Discount Airfares to Amsterdam: Ways to Get Cheap Tickets to Amsterdam

Finding discount airfares to Amsterdam shouldn't be too hard. Many low cost airlines flying in and out of Schiphol airport, it being one of the busiest travel hubs in Europe. Since the Netherlands also has several domestic airlines that use Schiphol as a home base, you can often also find cheap tickets to Amsterdam with these companies, even when they aren't low-cost when flying to other destinations.

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Airlines to Check

Dutch low-cost carriers Martinair and Transavia offer cheap tickets to and from various locations connecting with Amsterdam. For discount airfares to Amsterdam from the Americas, Martinair is the best choice, flying as it does to Miami, Mexico and a number of destinations in the Caribbean. If you don't need to cross the Atlantic to get to Amsterdam, however, Transavia offers cheap flights from other European cities.

For cheap tickets to Amsterdam from Mediterranean locations such as Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, the low-cost airline Corendon has been specializing in travel to and from these parts of the world since 2000 and can be well worth checking out.

Ryanair, one of the world's most well known cheap airlines does not fly directly to Amsterdam, but to Eindhoven, which is a 90 minute train journey away. As long as you are willing to put up with the extra delay of the train trip to Amsterdam, Ryanair's ultra-low prices can be the answer to a very cheap flight to Amsterdam. Though often not entirely as cheap as Ryanair, EasyJet does fly directly to Amsterdam from the UK and other European destinations.

Some other popular airlines that serve Amsterdam are British Airways, BMi, KLM, CityJet, Czech Airlines, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus. While not competing on the basis of low cost, these airlines can still be worth checking out.

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Tips and Tricks

The best way to find discount airfares to Amsterdam is checking as many airlines and travel companies as possible, asking prices for different times. Keep in mind, however, that some of these sites add their own surcharge and it always pays to double check the flight cost on the home website of the airline in question.

Other airports in the Netherlands often deal with airlines that do not fly directly to Schiphol, and can sometimes offer cheaper flights. Ryanair, as mentioned before, is one such airline and it can be worth the extra travel time to get a low cost flight to Rotterdam, Eindhoven or Groningen. The Netherlands are small and have an excellent rail network, so the train to Amsterdam takes a few hours at most from these airports.

Off season and off peak flights are also great for finding discount airfares to Amsterdam. The high season in Amsterdam is mid June to mid August, plus the weeks around Christmas and New Years Day. So try to avoid them. As long as you are willing to fly during the week, while still including a weekend, and to fly during inconvenient times, then a flight to Amsterdam can often be bought at low rates.

As always, it pays to plan ahead and booking well in advance can lead to cheap flights, combined with off peak times a trip planned in advance can wind up costing next nothing for the well prepared traveller.

Other Options

There are of course alternatives to discount airfares to Amsterdam, for those who still find the prices a little too rich.

Eurolines Coaches travel between Amsterdam and many major European cities. Their prices are very reasonable and their coaches quite comfortable, but bear in mind that travelling from country to country by bus means some very long travel times.

Train travel is the other major alternative to cheap tickets to Amsterdam. The European rail network is quite well developed and a number of international operators such as Eurostar and Thalys have regular routes to and from Amsterdam. Rail travel can also benefit from discount options such as the InterRail tickets that are very popular with backpackers.

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