Flying to Amsterdam
The only sensible airport to fly to if you're visiting Amsterdam is Schiphol (www.schiphol.nl), around 20km (12 miles) south west of the city. From UK airports, there is a wide choice of often very affordable flights to Schiphol, particularly with easyJet and KLM. See our money-saving guide on Short Haul Flights for a full run down on how to find the cheapest fares.
Schiphol is one of the world's more user-friendly airports. It has just one terminal, a decent selection of shops before and after passport control, as well as a casino and an annexe of the Rijksmuseum after passport control.
Getting to the city from the airport
Train - the cheapest and quickest way from Schiphol to the city centre is by rail. Frequent trains leave from platforms under Schiphol Plaza concourse, and take just 15-20 minutes to Amsterdam's Centraal Station (and note that many hotels are in walking distance of the station if you're travelling light). Tickets are best bought from vending machines - there are some in the baggage arrivals hall, as well as on the concourse above the platforms. One-way tickets from the machines cost 3.70 euros if you pay with coins or a debit card; there's a one euro surcharge if you pay with a credit card. Tickets bought from a counter cost 50c extra.
Bus - the Connexion Schiphol Airport Shuttle (www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl) offers door-to-door minibus transfers between the airport and 100 hotels, with departures at least every 30 minutes from 6am to 9pm. The fare to/from most hotels is 15,50 euros one way, 25 euros return - ie pricy compared with the train.
Taxi - a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around 40 euros. The journey is likely to take at least half an hour, possibly a good deal longer in bad traffic. It will not only be cheaper, but probably quicker, to take the train to Centraal Station, and from there a cab on to your hotel.