Cheap Flights to Amsterdam

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Amsterdam overview

When is the best time to fly to Amsterdam?

Peak season:

Mid-April to mid-October is peak season in Amsterdam with July and August being the busiest months. Temperatures range from 4°C to as high as 21°C and conditions range from clear and sunny to warm rainy periods and days of high humidity. Beaches, outdoor cafés and parks are popular leisure destinations for both locals and tourists. During this time it will be extremely challenging to find cheap flights to Amsterdam.

Off season:

Flight tickets are generally at their lowest during Amsterdam’s winter period which stretches from November through to February, with February being the coldest month. Tourists find cheap flights to Amsterdam during this season and find ways to enjoy the snowy weather. Ice-skating is a popular outdoor activity during this season when temperatures drop to as low as 0°C.

When is the best time to book your flight to Amsterdam?

Late autumn (late September to late October) and early spring (early March to early April) are the best times to book flights to Amsterdam. Massive crowds gather from the end of April to the beginning of May to celebrate Queen’s Day and Liberation Day. Outside of these festivals, you can find some good flight deals.

How long is the flight to Amsterdam?

Flights from Cape Town to Amsterdam - 19 hours 10 minutes. (average 2 stop)

Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam - 14 hours 15 minutes. (average 1 stop)

Flights from Durban to Amsterdam - 18 hours 35 minutes. (average 2 stop)

Which airlines operate flights to Amsterdam?

The major airlines offering flights to Amsterdam are: KLM, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African Airlines, SWISS, TAAG, SriLankan Airlines, United Airlines, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines and Turkish Airlines. The best way to get cheap flights to Amsterdam is to be flexible around travel dates and book as far in advance as possible.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

In Amsterdam, the best way to travel to and around the city is via the highly reliable public transportation system. An Amsterdam card gives visitors unlimited access to public transport as well as entry to some of its attractions. The railway system is connected to the airport and an Airport Express bus is also available. There are also taxi services nearby. Alternatively, be prepared and check which hotels provide shuttle services while you compare flights to Amsterdam and keep an eye out for good deals.

Amsterdam climate

The climate is mild year-round. Summers are warm and winters cold with rain and, sometimes, snow. Rain falls year-round but spring is the driest season.

Amsterdam insider information

  • On our list of ‘Top 10 Quirky Tours That Will Make You Ditch the Car,’ is the Damtours Beerbike. If peddling your way through the city on a guided tour with a pint of lager is something you’d like to do on your trip to Amsterdam, then do it. It comes highly recommended.
  • For visitors who are up for outdoor fun, biking through the city is a great way to have an authentic lifestyle experience in Amsterdam. Bike hire outlets abound so find your ride and start exploring.
  • After booking plane tickets to Amsterdam, you may want to do some research on its cultural attractions. The city is home to the Van Gogh Museum which has the biggest collection of his paintings in the world as well as sketches and letters written by him.
  • The Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands. The luxury of its elaborate style and furnishings makes it one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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How much do things cost in Amsterdam?

Markets
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 108.32
Bottle of wine
R 96.09
Loaf of white bread
R 21.13
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 17.87
Restaurants
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 38.55
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 31.24
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 122.29
3 course meal for 2
R 1048.23
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
R 1640.82
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1570.97
How much does transport cost in Amsterdam?
Petrol (1 litre)
R 27
1 km taxi journey
R 38
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 681
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 49

More information about Amsterdam

  • The city is also famous for its art museums, particularly the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum
  • One-way flights are also often put on sale by European low-cost carriers
  • Beer fans can head straight for the Heineken Brewery, with guided tours including free samples on offer
  • Amsterdam is ideal for cycling so consider renting a bike from one of the city's reputable agents
  • The Anne Frank Museum offers a harrowing insight into life for Jews during World War II
  • Direct flights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are available from most major UK gateways
  • As Indonesia is a former Dutch colony, Amsterdam has some of the finest Indonesian restaurants in Europe
  • Some 165 canals encircle the city of Amsterdam, making boat rides on its waterways a popular attraction
  • Even if the Red Light District isn't your cup of tea, most tourists do some window-shopping just out of curiosity
  • If you visit Amsterdam during the winter, the city's canals offer an ideal venue for ice skating

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