Comprehensive, up-to-date information about public transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, Uber, hotel-shuttle, private transfer, and more.
Includes cruise ship terminal transfer information.
Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipkaart (OV-Chipcard) — a paper or plastic credit card-size ticket with en embedded memory chip designed to be read by ticket readers on board public transport vehicles.
For most tourists, day- or multiple day tickets are the best deal. They entitle you to unlimited travel through Amsterdam – day and night – by tram, bus and metro. Ferries across the river IJ are always free.
Update: 2019 prices. And note: all buses, trams and metros are cash-free. Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.
With 2.16 million visitors in 2018, it is most-visited museum not just in Amsterdam — but in the entire country of the Netherlands.
We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh Dreams
And you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.
NOTE: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.
Now is the time to plan your trip to Amsterdam for King’s Day — the world’s largest street party. It’s only four months away, and if you wait too long hotels will be booked solid.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2019 will mark the sixth King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander.
It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be.
The date: Saturday, April 27, 2019.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands. In 2018 it was the most visited museum in the country.
The Rijksmuseum is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century. One of its most popular paintings is The Night Watch, by Rembrandt.
‘I amsterdam’ long was Amsterdam’s hugely popular marketing slogan. The set of giant letters — located at the back of the Rijksmuseum, and a stone’s throw from the Van Gogh museum — is among the most photographed of Amsterdam’s icons.
But now both the letters and the marketing campaign are history. Victims of their own success, as Amsterdam suffers under an onslaught of over-tourism.
The sign will be removed at the beginning of December.
You may need a travel converter and an international plug adapter kit to make use of your electronic equipment while traveling in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands.
Here’s what the bring.
The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
The popularity of the small museum has made it necessary to introduce a new, online tickets only system, complete with timed entry slots.
While it can be quite a challenge to secure tickets online, there are benefits as well. Earlier, waiting times in the line to the box office easily topped 2+ hours.
Also: after two years of remodeling work the Anne Frank House has been renewed. See what’s new, and why you may want to re-visit.
The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.
The organization promotes boat-, walking-, and bicycle tours along the 30 art installations.
Now in its seventh year, the previous two editions drew 900.000 visitors each.
However, the festival leaves us (among others) underwhelmed.
We suggest an excellent alternative.
The Coat of Arms of the city of Amsterdam is somewhat of an enigma: not much is known about its origins or its precise meaning.
However, we do know that the three X’s don’t stand for anything untoward.
Also: we’ll tell you why a vexillologist really likes the Amsterdam City Flag