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24 hours connection at Schipol Airport

Hi everyone,

I will have a 24-hour stopover in Amsterdam this Wednesday. I will arrive at noon and depart Thursday noon. Direct airport access hotels are highly priced, so as most of the Amsterdam city center hotels.

Would you recommend staying at The Hague? I was thinking of wondering around Amsterdam until 5-6 pm, take the train to Den Haag, walk around for a bit and have dinner and sleep. Next day would be breakfast then head to the airport. What would you recommend doing in 4-5 hours in Amsterdam? I'm open for anything from art to sightseeing. What would be a must do?

Any other itineraries are welcome and would be appreciated!


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Have you been to Amsterdam before? If not, I would definitely stay there the entire time. Yes, hotels CAN be pricey but it depends on the date and on what you mean by "pricey" and what you require in a hotel. There are ways to get better deals. I've used Hotwire and Priceline in the past in Amsterdam.

Some people prefer to stay in Haarlem not far from Amsterdam. It can be cheaper and an alternative to big-city Amsterdam.

If you want to head south, I'd recommend Delft instead of The Hague, which is a bigger city without little Deflt's charm. There is direct train service between Schiphol and Delft.

Posted by
5511 posts worked really well for me in Amsterdam. If you put in 4 star in the museum district for whatever you want to pay, you are likely to have success. There is a direct airport express bus that goes to the museum district and is quite convenient. Trams will take you to the center of Amsterdam in about 10 minutes.

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6015 posts

Yeah, look at Haarlem, about the same time into it as Amsterdam, good connections, the town is very nice in itself, only a 20-30 minute ride on the train to central Amsterdam.

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Try Hotel Tonight. I just looked at the app for this Wednesday and they have rates as low as $127 US. I haven’t used Hotel Tonight in Europe, but have in the US and it has helped me find some good last minute bargains.