Cheap Flights to Amsterdam
Capital to the Netherlands, Amsterdam comprises a detailed canal system, narrow houses, a wonderfully relaxed 17th century historical atmosphere and tulips with spectacular colours. Many people around the world are hunting down cheap flights to Amsterdam on a daily basis.
Walking or cycling leisurely through the city, find the narrowest house in the world at Singel 7 including the narrowest street in Amsterdam, at Trompettersteeg. For a stunning display of colour, The Singel is famous for its floating barge flower markets, first held in 1862 and then stop off at Van Gogh Museum, Museum het Rembrandthuis, Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum is a must.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, located 20 minutes outside the city is the country’s busiest and largest international airport. Travellers from South Africa can get cheap overnight flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam with Qatar, Etihad, Emirates or direct with KLM.
Cheapest One-Way Flights To Amsterdam
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Cheapest Return Flights To Amsterdam
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The spring months of May and June are mild while summer during July, August and September has warmer temperatures not reaching more than 24°C. Rain can be expected throughout the year. Winters are cold with fog and dampness but temperatures rarely drop to below freezing. Generally August is the warmest month, January the coolest, November the wettest and April the driest.
When to fly to Amsterdam
Mid-April to mid-October is the in season with peak during July and August, great for outdoor activities, giving rise to higher prices on flights to Amsterdam. Visiting during off-season provides cheaper hotels, cheap flights to Amsterdam and restaurants with fewer crowds and more personalised service besides fields of bulbs bursting with colour from April to mid-May including numerous events taking place.
Getting around Amsterdam
With 400km of cycle paths and bicycle rental shops all over the city, the ideal way to get around is by bicycle. Get a discount with your I Amsterdam City Card.
For public transport you need an electronic OV-chipkaart. Visitors have two types, a personal card only to be used by the owner and an anonymous card that any one person can use at one time. Valid for five years at a cost of 7.50€, seniors and children get reduced-rate cards.
Fun and useful are the blue and gray trams comprising 16 routes with 10 starting at Centraal Station. They travel along most main streets and are generally quicker than buses.
Buses comprise an extensive network with journeys starting and ending at Centraal Station with some areas in the city, only accessible by bus.
The Metro has four lines transporting commuters in and out of the suburbs and operates daily from 06h00 to 00h00.
To get to Amsterdam-North across the IJ waterway there are free GVB ferries for two-wheelers and passengers, ideal for visitors affording wonderful vistas of the harbour. Ferries depart to different areas every 8 to 15 minutes from 06h30 to around 00h00, departing from Waterplein West, behind Centraal Station.
Taxi ranks are dotted around the city, near luxury hotels and at many main squares. You can also flag one down or have your hotel order one. They’re identifiable by their blue license plates and rooftop signs and are metered with rates starting at 2.89€ and thereafter 2.12€ per kilometre with fares inclusive of tips. You may want to round up or give an extra tip as most drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and will assist with luggage.
Bike Taxis or Rickshaws are fairly comfortable, clean and run along the citys cobbled streets and are fully insured. Rickshaws are easily recognisable with plenty around Centraal Station at a rate of 30€ for half an hour. You can also pre-book your eco-taxi by contacting Amsterdam Bike Taxi.
Cars can be hired through Sixt, Europcar and Hertz including others but unless you’re planning excursions into the Dutch countryside, it’s not worth it. There are only 14 parking areas in the city centre and if your cars left in the street, chances are it won’t be there on your return, and youll have fork out 420€ to get it back from the collection depot. The suburbs have plenty of Park and Ride (P+R) options with a tariff of 8€ for 24 hours. P+R facilities are located at Olympisch Stadion, RAi in the city south and north, in Sloterdyk and Zeeburg, all being close to public transport.
- Be daring and go topless on the beach at Zandvoort or go in-line skating at Vondelpark during peak season.
- Order a cappuccino in the 350 year old Café Pieper or a cold beer at Café de Dokter.
- ANNE – the Diary of Anne Frank on at the Theatre Amsterdam is well worth it, viewable in 8 languages and highly rated by the New York Times.
- Enjoy the unique and beautiful canals and canal houses from the water in a canal tour.
- Hidden away behind Dam Square is Proeflokaal Wynand Fockink, dating back to 1679, you can savour the taste of home-distilled Dutch jenever.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Weather In Amsterdam
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