How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Amsterdam

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How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Amsterdam

A few months ago when I was searching for flights to Portugal from Helsinki, I noticed that for one the prices were pretty high and that the lowest ones had long layovers. The cheapest price I saw, for around $200 roundtrip, had a 12 hour layover in Amsterdam. I have been to Amsterdam once and loved it, so to have the chance to go again was something that interested me! I quickly asked my friend if this would be okay for her and she said yes since she has never been before.

Amsterdam is an amazing city and if you have a chance to stay for longer, do, but if not then it’s still a great place to have a layover. Here is how we spent out 12 hour layover in Amsterdam!

Where to Stay

How to Spend a 12 hour Layover in Amsterdam

MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West

This hostel is a little outside of the city, but Amsterdam is so well connected that it’s a great location. And cheaper. This hostel is also right next to a train stop that goes to and from the airport and downtown. You can get to both within 15 minutes.

What to Do

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Amsterdam

Depending on when you get in Amsterdam, this will affect what you can do. We got to our hostel around 8pm so by that time a lot of the museums were closed. I do know the Anne Frank House is open later and you need to reserve tickets in advance. Here is what we did during our night in Amsterdam:

  • Walk the canal district
  • See the Anne Frank statue
  • Eat pancakes, french fries, and stroopwaffles
  • Check out the nightlife/coffee shops

If you are going to be in Amsterdam for longer or during the day, check out my post HERE on things to do in Amsterdam.

Spending a 12 hour layover in Amsterdam was fun and better than in an airport!


What city have you spent a longer layover in?



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