- We landed at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam around 7:30 AM local time.
- After going thru customs, you can easily take a train into the city center — Amsterdam Centraal.
- Train from Airport to City Center (Amsterdam Centraal): € 4,30 direct train takes >> 16 minutesYou can buy the OV-chipkaart (Multi-day Ticket) at the Schiphol Airport, some hotels (our hotel only offered a 1- or 2-day pass), GVB Ticket Vending Machine (at metro stations and metro stops), GVB website, or Holland Tourist Information. **Only a 1 ride or 1-day pass is available on trams and buses.
- Amsterdam is very well connected via Tram, Metro, and Bus. Remember to check in and out when you get on! There are multiple scanners on the tram, bus, and metro to check in and check out.
Helpful Pricing & City Map!
Journal entry here**
The architecture of this city is simply amazing! The mix of old canal houses and the modern buildings mixed in-between can’t be missed. The canal houses are very narrow but four to five stories high and most slightly lean forward. The tops have a large hook which is used to move things in and out the windows. Pretty crafty! The canals go throughout the central area of the city and most everything is very walkable; however, the tram system is very convenient and saves some of your walking around!
There is A LOT to see in Amsterdam but make sure you spend plenty of time enjoying the splendor of the amazing canal system. As a budget traveler, there are limited attractions we can fit in our budget so we have listed some of the more well-known attractions. Although, we highly recommend a canal tour!
Must Do's/See's in Amsterdam!
NOTE: Make sure you check the hours before going and give yourself enough time! This place is huge and amazing! (€17.50)
5. Bars in De Wallen (Red Light District)
WARNING: recording the streets where prostitutes are working is a good way to get your phone smashed from your hand by a bouncer. Be respectful. Don't record. They are strict on this.
7. Van Gogh Museum
The cost of tickets is €17.00! A bit higher than we expected.
8. Canal Tour
The cost varies from €10-20! The best place to hop on is near the Dam area!
9. St. Nicholas Church
This church is free to see! But the hours vary. The door of the church displays hours it is open to the public!
10. Oude Kerk Church
NOTE: It’s €10 for adults and €5 for students or if you are under 21!
11. Damrak Street
12. Nieuwendijk Street shopping
13. Rembrandtplein area
15. Openbare Bibliotheek
This is a library with a rooftop lookout! It’s free to go up and see the view. Also, the library itself is massive and really cool!
There are coffeeshops (places to buy marijuana) everywhere. If that is your thing, I suggest finding some local blogs or reddit posts!
Prostitution is legal. Passing thru the Red-Light District you can’t miss the Sex Workers in the windows. Remember, don’t take pictures.
Overall food in Amsterdam is on the more expensive end versus other places in Europe, especially given the quality. I suggest local food bloggers for top cuisine.
Bikes don’t stop for pedestrians. They are a primary means of transport. You will get run over if you are not paying attention!
You must check in and out of public transportations or your ticket will be voided!
Dutch people speak perfect English!
- When leaving we took a bus to Antwerp, Belgium (FlixBus) as the train tickets were quite a bit pricier! The bus station is Sloterdijk.
- Tip: use the restroom at a cafe like this one, should you stop for a snack/drink prior to departing! All stations will charge you for restroom use. Not all FlixBuses have restrooms (though many do).