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What’s On in Amsterdam October 2022

Planning an autumn visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands? See what’s on in October 2022 with our exclusive listings guide below. From museums and exhibitions, rock/pop and classical concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences plus anything else of interest to the visitor or expat.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam (October 2022)

It is recommended visitors book a ticket and time-slot online in advance.

Our House – A brand new museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Take a 75 minute digital storytelling journey and explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations, shows and performances. Book Our House tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

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Our House Amsterdam

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Inaugural exhibition is Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion, with works from the Viennese artist and his contemporaries. Runs at Westergas Amsterdam, 22 Apr to 31 Dec 2022. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion at Fabrique des Lumières Amsterdam

STRAAT – A totally unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000m² warehouse at NDSM wharf in Amsterdam which showcases some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book your STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – A new immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

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AMAZE Amsterdam

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. UFO – Unidentified Fluid Other, exhibition examining the boundaries of the physical and virtual worlds. Runs 11 Jun 2022 to 31 Aug 2023. Located in the Amsterdam North district, open daily. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

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Nxt Museum Amsterdam exhibition (credit: Gert Jan van Rooij/Nxt Museum)

Once Upon a Time Amsterdam – Pop-up museum on Museumplein which houses an exhibition of exquisite clocks from the late 18th and early 19th century, part of the Parnassia Collection. Runs 21 May 2022 to 29 Jan 2023 (closed Mondays). Book Once Upon a Time tickets here

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now has a diverse selection of works from the anonymous British street artist. In addition MOCO Masters features the likes of Warhol, Basquiat and Koons. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. A Fragile Past: Meissen porcelain from the Oppenheimer family runs in the Gallery of Honour until 13 Nov 2022. Clara and Crawly Creatures, exhibitions about Clara the 18th century rhinoceros plus 140 objects with an animal theme. Runs 30 Sep 2022 to 15 Jan 2023. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here 

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers. Free entry

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Golden Boy Gustav Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse… large-scale exhibition runs 7 Oct 2022 to 8 Jan 2023. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

If you wish to visit Van Gogh’s hometown of Nuenen then consider the full-day Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour which also includes entry to the Van Gogh Museum.

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Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation.

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Anne Frank House Amsterdam

The 2 hour Anne Frank Walking Tour will take you around the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam and to the outside of the Anne Frank House (does not include entrance).

Hermitage MuseumLove Stories – Art, Passion & Tragedy, exhibition featuring more than a hundred portraits about love, passion and tragedy from the late sixteenth century until today. Runs 17 Sep 2022 to 8 Jan 2023.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. 31553580 (obsession) for Numbers & Schematics, exhibition about the world of logic, art and structure. Runs 22 Sep 2022 to 27 Aug 2023.

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

Rembrandt HouseRembrandt Revival, exhibition about the Rembrandt-inspired etching revival which happened between 1850 and 1940. Runs 11 Jun to 30 Oct 2022. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Anne Imhof – YOUTH, installation featuring art, architecture, light and sound. Runs 1 Oct 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book Stedelijk tickets here

De Nieuwe Kerk – The Century of Juliana, a Queen and her Ideals, major exhibition about the former Dutch Queen who reigned 1948-1980, with over 100 art objects from the Royal Collections. Runs 15 Oct 2022 to 9 Apr 2023.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

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Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

Royal Palace – Visit the imposing palace on Dam Square including the magnificent Citizen’s Hall. Note, closed 24 Oct to 9 Dec 2022. Book Royal Palace tickets here

Museums of the CanalsWaterkracht, exhibition about the water in Amsterdam’s canals and how its quality has improved. Runs 17 Jun 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book Museum of the Canals tickets here

FOAM Photography MuseumMous Lamrabat, Blessings from Mousganistan, exhibition of the Moroccan photographer. Runs 27 May to 4 Dec 2022. Book FOAM tickets here

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FOAM Museum Amsterdam

Huis Marseille – 4 Exhibitions: Jochen Lempert: Natural sources; Nhu Xuan Hua: Hug of a swan; Diane Severin Nguyen; Danh Vo Archive of Dr. Joseph M. Carrier 1962–1973. All run 10 Sep to 4 Dec 2022.

EYE Filmmuseum – Fiona Tan, major retrospective exhibition of the Indonesian-born filmmaker runs 1 Oct 2022 to 8 Jan 2023.

Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam city archive presents Amsterdam Ancestors: In Search of Our Family Histories, an exhibition featuring the family stories of various primary school children from Amsterdam. Runs 9 Jun 2022 to 8 Jan 2023. All Those Amsterdam People… Photos 1935-1975, exhibition of lively photos from the 20th century. Runs 27 Oct 2022 to 12 Feb 2023.

ARTIS Groote Museum – Opened in late spring 2022, the fascinating new Groote Museum allows you to explore your place in the living world with beautifully presented installations and exhibits. Book your Groote Museum tickets here

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ARTIS Groote Museum in Amsterdam

Jewish MuseumEden and the Golden Rule, virtual reality exhibition with the theme ‘Don’t do anything to other people that you wouldn’t want them to do to you.’ Runs 7 Jul to 31 Dec 2022. A Place of Our Own, photo exhibition from Iris Hassid featuring four young women living and studying in Tel Aviv. Runs 24 Jun 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

Hash Marihuana & Hemp MuseumStay Stoned: Madness, Cannabis & Tattoos, long-term exhibition running 18 Jun 2022 to 23 Feb 2023. Book tickets here

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness. Book Body Worlds tickets here

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

Melkweg ExpoUniversal Tongue by Anouk Kruithof, video installations on dance from around the world taken from social media. Runs 21 Oct to 1 Dec 2022. Free entry

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Corneille 100, exhibition of the Cobra artist marking 100 years since his birth. Runs 3 Jul to 20 Nov 2022.

Teylers Museum (Haarlem) – Hockney’s Eye, exhibition of British artist David Hockney including drawings, paintings, photographic and digital artwork. Runs 23 Sep 2022 to 29 Jan 2023. Book Teylers Museum tickets here

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Teylers Museum Haarlem – Hockney’s Eye

Amsterdam City Passes

The official Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam region museums and attractions. Plus a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. It costs €65 to €135. Book the Iamsterdam City Card here

The GO City All-inclusive Amsterdam Pass (1/2/3/5 days) offers free entrance to 25 attractions and includes a canal cruise, pedal boat and bike rental. It costs €51 to €99. Book the GO City All inclusive Pass here

The GO City Explorer Amsterdam Pass (3-7 attractions) allows you to pick entry to a specific number of attractions with a 60 day time limit. It costs €43 to €89. Book the GO City Explorer Amsterdam Pass here

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The Amsterdam Pass from Tiqets offers entrance to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It also includes a canal cruise and city guide app. It costs €62. Book the Amsterdam Pass here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (October 2022)

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Go Ahead Eagles 1 Oct 2022 (2000)
Ajax vs Napoli 4 Oct 2022 (2100) – UEFA Champions League
Ajax vs Excelsior 15 Oct 2022 (2000)
Ajax vs Liverpool 26 Oct 2022 (2100) – UEFA Champions League

TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 46th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event is due be held on Sunday 16 Oct 2022. The race which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

Amsterdam City Walk – 10, 14, 17, 20, 26 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. On Saturday 15 Oct 2022 with the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.

Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. The next edition has been rescheduled to 30 Oct 2022.

Ben Bril Boxing Gala – Ben Bril (1912-2003) was a Jewish Dutch boxer who fought aged 16 at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and later survived deportation to a German concentration camp. An annual boxing and dinner show at Theater Carré Amsterdam is held in his memory, scheduled for 17 Oct 2022.

Grachtenrace – Up to 140 sloop boats race over a 25km course around Amsterdam’s canals. Start/finish at the Olympic Stadium. 35th edition is scheduled for 8 Oct 2022.

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2022 – The Women’s Volleyball World Championships will be jointly held by the Netherlands and Poland. The 3 Dutch host cities will be Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Rotterdam. Runs 23 Sep to 15 Oct 2022.

World Padel Tour Amsterdam Open – Racquet sport tournament event will run 28 Sep to 2 Oct 2022 at Plaza Padel and De Centrale Markthal in Amsterdam.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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Festivals in Amsterdam (October 2022)

Lift-Off Film Festival – International film festival showcasing emerging artists and featuring shorts, documentaries, animations and features. Expected in 9-16 Oct 2022 at LAB111, Amsterdam.

Cinekid – International film, television and new media festival for kids. Expected 15-30 Oct 2022 at multiple locations. The Cinekid for Professionals event will run at Pathé Amsterdam Noord 18-21 Oct 2022.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – Major international conference and festival for electronic music. Runs 19-23 Oct 2022 at various locations around Amsterdam.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Expected 29 Sep to 2 Oct 2022 at LAB111 Amsterdam.

Imagine Film Festival – Well-established international film festival (formerly Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) showing sci-fi, cult, fantasy and horror films. Expected 26 Oct to 4 Nov 2022 (38th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam (October 2022)

World Aviation Festival – The world’s leading aviation technology conference and exhibition comes to RAI Amsterdam over 4-6 Oct 2022.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Expo Haarlemmermeer near Hoofddorp. Scheduled for 4-9 Oct 2022.

[X] I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Note, no event in 2022 – rescheduled for Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam for Sunday 1 Oct 2023.

IAMExpat Fair The Hague  – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. Event due at Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague on 1 Oct 2022 (1000-1700).

Affordable Art Fair – International art fair with art objects under €7,500 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, expected 27-30 Oct 2022.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (October 2022)

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Thursday 6 Oct 2022 at 2000.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here

Alan Carr – The English comedian plays the De La Mar Theatre in Amsterdam for his show Regional trinket on 9 Oct 2022.

Jimmy Carr – The prolific English comedian performs his Terribly Funny stand-up show at AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 27 Oct 2022.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (October 2022)

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage – for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Auditory Reset – Series of intimate monthly concerts at the Playground, A Lab Amsterdam designed for experiencing deep concentration/mindfulness experience/reset. Runs 11 Oct 2022 (1800).

Afterglow, a double reed feast – World premiere classical concert featuring oboe, 3 bassoons and piano at Splendor Amsterdam. Runs 28 Oct 2022 (2100).

Other Events in Amsterdam

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – 120 minute evening cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 3 course meal and drinks. Runs every Thu/Fri/Sat (1930) in October. Check Dinner Cruise availability here

Amsterdam American Business Club (AABC) – October networking event from the AABC will be held at the Andaz Amsterdam hotel on 24 Oct 2022 (1800-2200).

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 9 Oct 2022 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park, 16 Oct 2022 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 30 Oct 2022 (1100-1700) at Park Frankendael. Free entry

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 2 Oct 2022 (1200-1800). Free entry

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 23 Oct 2022 (1000-1800). Free entry

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 400 indoor stands. 8-9 Oct 2022 (0900-1630) and 29-30 Oct 2022 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (October 2022)

James Taylor – 5 Oct, AFAS Live
Kendrick Lamar – 7/8 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Suede – 8 Oct, Melkweg
Backstreet Boys – 9 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Deep Purple – 10 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Don McLean – 10 Oct, Carré
Kasabian – 13 Oct, AFAS Live
Bob Dylan – 16/17 Oct, AFAS Live
Muse – 23 Oct, Carré
Counting Crows – 24 Oct, AFAS Live
Placebo – 24 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Brit Floyd – 26 Oct, AFAS Live

Summary: Amsterdam Daily Events Calendar (October 2022)

Looking for events or things to do in Amsterdam today or this weekend? Our calendar highlights selected upcoming events in Amsterdam on a day-by-day basis – handy for visitors or expats who want to take time out.

Sat 1 Oct 22Ajax vs Go Ahead Eagles (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
World Padel Tour Amsterdam Open (De Centrale Markthal)
Camera Japan (LAB111)
IAMExpat Fair (Grote Kerk – The Hague)
Sun 2 Oct 22Sunday Market (Westergas)
Camera Japan (LAB111)
World Padel Tour Amsterdam Open Finals (De Centrale Markthal)
Mon 3 Oct 22
Tue 4 Oct 22Ajax vs Napoli (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
World Aviation Festival (RAI Amsterdam)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
Wed 5 Oct 22World Aviation Festival (RAI Amsterdam)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
James Taylor (AFAS Live)
Thu 6 Oct 22Amsterdam Magic Show (Rozentheater) [tickets]
World Aviation Festival (RAI Amsterdam)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
Fri 7 Oct 22Klimt exhibition opens (Van Gogh Museum)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
Kendrick Lamar (Ziggo Dome)
Sat 8 Oct 22IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Grachtenrace (Olympic Stadium)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
Kendrick Lamar (Ziggo Dome)
Suede (Melkweg)
Sun 9 Oct 22IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Pure Markt (Amstel Park)
Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
VT Wonen & Design Beurs (Expo Haarlemmermeer)
Alan Carr (De La Mar Theatre)
Backstreet Boys (Ziggo Dome)
Mon 10 Oct 22Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Deep Purple (Ziggo Dome)
Don McLean (Carré)
Tue 11 Oct 22Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Auditory Reset (A Lab)
Wed 12 Oct 22
Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Thu 13 Oct 22Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Kasabian (AFAS Live)
Fri 14 Oct 22Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Sat 15 Oct 22Ajax vs Excelsior (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
Amsterdam City Walk (Olympic Stadium)
Queen Juliana exhibition opens (Nieuwe Kerk)
Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Sun 16 Oct 22TCS Amsterdam Marathon (Olympic Stadium)
Pure Markt (Amstel Park)
Lift-Off Flm Festival (LAB111)
Bob Dylan (AFAS Live)
Mon 17 Oct 22Ben Bril Boxing Gala (Carré)
Bob Dylan (AFAS Live)
Tue 18 Oct 22Cinekid for Professionals (Pathé Amsterdam Noord)
Wed 19 Oct 22Amsterdam Dance Event (various)
Cinekid for Professionals (Pathé Amsterdam Noord)
Thu 20 Oct 22Amsterdam Dance Event (various)
Cinekid for Professionals (Pathé Amsterdam Noord)
Fri 21 Oct 22Amsterdam Dance Event (various)
Cinekid for Professionals (Pathé Amsterdam Noord)
Sat 22 Oct 22Amsterdam Dance Event (various)
Sun 23 Oct 22Museum Market (Museumplein)
Amsterdam Dance Event (various)
Muse (Carré)
Mon 24 Oct 22Counting Crows (AFAS Live)
Placebo (Ziggo Dome)
Tue 25 Oct 22
Wed 26 Oct 22Ajax vs Liverpool (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)
Brit Floyd (AFAS Live)
Thu 27 Sep 22Affordable Art Fair (Kromhouthal)
Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)
Jimmy Carr (AFAS Live)
Fri 28 Oct 22
Affordable Art Fair (Kromhouthal)
Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)
Sat 29 Oct 22Ajax vs Vitesse (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Affordable Art Fair (Kromhouthal)
Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)
Sun 30 Oct 22IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Pure Markt (Park Frankendael)
Gaasperplasrun (Gaasperplaas)
Affordable Art Fair (Kromhouthal)
Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)
Mon 31 Oct 22 Imagine Film Festival (EYEFilm)

Amsterdam Travel/Transport Resources

Prepare for your trip to Amsterdam in advance.

Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets – 1 to 7 day ticket (€8.50 to €37). Valid on all GVB transport (trams/metro/buses) in Amsterdam on a 24 hour basis. Book GVB 1-7 day tickets online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€17/€22.50/€28) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€19.50/€28/€36.50) for unlimited travel in entire Amsterdam region. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis on NS trains (in region), regional buses and Amsterdam GVB transport. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Iamsterdam City Card – Tourist pass which includes a GVB multi-day ticket as well as admission to many Amsterdam attractions. 24/48/72/96/120 hour cards (€65-€135). Book the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Hotels Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which offers a wide selection of hotels and free cancellation if your plans change. It also has a range of Amsterdam hostels for those on a budget.

Taxi Sneleentaxi is a reliable taxi firm offering rides anywhere in the Netherlands – including around Amsterdam and to/from airports. It offers competitive fixed fares. You can book with Sneleentaxi here

International Trains – You can check timetables, prices and make bookings for all the international train services to/from the Netherlands at the NS International site

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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