With one of the busiest airports in Europe, it should be no surprise that there are many cheap tickets to Amsterdam. The city’s Schiphol Airport is the 4th busiest in Europe, and the 12th busiest airport in the world.
With that many flights going in and out of Amsterdam, cheap flights are easy to find. When flying from the United States or Canada, a flight to Amsterdam is one of the least expensive routes you can get. Several discount airlines have flights from the UK and Ireland too.
The following tips can help you find the absolute best deals.
Divide Up Your Flight Route
Because there are many extremely cheap flights when coming to Amsterdam from the UK or other European cities, it may be a benefit to make a stop in a city like London when traveling from North America. Then you can pick up a discount flight with an airline like easyJet the rest of the way to Amsterdam.
The same idea applies even with North American cities. Flights to Amsterdam are much cheaper if you fly from Miami on Dutch airline MartinAir. So if you can arrange your route, you might save money if you go that way.
Other Airports Besides Schiphol
Though the large Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is probably the most convenient place to arrive in Amsterdam, there are other smaller airports within a reasonable distance. Many low-cost airlines such as RyanAir target airports like Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen to keep their costs down. A few hours train ride will put you in Amsterdam, and you can save some money without much inconvenience.
With hundreds of airlines offering flights to Amsterdam, there can be more than a dozen choices on any given route. There can be significant differences in the costs, so take the time to see what each airline has to offer.
Buy Tickets Very Early, or Very Late
As you get closer to the date of departure, tickets for Amsterdam flights get more expensive. So if your timetable allows for it, you can get great deals if you book six months or more in advance. And then, the prices will start to drop again within a few days (or even hours) before the flight leaves. If you can wait until the last minute, you can get your seats drastically reduced as they try to sell any remaining seats.
Fly in the Off Season
Amsterdam is a destination all-year long, but the majority of people traveling will come to the city between April and September. Prices on flights, as well as hotels will be at their highest during these months. Mid-June to mid-August are the really peak times, as people travel during the school holidays. Christmas and New Year holidays are the same.
The cheapest flights will be found outside these times, and you will avoid all the crowds as well. Off peak times are the best for visiting Amsterdam if you can arrange your schedule for it.
Choose Less Popular Departure Times
Any flights that leave in the wee hours of the morning or the dead of night are going be pretty unpopular, and most likely cheaper as well. Along with that idea, flying on a weekday instead of a weekend will also help keep the seat prices down. But make sure to keep your trip long enough to span over a weekend, or you might find yourself paying “business travel” rates.
By trying some of these easy tips, you should have no difficulty finding the absolute cheapest flights to Amsterdam.
Arjen Koopman is chief editor of Amsterdam Advisor, the Amsterdam travel guide written by local residents who once arrived with backpacks in Amsterdam themselves. Read more tips for finding cheap tickets to Amsterdam or find out how flights to Amsterdam from each continent work.
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