Arrival Information for Sonnenberg Canal Apartments
When you have booked one of our apartments it is important for us to know your Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) the apartment. That way we can welcome you at the apartment, and give you a explanation of the apartment and its surrounding areas. Below you will find information concerning most methods of arriving at the apartment, please read carefully and if possible print it and to take with you prior to heading towards Amsterdam.
Once on your way to Amsterdam, you may experience some delays, or you may even arrive earlier than the Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) you provided us with. Also sometimes it is difficult to give a proper Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) when there is still a lot of time before your arrival date.
In brief, four rules to guarantee an EASY CHECK IN;
– Send us your Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) at least one week before arrival
– Add your flight information if travelling by air
– Keep us update of your Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) when it changes
– Call 30 minutes before you arrive at the door of the apartment!
General Travel advice for Sonnenberg Canal Apartments
In general we advise all groups of 4-8 persons to always use a taxi to get from the airport to anywhere within Amsterdam. A taxi will get you from the airport to the apartment’s front door in around 30 minutes for 30 -55 EUR depending on type of taxi. This comes down to 6 – 10 EUR per person, which is not much more then the costs for public transport per person (6,50 EUR). Taking a taxi will give you 1 to 1.5 hours of extra time, and no stress of trying to find ones way around after a tiring flight.
Airport – Sonnenberg by Taxi
A taxi can be found at taxi stand of the airport (follow taxi signs at airport) and takes you in 25 to 35 minutes from Schiphol to front door of the apartment. The rates are either fixed in advance or based on whatever the meter in the taxi indicates. Cost for taxi’s at taxi stand are around 45 – 55 EUR.
It is also possible to arrange a taxi ride in advance. In the past guests at the Sonnenberg Canal Apartments have used the following websites to reserve a taxi in advance;
Travelling to Sonnenberg by car
Amsterdam has not been designed and built for cars. This is especially the case for the centre of Amsterdam. The centre is difficult to navigate, and traffic is different if one is not used to sharing the small and narrow roads with a lot of cyclists, pedestrians, tourists, mopeds and scooters. We strongly recommend the use of car navigation equipment when driving to Herengracht 361, 1016 BB, Amsterdam.
Once you have arrived at the apartment you have no need for your car anymore until the time you need to depart. There is car parking available on the streets of central Amsterdam for 45 EUR per 24 hours. Information about parking on the streets of Amsterdam can be found here.
There is also a garage close to Centraal Station that has affordable rates (12 EUR per 24 hours); Oosterdok Parking in Amsterdam Centre. This is about 5 minutes walking from the Centraal Station, directions from there onwards to the apartment can be found below.
The fee for parking in most other garages in the centre of Amsterdam is 50-60 EUR per 24 hours. The closest one which has most spots is the parking at De Kolk @ Nieuwezijdse Voorburgwal, Amsterdam. The entrance to this parking is at approximately Nieuwezijdse Voorburgwal 32. While driving south on this road enter garage under sign indicating “P De Kolk”.
We advise you to park outside the city centre of Amsterdam at P+R locations (8 EUR for first 24 hours, 1 EUR per 24 hours after that). For the Sonnenberg Canal Apartments the following location is the easiest;
P + R Sloterdijk @ Piarcoplein 1, 1043 DW, AMSTERDAM. This is located along the A10, take exit S102 and follow signs to P + R Sloterdijk.
Easiest is to use navigation up to the point where you see the signs indicating P + R Sloterdijk. From here you can take public transport to Centraal Station Amsterdam, see below for information on how to get to the apartment from the station.
You can find exact information about cheap parking here. Please do check out the link as the offer requires specific action that goes beyond just getting the car there.
All public transport information can be accessed via 9292ov or by downloading the 9292ov PRO app onto your smart phone. Make sure to double check your telephony plan for use of internet abroad. It is advisable to turn off data roaming if internet abroad is not included in your plan. Please note that 9292ov assumes you are already in possession of a public transport card with a balance. You can buy this card for 7,50 EUR and need to load it with 20 EUR before you can use it on a train. A card can only be used by one person at the same time.
Airport – City by Train
Schiphol Airport train station uses flexible planning, so trains for Amsterdam Centraal Station (CS) depart from track 1 and 2. These two tracks are on opposing sides of the same platform, double check that you are getting onto a train headed for Amsterdam Centraal Station (CS). 3,80 EUR per person for 12 years and up, 2,50 EUR for 4 – 11 years, free for 0 – 3 years. Please note that High Speed FYRA trains have additional costs.
Arriving at Centraal Station
When arriving on Centraal Station there is the option to continue to the apartment by foot, by tram, or by taxi. In any case one should leave the stations on the city side (not on the water side). See the map of Centraal Station for location of tram-stops, Information desks and taxi-stand.
Centraal Station – Sonnenberg by TAXI
The taxi’s at Centraal Station will cost in between 15 and 25 EUR to drive you to the apartment in around 5 to 10 minutes.
Centraal Station – Sonnenberg by TRAM
Tram 1, 2 or 5 (please double check as there is an alternative route in place until mid November 2013) will take you towards the Sonnenberg, get out of the tram at “Spui”, sometimes also announced as “Courtyard with Chapel” as “Spui” is a bit difficult to understand for foreigners. Also “Spui” is the stop right after the stop for Dam Square. Check below for the route to walk from tram stop to the apartment.
Each person can buy a one-hour ticket in the tram itself for 2,70 EUR. Alternatively you can purchase this ticket at the GVB ticketshop (see map Centraal Station) or get passes for 24 hours – 7,50 EUR, 48 hours – 12,00 EUR, 72 hours – 16,00 EUR or 96 hours – 20,50 EUR.
Directions from tramstop
(1)After getting of the tram go south towards the square for a very short distance. On the square immediately turn right and walk past the (2) bookshop “Athenaeum Boekhandel”. Keep going straight into the alley next to (3) café “HOPPE”. At the end of the alley continue going straight onto the (4) bridge that cross “Singel” and go straight into the street “Wijde Heisteeg”. At the end (5) of this short street there is another bridge, do not go over the canal, instead turn right and walk along the “Herengracht” until you reach (6) Sonnenberg Canal Apartments at house number 361. This is approximately a 2 minute walk.
Centraal Station – Sonnenberg by FOOT
Leave Centraal Station on the city side (not on the water side), this is heading towards track 1, and the trams and taxi’s. When leaving the station walk towards (1) the “Victoria Hotel” and pass it on its left side, keeping the hotel to the right, onto the “Damrak”. Walk along the “Damrak” for about 500 meters until you reach a large square (2) expanding both left and right, with a monument on the left side and a palace on the right side, this is Dam-square. Keep going straight and pass on your right (3) “Madame Tussaud”. You are now walking on the “Rokin”, walk along the “Rokin” for about 350 meters until you reach (4).See next page for the second map belonging to this guided walk. At (4) you should now see water and tour boats on your left. Turn right into this (5) small street, with a bicycle path and sidewalks on both sides, called “Spui”. Keep going straight onto a small square, here keep (6) “The American Book Center” directly on your right and cross the street to walk past the bookshop (7) “Athenaeum Boekhandel”. Keep going straight into the alley next to (8) café “HOPPE”. At the end of the alley continue going straight onto the (9) bridge that cross “Singel” and go straight into the street “Wijde Heisteeg”. At (10) the end of this short street there is another bridge, do not go over the canal, instead turn right and walk along the “Herengracht” until you reach (11) Sonnenberg Canal Apartments at house number 361. This is approximately a 20 minute walk.