I did buy a buss pass for the first day, and that was my only time on public transportation when staying in Amsterdam. I thought Amsterdam is a relatively small city, and was able to walk anywhere within 30 minutes. Plus it is always the best way to get lost and have fun finding your bearings again. It was not uncommon for my friend and I to point in opposite directions when trying to find a spot. But it never took long to find our way.
The coach drives straight onto the ferry at Dover, then you are at will to walk around the ferry during the 90 minute crossing to France. Nice restaurants and bars are on board. Oh.......and a cinema too !!
Option 3, London-Amsterdam by train+ferry, daytime:
This is the cheapest & most leisurely way to go, with combined train+ferry fares
from £29 one-way, £58 return from central London to central Amsterdam
or any station in the Netherlands. You take an early morning (06:25) train
from London to Harwich, Stena Line's daytime ferry to Hook of Holland, then
Dutch trains to Amsterdam, arriving around 18:30. It means an early start from
London, not everyone can get into London in time to catch it.
Eastbound, it runs Monday-Saturdays only.
London ► Amsterdam by overnight ferry...
This is both comfortable and time-effective. A full day in London
can be followed by a full day in Amsterdam, without flying.
Runs daily (except 24, 25, 31 December 2008 and 21-24 March 2009).
Travel from London to Harwich by train, leaving London Liverpool Street
station in the evening at 20:38 Monday-Saturdays or 20:00 on Sundays
arriving Harwich International at 22:02 (21:22 on Sundays).
At Harwich International, the train arrives directly at the ferry terminal,
you walk into the terminal and onto the ship. For trains from other places
to Harwich, check train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Sail overnight from Harwich to Hoek van Holland aboard the
Stena Line Superferry 'Stena Hollandica'. She sails at 23:45 daily,
though you can board well before this and snuggle down in bed.
All passengers get a private cabin with en suite toilet & shower, soap,
shampoo, towels and all bedding provided. A bar & two restaurants
are available, as is WiFi internet access.
The ship arrives at Hoek van Holland at 07:45 Dutch time.
At Hoek van Holland, the ferry terminal is right next to the station,
you walk off the ferry into the terminal and onto the station platform.
Take the local Sprinter train from Hoek of Holland to Rotterdam.
This runs every 15-30 minutes from platform 2, there's usually one at 08:07
arriving Rotterdam Centraal at 08:38 or (Mondays-Fridays) 08:22 arriving 08:53.
Change in Rotterdam for frequent InterCity trains to destinations
all over the Netherlands. A Dutch InterCity train leaves Rotterdam
Centraal daily at 08:58 arriving Den Haag HS at 09:14 & Amsterdam
Centraal at 10:03. If you're heading for anywhere else in the Netherlands,
you can check Dutch train times at www.ns.nl.
I fly to Amsterdam from Heathrow most times but I have also caught the fast ferry from Harwich in britain to the Hook of Holland and then caught a train after landing at the Hook.My combined and return fare from Liverpool ST Station to Harwich then the ferry then the train within the Netherlands was seventy nine pounds.You can catch a train to anywhere within the Netherlands so I think this is great value.If you arrive at Amsterdam International Airport SCHIPHOL you will only have to walk a small distance to platform 3 to catch the train to Centraal station at a cost of 2Euro 90.one way.When you get to the city walk across the road to the vvv (tourist info )here they will help you with everything from accomodation to tours.You can buy a day ticket for combined travel on the trams ,trains and buses.or you can buy a stippencaart (strip ticket which must be stamped for every destination according to destination or section.I would not get on a bike in Amsterdam city (too hectic) but walking is so easy and interesting
Best way is by bycicle, but be carefull because of the Tram rails because you can get stuck in them. And make sure that you lock the bike properly or it will get nicked.
If your not sure on a bycicle than in the centre of town just walk, the centre is not big so it's easy to walk and after a nice smoke be carefull when you cross the street because bycicles appear out of nowhere.
For longer distances take the Tram or Metro, get a day card or if you know where your going after a few days it might pay to get a 'strippenkaart' that's a card you can stamp per zone.
Travelling from the UK we took the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam which is just a short drive from Amsterdam but you can also fly since the city is served by Schiphol airport. And of course there are trains from other parts of Holland and Europe.
We walked to most of the placed we visited but if you need to get just that little bit further there are trams which is an interesting experience! :)
By ferry and bus. (Ensure you have ale in tow.)
Check out bus driver Harry Belvert in the background.
We didn't use public transport, but relied on foot to our cost. We wandered off the map and sought help from the local boys in blue. Pretty embarrassing, but if you had any idea of the state we were in, you'd excuse us.
Ship and train or coach. I found that travelling by train or coach from the harbour at Hoek van Holland you see and enjoy so much more. The countryside on the way to Amsterdam is really quite beautiful (and Flat)
Canal and foot No other way. It's small enough and you soon find your way around quite quickly. There are a lot of land marks. If you take a taxi you'll be unable to imbide the people and the atmosphere. More importantly you'll miss the little alleys that are hidden.
By train from Europe.
By ferry from England or just fly directly to the airport.
Walk. The maps provided by the VVV(tourist help) is really lousy..one of the most lousy around. However the VVV does provide value for money sovineurs!!