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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Amsterdam (AMS)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
While it’s true that there’s no specific day of the week when airline tickets are magically cheaper, there is a time period when prices are typically lower. This Goldilocks Window, as we call it, is the period not too close to your departure date but not too far away either. It’s about 1–3 months before a domestic trip and 2–8 months before an international trip.
If you plan to book during peak travel season, you’ll want to start looking for flights even earlier. For example, if you want to visit Amsterdam in June, you should start looking for flights the October before. Last-minute deals are extremely rare, especially during busy travel seasons. Fare jumps happen 21-, 14-, and 7-days in advance of flights, so be sure to book before those points if at all possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
The Greek Islands Trick is our way of finding cheap flights to notoriously expensive islands during busy summer months. Want to visit Mykonos but flights are crazy expensive from Atlanta? Look for flights to London instead, then find a cheap regional airfare. That’s the basic idea, and it can work for Amsterdam as well.
If flights to Amsterdam are out of your price range, look for flights to London, Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels, or anywhere else nearby. If you see a great deal, then search for a regional flight for the last leg. From some cities, like Paris, you can take a high-speed train for the last leg in just 3 hours. It’s worth looking around for creative travel options and combining forms of travel. It could save you a few hundred bucks.
Search alternative departure airports
Similarly, if your flights from your home airport to Amsterdam don’t seem to be getting any cheaper, look around. Travelers in Chicago likely don’t look for flights from other cities when they have two major airports right there, but Minneapolis also offers nonstop flights to Amsterdam and could have great deals. If you find a flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam for $350, it could be worth looking for a cheap flight from Chicago to Minneapolis. You could even try looking farther away, like New York.
It takes extra time and effort, but it could be worth it for the savings you could put toward a hotel or experience in Amsterdam.
Fly when it’s cheaper
A simple way to save money on flights is to avoid travel during peak season. We love traveling during shoulder seasons, the months tucked on the edge of a destination’s high or low season. You’ll find fewer crowds, still decent weather, and more savings. Off-season is also a great time to find deals if you’re okay with slightly-gloomier weather or plan to spend most of your time indoors.
For those who want to travel during the summer, the first two weeks of June and last two weeks of August are typically cheaper than the rest of the season. And no matter when you travel, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are usually the cheapest days to fly. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the busiest days, if you can.
And the sneaky hidden week to travel? Thanksgiving. Most Americans travel domestically during that week, meaning you can find great international deals.
Set alerts for specific trips
Fare alerts are a simple way to save money on flights without doing a thing. Simply set a fare alert for your travel dates––or a few alerts if your dates and airports are flexible––and wait for an email telling you prices have dropped.
Amsterdam is a bustling European airport. More than 260 airports in more than 80 countries offer direct flights to AMS. From most of the world, you can reach Amsterdam with one connection or on a nonstop flight.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Amsterdam (AMS)
What is the airport code for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport?
The airport code for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is AMS.
When is high season in Amsterdam?
Like much of the world, peak season in Amsterdam is during the summer, from May to August. Weather is pleasant, and the city comes alive with outdoor dining and markets. There’s also the Holland Festival and Taste of Amsterdam in June, as well as the Pride Festival in July.
While summer is the busiest time in general, Amsterdam Tulip Festival in April and the Keukenhof Flower Garden, which is open from March to May, also bring crowds.
When is the best time to visit Amsterdam?
If reliably good weather is what you’re after, May to early September is the best time to visit Amsterdam. There’s a higher chance of sunny, warm weather during those months. But shoulder season, from October–December and March-April, can also be great times to visit. There will be fewer crowds and, in the spring, gorgeous blooms. January and February are the slowest months for tourism in Amsterdam, making them a good time to save money. You might get some rainy days and chilly weather, but the city looks magical with a dusting of snow, and Amsterdam has tons of museums and other indoor activities.
Does AMS have its own on-site hotel?
The Mercure Hotel Schiphol is located inside the airport, after security. You need a passport and flight ticket for the same or next day to stay at the hotel, which offers day and night rooms. The hotel has free wifi, breakfast, and room service. Rates start at about $165.
YotelAir also operates a hotel inside the airport, after security. Rooms have wifi, Smart TVs, adjustable Smart Beds, work stations, and wireless charging. Some also have showers. They can be booked by the hour or day. Rooms start at $90.
What lounges are available at AMS?
- Schengen Concourse: KLM Crown Lounge (second floor, opposite D-pier), Star Alliance Lounge (near D-pier), Aspire Lounge (after security)
- Non-Schengen Concourse: KLM Crown Lounge (second floor, on Holland Boulevard), Aspire Lounge (E-pier)
KLM operates two lounges at AMS. Those flying to a country in the Schengen Zone can access the Schengen Crown Lounge, which has working areas, wifi access, showers, and a buffet station. The Non-Schengen Crown Lounge has wifi, showers, lockers, sleep cabins, a quiet area, an entertainment area, an outdoor terrace, and a buffet station. Those traveling in business class with a standard or flex ticket have access to the lounge, as well as Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers. All other KLM passengers can purchase access starting at 50 euros.
The Star Alliance Lounge is available for Star Alliance Gold members and first and business class passengers on a Star Alliance airline. It has snacks, drinks, a bar, lounge chairs, and free wifi. Some United Club and Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members can also use the lounge.
All passengers can use the airport’s Aspire Lounges. They have work stations, free wifi, newspapers and magazines, snacks, drinks, and runway views. Rates start around 25 euros, depending on the time of day.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to AMS?
Those traveling within the Schengen Zone should check with their airline about rules for traveling with pets. Within the airport, pets must be in a carrier. If you’re visiting Amsterdam from outside the Netherlands, animals must be vaccinated, at least 15 weeks old, and have a health certificate, among other regulations.
How far is AMS from Amsterdam?
AMS is about 13 miles from the city center of Amsterdam. It should take about 20 minutes to reach the city center by car with light traffic, but it can take up to 40 minutes on a busy day. The train takes about 15 minutes.
What are the transportation options for getting from AMS to Amsterdam?
There are a number of options to get from AMS to Amsterdam.
- By rideshare or taxi: Taxi stands and rideshare pickup locations are available in front of the airport. Taxis have a flat rate of 36 euros to the city center, and the ride will take 20–40 minutes.
- By public transportation: The Dutch Railways trains are the fastest way to reach the center of Amsterdam. They depart from Platform 1 and 2 every 15–20 minutes during the day and cost 4.60 euros. Ticket machines are available in the baggage claim area. The Amsterdam Airport Express Bus also operates between the airport and Elandsgracht station for 6.50 euro. The GVB bus 69 runs from the airport to Sloterdijk station and costs 3.20 euro.
How long is the flight to Amsterdam?
The flight time to Amsterdam depends on where in the world you’re visiting from. From around Europe, it’s short, from half an hour to 2.5 hours. From New York, the flight takes about 7 hours, while from Atlanta or Chicago it’s closer to 8. From Houston it’s 9, and from California it’s about 10.
From Cairo, you can reach Amsterdam in 5 hours, and from Nairobi it takes about 9 hours. From Cape Town it’s closer to 12 hours. You can reach Amsterdam from Dubai in 7.5 hours, and from Bangkok in 13.
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