go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Essential information

At a glance

Best time to go
Current Time
GMT +2
area code

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €25–60
  • Supermarkets and lunchtime specials for food: €20
  • Boom Chicago late-night show ticket: €15
  • Bike rental per day: €12
  • Double room: €150
  • Three-course dinner in casual restaurant: €35
  • Concertgebouw ticket: €40
  • Canal Bus day pass: €21
Top end (more than)
  • Four-star hotel double room: from €250
  • Five-course dinner in top restaurant: from €80
  • Private canal-boat rental for two hours: from €90


Generally not required for stays up to three months. Some nationalities require a Schengen visa.

When to go and weather


Getting to Amsterdam

Most visitors arrive by air at Schiphol International Airport or by train at Centraal Station.

Schiphol is among Europe's busiest airports and has copious air links worldwide, including many on low-cost European airlines. It's the hub of Dutch passenger carrier KLM.

National and international trains arrive at Centraal Station. There are good links with several European cities. The high-speed Thalys (www.thalys.com) runs from Paris (3¼ hours direct, 3¾ hours via Brussels) nearly every hour between 6.18am and 8.18pm. Direct Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) trains linking Amsterdam (via Brussels and Rotterdam) with London St Pancras launched in 2018, with a London–Amsterdam journey time of three hours, forty-one minutes. A direct Amsterdam–London service is scheduled to launch in 2019; until then, passengers must change in Brussels. German ICE trains run six times a day between Amsterdam and Cologne (2¾ hours); many continue on to Frankfurt (four hours). For more information on international trains (including ICE), see NS International (www.nsinternational.nl).

Bus travel is typically the cheapest way to get to Amsterdam; major bus companies Eurolines and FlixBus both serve the city.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Amsterdam

The best price found from United States to Amsterdam is on June 1st, 2019, travelling with Iberia. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

New Haven
from $3170.00

Getting around Amsterdam

GVB passes in chip-card form are the most convenient option for public transport. Buy them at GVB ticket offices or visitor centres. Tickets aren't sold on board. Always wave your card at the pink machine when entering and departing.

  • Walking Central Amsterdam is compact and very easy to cover by foot.
  • Bicycle This is the locals' main mode of getting around. Rental companies are all over town; bikes cost about €12 per day.
  • Tram Fast, frequent and ubiquitous, operating between 6am and 12.30am.
  • Bus and metro Primarily serve the outer districts; not much use in the city centre.
  • Ferry Free ferries depart for northern Amsterdam from docks behind Centraal Station.
  • Taxi Expensive and not very speedy given Amsterdam's maze of streets.

Health and safety

Powered by

Advice for travellers

Submit a correction