Missing an intercontinental flight back to Shanghai is not that bad when flying KLM. With almost 20 hours to spare and your luggage out of sight, the chance to see and enjoy downtown Amsterdam is an opportunity you do not turn your back on.
- KLM provides an acceptable hotel accommodation at the nearby Hotel ibis Amsterdam Airport. It includes meals.
- There are free shuttles from the airport to hotel. But if you are not the patient-type, gather a few of your co-stranded passengers, get a taxi to your hotel, and split the bill. It costs about 25euros one-way.
- Do not sulk at your plight by staying at the hotel. From the airport to Amsterdam Centraal, the train costs just 4euros one-way.
- From Centraal, Dam Square is just a few steps away. From there you can lose yourself in the city’s matrix of alleys, and de-stress along the canal-side cafes. Smell the air :)
This is one of those rare, beautiful moments, when something bad, actually turns unexpectedly good. ENJOY!