Airfare to Amsterdam, Netherlands
The capital of the Netherlands – and her most-touristed city – Amsterdam retains one of the oldest in-tact city centers on the continent. AMS is the famous home of the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the currently-under-construction Rijksmuseum. The city is also known for a plethora of bike-riding citizens, numerous canals, tulips and legal purchase of both sex and marijuana in the Red Light District.
Airfare to Amsterdam will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into London, England; Paris, France or Hamburg, Germany. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Easyjet and a number of low-cost airlines fly to Amsterdam. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. KLM is the national airline. However, Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, bmi and other airlines also stop in Amsterdam.
The most expensive air tickets to Amsterdam are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into London, England; Paris, France or Hamburg, Germany and traveling overland to Amsterdam via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Amsterdam, check out BootsnAll’s Amsterdam Travel Guide.