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