When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Amsterdam?
An excellent budget destination, return flights to Amsterdam are readily available year-round from all major United Kingdom (UK) airports. Airfares peak in July and August and are at their lowest in the traditional off-peak months, from November to March. Cheap flights to Amsterdam will be most available during this period. March to May is tulip season in the Netherlands so it’s worth looking out for deals, last-minute and bargain flights over these months.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Amsterdam?
Last-minute deals often come up for Amsterdam, particularly in January and February when the city is somewhat quieter, but there is never a guarantee. To save the most money, consider booking your return flight around six weeks before your desired departure date since this is usually when reduced airfares are on offer.
Flying to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol AMS
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is Europe’s third largest airport, only coming in behind London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, and comes in 12th in the world rankings, an impressive feat for a country as small as the Netherlands. Located just nine kilometres from the city itself, the airport is often the starting point for Dutch adventures. Since Amsterdam is just a short jaunt across the North Sea, direct flights are available from all major UK airports. The most common carriers are Vueling, KLM and British Airways. Journey times generally average at just over an hour and there are several flights a day departing from each airport. Since it is such a large and busy airport, Schiphol Airport is frequently the transfer airport for long haul international flights from the UK to destinations such as the USA, the Middle East and Asia.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is an expansive single terminal airport divided into three main departure halls and boasts 165 departure gates. Upon arrival it will take only a few minutes to walk from baggage reclaim to Schiphol Plaza on the ground floor, the central hub for travellers. Here you will find transport to the city, ticket kiosks, currency exchanges, shops, cafes and restaurants. The airport even has its own library with around 1200 books of translated Dutch literature and a museum. There is also a Hilton Hotel directly attached to the terminal.
Getting to the City from Amsterdam Airport AMS
Getting from the airport to central Amsterdam is a breeze. Make your way to Schiphol Plaza from the Arrival Hall and you will find trains, buses, taxis and car rentals waiting to whisk you off to your destination. The train station is located directly underneath the airport and a Sprinter train will take you right into the centre of Amsterdam in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively, the bus terminal is located right outside the Plaza and the Airport Express offers a quick, direct route into the city. Self-service ticket machines for public transport are found all over Schiphol Plaza.
Why visit Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a vibrant city that thrums with life and that has an enviable nightlife. There is no real off-season here since revellers love to visit all year round. Bars are packed into the narrow streets and nightclubs dot the city. There is a night out to suit every taste and budget. From raucous and raunchy, to a few quiet drinks at a favourite local haunt, whatever your poison, there’s no such thing as a bad night out in Amsterdam.
Of course, there’s so much more to this city than just booze and bars. If you want a sweet photo opportunity, find the ‘I Amsterdam’ letters at the back of the Rijksmuseum, a bustling spot that sees people clambering the letters and striking a pose to capture a creative shot. Pay homage to the great Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh museum, take a pilgrimage to The Anne Frank House and discover Sound and Vision, the institute devoted to media and how we interact with it.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Travellers flying to Amsterdam from the UK do not need a visa. So long as your passport endorses you as a British Citizen and is valid for the duration of your stay, you are free to enter the country. However, ensure that your passport is in good condition before travelling. Dutch officials have been known to impound damaged passports. As a member of the Eurozone, the Netherlands uses the euro as its currency. You may exchange your pounds for euros before leaving or at the Bureau de Change at Schiphol Airport (AMS). Currency exchanges are found at Schiphol Plaza and ATMs are dotted around the airport should you need to withdraw money.