I try to choose the shortest, non-stop flights when traveling with one of my dogs. Over the last year, I’ve made several trips through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and found it especially well suited to traveling with pets.
Schiphol Airport features a spacious park just outside the arrivals area, providing welcome relief after an overnight flight. There are also several excellent hotels connected to the airport by indoor walkways.
On our most recent trip, we took the train directly from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station. There are several trains an hour and it only takes 15 to 20 minutes. Dogs are allowed on Amsterdam trams, buses and the metro free of charge. If you are traveling by train with a large dog, you may need to pay for a 3 euro “day card”.
From the station, we only had to walk a block to get to our accommodation at the Eric Vökel Amsterdam Suites. The staff greeted us warmly and even upgraded us to an apartment with a patio so Louis could hang out in the sun. Booking.com lists the property as pet-friendly but you should contact the property directly if you would like to bring a dog.
Adult: €25, per person
Youth: €16, per person
Dogs: €14, per dog
For a fun souvenir, Louis and I posed for a picture at the Dutch Costume Photo Studio. Dogs are allowed and they even have a special costume if they want to dress up. Louis passed on the outfit but did enjoy chewing on the props!
After posing patiently for photos, I figured Louis might want to blow off some steam. We hopped on the Tram to explore some of the 120 acre, Vondelpark. Dogs are allowed off-leash and will find no shortage of pups to play with.
Almost all restaurants and shops in Amsterdam seem to allow dogs. Unless there is a “no dogs” sticker on the door it’s worth asking. Please check out my Pet-Friendly Amsterdam map for suggestions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the highlights of our visit to Amsterdam! In our next blog entry, I’ll show you some fun things to do with dogs in other parts of the Netherlands.