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About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the vibrant capital city of the Netherlands, one of the top attractions in all of Europe. The more than 1.1 million residents welcome visitors to their culturally diverse city. Amsterdam is the perfect retreat as it caters to all with something for everyone to enjoy! Top attractions include Van Gogh’s Museum, Bloemenmarkt and Anne Frank’s House.

Cheap flights to Amsterdam are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to have the time of your life in this incredible city. Amsterdam is home to Schiphol Airport (AMS), which is located on a 30-minute drive or a 7-minute train ride from the city centre. Schiphol Airport serves a wide variety of airlines, including KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa and Swissair. Non-stop international flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 11 hours and 10 minutes.

Popular flights to Amsterdam

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Johannesburg - Amsterdam Etihad Return Nov 15 - Nov 22 0 days ago R6,309.00
Cape Town - Amsterdam Qatar Return Nov 8 - Nov 15 1 day ago R6,989.00
Durban - Amsterdam Qatar Return Nov 16 - Dec 7 1 day ago R7,609.00
Port Elizabeth - Amsterdam Iberia Airlines Return Dec 2 - Dec 25 1 day ago R12,789.00
George - Amsterdam SAA Return Dec 3 - Aug 18 1 day ago R11,099.00

Why visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

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

Amsterdam Festivals

Festivals

Amsterdam boast more than 300 festivals a year, from huge dance music events to food and cultural festivals, there is a festival for all tastes and genres.

Amsterdam food

Dutch Cuisine

Take your taste buds on an adventure by indulging in Netherlands take on waffles called Stroopwaffles, which is two sweet waffles wafers with a caramel syrup in the middle accompanied with chocolate, fruit or whip cream.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country The Netherlands
Currency Euro (EUR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Dutch
Hub Airport Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Time Zone GMT +2
Travel Adaptor Type C / E / F

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is beautiful all year round with no extreme hot or icy cold temperatures in the city. As with most destinations though there are some periods that are better to visit than others. Summers in Europe (June to August) are an especially popular time with tourists and this is when the prices of flights and accommodation go up dramatically. Ideally, aim to visit Amsterdam before or after the summer season, when the weather is still good – March to May, or September to the end of October. For cheap flights to Amsterdam, consider visiting during winter (December to February), though there are sometimes crowds over the festive period of Christmas and New Year.

Weather & Climate in Amsterdam

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 1°C 0°C 3°C 4°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 13°C 11°C 8°C 4°C 3°C
High °C 5°C 8°C 9°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 21°C 21°C 18°C 15°C 9°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 69 39 78 36 45 69 63 54 75 84 90 69

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

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.

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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 at 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. Dutch Embassy locations in South Africa:

Durban Address: 9 Brendon Lane, Cnr Jan Hofmeyer Road, Westville, 3629. Telephone: 031 266 9291 Fax: 031 267 1568 Email: info@netherlandsconsul.co.za

Cape Town Address:100 Strand Street | Cape Town 8001 P.O. Box 346 | Cape Town 8000 Telephone: +27(0)21 421-5660 Fax: +27(0)21 418-2690 Website: http://dutchembassy.co.za

Pretoria Address:210 Queen Wilhelmina Avenue, New Muckleneuk, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa. Telephone: 012 - 425 4500 Email: RSO-ZAF-CA@minbuza.nl

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 Johannesburg Amsterdam
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 192
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 89
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 52
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 19
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 103

Amsterdam offers some of the most exciting accommodation options in Europe from luxurious short stay apartments, chic boutique hotels, old canal houses, to the quirkier options like houseboats, a converted tram depot and even a crane. Amsterdam also caters for budget travellers in the city’s hostels and campsites.

Amsterdam is a world class international transport hub offering visitors a variety of cost efficient and convenient ways to explore this beautiful city. Amsterdam boasts an impressive public transport system including trains, trams, buses, ferries and metro to help visitors get around the city. However, famous for its bike culture, cycling through the streets of Amsterdam is one of the best ways to see the city and absorb the sights and sound of Amsterdam.

Main attractions in Amsterdam

The Emperor's Canal

The Emperor's Canal

The Vondelpark

The Vondelpark

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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