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Download a city guide of some of Europe's most beautiful cities onto your iPod, mp3 player or phone. As we guide you through the streets, along the route we've planned for you, our city guides will tell you what you're looking at and how to make the most of your city break.
We only had a long weekend to do the city and so your tour really helped us get our bearings. There's just so much to see there! I know we only scraped the surface but it worked really well for us.
Tanya Ellison - (27/08/06)
This was a great tour that took you everywhere you needed to go. Particularly liked the walk through of the mosaic frescoes on the front of the Basilica. We had a great time in Venice, made all the more special by this evocative guide. Like the speaker's voice too - one of the best I've listened to.
Andrea How - (19/02/06)
AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE - Europe's smallest major capital city, Amsterdam is also one of the friendliest. Famous for its liberal attitudes, as our guide to Amsterdam explains, the city also has a fascinating past that has contributed to its unique appearance today.
From Schiphol airport:
Train: Trains run roughly every 10 to 15 minutes to Centraal Station, take about 20-30 minutes and cost about EURO 7 single. When you get to Centraal Station the taxi rank is to the right of the main entrance.
Top Tip: The Amsterdam All in 1 Travel Ticket includes return train ticket Schiphol to Amsterdam. It offers time periods ranging from 24 hours (EURO 12.99) to 48 hours, 72 hours or 96 hours (costing EURO 22.40) hours unlimited travel on trams, metros, buses and night buses. It’s available from August to October at the Holland Tourist Information desk at Schiphol Airport, opposite Arrival Hall 2. Open: Daily 7am – 10pm.
Taxi: A taxi will take about 30 minutes depending on traffic and cost about EURO 40 one way.
Airport Shuttle: The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle goes from Schiphol to more than 100 hotels in Amsterdam between 6am 9pm. Tickets are available at your hotel, the Tourist information and at the Connexxion desk on Schiphol Plaza near the Arrivals hall. www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl
Metro and bus Amsterdam’s public transport is reasonably efficient, cheap and safe. The Metro system runs from the Centraal Station and goes out to the suburbs. Buses run from about early in the morning until late at night.
The easiest and probably the cheapest is a Strippenkaarten, a paper ticket which can be used for a number of journeys. It’s available from stations and newspaper kiosks. Your ticket is stamped at the start of each journey until there are no more valid strips left. You can also buy a single journey ticket. An eight strip ticket which is also valid for one day’s travel costs EURO 6.40 while 15 strips cost EURO 6.90.
Tram: Trams are reliable and efficient. They operate the Strippenkaarten system or you can buy a single ticket on board.
Taxi: Amsterdam’s taxis are quite expensive. They can be hailed in certain streets or ordered from hotel receptions. There is a rank outside Centraal Station and in Rembrandt Square. Prices start at around EURO 10 even for a short journey during
the day. As always, check that the meter is running when you set off.
There are offices of the transport authority, GVB, at Stationsplein, opposite Centraal Station: Open: Monday to Friday, 7am - 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm.
Amsterdam public transport visit www.gvb.nl
By River: If you want to take a boat tour of the canals head for Damrak which is the main road from Centraal Station to Dam Square, many companies operator from here. The Museumboot runs every 30 minutes in summer and every 45 minutes in winter. It operates from Centraal Station and stops close to five main tourist points including the Anne Frank House and the Maritime Museum. A day ticket allows unlimited trips all day and discounts for some of the sites visited.
Renting Bikes: By far the best way of seeing the city is on foot or by bike. Bikes can be hired from Mac Bike, Mr Visserplein 2 and Marnixstraat 220, www.macbike.nl