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Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

1. Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam. Departing every 8 minutes from bus platform B17. This bus takes you directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there, you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily. If you travel at night the same bus N97 goes twice per hour between 1 AM and 5 AM in both directions. Sit back and relax during the 25 minutes trip while you charge your smartphone, use the free WiFi and check your bus stop on one of the screens. The bus has a low entry so you can bring your luggage inside the bus and keep it with you. Full list of stops in both directions: Amsterdam Airport Knooppunt Schiphol Noord Anderlechtlaan Amstelveenseweg Olympisch Stadion Haarlemmermeerstation Emmastraat Museumplein Rijksmuseum Leidseplein Busstation Elandsgracht

Amsterdam: Public Transport and 397 Airport Shuttle Tickets

2. Amsterdam: Public Transport and 397 Airport Shuttle Tickets

Experience Amsterdam stress free with an unlimited travel card for all public transport networks operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB) throughout the city. Purchase a ticket valid for a day or a multi-day ticket that best suits your plans. Travel on the metro, trams, buses and ferries and experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy. Simply check in on boarding a tram, bus or metro, and then check out when you exit or disembark the vehicle. Your ticket will be validated on first use and can be used for unlimited travel until the end of its validity. If you have additional questions, or your ticket appears to be defective, you can easily go to one of the designated pick-up locations or call the number presented on your mobile voucher for assistance. Collect your city chip card here: • GVB Service & Tickets Central Station: Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 19:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00  - 18:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Station Zuid: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00  - 18:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Station Amsterdam North: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

3. Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner inside the former first class waiting rooms which have been renovated to their elegant and glamorous interior of the late 19th Century. Feel the historic atmosphere inside this hidden gem as you sit down to dine on your choice of dishes from an enticing menu. Grand Café Museum Restaurant 1e Klas, dating from 1885, is located on platform 2B and occupies the space which formerly housed the first-class passengers' waiting rooms. The restaurant space was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose work includes the iconic Rijksmuseum as well as the entire Amsterdam Central Station.  Admire the architecture inside the restaurant which has been thoughtfully and elegantly renovated to give you the glamorous ambiance of yesteryear as you savor some of the restaurant's delicious offerings. 

Amsterdam Nightlife Scene 2 or 7-Day Ticket

4. Amsterdam Nightlife Scene 2 or 7-Day Ticket

Enjoy complimentary entrance to more than 20 clubs in Amsterdam for 2 or 7 days, and experience the city’s nightlife scene on Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein, and near Central Station. Choose events from a list of clubs popular with the locals, including the exotic Club Prime, the techno club John Doe, Latin club El Punto Latino, spicey welcome shots at Hotshots, or go to the Hush the Silent Disco Club. Dance the night away at Club Club Rare or see some live performances at Waterhole. Visit one of the biggest clubs in the center of Amsterdam, Melkweg on Cheeky Mondays. Hear crazy music at Club Smokey and join boisterous karaoke singers at Candela or The Palace. Get free entrance to Holland Casino Amsterdam. Meet the locals and mix with people from around the world. Discover which clubs in Amsterdam best suit your mood. Party all week long, and spend your nights out when and where you want to go. You will never be bored with this ticket! Ladies even get a free make-up touch-up at Douglas, with an Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket. Before your big night out, visit King Cross or Suzy Wong and benefit from 2 for 1 on all cocktails, unlimited for 2 or 7 days with this ticket. You can also go to the biggest casino-entertainment venue in Amsterdam, Holland Casino, where you get free entrance and a welcome drink, also. Some relevant extras: • The first ride free up to €10 • Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app. Sign up in the UBER app with the code on your Nightlife Ticket to get back after your night out. Only valid for new users. • Double up your beer • Buy any beer, and get Amsterdam’s finest house-brewed beer from Delirium. • Relax Lounge. The day after you go out you can even enjoy a massage at the Relax Lounge studio with a 2 for 1 offer on your Nightlife Ticket to recharge yourselves.

Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

At Amsterdam's Central Station, climb aboard The Starboard, one of the newest boats in Amsterdam. Onboard, meet your professional skipper and enjoy a Heineken beer tap, complimentary WiFi, warm blankets and heated pillows for your comfort as well as a bathroom. The boat is covered in case of rain. The Draft-Your-Own-Beer is a private cruise for you and your friends, where you can relax with drinks, amazing views, and comfortable seating. The Starboard sails along the main canals of the Amstel river. See some of Amsterdam's iconic bridges and archways on this fun-filled booze cruise.

Amsterdam: Dutch Bitterballen and Croquette Tasting

6. Amsterdam: Dutch Bitterballen and Croquette Tasting

Enjoy a delicious meal at the Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas inside Amsterdam Centraal Station at platform 2B. Taste 6 different types of croquettes and bitterballen while you enjoy a glass of Heineken draft beer, house wine or a soft drink. Also try veal bitterbal, Peking duck bitterbal, Thai Green Curry bitterbal, cheese arugula croquette, chicken satay croquette and shrimp croquette. The friendly and knowledgeable waiters will explain the different dishes and you will be given a sheet with additional gastronomic information. The result is an experience of comfort, style, and quality. The restaurant is a hidden gem (a sister of the Rijksmuseum) with a stunning view of the Old City Centre. Experience travel back through time, as the restaurant is located in the former 1st class waiting rooms. Between 1881 and 1889, master builder Pierre Cuypers from Roermond designed the Amsterdam Central Station. His craftsmanship is highly praised and he is often seen as the man who revived architecture in the Netherlands. The old waiting rooms are fully renovated (including the sign indicating the waiting times) which takes you back in time. The famous, monumental restaurant is considered by The Guardian as one of the top 10 best station restaurants in Europe and is a melting pot of national and international guests.

Amsterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

7. Amsterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Amsterdam's most famous spots as you solve riddles in a scavenger hunt game. Download the app to your phone and head over to the Amsterdam Museum to start the game. Complete a challenge based on the location to move to the next exciting place.Use logic, imagination, observation and team spirit to solve the riddles. Let the app guide you to each destination as you learn interesting facts. Pause at any point to take a break or spend more time sightseeing. You can start playing any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Amsterdam Centraal - starting point Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas Beurs van Berlage The Oude Church National monument Royal palace Anne Frank monument Anne Frank House Westerkerk Amsterdam Museum - ending point Jordaan and more

Half-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam

8. Half-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on this 4-hour countryside bike tour and discover a different side to the Netherlands. Cycling in small groups of no more than 12 people, you will enjoy a highly personalized and intimate tour. Depart from the Nieuwezijds Kolk, just a few minutes walk from Centraal Station. Grab your iconic yellow bike and pedal along scenic paths across a nature reserve in the Waterland district north of Amsterdam. The 21-mile (35-kilometer) route has been especially selected to showcase centuries old picturesque villages, countless brooks, and enchanting waterways running straight through green pastures. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide who will provide extensive information on the history and folklore of the district, with its dykes and land reclaimed from the sea so characteristic of Holland.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

9. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to Amsterdam with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see Amsterdam like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with Amsterdam to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

Amsterdam: City Center Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: City Center Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam with a local Italian guide who knows all the city’s secrets. During the 2-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about the city’s heritage as you visit popular sites as well as some hidden corners and treasures along the way. This tour is for city lovers and travelers wanting to experience Amsterdam through its history and stories of daily life. Your Italian guide will provide an introduction about the city and take you to see some of its most popular attractions such as the Dam Square, New Church, Royal Palace, an important hidden/secret courtyard, the Flower Market, and the Amstel River together with the canal area. Your guide will suggest places for you to try typical Dutch street food like haring and fries so you can experience the best of Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Centraal Station

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4.2 / 5

based on 1,046 reviews

Very good, what is missing is to notify that with the voucher you can go on the bus 397 to central station to collect the tickets for public transport

The express bus was easy to find, fast, and included many useful stops on the way to the city center.

Easy to find at airport. Clean and efficient bus ride runs on time. Worth while.

Easy to book, easy to travel; the bus is not crowded, follow the schedule;

Food hot, good choices, staff are efficient, quick, helpful,