Amsterdam City Guide - Useful tips & info

Things to do in 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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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.

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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.

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

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No Euros in your wallet? No problem. Amsterdam airports have currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs.

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Emergency number


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Got a late flight but early check out at your accommodation? Drop your bags off at the centrally-located Luggage Depot, and enjoy your remaining hours in Amsterdam comfortably! Simply mention that you are a SANDEMANs customer and store your luggage safely for 24 hours for only €4!  

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In 2015, Amsterdam was ranked the 5th safest city to visit in the world. Low crime doesn’t mean no crime; so do be aware 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.  


We offer an array of different walking tours and activities in Amsterdam; from the original Free Walking Tour to the Red Light District – all led by expert, local guides. If you are looking for a fun, informative and unique way to discover Amsterdam and all its secrets, you can join us on any of the tours below.


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