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Getting around (and to) Amsterdam
Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport is considered
to be one of the finest airports in the world. The airport
is located 15km (9 miles) southwest of Amsterdam and you can
reach there from downtown Amsterdam by train for about €4
only. A taxi will cost much more. There are more than 90 executive,
normal and low cost airlines operate from and to Schiphol
to over 220 destinations worldwide.
In every 30 minutes KLM (the Netherlands' national airline)
operates bus service from the airport to various hotels in
Amsterdam. The journey time is around 30 minutes.
As mentioned earlier, trains also run between the airport
and Amsterdam Centraal Station
The Netherlands Railways (NS) is considered to be the
most modern railway service in Europe. Another important aspect
of traveling in NS are it arrives and departs on time. What's
more, all the staff can speak some English at least. The platforms
and trains are neat and clean.
Amsterdam Central Railway Station is the major station. The
nearby airport Schiphol, has a train station by its side.
Not less than seven trains run in an hour trip from Schiphol
to Amsterdam Central, while the others go to other Amsterdam
You can get your tickets from both machines and human ticket
However, machine tickets are cheaper from the booths.
The best way to go for a trip of Amsterdam's majestic canals
and streets is to use its highly well-organized tram system.
They cover most of the streets and corners of the city and
to be specific more than the city. Strippenkart is the currency
of trams; this is a kind of card consists of two to 45 strips.
If you want to travel extensively within the city multiple
strippenkarts can allow cheaper transit. There are different
rates for different trips. For example, unlimited passes for
one week in the same zone costs €20.20 to seniors and
€12.80 to children. A passport and photo identity card
is required. You can buy bulk passes at different transit
centers, post offices and convenience stores.
By Bus and Subway (Metro)
The same basic system of Tram also governs the buses in Amsterdam,
which cover many of the routes that trams normally cover throughout
the city and Greater Amsterdam. Bus service greatly supplements
the tram as well.
The subway or Metro (locals call it underway) does not have
a comprehensive coverage and only touch upon few tourist attractions
in the city.
You can travel in long distance buses as well. They are cheaper
and mostly students use it for inter Europe journey. An Amsterdam-London
trip would cost you around £46.
Amsterdam's roads by the canals are not the best idea to go
for and are strongly discouraged by the municipality. Moreover,
barring A10 Ring Road the all of Amsterdam is no free parking
zone. To avoid traffic hassles it is advised that one should
park the car in the outer suburbs and enter into the city
by other means like train or metro.
This is possibly the best way to visit the city, not only
because it is non pollutant and the driving laws encourage
it but this is so much infused in the psyche of the Dutch
that you will simply love riding in the busy street along
with hundreds of others and when you will find even BMW stops
to give you way the bikers you will feel surprised.
Mac bikes have two rental offices in the city. You can also
try a local cycles from the rental shop near your hotel