Flights from most places in Italy to Portland go through Amsterdam with a nearly 19 hour lay over. Flights come in about 3:00pm leave 9:30am. Is it easy to leave the airport and see anything in an afternoon & evening and be back in time? Suggestions please.
I do it with just 6 hours layover. There is a frequent train connection from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station. If I were you I would take a hotel for good night sleep.
Thanks! Any recommendations of what to see, dinner or hotel?
If you hurry, you may be able to tour the Anne Frank house since it's open later. Another option would be to take a canal boat trip.
For dinner I'd suggest either a Rijsttafel dinner at an Indonesian place. Aneke Rasa was a good one that I went to recently. http://www.yelp.com/biz/aneka-rasa-amsterdam?utm_source=ishare
Another good restaurant, not far from the Anne Frank house is Winkel 43:
We did this in 2012 in reverse and took train into town for the day and did the canal ride (a must) and the Van Gogh museum. We then returned to the airport where w had booked for12hrs at the Best Western next to the airport. Apparently they book two bookings in one day! Just right for our early flight home to Portland.
I'm usually happy to have a one-night layover in Amsterdam on the way home to Seattle, especially if it means no 5:00 a.m. flight from Italy. If you can depart Italy at a more reasonable morning hour to make that Amsterdam stay a few hours longer, then even better. You can sleep fairly close to Amsterdam Central station. Trains back to the airport take about 15 minutes, with frequent service starting at 5:00 a.m.
Gosh, I'm with Laura. Last time I flew from Milan Linate thru AMS to Seattle I decided I was never going to do that 6A flight from Italy again and will head back in stages to catch the direct flight to Seattle. As others have said, overnighting is AMS is pretty easy, along with catching that direct flight back to the PNW in the morning.