Are you planning on traveling to Amsterdam? Here are some Amsterdam travel tips that hopefully can help you who intend to travel to the Netherlands.
Almost everyone in the Netherlands can speak English and they are very happy to help visitors. Therefore, there is no need to worry about communication needs. However, it would be good if we could say some basic Dutch words like u wel (thank you very much), goede morgen (good morning), astublieft (please), and tot ziens (see you soon).. If you learn to say those phrases, they will really appreciate it.
The Netherlands uses the Euro currency. It is quite hard to find a money changer outside the airports and big cities like Amsterdam. That is why you are suggested to have had a Euro currency when you arrive in the Netherlands.
You should always keep coins as long as you travel in the Netherlands because there are many things that require coins, including the vending machine, locker luggage storage at the station, the top up card for transportation cards, and many other things. In addition, public places such as train stations, several shopping centers, even fast food restaurants require you to pay 50 cents to use the restroom. This is the reason why bringing coins in your pocket everywhere in the Netherlands is important.
Many things in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, require you to use credit cards, such as online bookings for an airline ticket, bus tickets, tour tickets, football match tickets, car hire, and so on. There are also many cashier shopping centers that do not accept cash. For your information, the credit card that can be used should have a Visa or Mastercard logo.
Lodging is actually the most important thing to be included in the Amsterdam travel tips. You should know in advance that most hotels in Amsterdam are expensive. So, looking for one in the suburb area is more recommended. In strategic places, it is rather difficult to find lodging under the price of 50 Euros.
Transportation fees in Amsterdam can sometimes make someone broke. The solution is to buy a daily ticket in Amsterdam. There are buses, metro, and trams connected to one ticket. Instead of buying a ticket every trip, it would be nice to buy a full ticket for one or two days, depending on your needs. For one day (24 hours) trip, the price is around 7.5 Euros, while for 2 days is around 12.5 Euros. The more days, the cheaper. The system is similar to a Tourist Pass in Singapore.
If you still want a cheaper way to move around, there is a bicycle rental option. You can simply come to the big station and store your bag in the locker provided. As long as the weather is sunny, riding a bicycle around Amsterdam is a luxury.
One of the Amsterdam travel tips that a tourist must know is where to find free attractions. There are so many festivals in Amsterdam that you can go for free. There is a Queensday Festival which held on 30th of April. It is a festival to commemorate the birthday of the Dutch Queen. There is also the Vondelpark Open Air Theater which is held from July to August. There are many things to enjoy starting from dance, cabaret, drama, to indie music concerts as well.