▷ Check if you need a visa
When visiting the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. Please consult the following list to check if you should apply for a visa. Information on how to apply for a visa can be found here. Even if you do not need a visa, there are rules on travelling to the Netherlands without a visa.
▷ Travelling by Train
Amsterdam Central Station is your destination if you are travelling to the Netherlands by train. Click here to plan your train travels from almost any European destination to Amsterdam city centre.
▷ Travelling by Airplane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main Dutch airport with many European and intercontinental flight connections. You can reach the city centre of Amsterdam within 15 minutes by train. Schiphol station is located directly below the airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport manage low-cost airlines and have good connections with other European cities. From both airports it’s easy to travel to Amsterdam by public transport.
▷ Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Netherlands. Its
status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands,
although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. From its
humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village on a river bed to its
current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam has had
a strong tradition as a center of culture and commerce. With world-class
museums, quirky festivals, theatre, live music, laid-back bars and delightful
restaurants, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam!
The public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros.
▷ Three types of OV-chipkaart are available:
-a personal card on which you can load weekly/monthly/yearly subscriptions
-an anonymous card on which you can load money which can be spent on public transport
-a disposable card which can be used for a limited number of hours only
The first two types carry a fee of €7.50 for the card itself, and you have to have at least €4 on it to be able to travel. Tickets are valid across the whole network from the first use, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame. Rechargable cards are available at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations, and select newsstands and supermarkets. Day cards can not be bought from the driver on the bus. Tickets can only be purchased using debit or credit as of 26 March 2018. Cash is no longer accepted on buses and trams.
Dating back to the 13th century, Amsterdam got its start as a trading city. Even in its earliest days, “Amsterdammers” saw the value of building relationships with other cultures, especially when it helped facilitate trade and economic development. Today, Amsterdam retains its character as an open and tolerant society, attracting visitors and new residents from all corners of the globe.
When it comes to dining out, Amsterdam has something for everyone. So no matter what your budget, the time of day, or the style of food you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Bon appetit!
Whether you’re searching for the best souvenir, a unique vintage dress or the latest designer handbag, Amsterdam has the perfect shop for you! Hunt for antiques, score some limited-edition trainers or sample local Dutch delicacies.