Practical information


In this list, you find a quick overview of the most common practical info topics.

  • Emergency number: call 112 in case of a life-threatening situation
  • Dutch languages: in the Netherlands people speak Dutch. Nevertheless, Enlgish has been adopted by many as a second language. This means that you can get along easily with basic English. Other languages that are spoken by many Dutch people are French and German.
  • Vehicle renting: One of the best ways to discover Amsterdam is by bike. There are several bike rental shops in Amsterdam where you can rent one for a certain time. This also counts for renting a scooter. When you plan to rent a car, we only recommend this when you prefer to see more of The Netherlands instead of just Amsterdam. Public transport is a better way to get around.
  • Money and currency: the Euro (EUR, €) is used as currency in the entire country. Foreign currencies can be exchanged, but are not accepted. Or just use your domestic bank card at one of the many atm’s. Credit cards are usually accepted in hotels, restaurants and gas stations. However, be aware that most supermarkets do not accept credit card payments.
  • Discount cards: Amsterdam’s most commonly used discount cards are the: Amsterdam Holland Pass, I Amsterdam City Card and the Museumkaart.
  • Visiting Amsterdam with children: Amsterdam is considered a very safe city. Although there is a lot of traffic, many people do not stop because of traffic lights. Some locals use the term ‘Amsterdam green’ for a red traffic light. This said, there are plenty of activities to do with young children or near-grownups.
  • Embassies: via the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs you can fill in your country to see precisely where the embassy of your country is located. Some of you might also need to know if a Visa is mandatory for your trip. Take a look at the visa requirement page for the Netherlands.
  • Socket and plugs: In the Netherlands, the Europlug is commonly used. It’s a flat, non-rewirable two-pole, round-pin AC power plug, rated for voltages up to 250 V and currents up to 2.5 A.

Are you visiting Amsterdam and want to be well prepared? Check out the various topics covered on this website below!

I amsterdam City Card

I amsterdam City Card

Discover Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam city card! This card grants free access to many major attractions and offers discounts on even more. Apart from that, it can also be used in public transport, find out more here!

Parking in Amsterdam

Parking in Amsterdam

Parking in Amsterdam is quite a topic on its own. Street parking rates are expensive, and availability is limited. Therefore, a bit of planning with regards to parking can save you a lot of time and money!

Holafly eSIM – unlimited data in Amsterdam

Holafly eSIM – unlimited data in Amsterdam

During your time in Amsterdam, you want to be connected with your friends and family, without excessive surcharges on your phone bill. Therefore, check out the solution of a Holafly eSIM, which allows you unlimited data during your stay, with a cheap tourist eSIM.

Amsterdam Weather

Amsterdam Weather

In just a few minutes you can be completely informed and prepared for the Amsterdam weather

Amsterdam Transport

Amsterdam Transport

Read all about travelling in and to Amsterdam! The public transport infastructure is great! Check out all your options ranging from flying to driving and renting a bike of course

Amsterdam Luggage storage

Amsterdam Luggage storage

Need to store your luggage away for a day? Choose from several luggage points to store your luggage safely away.

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Get to know the best time to visit Amsterdam according to your needs

Amsterdam Tourist Office

Amsterdam Tourist Office

Find out where the tourist offices are and what they can offer you!

FAQ Amsterdam

FAQ Amsterdam

Find your answer about most of the Frequent asked questions of thingstodoinamsterdam.com

Amsterdam map

Amsterdam map

Discover and prepare yourself with the city map of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Apps

Amsterdam Apps

Find here the most used travel apps for Amsterdam