The majority of passengers travelling to Amsterdam and Netherlands from the UK and Ireland arrive by air at Schiphol airport. There are many airlines flying directly to Amsterdam - both "no frills" and scheduled airlines.
Let's take a look at who flies to Amsterdam (AMS) from London and other British regional airports:
Easyjet (Cheap and reliable but watch out for extra charges)
Flies from London Gatwick/Luton/Southend/Stansted, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
2. British Airways (Heathrow flights more
expensive, occasional special offers, Oneworld alliance)
Flies from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City. If you are in BA's Executive Club (frequent flyer scheme) then London-Amsterdam return can be done as a Reward Flight Saver which costs 9,000 Avios points plus £30. BA also serves Rotterdam airport from Heathrow.
KLM (very good UK network, but can be somewhat pricey, Skyteam alliance)
Flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds, London City/Heathrow, Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newcastle and Norwich. No other airline flies to so many UK airports.
Jet2 (watch for extra fees)
Flies from Leeds-Bradford.
5. FlyBe (watch for
Cityjet (Air France-KLM subsidiary - can be quite expensive)
Flights from London City to Amsterdam.
7. Aer Lingus
Flies from Cork and Dublin in Ireland.
8. Darwin Airline (Swiss regional subsidiary)
Will offer flights from Cambridge to Amsterdam using Saab turboprop aircraft from September 2013.
Flights between UK and Netherlands are short and take around 45 minutes if flying to/from the London area and up to 1 1/2 hours when flying from the regional airports. Many flights from the UK land on Amsterdam Schiphol's infamous "Polderbaan" runway which is the furthest away from the terminal - taxi time can take 10-15 minutes!
Because UK and Ireland are not part of the Schengen open border agreement, passport controls apply at both ends. The UK also requires "advance passenger information" for both arriving and departing passengers - most airlines have an online facility to input this information.
Booking Tips - Either book as far in advance as possible or during special sales to get the lowest fares. Get on the e-mailing list of the airlines to stay informed or follow their social media. Travel during mid-week and avoid Friday and Sunday evenings as there are many commuters who travel between UK and Amsterdam at the weekend.
Note, no-frills carrier Ryanair serves Eindhoven airport.
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