We're not sure whether Amsterdam's status as a great city break destination has anything to do with its proximity to the UK, but what it does mean is that there are a range of ways to travel there. If you just can't decide which way will work best for your Amsterdam break on your budget then let dealchecker's experts help with this handy guide:
Flight - Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is simply huge. It's one of the busiest airports in the world and it has an enormous size to match its status. We heartily suggest wearing comfy shoes on your flight because there will be no escaping long walks! There are plenty of airlines who fly to Amsterdam from the UK, which all means that prices have been driven down by the healthy competition between low-cost airlines. Even better news, a cheap flight to Amsterdam takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half - depending of course on your departure point. So perfect for a weekend break without taking time off work
Ferry - with three regular ferry routes between the UK and the Netherlands, taking the boat across the North Sea is a great way to save money if you have a little more time to play with on your Amsterdam break. If a direct route to Amsterdam is what you're after then you'll need ferries which depart from Newcastle and sail overnight to Ijmuiden, the ferry port for Amsterdam. Alternative routes travel from Hull to Rotterdam and from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. If you keep your eyes open, it's easy to find special deals too. For example Amsterdam mini cruises include return crossings with coach transfers from the port into the heart of Amsterdam. Some of them also offer the option to add on a couple of nights in the city too.
Driving - If you want to take your car with you on your holiday to the Netherlands, then all the ferry routes will let you do just that. But if you'd rather just hire a car when you arrive, that's easy too. There are a range of places to search for car hire, although the airport and the ferry port are your best bets for a cheap price. However, a car won't be of much use if you're sticking within the centre of Amsterdam. The city is much easier to traverse on foot or by bike, especially if you're staying within the canal rings, and the streets are narrow and easy to get lost in. It's definitely worth considering driving though if you want to explore elsewhere in the Netherlands. In general, the roads are good and you'll find that the cities are well signposted. In fact, Amsterdam would make a great place to embark upon a European road trip.
Train - It's pretty easy to reach Amsterdam by rail from London, and although the journey does take longer than the flight itself, it's fairly comparable when it comes to all the added checking-in and waiting around at airports. The Eurostar connects with the high-speed Thalys service in Brussels. If you want to save a bit of money, change to the normal rail services to Amsterdam Centraal Station instead, which will add about an hour on to your journey time.
Cycling - Amsterdam is most definitely a city made for bikes - there are miles and miles of dedicated cycle lanes all across the city and you'll find that it really is the fastest way to get around. There are so many places to hire bikes, including several places by Centraal Station - or if you're going on the ferry you could take your own!
Amsterdam is also a starting point for many river cruises which will get you to this city and beyond!