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I Amsterdam Sign at Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam is a popular tourist spot in Europe that welcomes 20 million visitors yearly. Its world-famous canal system, artistic heritage, unique architecture, top-tier nightlife, and abundant museums are significant draws. But it’s also a well-connected city with affordable and reliable public transport, making planning any trip to this incredible city much easier.

In this article, we’ll run through some top tips on how to get around Amsterdam. From arriving at Schiphol Airport to getting around the various forms of private and public transportation, we’ve got you covered. With our handy tips, you’ll have all the info needed to help make your time in Amsterdam go smoothly.

How to Get to the City Center from Schiphol Airport

I Amsterdam Sign at Schiphol Airport
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The distance between the airport and Amsterdam’s main train station, Centraal Station, is only 18km, so don’t expect a massive trek to get to your hotel once your flight lands. Also, public transport from the airport and the city center is readily available and reasonably priced for easy transfers.

Ticket prices for using the train to make this journey are as cheap as chips! Fork out a measly $5 on average for the quick 20-minute trip to Centraal Station. Express bus services leave the airport every ten minutes and can get you into the city in around 25 minutes for about $7. If arriving at Schiphol Airport late, you can take the night bus, which follows the same route as the day service and runs from midnight to 5 am.

A taxi or Uber might be preferable when traveling late, especially after a long travel day. The drive to the city center from the airport will take around 20 – 40 minutes (depending on the traffic), and a taxi should cost around $49, with an Uber more likely charging less. For ultimate comfort, finding reasonable private transfers from the airport to your hotel is easy and sometimes a little cheaper than a taxi.

How to Navigate Your Way Around Amsterdam

Map of Amsterdam AttractionsMap of Amsterdam Attractions
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Once in Amsterdam, you’ll find Google Maps works a treat for navigating your way around the city.

Also, get onto the GVB website to download pdf public transport system route maps before getting to Amsterdam. This will make life so much easier when figuring out the easiest ways to get around, including working out the best available transport and connection options.

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