Getting Around (to Atlanta Hotel)
The airport is 18km (11mi) south-west of the city center. A taxi into the city takes 20-45 minutes and costs about €25. Trains to Central Station leave every 15 minutes and cost about €2. Trains also connect the airport to stations throughout the country. You can get around Amsterdam easily by foot, Public transport is excellent, and its hub is the Central Station, where tram, bus and metro lines converge. A free map of central-area public transport is available at the station. Ticketing is based on zones, with the same ticket valid on buses, trams and metros. You can buy tickets at outlets around the city, or on the transport itself. Trams are good for the inner city; buses go farther out, while the metro is most useful for getting to the international bus station. Biking is the transportation of choice in Amsterdam! Amsterdam city center is very accessible and safe for bikes (just take care not to run down those crazy tourists who walk everywhere...). Bikes can be rented nearby at Damstraat Rent-a-bike or Macbike for as little as €7 a day or €25 per week. Always make sure you lock it well. Driving in the city is actively discouraged, and there's absolutely no free parking in the Canal Zone. If you don't buy a parking voucher you'll be wheel-clamped. It makes more sense to park outside the city and come in on public transport. Motorcyclists can park on the pavement free of charge. Amsterdam taxis are amongst the most expensive in Europe. It will cost you no more to call one than to hail it, although in theory you aren't supposed to pick up a cab on the street.