Amsterdam City Breaks – city tours, hotels, and flights
A trip to Amsterdam is worthwhile at any time of the year. That’s why the best Amsterdam offers are always on my blog. When you travel in summer, Amsterdam’s sights are gorgeous to look at – a great opportunity to take the perfect holiday photos. For a short break, you can sit by the canal or in a small cafe, and just enjoy the moment. In winter, the weather in Amsterdam is not bitterly cold, and sightseeing is particularly fun when everything is covered in snow. In the winter time, many Christmas markets open in the city. If you like the German Christmas markets, you will love the Dutch ones! Here is a good list of What to do in Amsterdam.
Weekend Breaks to Amsterdam
Since flight times are short and convenient, the Dutch capital makes a perfect destination for a weekend trip. When you are about to book your holiday to Amsterdam over the weekend, bear in mind that hotel prices are really dear for Fridays and Sunday nights. Also, the city is absolutely packed, especially in the summer. So if somehow possible, try maybe to fly on a Sunday evening, or even during the week, when you have some holidays left. It will save you a lot of money.
Hotels in Amsterdam
There are many hotels in the city, that cater for everyone’s budget. If you want a luxurious experience, book a room in one of the classy hotels. Whereas, if a party break is what you’re after, one of the cheap hotels will do the job! I also suggest staying in a centrally located hotel, at the heart of the city, if you want to see as many sights and museums as possible in a short time. But regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll find a hotel deal on my blog which will suit you. Many offers also include catering – the choice is yours! Another option – and a particularly good one when traveling as a bigger group – is staying in an Airbnb. They are still not super cheap, but when you can manage to fill all the bed you can save quite a bit of money. When you travel as a couple, a stylish hipster Airbnb can even turn out to be more expensive than a hotel.
Flights to Amsterdam
The great news from a while ago was that Ryanair started flying into Amsterdam Schiphol! Before that, if you wanted to save some money you always had to fly into Eindhoven to get the super cheap Ryanair flights. Now, no matter if you book with Ryanair or Aer Lingus you are flying into Schiphol! Because the flight time is so short and the airlines fly several times a day, it makes an excellent weekend break if you are willing to pay a bit extra for your hotel!
from Dublin to Amsterdam
The cheapest flights to Amsterdam go from Dublin airport and you can book them already from only €44. It’s dirt cheap I know and the flight is just under 2 hours. That’s with Ryanair and they fly several times a day. However, Aer Lingus is also not much more expensive. You can book your flights already from €60 return.
from Cork to Amsterdam
The other direct flight from Ireland is leaving from Cork airport. For only €70 return you can visit the Dutch capital with Aer Lingus. they fly once per day to Amsterdam, but on the way back you can choose to fly in the morning or the evening.
From Amsterdam Airport to City
Schiphol Airport is super close to the centre of Amsterdam. So for your trip you only have to take a train to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station. Simply follow the signs, the train leaves every 10 minutes. It costs around €5.20 and takes around 15-20 minutes. The train station drops you right at the north end of Amsterdam city centre.
Transportation in Amsterdam
If you’re not much of a walker when exploring cities (although I would really recommend you doing this here) then it will make sense for you to get the Amsterdam Travel Card, the GVB. You can purchase one-day or multi-day tickets. With this ticket, you are allowed to use all trams, buses and the metro, during the day and night. You can only buy these tickets one you’re in Amsterdam, so your train ticket from the airport is excluded.
Uber in Amsterdam
What always works great in this city are the Uber taxis. Download the app before you travel to Amsterdam and then you can order your super cheap taxi from everywhere you would like to be picked up from. It is not banned there yet, so take advantage of it for now ;)
Rent a bike in Amsterdam
The authentic way to get around is, of course, renting a bicycle. This is how the locals do it but be careful when driving, the city is so jam-packed that you should always drive carefully. Vice versa, look out for cyclists when you cross streets as a pedestrian, they are coming from everywhere! Anyway, there are numerous places to hire a bike.
How much to rent a bike in Amsterdam?
At the central station, you will find a lot of companies that offer bike hire. You can even just rent a bike for a couple of hours. The usual rate is between €8-10 per day. If you feel like discovering Amsterdam by bike on your holiday, you can also book a specific bike tour with a guide. Maybe this will make you feel a bit safer when shooting around the city as you don’t have to stop to check the map all the time…
New Year’s Eve Deals for Amsterdam
Amsterdam is particularly popular for a holiday on New Year’s Eve. If you want to experience the turn of the year in style, then be sure to visit the capital of the Netherlands! On New Year’s Eve, there are countless parties and you can gaze at the amazing fireworks. I will make sure to provide you with enough Amsterdam New Year’s deals as I can so keep checking my blog. But be sure to book in advance.
In spring and autumn, milder temperatures prevail – it is neither too hot nor cold. The best times of the year to visit Amsterdam are during the months of June, July, August, September, and October. But ultimately you should decide yourself when you want to visit.