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Compare Cheap Melbourne to Amsterdam Flights
There are reasons a plenty to visit Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. The windmills, cheese, beer and tulips all captivate visitors, but there are many more fantastic features to discover in this historic city. The Museum District is an art-lover’s paradise and contains the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk. Amsterdam is almost 1000 years old and its heritage is told through an impressive range of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture. Make like a local by jumping on a bike and criss-crossing the canals to explore and admire the city’s architectural styles. Of course, Amsterdam is famously a city with edge and has a colourful nightlife scene with quirky bars, great restaurants, the legendary coffee shops and notorious Red Light District.
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Best time to visit Amsterdam
The best time to visit Amsterdam
Tulips are in bloom around the outskirts of Amsterdam from mid March to early May and the flowering signals the beginning of tourist season. King’s Day on 27 April is a huge celebration, bringing large crowds and a spike in hotel prices. Summer weather can be a mixed bag so always come prepared by packing layers and a light rain jacket. Avoid visiting in August if possible so you won’t have to contend with longer queues and higher accommodation prices. Amsterdam is a football-loving city and the season is in full swing from August to May. Look out for matches featuring local club Ajax or the national team. Temperatures and prices drop from November until February, and visiting during winter can be a great time to find cheap airfares from MEL to AMS. Those that do travel during winter can wrap up warmly and explore any festive markets.
Departing From Melbourne
Melbourne Airport (MEL) is the second busiest airport in Australia, and international departures leave from terminal 2. There are currently no direct flights from Melbourne ( MEL) to Amsterdam (AMS), and common stopover locations on this route include Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. Flight time is usually upwards of 23 hours, and airlines offering cheap airfares from MEL to AMS are British Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
Getting to Melbourne Airport
Leaving Melbourne CBD for the airport? Take the Melbourne City Express bus operated by SkyBus. This is convenient and hassle-free and buses run 24/7 every ten minutes, every day. Give yourself 30 minutes for the trip. If you are travelling during peak times add an extra 15 minutes. Get your one-way ticket for $19 online, at a ticket booth or from a touch-screen kiosk. Buses are the only form of public transport connecting Melbourne Airport with the city. Taxis are available and normal fares vary between $55 and $75 AUD. Rideshare services like Uber are also available in Melbourne.
Parking at Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport boasts 24,000 public car parking spaces and offers three choices for travellers. Choose from the budget Value Car Park, the convenient Long Term Park and the premium Terminal Car Park. Parking facilities are inclusive with parking bays allocated for disabled parking, motorbikes and bicycles.
Where to Park at Melbourne Airport
Plan ahead and pre-book online to get the best rates. Drive up options get you complete flexibility.
- Value Car Park: This is the cheapest option for picking up and dropping off and when staying extended periods, like during your dream European holiday. A week will cost $99 AUD. Prices include the free 24/7 shuttle bus service that departs to and from the terminals every 10 minutes.
- Long Term Park: This parking area offers easy pedestrian access to the terminals or you can hop on the free 24/7 shuttle bus. Affordable drive-up rates start from $25 AUD per day. A week-long stay may begin from $99 AUD.
- Premium Terminal Car Park: Choose from Premium, Business or Valet options. Premium parking drive up rates start from $369 AUD for a week.
Arriving in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s main airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). It is a significant passenger and cargo airport, and is also the hub for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
How to Get from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Your Amsterdam Hotel or Accommodation
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has efficient transport links into the city and the other parts of the Netherlands. The quickest, most convenient and economical way to get into the city is on the train. The station is located directly underneath the airport and trains run 24 hours a day. The trip to central Amsterdam takes 20 minutes and a single train ticket to Amsterdam Central costs less than €5 ($8 AUD). If you prefer a bus, look out for the Amsterdam Airport Express (bus 397) or Niteliner (N97). Services run every seven minutes and a single ticket from AMS to the city will cost €6 ($9.40 AUD). The Schiphol Hotel Shuttle can drop you at just about any hotel in Amsterdam. Follow the Amsterdam Shuttle Desk signs to arrival hall four. The fare is €13.50 ($21.22 AUD) and average transfer time is about 45 minutes, depending on traffic. Follow the signs to the official taxi ranks and catch a metered cab. Drivers accept credit cards, cannot refuse luggage and will issue a printed receipt. The taxi journey may cost €39 ($61.30 AUD)and take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic flow. Uber is available in Amsterdam.
Things to do
Things to do in Amsterdam
Begin your discovery of Amsterdam on a high-brow note and visit one of the city’s museums. See Rembrandt’s The Night Watch at Rijksmuseum and then wander the Van Gogh Museum, which has the largest collection of his work. Get to the Anne Frank House early to avoid mammoth queues and see the annex where the Frank family hid during WWII. Bikes are a big deal in Amsterdam and having your own set of two wheels is one of the best ways to explore the city. Pedal along the canals and picnic in Vondelpark when your legs need a rest. Fuel up with pannenkoeken and enjoy a draft at the Heineken Experience or another of Amsterdam’s micro-breweries. Amsterdam’s canals also provide the backdrop for fantastic festivals such as King’s Day and Amsterdam Pride when the waterways are lined with throngs of spectators. There is plenty to do as the sun begins to set. Amsterdam’s nightlife is the stuff of hedonistic legends, no matter if you prefer to leisurely sip cocktails or dance into the wee hours.