Amsterdam flights

The only sensible airport to fly to if you're visiting Amsterdam is Schiphol (www.schiphol.nl), around 20km (12 miles) south west of the city. From UK airports, there is a wide choice of often very affordable flights to Schiphol, particularly with easyJet and KLM. See our money-saving guide on for a full run down on how to find the cheapest fares.

Schiphol is one of the world's more user-friendly airports. It has just one terminal, a decent selection of shops before and after passport control, as well as a casino and an annexe of the Rijksmuseum after passport control.

Getting to the city from the airport

Train - the cheapest and quickest way from Schiphol to the city centre is by rail. Frequent trains leave from platforms under Schiphol Plaza concourse, and take just 15-20 minutes to Amsterdam's Centraal Station (and note that many hotels are in walking distance of the station if you're travelling light). Tickets are best bought from vending machines - there are some in the baggage arrivals hall, as well as on the concourse above the platforms. One-way tickets from the machines cost 3.70 euros if you pay with coins or a debit card; there's a one euro surcharge if you pay with a credit card. Tickets bought from a counter cost 50c extra.

Bus - the Connexion Schiphol Airport Shuttle (www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl) offers door-to-door minibus transfers between the airport and 100 hotels, with departures at least every 30 minutes from 6am to 9pm. The fare to/from most hotels is 15,50 euros one way, 25 euros return - ie pricy compared with the train.

Taxi - a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around 40 euros. The journey is likely to take at least half an hour, possibly a good deal longer in bad traffic. It will not only be cheaper, but probably quicker, to take the train to Centraal Station, and from there a cab on to your hotel.