Discover Amsterdam

High culture meets good times in Amsterdam, a city as popular for museum-hopping mini-breaks as it is for raucous hen or stag trips.

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Its iconic 17th-century canal houses, delightful cafés and fleets of vintage-style bikes project an air of wholesome, timeless charm. In between sampling local food and drink, there are some truly unmissable sights and events to discover. Make no mistake: there’s more to this destination than Rembrandt and tulips.

Flying to Amsterdam

Flying straight into Amsterdam Schiphol from LCY means you’ll land just 5.5 miles (9km) southwest of the city’s financial centre as soon as you land – but even if you are travelling on business, try to make time for some leisure too. Amsterdam’s laid-back attitude is well-documented, but as well as chilled brown cafés (local pubs) and art galleries, you’ll find a vibrant, cultured heartbeat of museums, independent bars and restaurants in this forward-thinking city. With several direct flights between London City Airport and Amsterdam each day, whether your travel plans involve work or sipping genever by the canal, here's what you need to know about getting there.

Flying from London City Airport to Amsterdam: Q&A

The most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Amsterdam that we’re asked are often about flight times, frequencies, and a few other practicalities. Here’s everything you need to know before you book.

How long is the flight from London to Amsterdam?

Flying direct to Amsterdam from London takes around an hour from take-off to landing, depending on your departure time. Flying from London City Airport means a quick transfer from the city centre too – it’s just 20 minutes on the DLR from Bank to the airport, where the DLR station is directly connected to the terminal.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Amsterdam?

There are between 11 and 13 flights from London City Airport to Amsterdam every working day of the week. Over the weekend, there are around 12 convenient flights to suit your schedule. During the week, early-morning and late-night flights make travelling for work simple, and hourly evening flights on Fridays make it easy to plan a short city break. Check the Amsterdam flight timetable for up-to-date details.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Amsterdam?

If you’re flying directly from London City Airport to Amsterdam, you will either be flying with Flybe, British Airways, CityJet or KLM. All airlines providing the direct service offer economy tickets, and business class tickets are also available on most flights.

Practical information about flying from London to Amsterdam

You will need your passport to travel to Amsterdam. Border control in the Netherlands can be particular about damaged passports too, so make sure yours is in good condition before you fly. Once you arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol, public transport connections are easy and fast. A train from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal station takes under 20 minutes and costs around €5.

What to expect in Amsterdam

Despite being one of Europe’s most popular destinations for party weekend breaks, most of Amsterdam is calm, cool and collected. Strolling down cobbled streets flanked by traditional Dutch townhouses, bicycles and canals, it’s easy to forget its status as a major European city. But major it is, and you’ll find fine dining, modern art and businesses of all kinds all flourishing in this secretly modern city. Take the time to get to know it and you won’t be disappointed.