GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Amsterdam is well served from UK airports: BA, easyJet, FlyBe, Jet2 and KLM all run flights (from £70; flybe.com). Eurostar trains now run direct twice daily from London St Pancras to Amsterdam in 3¾ hours, though for the return trip you’ll still need to change at Brussels to clear passport controls (from £55; eurostar.com). The best way to get around the city is with an Iamsterdam City Card. It gives unlimited access to public transport for either 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. It also lets you visit most city museums for free, as well as offering a range of other discounts (from £50 for a 24-hour card; iamsterdam.com).
Pick up our Amsterdam guide (£13.99) or get our free-todownload Guides app. The tourist board can help you plan your trip; buy an Iamsterdam card at their office in the airport (iamsterdam. com).
Early evening on the banks of the Amstel – the city took its name from a dam on this much-altered river