Amsterdam, the Netherlands

More than one hundred canals, unique leaning houses, just as many bicycles as people, brown cafés and a cosy atmosphere. This is Amsterdam!

There is no other city like the Netherlands' capital city. You can stroll for hours along the 17th century streets housing masterpieces, small shops and unique leaning town houses. Amsterdam’s many 'belts of canals' are a real highlight for any visit. These became, justifiably, a UNESCO World Heritage Site a few years ago. Do you want to know how it feels to be a resident of this large city? Jump into a boat or onto a bike! These are the modes of transport to go to work or to meet up with friends.

Fly to Amsterdam, the city that is always on the go

Whether you walk through Amsterdam early in the morning or late at night, the city is always buzzing. Have a drink at one of the café terraces, picnic in the Vondelpark or visit one of the many museums. By night, get to know a different side of vibrant Amsterdam. Big hip clubs can be found next to small karaoke bars. The 'brown cafés', named for their dark wooden interiors, are centuries old and are authentic Amsterdam. A plane ticket to Amsterdam will give you an unforgettable city trip! 

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Amsterdam’s airport is located about 17 km from the city centre. You can travel to/from the airport by taxi, bus or train.
  • Taxi

    Compared to the bus and train, the taxis in Amsterdam are a lot more expensive. If you want to travel by taxi, they are located outside the arrivals and departures hall.
  • Bus

    If you leave the airport you will see the bus station immediately. Bus number 197 runs to the centre of Amsterdam four times an hour. You can buy a ticket in the bus or buy an ov-chipkaart, a public transport pass and top it up with money.
  • Train

    The easiest way to travel from the airport to the centre of Amsterdam is by train. The railway station is under the airport on level -1. There are 6 trains an hour to Amsterdam’s main railway station. Take the metro, tram or a taxi from here. 

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Amsterdam:
  • Metro

    Amsterdam has 4 metro lines which mostly run above ground. These run partly in the city centre, but mostly go around the centre. 
  • Bus

    The bus is a good way to travel longer distances in the city. It is also the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam’s nightlife. The trams and metro do not run late at night.
  • Tram

    The tram is the perfect form of transport in Amsterdam for both short and long distances. You can travel quickly and conveniently to all the sights such as the Anne Frank House.
  • Train

    If you want to visit the area around Amsterdam, you can take a train to any surrounding town from Amsterdam’s Central Station.
  • Taxi

    You can hail a taxi anywhere in Amsterdam. If you are close to Amsterdam Central Station or Leidseplein, pick up a taxi from the taxi ranks.
Tip: Amsterdam is a true cyclist’s city. Rent a bicycle and find out why everyone cycles in Amsterdam!

Passport and visa

You need a valid passport or identity card.

Time zone

GMT +1 (summer time +2)


The currency used in Amsterdam is the Euro (EUR).