Cheaper Ways to Get to and Around Amsterdam
Have you always wanted to go to Amsterdam, but thought that the trip would be too expensive? Let’s break the stereotypes and examine affordable ways to get to the dream city and have a good time there!
Cheaper by plane
Nowadays traveling by plane is becoming more affordable thankfully to low cost airlines spreading all over Europe. Although flying with them often means less comfort (or you have to pay extra for all the comforts added), it can be a good and cheaper option to get from point A to Amsterdam. Here is a list of European low cost airlines that offer attractive deals to the Dutch capital: easyJet, Eurowings, Flybe, Norwegian, Transavia and Vueling. It is a great idea to check all of them when planning your trip to the charming city, as the offers vary hugely per departing airport. Of course, getting even lower prices with them is more likely when flying mid-week and during the low season (spring and autumn). These airlines will bring you directly to Schipol Airport located at a stone’s throw from Amsterdam.
There are two more airlines that might be even lower-priced than the already mentioned ones: Ryanair and Wizzair. The trick with these two is that they will carry you only to Eindhoven (a lovely city around 120 km away from Amsterdam). It is still not a problem, as reliable Dutch trains will bring you to your final destination in no time. The hint here is to get a special deal ticket online for only €16 that includes the bus ride from Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven and a train from Eindhoven to any train stop in Amsterdam (in our case Amsterdam Sloterdijk):
If you don’t want to go through bus and train changes, then the other affordable option is to take Airexpressbus from Eindhoven Airport to Amsterdam for €38,50 roundtrip, when you buy it online:
Don’t limit yourself to only low cost airlines, when searching for a cheap flight to Amsterdam, as sometimes regular companies have special offers too. For example, Airbaltictends to have good deal flights to the Netherlands. Just use helpful platforms likeSkyscanner or Momondo to compare the prices and find the best value flights to Amsterdam.
Cheaper by bus
In case you prefer to go by land instead of flying, there are some affordable bus carriers that operate around Europe. Trains are usually more expensive (yes, they can be faster too!) and unless you have a special pass, group ticket, or you found a deal of a lifetime, then European buses will be a better buy. Again it’s wiser to have a look at each of them prior the trip to check their fares before the trip. Just mark this names, get a ticket and be ready for your Amsterdam adventure: Flixbus, Eurolines, Megabus and IDBUS.
Cheaper alternative ways
There is an interesting alternative way of getting to Amsterdam available in Europe- carsharing. It is gaining more popularity these days, as it is affordable and helps the environment at the same time. You can have your ride arranged through such platforms asBlaBlaCar or Mitfahrgelegenheit, or smaller companies like Amovens, Roadsharing or Carpooling. Just contribute to gas, meet the locals and and enjoy your shared trip to Amsterdam full of fun.
Cheaper local public transport
It is not a secret that public transport is expensive in the Netherlands (no wonder why everybody rides their bikes!), but there are some tricks that can save you money. It’s all about planning, so you might need to think about your activities first before you go for one of these options to see whether it will be worth getting them. For example, you’re not renting a bike, but want to move around Amsterdam a lot within one day, then GVB day pass is a good option (€7.50 for the whole day of bus, tram and metro rides instead of €2.90 for an hour). If you are planning to visit some sightseeings outside of Amsterdam (what a great idea!), go for 24-hour Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for €13.50. It will allow you to visit legendary Keukenhof Gardens, discover the Northern See and wide Dutch beaches of Zandvoort, learn old traditions in Volendam and Zaanse Schans and even more.Amsterdam Travel Ticket will even include your train ride from and to Schipol Airport in it, in addition to all the public transport within the city. There are a few options that can save you some euros for visiting more museums or going to more cafes and bars instead of wasting your money on transport: http://www.amsterdamtips.com/tips/transport-tickets.php
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