An exciting Dutch experience
Amsterdam in The Netherlands, is a stimulating city to visit year-round. The colourful tulip season is in Spring and this is a city with canals to explore by bike and historical areas that are easily explored on foot. There are many museums, places of interest, cafes and restaurants. Finding a cheap flight to Amsterdam from Glasgow shouldn't prove too difficult, Failing that, travellers may want to consider driving the extra miles to another airport in Scotland if fare prices are lower or flight times prove more convenient. Flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam might well be an option.
Best time to travel, attractions and tips.
Amsterdam weather is at its best in July and August but it is ever really extreme. Off-season travel can be quieter and visiting then will be cheaper. Christmas and New Year's Eve are celebrated in style. On 27th April Amsterdam celebrates Koningsdag, King Willem Alexander's Birthday when the whole country celebrates with a street carnival, dancing and singing. On the day before Koningsdag there is a big open air market selling trinkets made by the citizens. Bevrijdingsdag, always on the 5th May, celebrates the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany.
Important information before travelling
Before taking a taxi from the airport, check the cost. They can be expensive. This is a multicultural city and food from former Dutch colonies can found in snack bars and restaurants around the city. Discover Indonesian, Surinam and NL Antilles food. A sgort boat ride from Central Station is The NDSM yard, a unique part of the old city. There are old cranes, cultural entrepreneurs and bars and restaurants. There is a free ferry service there. Amsterdam is an expensive city in tourist areas but explore outer areas and find cheaper prices than the UK. Amsterdam is on the GMT + 1: DST + 1.
Local information: arrival, accommodation and transport information
Trains run directly from the airport to the centre of Amsterdam. The journey takes approximately fifteen minutes and the train costs EUR4. The A 197 bus travels to and from Leidseplein in central Amsterdam, it takes about 35 minutes. A taxi casts about 50 EUR. Starred hotels are expensive, but smaller hotels are available from 45 EUR a night and hostels range from 20 EUR per night. Taxis are expensive but public transport is accessible and inexpensive. A 10 minute taxi journey will cost approximately 15-20 EUR. A 24 hour day ticket for public transport is about 8 EUR, the child's fee is 3 EUR for children aged 4 -11 years. Amsterdam trams sell single tickets.