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Airport of arrival: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Amsterdam: 3 hours

 Amsterdam is renowned as the capital and most international city of the Netherlands. Also known as ‘the city of bikes’ with its famous canals and iconic Dutch houses, the city attracts many tourists. It was founded in 1275. Nowadays, Amsterdam is definitely among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe due to its proximity and connectedness to many prominent European cities. You can easily find affordable flight tickets to Amsterdam throughout the year.

There are direct flights to Amsterdam departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is connected through various domestic flights to 33 different cities within Turkey as İzmir, Antalya, Balıkesir, Ankara.    

About the Airport

Pegasus Airlines offers frequent flights to Amsterdam Airport Schipol which is known to be the primary international airport in the country. It is also regarded to be the third busies airport in Europe due to its high volume of passenger traffic as a result of frequent connections to the rest of the world. The airport is located only 9 km away from Amsterdam city center, in Haarlemmermeer.  

Amsterdam Airport Schipol

Schipol Airport became the prominent connection point of the Netherlands in 1945 for civilian needs. It went under reconstruction after it had been severely damaged in the Second World War. The airport currently consists of three departure halls under a single terminal. It has a capacity of 50 million passengers annually and provides numerous facilities for all needs.  

Transport from Schipol Airport to the City Center

There are many transfer options to the city center. Railway is a comfortable option for those who would like to travel to other cities. The trains depart from the airport at one floor below the main hall which are running on a frequent basis from 06.00 am until 1.00 am. One-way ticket costs around 4.50 euros and can be purchased either at the ticket desks or from the vending machines at the arrival hall. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Amsterdam Central Station by train. Although being a rather convenient option do not forget to check the train schedules online.  

There are also public buses providing service from the Airport to the city center. You can take bus number 397/ Amsterdam Airport Express or number 69 that depart from Schipol Plaza right outside the main hall. Amsterdam Airport Express offers a cheap and comfortable ride to the city for 6 euros. You may check the bus route in advance in order to determine the closest stop to your desired destination.

Alternatively, bus number 69 provides a relatively longer journey which takes about 40 minutes at the cost of 3 euros and ends at Amsterdam Sloterdjik train station. However, you may need to take another bus to get the Central Station from there.  Bus lines number 300 and 361 are among the alternative means of transportation from the airport, depending on where you would like to go.  

In order to get easier access to your place of accommodation, you may consider Schipol Hotel Shuttles that ride directly to the major city hotels from 06.00 am- 21.00 pm. The fare differs depending on travel type, the location of your hotel and number of adult passengers. You can reach all the relevant information online.  

If you would like to find a more comfortable and faster option, you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.  

Public Transport

Amsterdam has very highly developed public transportation; so it is easy to get around in Amsterdam using public transport. Amsterdam has 5 metro routes, 16 tram routes, 10 train stations, lots of regional buses.   Also, Amsterdam is known as a bicycle-friendly city and using bicycles as a primary choice of transportation. You can rent bikes almost anywhere in the city.

Amsterdam offers a variety of accommodation options due to its great reputation that attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. You won’t have any problems finding an accommodation even though the prices may change depending on the area. But the city center is very compact and easily reached.  

You can easily find a suitable accommodation around the Central Station and Dam Square. Weesperzijde, Overhoeks, Oud-West, Westerpark, De Jordaan are also considered to be preferred places to stay by tourists. If you would like to have our assistance while organizing your trip you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

Typical local foods that you must try in Amsterdam are listed as follows: Dutch fries (Patat Oorlog), Kibbeling, Dutch cheese (Gouda, Geitenkaas) that you can find at ‘kaas shops’ and freshly baked Oliebollen or Stroopwafel for a sweet treat.

You can have a look at Amsterdam Cuisine Guide for more suggestions about all the local delicacies.

Below you can find some side notes that may be of interest when organizing your trip:  

About Visa

Turkish citizens are required to apply for a visa to relevant authorities in order to travel to the Netherlands, since the country is in the Schengen area of the European Union.  

Neighbouring Cities

There are many beautiful places located within a short distance from Amsterdam.  

  • Utrecht, Netherlands (33 km)
  • The Hague, Netherlands (51 km)
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands (56 km)
  • Tilburg, Netherlands (90 km)

 

Weather

The weather is usually cold and rainy from November until March in Amsterdam. Strong winds are also very frequent during the winter. Therefore, the period from April to October is the perfect time to enjoy all aspects of the city. Warmer summer days of June-August is probably the most ideal time to cherish the beautiful weather at Amsterdam’s parks and canals.  

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +31
  • Amsterdam Area Code:20
  • Airport Contact: +31 20 794 0800
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +31 (0)88 339 4741

Amsterdam is among the most vivid European capitals where you can enjoy many activities irrespective of the time of your visit. The city offers a delightful time to its visitors with its art museums, charming architecture and scenery marked by numerous canals and parks.

You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to venture on a cruise on the canals and spend a relaxing day in famous Vondelpark. You can also rent a bike to be able to explore the city better as Amsterdam is one of the most bike friendly cities in Europe.

If the weather is not good enough do not worry, there are tons of indoor activities and cultural sites to visit. The city is also home to world famous museums such as Rijksmuseum, Madame Tussauds, Jewish Historical Museum, Anne Frank Museum and Van Gogh Museum.

You can have a look at Amsterdam Travel Guide for more details about the city.

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