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Buses to Amsterdam
Every hour buses and coaches arrive in Amsterdam from every major city in Europe, Ouibuses come from Paris while Dusseldorf, Brussels and Cologne are served by Eurolines and national providers. Megabus and National Rail Coaches both run a good direct service between London Victoria and Amsterdam Centraal. The journey time is approximately 12 hours from London and fares include the ferry crossing. Overnight sleeper coaches are also available for social or gap year travellers.Amsterdam coach station is conveniently sited near the Eastern harbour district. It is a modern facility and gives a charming first impression of the city. From here, visitors can take connection buses to Amsterdam's most popular destination, however, cycles are ubiquitous here, so a bit of pedal power may be the best way to see the city. Many coach operators will let you take your own bike for a small surcharge but check in advance, otherwise, tolerable bikes can be hired from dozens of locations in Amsterdam.
Arriving in Amsterdam
Some people say there are two reasons for visiting Amsterdam but this is a definite understatement; there are many, many more. Although this is a small capital compared to London, Paris or Rome, Amsterdam has plenty packed into excite and entertain visitors. During the late summer, the foremost museums and galleries throw open their doors after dark for spectacular evening events. These are generally free to the public, but some special exhibitions may charge a small entrance fee. The Dutch are a notoriously friendly people and English is widely spoken here, many informal eateries will be happy to provide an English menu. When visiting Amsterdam, the savoury bitterballen should certainly be sampled; these are a comforting beefy treat, deep fried in breadcrumbs (vegetarian alternatives are widely available too). There are no fewer than 400 museums and galleries here, so it would be impossible to get round them all on a short coach break, but no trip to the Dutch Capital is complete without a trip to the World famous Rijksmuseum which houses an unrivalled collection of paintings by the foremost of the Dutch masters.