Tips for visitors
Whether you’re staying for a day, two, three or more days, Amsterdam is a vibrant city and you’ll find plenty of things to do to keep yourself busy. We’d like to share our recommendations with you to give you an overview of what this city has to offer.
I Amsterdam City Card.
The I Amsterdam City Card, formerly known as the Amsterdam pass, is an official product of the Amsterdam Tourist Information Office. It will serve as your entry ticket for a large number of museums, attractions, but can also be used in all buses, trolleys and subways in Amsterdam.
Top museums in Amsterdam cost at least €17,00 per person, the prices of the other museums are just below. As a result, the purchase of the I Amsterdam City Card is quickly earned back. A canal cruise also costs €16,00 and a GVB day ticket starts at €7,50 for 24 hours. Almost every tourist makes a canal cruise and uses bus, tram & metro in Amsterdam. As a result, when visiting 2 museums the 24-hour card has already been earned back, at 3 museums the 48-hour card, and at 4 museums the 72-hour card.
More info: I Amsterdam City Card
Shopping discount voucher for Schiphol
Fly back via Schiphol and you plan to go Duty free shopping? Sign up for the Schiphol newsletter on the SeeBuyFly.nl website - and receive a discount voucher of €5,00. To spend in all stores at Schiphol, if you buy something for more than €25,00. The shops are excellent. Try it, it works!
Tipping money is always included in the price of your meal. However, tipping is common in restaurants and cabs. Generally speaking, tips are 5-10%.
Money and exchange rates
In Amsterdam, Holland and most other European countries that are members of the EU, the currency used is the Euro (€). Paying with other currencies is not possible. You’ll have to exchange your dollars, sterlings, yens and other currencies for euros. Credit cards are often accepted, but keep in mind that smaller shops and hotels may charge you extra for the use of one (2-6%). Sometimes you’ll be asked to show your passport to complete the transaction. Generally speaking, cash is preferred. Paper money comes in notes of 5 to 500 euros.
Amsterdam is a safe city and you have nothing to be afraid of while exploring it. Do remember not to leave your personal possessions unattended. Keep your bags with you in coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, for example beneath the table near your legs. Just like in every other major city in the world, therealways the risk of pickpockets. The chances of this happening depend on the area of the city that you are in, so please be careful.
Avoid walking along bike lanes
We’d like to point out that you should be very careful when using the roads in Amsterdam. Please pay attention to bike traffic crossing the lanes and also mind the public transport and safety of other visitors.
These lanes are clearly marked with the symbol of a bike. These are special parts of the city where many people bike. Please avoid walking on them or stopping while exploring the city, as this may irritate the biking crowd. If you hear a bike bell ring, make sure you’re not in the way.
Don't use cannabis in public areas
It is unsafe and illegal to use narcotics, like cannabis, in public areas. Smoking is not allowed in the first place, and you can be fined for this. Please remember this. Italso unwise to go outside and visit shops and/or restaurants while under the influence. You’ll risk being hit by a trolley or other vehicle. Be mindful of your own safety and the safety of others. If you’d like to use cannabis, do so in a private residence or in a coffee shop. Never take narcotics with you as you leave the country.
Do not engage street vendors
Don’t try to have conversations with street vendors who try to sell you something. They are often trying to sell drugs or stolen bikes. Buying drugs on the street and buying stolen goods are punishable offenses. You’ll also run the risk of buying something that is faulty. Please don’t contribute to criminality by buying stolen bikes. This is punishable if you get caught by the police.
Dutch is the language of Holland. Many people in Amsterdam also speak English well, and most Dutch people have a fair grasp of German and French. Nowadays, Dutch is the native tongue of over 21 million Dutch and Flemish people. The Flemish population speaks Dutch but lives in Belgium. Here are some commonly used Dutch sentences and phrases.
MikeBike Tours are organized year-round and offer the possibility to combine your tour with a visit to the country side during the high season. The daily tour will take you through city and country side where you can visit windmills, a cheese factory and a wooden shoe workshop.