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Carson (California)


what do do during a few hours layover at AMS?

I arrive at 11:20am on a Thursday and my next flight leaves at 10:25pm that same night.

What do you recommend I try to do while I have a few hours? I've never been to Amsterdam, so I'd like to take the opportunity to see what it's like outside the airport.

Should I be ok gettting back to the airport by 7pm? Should I just jump on the train to the central station? Recommendations for a nice, cheap place to eat or drink tea while people watching are most welcome.

What should I be sure to do during my short time?

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Getting to the city from the Airport is very quick and easy in Amsterdam. Just jump on the first train (train station is directly IN the airport terminal) and you'll be there within 20 minutes. This'll leave you with plenty of time to get a small impression of Amsterdam.

There is so much to do and so much to see in this city, but as you only have a few hours; I would definitely start with a canal cruise. I know it sounds very touristy, but t is the perfect way of going around what the city is famous for: It's ENECO listed canal belt. Cruises cost about 15 euro's, last about 1,5 hours and leave right opposite Central Station. 

Amsterdam is full of nice little cafes to have coffee and lunch, most of them very reasonably prices. You can definitely have lunch under 10 euro's. A lovely place not too far from Central Station is Vinnies Deli on Nieuwezijds Kolk if you are into health food. 

Also close to Central Station is the Red Light District, which is probably the safest area of Amsterdam and off course a neighborhood it's famous for. There's lots of cheap places to eat; varying from pizza to burgers to crepes. As the city's Asia town is sort of spread over this area there's lots of different Asian cuisine to be found here. The Red Light District hosts lots of bars, coffee shops and red lights, but also plenty of nice shops and touristy shops.

On the East side of Central Station, about a 5 minute walk away you'll find the public library (in front of the very obvious and hard to miss Restaurant Sea Palace) It has 7 floors and if you go to the top you get a nice view over the city. (admission is obviously free and it's open till 10pm) 

And then there's the option of taking a Tram 1, 2 or 5 to Museum Square (tickets can be purchased on the tram) and visit the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Contemporary Art) They all charge approx. 15 euro's each, with the Rijks and the Van Gogh online pre booking is advised. Same goes for the Anne Frank House, which is in Central Amsterdam. 

Hope you have a great time!

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Claire from Los Angeles

I think you should take a train into the Centraal Station, Amsterdam, which should take about an hour. Lock up your luggage in a locker, then rent a bike. From there, ride down to Vondelpark (12 minute ride) and cruise around. Stop at a cafe there, like 't Blauwe Theehuis or Groot Melkhuisand watch people, ducks, and eat toasties and frites. Cruise around some more, maybe pass through the Bloemenmarkt.

Not sure when you should head back to the airport, but give yourself plenty of travel time. It's also a bit hard to understand/hear the station stops on the trains, but the airport should be obvious. I'd recommend you try to get back by dinner time. Last time we came through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, there was barely any security or customs, and you hang out in the fun part of the airport before entering the gate/passport control and the short security line. The airport itself is one of the best I've ever been in, there's tons of shopping, restaurants, places to relax. I even stayed in it overnight as a child, which is one of my fonder memories.


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Marina from Riga, Latvia

My friend (true Amsterdammer) compiled this list of excellent Amsterdam style coffee places: 

One of the best things to do in Amsterdam on short layover in my opinion is to just walk the streets and people watching in one of those atmospheric cafes!

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Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hi Sapun! If you search Amsterdam in the search box on trippy, you will find tons of similar questions with some great answers, just I'm case you don't receive enough information back!

I have told those that asked previously to immediately hop on a boat tour of the canals! You will get a real feel for the city and will have spend some excellent time enjoying the city's most unique feature. If time permits, head to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, which just reopened after millions of dollars of improvements and being closed for nearly a decade. Famous for Rembrandts and his contemporaries.

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answered by
Marie from Stockholm

Yes you can for sure make it. It takes 15 minutes by train to get to Amsterdam City Central. Spending a few hours in Amsterdam is easy- you can walk around the area of the central station only if you want, and see Dam Square. What I would recommend is walking down to Nieuwmarkt, pass the Nemo and have a coffee or so in one of the bars there (there are plenty ;)) that is very good people watching and you will be close to the canals. What you can also do is go up to the library and have a coffee at the top, they have an excellent view of the city but a bit more difficult to make out the people as it is very high up :) You can also walk down to Dam Square, and pass it into an area called the Nine Streets. This is very beatiful, typical Amsterdam area with lots of small shops, canals, bars and cafés.. A nice one is called Brix. Its an easy city to walk around just make sure to be back at Central station to have time to catch the train back ;)

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