Most international flights to the Netherlands arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, which is the Netherlands' biggest international airport and the only one serving the city itself. Those flying from New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Toronto can enjoy direct flights to Amsterdam. From major cities such as Auckland, Sydney and Johannesburg journeys will involve a stop in the UAE, Hong Kong or Southeast Asia. The main airlines servicing Amsterdam include KLM, the Dutch national carrier as well as Air France, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Etihad Airways and Cathay Pacific. Amsterdam Schiphol is located just 14 km to the west of the city. Passengers arriving at Schiphol can enjoy easy transfer direct to the Amsterdam’s Central Station via train. Trains depart every 15 minutes from the early morning until midnight with a journey time of approximately 15 minutes. The airport also provides a shuttle service, transporting passengers directly to their hotel.
Characterized by its gabled 17th century townhouses and extensive network of canals, Amsterdam is best explored on foot or by bicycle. The essential attractions are the city’s world famous art museums including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk (modern art) Museum. More about the city’s past can be discovered at the fascinating Anne Frank Museum and the Royal Palace. Much of what Amsterdam is famous for can be experienced by wandering around the city, exploring the famous Red Light District, the vast open space at Vondelpark and the city’s numerous open markets.