About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe; attracting an average of 15 million visitors per year. That comes as no surprise, as the Dutch capital is lined with picturesque canals, is home to some of its most famous works of art and is renowned for its progressive views on prostitution, marriage equality and marijuana use.

Ready to dive into this huge melting pot? Start with our FREE Tour of Amsterdam, which gives you an overview of the city’s history and main attractions.
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Airport Transfer

Schiphol Airport the main international airport of the Netherlands and is easily connected to the city center by trains that run every 15 minutes. The ride will take about 20 minutes and cost around €4.50.

Currency

Euro. You can exchange money at the airport or use one of its ATMs.

Public Transportation

Amsterdam is a very walkable city, you can discover this remarkable city and hit all the main attractions on foot. That hasn’t stopped the city from having a great public transport system either - buses and metro will take you everywhere. A single ticket costs €2.90 and day pass costs €7.50. Don’t forget to tap in and out with your ticket on each journey.

Amsterdam’s public transport system is operated by a different company than the national train system, so if you plan on visiting other Dutch cities, it is more useful to purchase an OV Chipkaart. This top-up as you go transport card costs about €8 and is sold at train stations.

iAmsterdam City Card

If you are already planning to soak up the culture in a few museums, you should look into getting the iAmsterdam City Card, which gives you free access to most museums and unlimited travel on Amsterdam’s public transport system. Buy yours here.

Safety

In 2015, Amsterdam was ranked the 5th safest city to visit in the world. Low crime doesn’t mean no crime; so do be on the alert for pickpockets. More specifically, if you find yourself in the Red Light District at night, don’t buy any drugs from street sellers. Amsterdam might be opened minded about drugs but the stuff you get on the street is not only illegal but dangerous.  

Tipping

Tipping is not expected, but if you got great service with a smile, feel free to give an extra 10%.

Emergency number

112

Useful words

Most Dutchies speak great English, but if you want to impress them, here are a few good words to know:

Hallo - hello
Alstublieft - Please
Dank u wel - Thank you
Pardon - Excuse me
Sorry - Sorry (yep, that one is easy!)
Ik spreek geen Nederlands - I don’t speak Dutch
Spreek je engels? - Do you speak English?
Ik ben mijn weg kwijt - I am lost
Hoeveel kost het? - How much is it?

Amsterdam Top Attractions

1. Museumplein
(Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum)
2. Anne Frank’s House
3. Red Light District
4. Royal Palace
5. Flower Market
6. Jordaan district
7. Rembrandt House Museum
8. Heineken Experience
9. Madame Tussauds
10. Canal Company Tours

3 cool hostels outside the city center

WOW Hostel
This huge building in the Sloterdijk area is a cool hybrid of hostel and contemporary home for artists.

Teleport Hotel 
Hip and affordable hotel right next to Sloterdijk train station.

Qbic
This hotel prides itself on their unique cubic rooms that are full character and is conveniently located next to Amsterdam Zuid (South) train and metro stations.

CITY CENTRE AND JORDAAN

Most of the tourist attractions are in this area so you will be able to get around easily on foot. Being the most popular spots in Amsterdam also makes it the most expensive neighborhood to stay in.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Amsterdam City Centre & Jordaan

DE PIJP

Formerly a working-class neighborhood, De Pijp is now one of the trendiest parts of the city to drink and dine thanks to its international community.

>> Where to eat, drink and go shopping in De Pijp

EAST

Eastern Amsterdam was the De Pijp of a couple decades ago: a multicultural neighborhood going through gentrification. It has two scenic parks; Oosterpark and Flevopark.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in East