Essential Information

useful and practical checklist for your visit to Amsterdam

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Flag of Amsterdam with its 3 Saint Andrew's Crosses

BANKS

Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17:00. On Saturdays and Sundays banks are closed.

BICYCLE RENTAL

You can rent bicycles at different bike shops in Amsterdam. Compare prices and services to find the cheapest bike rentals in your area.

BOAT RENTAL

Boat through the canals and navigate your own route. For the best price and service go to Canal Motorboats. Pedal boats can be rented at Stromma .

CAR RENTAL

Need a car during your stay in Holland? Recommended car rental firms in Amsterdam are:

AutoRent   Willem de Zwijgerl 331 / West
Europcar   Overtoom 197 / West
Hertz   Overtoom 333 / West
Sixt   Oosterdoksstraat 4 / Centrum

Chic Lodging in Amsterdam: Top Luxury and Boutique Hotels

CHURCH SERVICES

In English: Anglican church Groenburgwal 42, English Reformed Church Begijnhof 48. → more churches

CURRENCY

The Euro (€). Check out the current exchange rates (updated every day)

DRUG POLICY

Drugs are illegal but tolerated. Read more about the coffeeshops in the city.

ELECTRICITY

240V AC

EMERGENCY

Dial 112 for ambulance, fire department, police and on-call doctors.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Contact the nearest consulate or embassy of the Netherlands to determine your entry/visa requirements.

LANGUAGE

Dutch. English is spoken by most everyone as well; Many people understand German and, to a lesser degree, French.

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LUGGAGE STORAGE

Go and enjoy Amsterdam to the fullest while your belongings are safely stored at Luggage Depot.

MOVIE THEATRES

There are plenty of theatres in Amsterdam showing movies. At the Reguliersbreestraat you will find première theatre Tuschinski, a beautiful building in the heart of Amsterdam.

PARKING

Parking correct and legal in Amsterdam can be quite difficult. Parking in Amsterdam The best and cheapest way to park is in a P+R car park for only €1 per 24 hours, including a free return ticket for the metro into the city.

PHARMACY

Regular business hours are Monday to Friday between 8/9 am and 17:30/18. On nights and weekends, pharmacies are open on a rotation schedule.

POLICE

Find the nearest police stations , or call the Amsterdam Police at 0900-8844.

POST OFFICES

Regular post offices are open from Monday to Saturday, between 9 and 18. Stamps can be bought in most news stands and kiosks.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Amsterdam's public transport network is excellent but the ticket system is rather complicated. Read more about tickets, prices and ticket sales.

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You must check in (when boarding) and check out (when disembarking)

SHOPPING

Shops are usually open 10-18 Mon-Fri (17 on Sat). Department stores and many other stores in the city centre are open on Sundays 11-19. Grocer's shops are open everyday, most of them until 21, some of them even longer.

SUMMER TIME

At 2:59 a.m. on the last Sunday morning in March, the time in Amsterdam will change to Central European Summer Time (what Americans call "Daylight Saving Time"). Don't forget to set your watch ahead one hour!

TAXI

Taxi Centrale Amsterdam
Call +31 20 7777 777 (7 times 7)

TELEPHONE

Country code: 31, City Code: 20. When calling from abroad, dial: [your outgoing country code] + 31 + 20 + [local number]

TOURIST INFORMATION

Be well prepared and know what is on in and around Amsterdam. Call, email or visit one the official Amsterdam Tourist Offices (VVV) at Centraal Station or Schiphol Airport from Mon to Fri 9-17.

TRAINS & BUSES

Information regarding train traffic is given on ph. 0900-2021163 or www.ns.nl . Call 0900-9292 or visit www.9292ov.nl for information regarding local buses, subway and commuter trains.