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Amsterdam is an international hub for many airlines. Flights arrive at Schiphol, Europe’s fourth-largest airport, which is about half an hour from the city center by public transport. Trains arrive at Central Station, where countless connections are available. London is less than five hours away on high-speed Eurostar and Thalys lines. Eurostar buses terminate at Amstel Station. Boat travel is an option for U.K. and Scandinavian travelers, via P &O North Sea Ferries, Stenaline, and Scandinavian Seaways. City parking is rare and expensive. If you must arrive by car, take the A10 Ring into town from any major freeway.

Amsterdam is among the most compact of the world’s major cities, making it easy to get around by foot or bike. An excellent system of GVB trams and buses facilitates travel throughout the city and beyond. A metro line connects Centrum with southern suburbs; another, slated for completion in 2017, will link the Museum District to North Amsterdam.