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Business travel to Amsterdam is an ever-popular itinerary here at Your Travel Corporate. In 2022 Amsterdam ranked as our 6th most booked destination. The only other European destination to trump Amsterdam in our 2022 rankings was Faro, more commonly booked for company incentives. In comparison, business travel to Amsterdam is more commonly booked for its wider European appeal to businesses. Amsterdam is known for its highly educated and multilingual workforce, many fluent in English. It is a well-connected city, also home to several world-class conference and exhibition facilities and a highly accommodating environment for businesses. Perks of expanding in Amsterdam include a competitive tax system, strong intellectual property protection and also a supportive startup system.
Whatever your need for business travel to Amsterdam, you can rely on our business travel experts! Our team have put together this round up especially for you, with the most popular travel options to the city and our most booked hotels. There are some additional recommendations for utilising any spare time in the beautiful city of Amsterdam too. Read on to find out more.
Our clients travel to Amsterdam from the UK one of two ways. Either by Eurostar or a short flight (approximately 1hr to 1hr30min) from a number of airports. Amsterdam is well connected to the UK, meaning you can fly direct from Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Belfast, Newcastle, Southampton, Cardiff, Leeds, Inverness, Aberdeen or any London airport. British Airways and the Netherlands national flag carrier KLM are the most popular airline choices amongst our clients.
In comparison, flying to Amsterdam is often more cost effective than travelling by Eurostar. Not to mention a significantly shorter journey. The Eurostar direct from London to Amsterdam is a four hour ride. However, this longer journey benefits from three key points. Firstly, the seat is more comfortable and spacious. Secondly, there is ample working space, with power points and Wifi, should you need to use this time effectively. Lastly, there is considerably less ‘faff’ than at airports. You can take two items of luggage and an item of hand luggage on board, without separating out liquids or electricals. You are advised to arrive at least half an hour before your train to pass through security and acquire your luggage tags, in comparison to arriving at the airport at least an hour before your flight. And of course, upon arrival at the station, you tend to be in the heart of the city with less onward travel than from an airport. Finally, you may be more inclined to book a train due to its lower environmental impact.
Ultimately, the choice between the two modes of transport will depend on the priorities and preferences of individual travellers.
Hotel Jakarta is up there with the most sustainable of luxury hotels for business travel to Amsterdam. The 200 room and suite property is designed to offer a unique experience while minimising its impact on the environment. Leisure facilities include a rooftop terrace, overlooking stunning views of the city from its island location. The terrace also features a bar, lounge and a tropical greenhouse. The wellness centre includes a fitness area and sauna, plus a pool and steam bath available to guests at an additional charge. Most interestingly the hotel has a small art gallery and library, both offering perfect opportunities to unwind. Café Jakarta serves up a mix of Indonesian and Western cuisine while Malabar is open for more fine-dining. A business centre and multiple, fully equipped meeting rooms are available for business travellers, with high-speed internet access throughout.
The luxurious Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is housed in a beautiful and historic building. It is located in the heart of the city, close to many major attractions and business destinations. All 177 rooms and suites feature elegant decor, many offering views of the city’s canals. A business centre is supported by several meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment and high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Also on-site is a fitness centre, spa and wellness centre. The hotel offers canal boat tours and bicycle hire too. Several dining options, including the Michelin-starred Bridges restaurant. Should you want to retire early after a long day of meetings, perhaps 24-hour room service would be more appealing.
The NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace is an ideal accommodation for Eurostar business travel to Amsterdam, due to its location so close to the city’s central train station. The luxury hotel consists of 274 rooms and suites, each with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV’s and bathrobe and slippers. There are two dining options on site, including the Michelin-starred Vermeer Restaurant, an impressive setting for a business lunch. A fitness centre, sauna and beauty centre make up the hotel’s leisure facilities. Meanwhile, business facilities include several meeting rooms ranging in size, audiovisual equipment, high-speed internet access throughout the hotel and a fully equipped business centre.
Whilst we imagine your itinerary to Amsterdam is almost certain to be jam-packed with company agendas, if you do find some spare time to enjoy the city, we have a variety of recommendations for all tastes. If history and culture are your thing, consider a visit to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Musuem or Anne Frank House. Looking for something more relaxing? How about a detour through Amsterdams largest park Vondelpark or hopping on one of the city’s canals cruises? Hortus Botanicus is another to consider, founded in 1638 it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.
For a completely unique and so very Amsterdam experience there is Electric Ladyland. This museum of fluorescent art is a quirky and trippy experience not to miss. When our marketing manager visited in late 2012, it was a solo guided tour by the artist himself! Also for the creatively minded is NDSM Wharf. This former shipyard is now a cultural hub, with artist studios, bars, restaurants and a street art museum.
If you only have an hour or two to take in the city, wander through the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood or charming, boutique-y narrow streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood.
Our business travel experts are on hand should you require additional inspiration or a tailored quote for your next business travel to Amsterdam.