Central Station, Amsterdam
Right, taxi's. We used a taxi to get from Central Station to our hotel in the Rembrandtplein. We had been given the tip of setting a price before getting in the taxi so we knew up front what we would have to pay. The first guy wanted 20 euros! no way not for a 3 minute car ride. So we pulled back and waited for another, he wanted 15 euros, still not exactly cheap but we wanted to get going to our hotel. Once at our hotel I asked the receptionist how much it normally costs she said no more than 15 euros, so we felt ok about that. On our return journey, the lady at reception stopped a taxi for us and we got in, we thought we would just let the meter run rather than set a price, it turned out to be 10 euros. So it just goes to show there are people out there willing to charge you double because you are a tourist. Don't let them do it to you.........
Fun Alternatives: If you haven't got heavy luggage, go on a tram, they run every few minutes and go everywhere. Or get your walking shoes on, nowhere is that far away!
I know I wrote it in capital letter but you should read it again.
it has done by mistake from the girl in central station where I was going to Emmen,
she gave us the write schedule just instead the write 7b she wrote 4b,when we took the train at 4b platform we are some where else we dont know,we slept this night in the station because a fault has been done not from us,and we dont know where we are now.
just check the schedule again and ask and reask befoer you get on the train.
Fun Alternatives: the alternative is to ask/read the schedule paper well before you take the train.
When you're going to buy a ticket in the Schipol (pronounced Skeep-hol) to Amsterdam CS the man on the window sold me a ticket 3,20 euros plus a 0,50 ticket I still don't know what's for, but I bet it's not necessary.
Beware of toothless crack fiends that try to offer you accomodations.
we were stalked all over the city by one of them, despite the fact we said we were not interested.
he was trying to sell us a room in a boarded up hotel.
Some of these fast food pizza places are a complete rip-off, in particular in the main street between Central Station and The Dam. The one place was called American Pizza (Or something like that). They hide the prices and then charge you 5 Euros for a slice of Pizza. I was so angry, but it was not worth to fight with them.
If you arrive by airplane and when you take the train from the airport (Schiphol) to the Central Station:
watch out for thieves. Most of them do their 'job' with three/four persons. Watch your stuff!!
Anyway, you always have to look after your things!
International Raildesk at Centraal Station does NOT provide a reservation service for other countries. It is extremley annoying when you are told they do by the queue ticket issuer, then you waste 1 hour of your day in Amsterdam waiting in a queue before the woman at the desk tells you this. Book your reservations by telephone.