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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: • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: Red van outside at the bus station under the walking corridor towards the parking lot. Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 18:00 • 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 Nightlife Scene 2 or 7-Day Ticket

3. 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: Dutch Bitterballen and Croquette Tasting

4. 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: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

5. 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: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

6. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

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

8. 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

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: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

10. Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

Explore Amsterdam in the funniest and most adventurous way. Discover the city as you solve riddles, answer questions, and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. In this interactive treasure hunt, you will follow Willem, Rembrandt's apprentice. As he recovers from his hangover, he tries to complete his tasks for Rembrandt in “Old Amsterdam” during the Golden Age. Will he complete his tasks on time? Or will his nightly brawl ruin his chances to become a painter? The game will take you to the Red Light District, the Dam and the Nieuwmarkt. Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food whenever you want. Enjoy the mix of freedom and adventure that this city game provides to make the most of your experience in Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Centraal Station

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,046 reviews

I'm very happy I chose Amsterdam Airport Express, bus 397. They use less busy roads to get to and from the airport and city centre. They even have a stop exactly at the museums square which makes it easy to visit a museum calmly a few hours before your flight. And then line 397 takes you directly to the airport.

The food was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful. Would absolutely recommend. My only warning is that the bitterballen is a lot hotter than it seems, it felt cool when I picked it up yet still burnt my mouth quite badly. For those new to bitterballen, check the temperature inside before eating whole

We used the region travel ticket every day of our stay in Amsterdam. It was very convenient to use on the trains and trams. We used it to visit the nearby regions of Amsterdam.

Regular bus, convenient stop for our hotel and easy to use the voucher.

Best option for public transport when for limited time in Amsterdam