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I have a car, but I'm not sure how easy it is to drive in Amsterdam. We're staying in Aalsmeer.
Is the easiest route to drive to a train station and park there? Which train station is recommended?
Alternately, is there an easy way to drive into Amsterdam from Aalsmeer?
Don't park in Amsterdam, that's way too expensive.
Read bereikbaaramsterdam.nl/live/... for information on parking on the edge of A'dam, and then taking public transportation.
for your route, try www.viamichelin.com.
Put in the exact address of your accommodation.
And avoid rush hour. Don't travel before 9 pm and between 4-7 am if you can help it :-)
I agree with AT, don't park downtown Amsterdam. High costs and you have to know your way. If you do want to go check my Amsterdam transportation tips (2nd set of tips).
It depends on the traffic density. You are near the Schiphol Airport and the busy A4 highway.
Outside the rush hours: take the A4 and park at the Olympic Stadium and use the P& R (free tram tickets).
When the A4 is blocked: Drive to the Neighbouring Uithoorn and follow the signs to Amstelveen. It's a straight way for the most part, that leads you to the stadium as well.
Easy way: Take the direct bus #172 of the Connexxion company. Within 50 minutes you'll be downtown Amsterdam; no hassle.
I agree with pieter_jan_v that the parking at the olympic stadium is probably your best option.
Alternatively, you could park for free in Amstelveen (my hometown), e.g at the student campus Uilenstede or at at the parking at the Max Havelaarlaan near tramstation Onderuit, and take tram 5 or metro 51 to Amsterdam. But now you´ll have to pay for your public transport tickets...It´s either way...
Uilenstede is one of the borders of the zones of the public transport net, therefore traveling to Amsterdam costs you one "strip" less than the parking at the Max Havelaarlaan three stops more south into Amstelveen. Hope this makes sense :-)
Use a routeplanner, your navigation system or a good old-fashioned map to find your way around...
http://www.9292ov.nl/ for public transport, or 0900-9292 (70 cpm)
in the URL above, fill out 172 in the first box and then hit [Enter]