if you call ahead. For more information, please check here
. As in other international cities, Uber
is available as well.
For an alternative Dutch taxi, catch one of the many bicycle taxis around the city. The pedal-powered taxis can carry up to two people and are more environmentally friendly and cheaper than conventional taxis.