Useful information from A to Z
BANKS Most banks are open from Tuesday to Friday between 9 and 16. On Mondays business hours start mainly at 13. On Saturdays and Sundays banks are closed.|
BICYCLE RENTAL You can rent bicycles at different bike shops in Amsterdam. Compare prices and services
BOAT RENTAL Canoes, pedalboats and other boats can be rented at Canal Bike
CAR RENTAL Need a car during your stay in Holland? Recommended car rental firms in Amsterdam are: AmCar Jacob Obrechtplein 13-15 (Zuid), easyCar Overtoom 333 (West), Sixt Oosterdoksstraat 4 (Centrum), and Europcar Overtoom 197 (West)
CURRENCY The Euro (€). Check out the current exchange rates (updated every day).
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.
LUGGAGE STORAGE Go and enjoy Amsterdam to the fullest while your belongings are safely stored at Lock.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. 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.
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 12-17. Grocer's shops are open everyday, most of them until 20, 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
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.
The difference between Holland and the Netherlands
Both the country name as well as the language name can be very confusing for toursists.
Tips voor visitors
Online ticket serviceAvoid queues, get discounts or good time slots.
Purchase tickets online in advance en print your own e-ticket.
Download mapsPrepare your trip and download the maps you need before you leave.
Currency convertersGWK Travelex XE
Weather forecastView Amsterdam's local weather and temperature
CoffeeshopsWhat are coffeeshops?
New Amsterdam ToursSpend your time in Amsterdam wisely and discover the city and its history by making the 3 hour free walking tour
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