Nic Zietsch’s tips for Amsterdam
YOU'VE got eight hours to kill in Amsterdam and if you follow Clarence Valley traveller blogger Nicolaus Zietsch's advice, that time can be put to good use.
The 1st Hour: From Touch-Down to the City
Welcome to Schiphol Airport, the main international airport in the Netherlands, 9km from Amsterdam and 40 minutes by shuttle bus or taxi.
But the best thing about Schiphol Airport? Schiphol Station is located directly below the terminal and the train to Station Amsterdam Centraal only takes 15 to 20 minutes. Single-use chip cards can be purchased from ticket machines and service desks (single €4.10 + €1 surcharge for disposable tickets) close to the big red and white cube (you can't miss it) right in front of the arrivals hall. Trains run regularly between 6am and 1am, and there is still at least one per hour outside of these times.
If you want to freshen up before taking on the city, Yotel located in Lounge 2 has shower-rooms available for €15 an hour with everything included, and why not leave any luggage you won't need for the next eight hours in the baggage lockers located throughout the terminal.
Check out his blog for the next seven Amsterdam activities Nic recommends.