public transport map:
From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam:
You can buy your train ticket at the yellow machines
in the baggage hall or past the customs in Schiphol
Practise yourself with the ticket machine, bottom left: English
Or you buy your train ticket at the ticket office
in Schiphol Plaza. (You cannot buy a ticket on the
train. A fine of 35 euro will be added to the
fare if you're travelling without a valid ticket.)
The yellow boards in Schiphol Plaza and on the platforms
show departure times and platform numbers.
The route is shown at the top of each board.
The platforms are under Schiphol Plaza.
Meeting point in Schiphol Plaza.
Internetfacilities in Schiphol Plaza.
Amsterdam Central Station.
Buy your strip ticket for tram/bus/metro in Amsterdam
at a "Kiosk" on one of the platforms or in the hall,
in one of the AH To Go supermarkets in the hall,
at a GVB ticketmachine in the hall or at GVB Tickets
& Info Stationsplein, opposite Central Station.
Elsewhere in the city in post offices, AH supermarkets
Buy your 24/48/72/96 hour tickets for tram/bus/metro
in Amsterdam at a GVB ticketmachine in the hall or at
GVB Tickets & Info Stationsplein, opposite Central Station.
Prepurchased strip tickets are significantly cheaper than
buying your ticket on the tram or bus.
Tourist information on platform 2 in Central Station
Opposite Central Station
Opposite Central Station
Close to the entrance is the taxi rank.
Taxis are expensive in Amsterdam. Tip: ask the driver
how much he expects the fare to cost.
Here are some examples:
Central station - Museumplein: approx. 14 euro
Central station - Rembrandtplein: approx. 8 euro
Dam - Leidseplein: approx. 11 euro
At a taxi rank you do not have to take the
first taxi waiting
General Opening Hours of Shops:
- Mondays from 13:00 to 18:00 (department stores often from 11:00)
- Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 (Thursday until 21:00 in the city centre)
- Saturdays from 9:00 to 18:00
- Sunday opening hours: from noon to 17:00 in the city centre (not all shops are open)
- Supermarkets: most of them are open from 8:00 to 20:00. In the city center a lot of them
are open from 8:00 to 22:00, also on Sunday.
General Opening Hours of Museums:
Museums: Opening hours vary, however, most museums are open from 10:00 to 17:00 every day of the week, except Mondays.
General Opening Hours of Cafe's :
Most cafe's are open until 01:00. Many are open until 03:00 on the weekend.
General Opening Hours of Banks:
- Monday from 13:00 to 17:00
- Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00
Opening hours vary, however, most post offices are open from Monday through Friday from 9:00
until 17:00. Bigger ones are also open on Saturdays between 10:00 and 12:00 and from Monday through
Friday until 18:00. The head post office, Singel 250, (tram: 13-14-17, stop: Dam), is open from Monday through
Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30
Most local telephones are card-operated. You can buy them at post offices, tobacco stores and tourist offices.
The international access code to call abroad from the Netherlands is 00. When calling Amsterdam from abroad,
dial +31 (for Holland) and 20 (for Amsterdam).
emergency (police,ambulance,fire): 112
police: theft and other queries: 0900-8844
national and international directories inquiries: 1800
collect calls: 0800-0101
These telephone numbers can be called if you have lost your credit card:
American Express: +3120-5048666
Travellers Cheques: 0800-0228630
Diners Club: +3120-6545511
Visa Card: 0800-0223110
Service is always included. It is however customary to tip in restaurants, in bars,
and when paying for a taxi. As a general rule tipping between 5 - 10% should be alright.
TIP: you can buy a good CITY MAP OF AMSTERDAM at the Tourist Information (Central Station platform 2 and opposite Central Station) from a machine for 2 euro. The TRANSPORTATION MAP OF AMSTERDAM is sold at the GVB Tickets and Info next to the Tourist Information (Stationsplein)
books and maps about Amsterdam
About this site:
As a traveller who does'nt like waisting time figuring out all kind of information
at his destination, I made this site about my hometown Amsterdam. For myself as well!
I try to keep it as updated as possible.