Half Day Itinerary for Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals

Having scooped up an awesome airfare to Cairo, Egypt last November; the ticket allowed me to spend nearly a full day layover in Amsterdam. Here’s a half day itinerary for Amsterdam that I would recommend to people visiting this city on a layover.

Flying form New York’s JFK to Schipol (AMS) Airport on an overnight flight, I arrived at 5:30am ready to hit the city by storm and see & learn as much as I could. Having never been to Amsterdam before, I had no idea what to expect. While sitting in JFK, I hurriedly put together an itinerary for the day that I thought would be completely doable.

Half Day Itinerary for Amsterdam
Time Event Cost
5:30-6:30 Land at Schipol Airport , purchase a round-trip ticket for the rail to Centraal Station  €9.10
6:30-7:00 Arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station and grab a tall cup of coffee €2.75
7:00-7:20 Walk towards the Anne Frank House & Museum
Arrive at the Anne Frank House & realize you do not need to stand in line until 20 minutes before they open
7:30 – 8:40
Walk around the neighborhood surrounding the Anne Frank Museum and get lost
8:40 – 10:40
Anne Frank House & Museum  €9.00
10:40 – 11:35
Walk towards Dam Square and the Red Light District. Grab a bite to eat & a beer from The Bulldog Pub  €10
11:35 – 14:00
Participate in the Free Walking Tour of Amsterdam  € Tips Accepted
14:00 – 14:30
Walk back to Amsterdam Centraal Station and take the train back to Schipol
 TOTAL COSTS ~€40.00
Amsterdam Centraal Station

Amsterdam Centraal Station

Some tips that I learned the hard way from this brief half day in Amsterdam:
  • If you’re hungry after you land, grab food in the Centraal Station. No where else will be open until 8:00 or later
  • The Anne Frank House & Museum will always have a line. If you plan in advance, you can book your ticket online so you do not have to wait in line.
  • The train from Schipol to Centraal Station takes about 15 minutes
  • Schipol (AMS) airport has free wifi – premium speed costs €10 for 24 hours access
  • Pedestrians are supposed to yield to bicyclists

Other places you could visit without doing the free tour could be the following:

If you have any tips about Amsterdam, let others know about them in the comments below.


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