Category: Visitors Guide
Practical information about Amsterdam, for tourists, business people, other visitors, and expats.
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On average Amsterdam is the sunniest of the three summer months. It is also the rainiest, but showers tend to be brief.
Expect lots of blue skies, dotted with white cumulus clouds.
Often September in Holland has many days of summer-like weather.
This is a good month in which to visit Amsterdam. But mind you: as always, the weather here is rather changeable.
Amsterdam’s July weather can be precarious: it’s the warmest month of the year, but you can also encounter wet and cool days (or weeks, even).
The month starts of cloudy but predominantly dry.
Long term: High chance of slightly changeable weather with quite a few clouds and occasionally some rain.
In terms of weather, June is a good month to visit Amsterdam.
Lots of sun and blue skies, with the usual clouds and/or (brief) rain showers every now and then
Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, hotel-shuttle, and more.
Bicycle theft is a fact of life in Amsterdam. Here’s what Amsterdammers do to try and prevent their bikes from getting stolen.
Plus: what to do when your bicycle does go missing. Hint: It may have been removed by Civil Enforcement Officers.
New: Faster removal of illegally parked or ‘abandoned’ bikes. Updated!
The good news is that May in Holland often is the sunniest month of the year, with on average up to 15 hours of sunshine a day.
However, this month tends to have as many cold days as it has warm days — and there can even still be night frost, especially during the first half of the month.
Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an 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: prices + information about cashless buses. Also: Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.
Amsterdam Central Station is the hub of city. It faces the center of town, and all the top attractions are within easy reach by public transport — bus, tram, and metro. Some sights are actually within walking distance
The taxi rank is at the back of the station. Upstairs — on the same level as the train tracks — is a bus terminal that provides fantastic panoramic views of the river IJ. The blue and white ferries you see there will ferry you across the river for free.
April weather in Amsterdam is a study in contrasts. Sunny and warm one day; rainy and stormy the next.
There will be days with summer-like temperatures and days that remind you of fall.