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Sometimes referred to as the "Las Vegas of Europe", Amsterdam is as city that has something for everyone. From beautiful architecture to coffee shops, beaches, shopping opportunities and a dazzling night life, Amsterdam is a must-see city within this equally renowned European country.

Why visit Amsterdam?

  • Amsterdam is Europe’s wild city! The Dutch know how to let their tourists have a good time.
  • The capital of the Netherlands is full of history spanning 900 action-packed years.
  • Due to Amsterdam’s winding canals, the growth of the city had to make allowances for the geography. As a result, there is some stunning architecture to take in!

As the largest city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam attracts nearly 5 million tourists annually. With a strong focus on free thought, the city is well known for its red light district and cannabis selling coffee shops. While these aspects of Amsterdam have bought much international attention to the city, it is also known for its charming canals, beautiful architecture and opulent shopping districts.

Culturists will love Amsterdam’s variety. From Anne Frank's House to the Van Gogh Museum and the famed Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam has it all.

Take a stroll down Amsterdam’s famous Bloemenmarkt (flower market). The Amsterdam Flower Market has long been a top tourist attraction and it’s free! Occupying a large block, the Bloemenmarkt houses a variety of florists, garden shops and it’s a great place to pick up a few souvenirs. Flower aficionados will love the beautifully displayed tulips – the unofficial national flower of the Netherlands.

Home to 7 of the world’s top 500 companies, this cosmopolitan European city also attracts a large number of business travellers every year. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, Travelstart can help you find cheap flights to Amsterdam.

The Euro, EUR, €.
Exchange Rate:
100 ZAR ~ 6.62 EUR
Time Zone:
GMT +2 - South Africa and Amsterdam have no time difference*
(During Daylight Savings time Amsterdam is one hour ahead of South Africa)
Dialing Code
00 + 31 + 20 + Local Number
Drive on the right side of the road.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,
Travel Adaptor:
European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug, Type E" and "Type F" Schuko.

When booking your flights through Travelstart, bare in mind that it is best to visit Amsterdam between the months of April to May and September through November. This way you are much more likely to avoid the tourists crowding the best attractions during the summer and the holiday seasons. The climate is also quite agreeable during these times.

The official language used throughout Amsterdam is Dutch. While English is widely spoken, it is still a good idea to know a few key phrases such as:

Enlish Phrase Dutch Translation
Thank you very much “Dank u wel”
Good evening “Goedenavond”
How Much? “Hoe Veel?”
Where is the police station? “Waar is het politiebureau?”

Amsterdam is a city with a long, rich history and is testament to the ingenuity of humans. Here are some very interesting and lesser-known facts about the city.

  • There are a total of 165 canals within the city that stretch for more than 60 miles.
  • More than 11,000,000 wooden poles support the majority of the buildings in Amsterdam.
  • Approximately 25,000 bicycles are dredged from the bottom of the canals each year.

There are a host of activities to enjoy. Some of the most famous (not including the red-light district) are an open stretch of land known as Vondelpark, the Anne Frank House and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

As Amsterdam is accustomed to catering to tourists from all walks of life, the city offers plenty of standard restaurant fare alongside more exotic international cuisines. Still, as long as you’re visiting a foreign country, you might as well try the local cuisine; traditional Dutch foods such as poffertjes (fluffy pancakes) and chewy cookies known as Stroopwafels are delicious highlights that you should sample at least once on your trip.

As opposed to nearly any city on the planet, there are relatively few religious concerns when visiting here. This is perhaps best highlighted in the regulated weed/marijuana use that partially defines the city, and for which Amsterdam is notorious. Nevertheless, Amsterdam is still technically a ‘Christian’ city although there are now more non-Christian residents than Christians.

Like any major city, your primary concern will revolve around the theft of personal property. There tend to be many pickpockets present on the streets and these individuals will naturally target tourists. So, be certain to keep all valuables close by and it may be wise to remove rings and other flashy jewellery.

Item Cape Town Johannesberg Amsterdam
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 80 R 100 R 223
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 24 R 20 R 67
Cappuccino (regular) R 19 R 20 R 40
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10 R 10 R 32
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 36 R 92

Central Emergency Services: (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance): 112 or 999

Lost/stolen Credit Cards:
Visa: 0800 022 3110
American Express: +31 (0)20 504 8666
Dinersclub: +31 (0)20 557 3407
Mastercard: 0800 022 5821

You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance prior to departing South Africa to cover any medical expenses you might incur abroad.

A nonstop flight from South Africa to Amsterdam covers a distance of 8987km and flight duration is approximately 11 hours if you’re flying from Johannesburg.

Often used as an entry point for South Africans looking to travel around Europe, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (code AMS) is the main airport of the Netherlands and is conveniently located 20 minutes by train from the city’s central station. Schiphol is also the home of KLM Airlines – The Dutch national carrier.

You can get direct flights to Amsterdam from South Africa from the following cities:

  • Daily flights to Amsterdam from Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport) on KLM
  • Flights to Amsterdam from Cape Town (CPT International Airport) on KLM

Be sure to check the flight ticket prices of other airlines flying to Amsterdam from South Africa on You may find cheaper options on the likes of Emirates, British Airways, Air France and South African Airways; though these will not be the quickest options.

Amsterdam Flights from Johannesburg

Currently, the only airline operating direct flights between Amsterdam and Johannesburg is KLM and the flight schedule is as follows:

Airline Departs Johannesburg (JNB) Arrives Amsterdam (AMS) Days Flying Time
KL592 (KLM) 23:15pm local time 10:20am local time Daily flights available 11 hours 5 minutes (Overnight flight)

Amsterdam Flights from Cape Town

KLM Airlines operates direct flights to AMS from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and the flight schedule is as follows:

Airline Departs Cape Town (CPT) Arrives Amsterdam (AMS) Days Flying Time
KL598 (KLM) 23:25pm local time 10:50am local time Daily flights available 11 hours 25 minutes (Overnight flight)

Schiphol Airport contact details for airlines flying between South Africa and Amsterdam:

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Check-in desks are located at Departures 1 & 2 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 474 7747.
  • Air France. Check-in desks are located at Departure 1 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 654 5720.
  • British Airways. Check-in desks are located at Departure 3 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 346 9559.
  • Emirates. Check-in desks are located at Departure 3 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 20 203 5163.
  • EgyptAir. Check-in desks are located at Departure 3 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 625 6661.
  • Etihad. Contact Number at AMS: (020) 20 35 444.
  • Kenya Airways. Check-in desks are located at Departure 2 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 474 7747.
  • Lufthansa. Self-service check-in is located at Departure 1 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)900-1234777.
  • Turkish Airlines. Check-in desks are located at Departure 3 at Schiphol. Contact Number at AMS: +31 (0)20 - 405 9636.

South African passport holders do require a Schengen Visa to visit the Netherlands. As with all Schengen Visa’s, the rule is that you must apply for the Visa at the Embassy/Consulate of the Schengen/EU country you’re going to spend the most time in on your trip.

You do not have to apply for the country you enter first if you’re not spending the most time there. If you are spending an equal amount of time in 2 EU countries then you can apply in the Embassy/Consulate of the country you enter first.

Please note: From June, 2013 biometrics will be implemented for Schengen Visa. This means that all applicants need to apply in person. The price of the Schengen Visa depends on the Rand/Euro exchange rate at the time of applying.

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The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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