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The Netherlands

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Airport Information

Name of airport: Schiphol Airport
Distance to city: 15 km
Airport tax: None
Transportation between airport and city:
  • Bus
    • fare: ~NLG 17.50
  • Taxi
    • fare: ~NLG 60.00
    • time taken: ~20 min
  • Trains
    • fare: ~NLG 5.75
    • frequency: every 15 min
    • time taken: ~20 min

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

13 hours


Not required for passport holders for a stay less than 3 months
Required for CI holders
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Customs Allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes / 200 cigarillos / 100 cigars / 500g of tobacco products
  • Liquor: A total of 1 litre of spirits and 2 litres of non-sparkling wine, 75 gm perfume and 0.375 lite toilet water.
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Netherlands Guilder (NLG)
Approximately NLG1 = HK$4.765 = US$0.6056
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VAT Tax: 17% applies to hotel and restaurant charges, etc. Purchases exceeding NLG300 from one store in the same day qualify for a VAT refund

Time Zone

GMT: + 2, or + 1 from September 24 to March 30
Difference from Hong Kong: - 6, or - 7 from September 24 to March 30


Metro - Subway
Regional Buslines&127;
Tourist Tram
Tourist Ferry
Car-rental service

Getting around by train

NS-The Dutch Railways (unofficial site)

Tourist Attractions

Artis Zoo
Hortus Horticultural Gardens
Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam Historical Museum
Rijks Museum
Vincent Van Gogh Museum
Jewish Historical Museum
Amsterdam Diamond Cutters
Rembrandt House
Anne Frank House
Royal Palace

Shopping Guide

Amsterdam Flea
Market at Valkeburgstraat
near the Munt Tower
PC Hooftstraat
City Hall


Nov - Mar: 4 - 9 C
Apr - May: 8 - 16 C
Jun - Oct: 14 - 20 C
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast


Official Languages: Dutch
Language of Business and Administration: Dutch, English, German, French


220 volts, 50 hertz

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Tourist Information Office: 06-34034066
Police, Fire and Ambulance: 06-11

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