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Amsterdam

I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times now and my impressions of the ciy get better with each visit. Its a pretty to look at place with many many things to see and do. An easy transport system with clean trams that will take you almost anywhere at a good cost. (Easy new electronic contactless card tickets to replace the old fiddly strippenkarts).

Arriving in Amsterdam at Schipol

Schipol is a large airport and very spread out. If your changing planes or just heading for the railway expect to walk a long way taking at least 20 minutes and thats not strolling. The railway ticket office is found by following large yellow signs and is easy to find. Yellow machines nearby will sell you tickets with a card (don't be expecting UK credit and debit cards to work) so best just join the queue. All airport employees speak English too. Travel down the escalators to reach the platforms. Destinations are well signed above each platform. and trains run frequently, every half hour to most destinations such as Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam etc. If you have a double decked Bison train, make sure you get a upper deck seat for better views.

Amsterdam Centraal Station

Centraal Station is a large station with many platforms and pretty much every facility you could want including left luggare lockers. A large underpass midway has two entrances, one into the city and one to the river ferries. Along its length are many places to buy food and drink to all tastes. All train departures are signposted at the base of the platform steps and on the platforms themselves. Tickets can be purchased at the city exit via clerk or machines (but not with UK debit and credit cards). No credit cards at the manned desks either so you'll be needing Euros. Grrrr.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Everyone speaks English
  • Cons:Gets a bit windy and wet sometimes
  • Last visit to Amsterdam: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 5, 2009
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