City guide: Amsterdam

Netherlands’ capital city charms with picturesque canals, bridges and more bikes than people. A dreamy tourist destination, Amsterdam offers world-class art and rich history. Agriculture, energy, chemicals, technology, tourism, logistics, and life sciences and health are key industries.

Getting to and from the airport

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is the Netherlands’ main international airport and is located approximately 22 km (13.6 miles) from the city center. Face masks are mandatory at some locations at Schiphol.

Getting around the city

Taxis are readily available outside of the airport’s arrivals hall. By taxi, the trip into the city takes 15 minutes. Expect the ride to cost €40 –€50 (US$46.58-58.21). Every taxi at the Schiphol taxi rank is disinfected after every ride.

Know before you go

Time zone: Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Currency: Euro (€) ($1USD = €0.86)
Native languages: Dutch and English
Travel restrictions

Getting to the city by train takes 15-20 minutes. The station is located directly under the airport and trains run 24 hours a day. A one-way ticket from the Schiphol station to Amsterdam Central is €5.50 (US$6.40) per person with a €1 charge for disposable ticket. Visit the NS train website to plan trips beyond the city center.

Car rentals desks are located at Arrivals 3. Ridesharing is also an option. Pickups are near Arrivals 4.

Buses leave from the Schiphol Plaza. Get fare and route information at 9292.nl.

Business etiquette tips

Dutch people most often use first names instead of titles. The Dutch appreciate negotiations that get down to business quickly and without much banter, preferably in a relaxed atmosphere. Only present a business card if asked to do so. Business dress is nice but understated.

Business meals are usually held in restaurants at lunchtime, and the bill is usually split. Invitations to get coffee are also common. It is considered polite when guests say goodbye after the second cup at the latest.

Hotel spotlight: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

The courtyard at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Located between two gentle canals in the heart of the city, The Grand boasts a rich history – from its origins as a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings, to the headquarters of the Admiralty to the City Hall of Amsterdam. The hotel offers five-star luxury in a unique ambiance, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The spacious accommodations, the exceptional food and beverage proposition, the historic meeting/event venues, and the indulgent Sofitel SPA captivate and seduce everyone into visiting this hotel.

The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the historical city center and is easily reachable by public transport. Many attractions are just a short walk from the hotel, including Dam Square, Madame Tussauds and de Bijenkorf. Numerous bars and restaurants surround the hotel. Just a short tram ride away, you’ll find the Anne Frank House or the iconic Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Here you will be amazed by beautiful works of arts. No journey is complete without a boat trip on Amsterdam’s canals.

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