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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.