Traveling in Style
Saw this trio - bloke, trike and dog - waiting at the lights - so I asked him if I could take a pic - he smiled and gave me the thumbs up - the bloke didn't say much though :)) (It's amazing how they ALL speak english isn't it? )
I thought this looked like a really great way to get around the city - and the dog thought so too I reckon. Then the lights turned green and away they sped.
City to beach - the Beach Bus
If you would like to escape Amsterdam on a hot summer day and need to use public transport a novel way to travel to the Dutch coast is by fast ferry and bus.
There are departures from Jetty 14 behind Centraal Station every 30 minutes on summer days - the fast ferry takes you to Velson in 30 minutes and from there a fast bus that meets the ferry and takes you on to Ijmuiden beach in just over 10 minutes.
The off peak fare is €7.50.
I have never made this trip but have seen the fast ferry and it looks very impressive. A very good idea for those who want to visit the coast. The website has more details.
This airport primarily for its strategic position in Europe receive quite a bit of request in the forums and does have a heavy usage of connections. So since used regularly, this is the time to write something about in addition to what is already here.
First it is a simple long line terminal thats very easy to move about. There is a huge Shiphol Plaza (where the thalys train arrives too) and Holland boulevard with main gates of from B to M.
In general KLM flights comes to gates B,C,D,E,F, Air France and Alitalia on gates B and C, Delta on E.Czech air on gate D, Aeroflot on gates B or G.
the travelers on KLM that have ongoing trips on train Antwerp on thalys and Rotterdam on NS desk (at Schiphol plaza just past immigration) need to collect luggage and exchange KLM flight tickets for the railroads tickets.
There are airport lounges such as no 1 between gates C and D, and lounge 2 between gates D and E,lounge 3 is at gate F; those passengers with access to Crown Lounges and tranferring ot Schengen countries are advise to use Crown lounge 25 located by Schengen gates behind passenger control when arriving in intercontinental flights this lounge is at top floor gate D.
You have the airport link below n contact, and to move out into the city or elsewhere the most common suppliers are Schiphol taxi at email email@example.com and webpage www.connexxion.nl
You ,also, can get the schiphol shuttle with email contact at firstname.lastname@example.org at webpage www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl
both widely used and very reliableRelated to:
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Amsterdam Centraal train station
A very lovely impressive train station right in the center of Amsterdam accessable to everything you need to see.
It was built between 1881 and 1889 by architect Pierre J. H. Cuypers ,and mechanical builder Adolf Leonard van Gendt. Cuypers was, also, the creator of the museum Rijksmuseum, that open in 1880, located about 2 kms from the train station,and it has a resemblance in construction.
Centraal has Six platforms link by long hallways with 15 tracks (track 15 A or B are usually the ones for Paris Nord)
The taxis are waiting just in front of the station Main Entry (Hoofdingang). Other means of transport – busses and trams are located at hand on both sides of the station building. The entry to the metro is located in front of the station Eastern Entry (Ingang Oost). The city ferry boat lines linking the city with Amsterdam North are located behind the station at its Northern Exit, across the street - at the waterfront.Related to:
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trains from Amsterdam
very easy Thalys plus local train,you need to get to their webpages, its a short trip. with the Bus ,do not know Eurolines goes there or any other.
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travel cards and tramways-Amsterdam
Hi I dont use those cards but this site explains well i think
as well as public transport as only take the thalys train on business otherwise is the car
and here is the official transport site in English
HOpe it helpsRelated to:
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public transport in Amsterdam
Great boat city and the ferry boats coming with passenger to one end to the other of the harbor is great. These are hydrofoils and they are lovely to ride as much as to see them go.
The place is loaded with ferry boats from GVB, metro (four lines) tramways,and buses, of course all for convenience, the best is to walk.Related to:
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Amsterdam Centraal Train Station Hazard
BEWARE OF THIS TRAIN STATION! We started the night before, trying to find someone to pay to help us with our luggage. No soap! We asked repeatedly in the station for help. But we were ushered onto an "up" escalator. Result: I lost my balance on the fast moving escalator and fell backward and downward!
I knew I was about to die! A "last thought" flashed through my mind. Then I started screaming!
Thank God, someone stopped the escalator. A total of four strangers rescued me from that escalator. This included two Amsterdam police officers, who were apparently among my rescuers. However, they refused to allow myself and my friend (who was badly cut, somehow) any soap and water to clean our cuts.
I have multiple injuries, which so far appear minor; my cellphone was smashed and watch damaged, and my friend's suitcase was totaled.
While I am lucky to be alive, and thankful for my rescue, THIS COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED! Centraal Station needs to provide porters to help with luggage, and clear signs of elevator locations, if any .... plus warning signs in several languages at the escalators. There are some 10,000 escalator injuries per year in the US alone; the Amsterdam police said people fall "periodically" on the escalators in Centraal Station. This station already has a ghoulish history: Anne Frank and family were taken here to be loaded into cattle trains for their odyssey toward death ... not the fault of the Dutch, but just a creepy factoid.
Travelers, avoid this safety-averse station.Related to:
4 countries, 6 days
For a holiday, I agree that 6 days is a very tight schedule. Not really my idea of a holiday. But I've seen much worse on this forum.
However, if you were on business, you would not blink at this schedule.
We have the fast train Thalys after all.
Let me suggest an itinerary:
Day 1: (on arrival): take the Thalys to Paris (you need to book Thalys in advance), travel = about 3 hours.
Day 2: Spend in Paris
Day 3: (in the morning): take the Thalys back to Brussels (Belgium), travel = about 90 minutes
Day 4: take a train to Aachen (Germany), which is just on the Dutch/Belgian border. Enjoy the cathedral, etc. Travel time: with Thalys: 70 minutes. With local train: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Day 5: visit Maastricht (20 kms from Aachen, very nice Dutch city) and/or do that 'Drielandenpunt' (Belgium/Germany/Netherlands) as johngayton suggests
Day 6: back to Amsterdam and enjoy any time left there. Train from Maastricht to Amsterdam (local, just hop on). Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins
For German and European train schedules: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
For Dutch train schedules and prices: http://www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers
For Belgian train schedules and prices: www.b-rail.be/main/E/
For Thalys: http://www.thalys.com/ (only to be booked in advance!)Related to:
General Transportation Tip
Amsterdam is one the few capitals in Europe (if not the only one) without any big monuments, let's say i.e Eiffel Tower, Big Ben.. and it is an accessible city as well. Distances can be shorter than in other capitals and metro network has not dozens of lines.
IBIS SHUTTLE BUS
May 25 & 26, 2015
Once again we stayed at the IBIS Airport Hotel and once again we took the IBIS SHUTTLE BUS. After dropping off our rental car, we waited at the "Hotel Transportation" area just outside Schiphol. The buses run about every 30 minutes, so it wasn't long before the shuttle bus came. Seems a lot of people stay at the IBIS as the bus was quite crowded. I was able to get a seat, but many had to stand.
The bus first stops at the IBIS Budget Hotel and then goes next door to the other Hotel.
We also used the IBIS bus to go back to the airport in the evening, for a bite to eat at one of the many airport restaurants. Sorry to say that the IBIS restaurants are way over priced.
The next afternoon, we took the shuttle to the airport for our flight home.
All in all, good service and very convenient.
Once again we used AIR TRANSAT for our flight to the Netherlands. We usually book directly with Air Transat and talk to a "real" agent.
This time we paid $1580.48 for the two of us, to fly from Toronto to Amsterdam.
Our plane was a A-310 which is a long plane. We were seated in Row 8 Seats F & G which is quite up front. The only thing is that the toilet is waaaay in the back of the plane.
Our seats were really tight and I kept hitting elbows with Hansi. The meals were O.K - both were chicken dinners. Staff was friendly. Movies were good. All in all O.K but the price was right and we'll probably fly with them again in the future.
OK si vous partez de paname...
OK si vous partez de paname comme moi c trop simple:
suivez ces noms de villes et tout ira bien
tro simple mais be careful avec la douane volante!!!
tes jambes et tes pieds ya qu'ca d'mieux ds Meda
Carrier Pigeon or Bottle?
I was making up my mind in Amsterdam to use alternative transport like this pigeon.
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