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Layover in Amsterdam

by lbalacha

I have a 9 hr layover at Schipol airport. Are there any tours offered by the airport for transit passengers ? Or, are there any other tours which starts from the airport, so I can best utilize my time ?
Your input is appreciated.

Re: Layover in Amsterdam


Have a look at the Schiphol page of pieter_jan_v

There are various trains per hour to Amsterdam center which takes 20 minutes only. Armed with some info that you can get at Arrivals 2 (Tourist Information), it shouldn't be difficult to get an idea of the city.

tourist information at Schiphol:

Holland Tourist Information
Arrivals 2, open daily 7 AM until 10 PM
Telephone: +31 (0)20-551 25 12
fax: +31 (0)20-316 06 64


Re: Layover in Amsterdam

by Dabs

It's extremely easy to get from the airport to the center of Amsterdam by train, I found this guide had all the info I needed to get in and out of Amsterdam on a layover. The train takes you right to the center of Amsterdam where you can find several companies that do canal tours that are about an hour long, a really nice way to see the city. There's also a tourism office close to the centraal station.

The above link does have a link to a company that does organized tours from the airport if that's what you really want but I would have to say that Amsterdam is probably one of the easiest places for a do it yourself layover.

Re: Layover in Amsterdam

by pieter_jan_v

Can you make one thing clear first: Do you need a Schengen visum or not?

If you go from the transit area to the outside world, you'll find immigration on your way.

I have these two tips for you:


Travel Tips for Amsterdam

The best tip that you can find...

by MsCynthia

In order to avoid LONG LONG LONG lines buy your tickets in advance at the information/tourist office center infront of the Centraal Station, or at the tourist office in the Centraal Station itself on the second floor. TRUST ME, it's well worth it, you cut the line, if you have the ticket, why do you need to wait? The I AMsterdam cards are great if you plan ahead and use it fully, but you can't cut the lines with it.

I love the 17th and 18th...

by MrGQ

I love the 17th and 18th century architecture. I love the fleets of bicycles on the roads, I love the tree lined canals and scattered parks,I love its freaky perverted and yet sensual lovely red light district! All these contribute to the mood of the city.

Flag of the European Union (EU)

by xuessium

The Netherlands is a member of the European Union.

Since 1 May 2004, the 27 members of European Union are:
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | The Czech Republic | Cyprus | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom |

The historical evolution of membership is:
* 1958: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
* 1973: Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom
* 1981: Greece
* 1986: Portugal, Spain
* 1995: Austria, Finland, Sweden
* 2004: The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
* 2007: Bulgaria, Romania

The twelve yellow stars on a blue field were officially adopted as the symbol of the European Community on 26 May 1986.

12 was reckoned to be a "good" number because it had no political innuendo, and there are
* 12 signs of the zodiac;
* 12 hours on a clock;
* 12 months in a year;
* 12 apostles;
* 12 tables of Roman Law;
* and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Source: Flags Of The World

Useful phone numbers

by ealgisi

The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:

Formerly 06-11
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844


by eden_teuling


As a foreign visitor you are entitled to claim back the tax you pay on your purchases when you take them home.

The easy and safe way to reclaim your tax is with GLOBAL REFUND .
This service is offered in more than 29 countries worldwide.

As a non-EU resident, you can reclaim your VAT in Holland when your purchases exceed 137 Euro in one store in one day.
Phone 023 524 19 09


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