Are you already in Europe, and want a cheap way to visit Amsterdam? Go overland with one of Europe's economical international bus lines. For travelers who have time to spare and can sacrifice a bit of luxury - backpackers on a circuit of Europe, students on a year abroad and others - these coach services can be an invaluable option. Besides sheer value, there are certainly other pros: buses can travel to many towns and cities where planes do not (and can be far more affordable than trains). Possessions feel more secure stowed under the special compartment below the bus, which only the driver can open, than stranded on the opposite side of a train car, as often happens with train travel. And I especially like to see the scenery as the bus stops in the various cities; on my trips to and from Amsterdam, I've have seen previews of places from the cliffs of Dover to the Cologne Cathedral and many others.
One of the chief coach companies that travels Europe is Eurolines, with destinations across the continent. The Eurolines coach terminal in Amsterdam is located just outside the Amsterdam Amstel train station. The earlier you book your seats, the cheaper the tickets will be, so there's extra incentive to make your plans in advance; however, cheap tickets are occasionally available close to the date of travel. Check the Eurolines web site for the most up-to-date timetables and fare information.
Approximate travel times from several major European cities to Amsterdam are as follows:
- Düsseldorf to Amsterdam - about 4 hours, 15 minutes
- Brussels to Amsterdam - about 4.5 hours
- Cologne to Amsterdam - about 5 hours, 15 minutes
- Paris to Amsterdam - about 7.5 - 8 hours
- London to Amsterdam - about 11 hours