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Flying into Beautiful Amsterdam

As the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the most well-known cities in all of Europe. Millions of visitors come to Amsterdam each year to view its breathtaking canals and historic architecture. Outside of the city, classic Dutch visions like windmills in the middle of fields of brightly colored tulips delight visitors with their beauty. For those looking to visit this beautiful city, flying is often the best option for getting there. Can't find a last-minute flight deal? This guide will help you to track down the best discounts.
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The Best Airports to Use When Flying to Amsterdam

Nearly all visitors to Amsterdam fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, also known as AMS. Located about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) outside of downtown Amsterdam, the airport is a convenient place to start your visit to the city. 

The airport is a hub for KLM, the largest airline to operate out of the airport, as well as Arkefly, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair, and Transavia*. The airport is also a European hub for Delta Airlines, which flies to Amsterdam from nine different U.S. airports. All told, more than 100 different airlines serving about 300 destinations regularly fly in and out of AMS. 

While Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is by far the Netherlands' largest airport, two other airports also bring traffic into the city.

Those looking for cheap flights to Amsterdam on Ryanair will want to fly into Eindhoven Airport, also known as EIN, located roughly 120 miles from Amsterdam. The airport is much further from the city's center than Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, but does offer cheap flights to Amsterdam from the UK and other European destinations. The airport also receives a handful of flights from other discount carriers like Wizz Air and Transavia*.

Currently, no trans-Atlantic flights arrive at Eindhoven Airport. However, if you are looking for the most affordable flight to Amsterdam from North America or Asia, it is often cheaper to fly into a major European air hub, like Dublin or Barcelona, and then continue your journey to Eindhoven Airport on one of Europe's low-cost airlines.

A small number of flights also land at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, or RTM. Located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) outside of downtown Amsterdam, RTM handles flights to some European and Middle Eastern cities, as well as about two dozen Transavia* destinations.

The Best Airlines for Discount Airfare to Amsterdam

With over 100 airlines offering flights to Amsterdam, it might sound difficult to find deals flying into the Dutch capital. However, knowing which airlines to search for can help you secure affordable airfare whether you are looking months in advance or last-minute.

At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Airlines offers by far the most flights, meaning they often offer the best nonstop airfare prices to Amsterdam. KLM also features several airport lounges at AMS Airport.

If you are looking for a discount airline, EasyJet and Transavia* offer flights to dozens of destinations throughout Europe and North Africa from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Regional airline Flybe offers cheap flights to Amsterdam from the UK, while Spanish low-cost airline Vueling has flights from several Spanish cities as well as Rome, Italy.

All flights from discount carrier Ryanair land at Eindhoven Airport. Reaching approximately three dozen destinations, this is a great option for anyone looking for affordable flights to Amsterdam. Transavia* and Wizz Air also offer inexpensive flights to Eindhoven Airport.

The Best Time of Year to Fly to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great year-round destination, with seasonal events going on no matter when you visit. However, most tourists visit between April and September to take advantage of warmer weather and longer days.

For those looking for affordable flights to Amsterdam, visiting between October and March, with the exception of December, tends to mean cheaper flights and hotels.

The best time to visit Amsterdam might be in April and May. While you can still find discount flights to Amsterdam around this time, many of the tulip fields will be beginning to bloom, ensuring that you'll see some of the country's most beautiful scenes without having to deal with the summer crowds and prices.

How to Get From Your Airport to Amsterdam's City Center

If you are looking for the shortest, easiest, and least expensive trip to downtown Amsterdam, fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. 

The fastest way to get to Amsterdam from Schiphol is to take the train to Amsterdam's Central Station. This train runs as often as seven or eight times an hour and takes between 15 and 20 minutes to reach the city. The trip costs 5 euros. The train does run 24 hours a day, but only runs once per hour during the middle of the night. Those looking to take a train on from Amsterdam can take the airport train directly to Central Station to transfer for the next part of their journey. 

It is also possible to get to Amsterdam by bus. Buses from the airport cost 5 euros and take about half an hour to reach the city center. The Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 197) is your best option if you are traveling to the Leidseplein and Museumplein areas of the city. 

If you are looking for a taxi, they are available to the city center for around 45 euros per car, though prices can vary depending on your destination.

Those looking for rental cars will be happy to know that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers cars from major rental car companies including Avis, Europcar, and Hertz, among others. 

Those arriving at Eindhoven Airport will be about 120 kilometers outside of Amsterdam's city center. No trains serve Eindhoven Airport directly. However, you can take local bus number 401 from the airport to Eindhoven Station. From there, trains make the 80-minute trip to Amsterdam's Central Station. All told, the trip takes roughly one hour and 45 minutes and costs about 22 euros. 

Another option is to take the shuttle bus from Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam. AirExpressBus offers routes directly from the airport to Amsterdam's city center. Costing nearly the same amount of time and money as the train/bus combo, the advantage of taking the bus is that you don't have to transfer your luggage onto the train in Eindhoven.

Lastly, for those looking for a rental car, Eindhoven Airport offers all the usual rental companies outside the terminal at Luchthavenweg 13. Once you have your car, the trip into Amsterdam takes about an hour and 40 minutes.

From Rotterdam The Hauge Airport, a bus and train combination is your best option for getting to Amsterdam. From the airport, take local bus 33 to Rotterdam Central Station. From there a local train can take you right to the heart of Amsterdam. All told, you are looking at a trip of approximately one hour and 30 minutes and a cost of 17.50 euros. There is no shuttle bus service from this airport to Amsterdam's city center.

Those looking for a rental car at Rotterdam The Hague Airport can find all the usual rental companies inside the airport's terminal.

Top Attractions for Visitors to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe's top tourist destinations, drawing five million international visitors and roughly 16 million daytrippers a year. Amsterdam's center city is known for its beautiful canals, 17th-century architecture, and historic bridges.

One of the best ways to start your trip to Amsterdam is with a boat ride through the canals. The trips typically include a bit of recorded narration as you cruise through the city's more than 100 kilometers of canals over the course of an hour. There are also dinner and cocktail canal cruises for those looking for a more unique experience.

Another popular draw is the city's many art museums. Several famous artists hailed from the Netherlands, including Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt. Both artists have their own museums in the city and are also featured prominently in many of Amsterdam's larger art museums. The Rijksmuseum, or National Museum, is Amsterdam's largest and most impressive art museum and contains nearly one million pieces from a variety of mostly Dutch artists.

Also worth seeing is the Anne Frank House, where young Anne Frank wrote her diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The home offers a peek into Anne Frank and her family's world and is sure to interest both fans of her diary and those simply interested in one of the war's saddest and most gripping stories.

So, whether you are looking for last-minute flights to Amsterdam or have planned your trip for months, a visit to the Dutch capital city offers something for everyone to enjoy. And with three different airports to choose from, travelers have several great options when it comes to finding the cheapest airfare to Amsterdam.

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