The best way to see as much as you can from Amsterdam is going by feet. No bus or tram or taxi can make a better score. There is so much to see in Amsterdam that walking is the very best way to enjoy it all.
And.... you can go in all the small places and the small streets.
If you look at these signs on the street you cant walk wrong (and if you do walk the wrong way, you will find something else that is wonderful to see or enjoy)...and finally meet an other sign like this.
I found Amsterdam to be an extremely walkable city. I walked just about everywhere. It was a great way to get to know the city and get to learn where everything is. I did take the tram a couple of times, however, and found it to be safe, prompt and maybe a little overpriced. Taxis are also overpriced so pack your comfy walking shoes and hit the road.
Amsterdam is flat and compact, and most of the sites are within easy walking distance from the center of the city. There's a lot of old irregular brick, so gals, avoid high heals!
Watch out for bicyclists. Avoid the reddish colored paving as it is reserved for cyclists, who WILL get mad and yell obscenities (I would too!) at you.
Central Amsterdam is very small: most distances are walkable, and walking is pleasurable, giving the best chance to appreciate the Amsterdam architecture. Beware of walking on bike paths, which are distinguished by their reddish colour: cyclists will show no mercy. Also take care when crossing roads, even at a green pedestrian light. Cyclists consider themselves pedestrians in Amsterdam, and so tend to ignore traffic lights. Note that in true European style, streets may change name along their length.
Amsterdam is, as you may have noticed, structured as a half wheel. In the middle you have the old centre bounded by the canal called the Singel. It contains the Red-Light district around the Oude Kerk, the Nes theatre street, a quaint maze of small streets and quiet canals, and the Royal Palace at the Dam, with pedestrian shopping streets going north and south.
Surrounding the old centre, you have the three concentric ring canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht (it can help to note that they're in alphabetic order). All four canals (with the Singel) are nice to walk along. The Herengracht is the grandest, especially along the 'Golden Crescent' to the east of the Leidsestraat, the Prinsengracht is perhaps the friendliest with its houseboats. The streets that connect the ring canals, especially in the section between the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsestraat shouldn't be missed for their lovely individual shops.
To the west of the ring canals, in the area on the map where the streets all run at an angle to the canals, is the Jordaan, a lovely area to walk, with quiet canals, and tiny streets, and many unusual shops. You'll find a lot of the better restaurants and more interesting bars there too.
we feel as travelers that the only true way to see a city is by foot, otherwise you just fly by and miss little things..sure the trams in amsterdam are great ( so im told ) and the cabs are a ripp off, if your brave and sober you can ride a bike but that's not for me..we walked a little over 100 miles in the 10 days we were there, maybe more?
There will be much, much walking to do, so make sure to wear your walking shoes.
Make certain they are comfortable with good support and grip cause it gets wet alot on those cobblestone streets and sidewalks. I found my Timberlands to be the best for walking around Amsterdam.
The trams are apparently easy enough to use but we found that everything we wanted to see was within about a half an hour walk from our hotel in the city centre.
The only danger with walking is the bikes. You may be walking along what looks to be a nice path for pedestrians but it is really a bike path. The cyclists are not shy about letting you know when you are in their way, either.
Walk walk walk is the best way to explore the city. Anyway I used the trams quite often as well. You can buy a tram ticket on the tram or at the tourist center.
Don't forget your comfy shoes. I thought I could wear my high heel shoes and pose nicely for my camera, but end of the day I only wore my sport shoes :)
Amsterdam is very central, with alot of different activities packed into a small area. Walking is the best way to get around downtown Amsterdam. However, be sure to get a map or ask for detailed directions. Because after a while, with all the same little alleys, everything begins to look the same. Especially after you are 5 or 6 joints deep. :)
The best way to travel trough Amsterdam is simply to walk. In the centre you can easily get from one place, for instance Leidse plein, to the Rembrandtplein. It's about a 15 minute walk. It also possible to take the tram. At the postoffice you can buy a card so you can pay for the distance you travel with the tram. You can also rent a bike. There are several companies where you can rent different sort of bikes. Make sure you don't lose it out of you're sight. There might be a chance that some strange guy if trying to sell you you're bike during the evening when you're clubbing and stille be pissed of why this has happend to you. So don't tell me that I didn't warn you.
There is no best way. Things to see are the musea, shoppingarea's like P.C. Hooftstraat and Kalverstraat, Leidse plein and Rembrandtplein, Vondelpark, Nemo (awsome cityview) and many many others things!
My friend Heidi and I took the train from London to Paris, and then up to Amsterdam. This is a great way to get around anywhere in Europe because you can see the land as you go by.
In Amsterdam we walked most of the time. But bikes are a big part of the culture there, and there are hundreds all over the streets. There is also a wonderful tram system that runs up and down the main street from the train station to the rest of Amsterdam.
If you go by plane you'll land at Schiphol airport. If you go by train you'll end up at Centraal Station.
The best way to get around Amsterdam is to walk. Everything is pretty much close together and the best way to see the city is just to walk. If, however, you get tired you can take the tram and there's also a subway I believe. A friend of mine told me though that she really didn't like taking the subway in Amsterdam. If you are a really brave person, rent a bicycle. But you've got to be very, very sure of yourself on a bike or else it's going to be a big disaster. Pedalling around in a big and busy city like that is not as easy as it looks.