Welcome to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today, join us for a heart-warming stroll through the rings of Amsterdam.
Known by UK youth as a hotbed for everybody’s favourite herb, Amsterdam has so much more to offer than just hedonistic tourist attractions. A combination of flawless infrastructure and great people makes it one of the pleasant and easy European cities to navigate and make the most of in a short space of time.
Most will only go for a few days which is plenty of time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is just on the cusp of places that don’t necessarily require a flight. If you are really on a budget you can get a bus from London Victoria at 10:15 in the morning and be in Amsterdam by 21:00 for £14!
However, from experience, I can tell you that these bus trips are uncomfortable at best. The train route leaves St Pancras International and transfers through Brussels-South before reaching Amsterdam. This will cost you up to £100.
Skyscanner shows that flying on the same day would cost you about £36 each way. A comfy range of prices there!
As you might have heard, excluding Copenhagen, Amsterdam might be the most expensive city in Europe (not actually true, Zurich is). Accommodation reflects this as you might expect. The typical hostel will put you back about £25-£30 a night per person.
Air BnB isn’t much more promising. The average night cost for a place is about £146 which, even split between three people, is still more expensive than the hostel! The up-side is that there are plenty of flats available near the centre.
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Things to do
Excluding the infamous coffee shops, here are our top three things worth doing when in Amsterdam:
- Bike tour: Amsterdam is a beautiful city made up of many tiers. Once you get over the novelty of travelling by tram, you’ll find biking the only way to truly get acquainted with the history and serpentine back-alleys of this city.
- Anne Frank House: A powerful visit that really concentrates the terror and tragedy of WWII into perspective. Do your best to process this weird mix of emotions both fascination and heartbreak.
- Vondelpark: Rent a pair of skates or a bike and do a few laps of this utopian park. Bring a picnic as well and you’ve got the perfect afternoon plan.