Category: Visitors Guide
Practical information about Amsterdam, for tourists, business people, other visitors, and expats.
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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.
Note: all buses, trams and metros are cash-free. Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.
Amsterdam is a safe city for women of all ages traveling alone or together, but normal safety precautions do apply.
April weather in Amsterdam is a study in contrasts. For instance: last weekend was sunny and warm one day; this weekend feels more like fall.
We never let a little rain spoil our King’s Day party, though. Our advice: get wet, have fun, dry out later.
March in Amsterdam is characterized by erratic weather. But the old joke that Holland has four seasons a day is more likely to make sense in March than in any other month.
Normally February is the coldest month throughout the Netherlands, and the coldest time of the year to spend in Amsterdam.
But it’s also one of the driest months, and there are quite a few sunny days. Often this is the month that ice skating is possible. However, the rather mild — and at time even spring-like — weather pattern we’ve been enjoying continues.
January tends to be Amsterdam’s coldest month.
You can expect anything from gloomy days with (near) freezing temperatures to deep blue, cloudless skies with lots of sun.
Some snow is expected this week.
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.
People visiting Amsterdam for the first time sometimes have trouble telling time, since we use the 24-hour clock. We’ll show you how it works.
And yes, you can also check the current date and time.
Ordering a beer is simple enough, of course, but knowing the Amsterdam lingo for doing so can certainly help foreigners get exactly what they want.
What will it be: Pilsje? Vaasje? Biertje?
The Noord/Zuidlijn is a fact. After countless delays and huge cost overruns, the controversial metro line is finally in service.
However, it remains controversial. To ‘encourage’ use of the new line the city’s public transport network has been drastically overhauled. Many Amsterdammers will have to transfer more often, but — says the transportation company — will save time in the process.