Cheap flights from within Europe and direct flights from outside Europe are readily available, serving Amsterdam airport Schiphol – Europe’s fourth largest and located just a few kilometers from the city center.
Boat travel is a viable option for travelers coming from the U.K. and Scandinavia. Scandinavian Seaways connecting to Amsterdam via Newcastle, P&O North Sea Ferries via Hull and Stenaline via Harwich all offer ferry and holiday cruise services for those looking for an alternative approach to the city.
This is a popular option within Europe with Inter City connections to and from Brussels, London, Paris, Hamburg and Berlin (each 6 hours) as well as Belgium and Frankfurt (3 hours). All other destinations in Holland are located no more than 2.5 hours from Amsterdam by rail. Rail passes and other discounts are widely available and reservations are highly recommended.
International Buses arrive and depart at Amstel Station approximately 10km south of the city. A metro line from Amstel station conveniently connects visitors with the city center. Eurolines is Europe’s largest and most extensive coach service with competitive fares and routes to and from every city on the continent.
This is fairly straightforward, however driving and parking in the city are not. The A10 Ring (Ringweg) encircles the city and receives all major freeways. Drivers from the north should exit the Ringweg at the Ij-Tunnel Exit for quick access to the city center. Exit at Jan van Galenstraat if coming from the east and at Nieuwe Utrechtseweg from the south and west.