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Cheap flights to Amsterdam will see you landing at the impressive Schipol Airport around an hour after departing from the UK. The city's natural charms plus its many and varied attractions make Amsterdam flights popular with us Brits all year round, and the city's popularity looks set to carry on in 2013 and 2014.
Although many people focus on one particular area of the city, it's not all about the red light district here. There is plenty to entertain anyone who's after something more than visiting the "Coffeeshops" and seeing the ladies in their windows. If you're after cheap Amsterdam hotel in good locations, you really need to book early to get the best deal.
There are plenty of Amsterdam flights available from the UK, with low cost carriers offering flights from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool and many more. In fact, there are 20 airports offering direct routes to Amsterdam so be sure to search around all the ones you can get to most easily. To get the best deal on your flights to Amsterdam just make sure you can be flexible on your dates and avoid peak times such as Fridays and Sundays, which are prime travelling days for city breaks in Amsterdam.
One you touch down, the best way of travelling onwards is by rail, with a direct connection from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station running a regular service at a good price. If you really are pinching your Euros then you could also consider taking the local bus which will drop you in Leidseplein. Many of the larger hotels operate their own shuttle buses at a charge, whilst private shuttles and taxis are also available if you've got the cash to splash. These are not cheap options, and with the efficient tram service and train connection there is no real need to splurge.
Rijksmuseum from Museumplein
Flowers and lake in Vondelpark
Is it a boat? No! It's the NEMO Science Centre!
Hint: You won't find coffee here!
Typical canal scene
There's so much to do when you arrive on your flight to Amsterdam, you will be spoilt! World-class museums like the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art are handily grouped together on Museumplein, with the nearby Heineken Experience ready to take your newfound feeling of culture down a few notches.
One of the best ways to see the city is from the water so hop on a canal tour and take in some of the sights of Amsterdam from the water. Other important attractions include Anne Frank House, where the famous Jewish girl and her family hid from the Nazis, the Oude Kirk and Nieuwe Kerk in the Old Town, Dam Square, the floating canal markets on Singel and the fantastic NEMO science museum.
If you are there for more than just a weekend then why not find cheap car hire in Amsterdam and drive to Zandvoort, which has the best beaches in the Netherlands, Delft where the famous pottery comes from or Keukenhof in Spring where you will find some of the best floral displays on the planet. You could also time your 2013 or 2014 trip to coincide with one of the city's many annual events such as Gay Pride or in the summer for Vondelpark's open air theatre season.
Want more? Head over to our complete Amsterdam guide.
There are over thirty airports across the UK that offer flights to Amsterdam and for most people this will be the fastest and easiest way of getting there. If you're looking to save money checking flights to Rotterdam and Eindhoven are other options, and access to Amsterdam is excellent on public transport. As an alternative to flying, there is a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, which is only an hour's drive from Amsterdam, as well as a ferry that runs direct from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
If you're flying into Schipol Airport there's excellent options for travelling into the city. There is a direct train line to Amsterdam Centraal Station with very regular services. There are also direct shuttle buses between the city centre as well as local bus services that serve the airport, the city and the surrounding region. In addition, the major hotels in Amsterdam offer free shuttle bus services throughout the day so it's worth checking your hotel. Taxis and car hire is also available.
Schipol Airport website
Amsterdam is a very compact city and most of the main attractions are within easy walking distance. Travelling by bike is very popular with the locals and it's possible to hire a bike to and join in, with plenty of dedicated cycle lanes to keep you safe. The tram network is excellent, serving all of the centre with frequent and cheap travel. Local buses are also available and reduced service run throughout the night to get you back to your accommodation safely. A short metro line exists and a stop-go bus service allows users to hop on and off all along the route that runs around the edge of the canal ring. For a more relaxed way to see the sights, why not go on a canal cruise?
The best way to travel around Holland and beyond is on the trains. Tickets can be bought online in advance which will allow you to get the best price. Trains go to all major destinations and quite a lot of smaller destinations too, just watch out for those offering multiple destinations as at some point they will split with the two halves going in different directions! Roads in Holland are good so if you're planning on travelling further afield from Amsterdam car hire is also a good option.
Amsterdam enjoys a fairly mild climate all year round. The weather is generally similar to the UK without such extremes as sometimes exist here. Average summer temperatures are about 22°C and winter days tend to be about 5°C with nights rarely going below -5°C. Rain is possible all year but is mainly concentrated between October and March, and is generally light and short-lived. Amsterdam can experience quite large weather fluctuations between days so remember to pack some warm things even if you're going in summer.
Most people choose to take their holidays in Amsterdam during July and August when the weather is at its best. However, with better deals on Amsterdam hotels and restaurants as well as fewer tourists outside these months it's worth considering a different time of year. Mid-April to mid-May is the best time to visit the bulb fields that surround the city and throughout the winter Amsterdam's cultural scene really comes alive.
€ Euros. ATMs are available throughout Amsterdam and may prove the cheapest way of getting cash depending on your bank. For the cheapest exchange rates in town use the GWK bank at the Centraal Station, or Lorentz on Damrak. Beware of large notes (€100+) as many places won't take them so always ask for smaller bills.
Dutch is the national language although English is spoken by practically everyone in Amsterdam. French and German are also common languages.
+31 for the Netherlands and 20 for Amsterdam
Tourist from the UK only need their valid UK passport to enter the Netherlands
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