You might be unsurprised to learn Amsterdam is well connected — like its Northern European neighbors — and finding free wifi in Amsterdam will be one of the easiest errands of your trip.
Where to find free wifi in Amsterdam
Most major hubs of transportation offer free wifi for public use. Consequently, if you’re flying into Schiphol Airport, they have wifi. Passengers arriving at Centraal Station, Amsterdam’s main train station, will also find free wifi.
Amsterdam wifi services exist in many of the well-known tourist attractions, museums and coffee houses. Places like the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House are all equipped with fast and free wifi. Of course, the usual suspects like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Bagels & Beans supply free wifi in Amsterdam.
Check with the hotel or hostel where you’re planning to stay to find out if they offer wifi and if you have to pay for it. Most public libraries will have wifi. The American Book Center located at Spui 12, provides Amsterdam wifi and a nice place to read, write and shop.
Tools for finding free wifi in Amsterdam
Use one of the following websites and apps to score free wifi in Amsterdam. Remember, hotspots change — some go paid, others go dark. Similarly, power outlets are available at some but not all hotspots. Finally, you will sometimes have to ask at the counter or reception for an access code.
- Wifi Amsterdam will give you a list of over 90 locations offering free wifi in the Amsterdam. The interactive map allows you to find the closest wifi location.
- FON is a wifi community in which members share their wireless access with other members. In exchange, members are able to use any wifi access point in this community. You must buy a special router if you want to use FON. Even if you decide not to share your internet access, you can still use FON by purchasing a card from them.
- The Your Little Black Book app reveals over 800 hotspots in the city.
In conclusion, free wifi hotspots abound in Amsterdam. Easy to find and easy to use, Amsterdam’s free wifi hotspots exist all over the city. While visiting the city you will be able to stay connected to friends, family and, most importantly, your Instagram followers.
Get more indispensable Amsterdam advice in Rory’s forthcoming book, 53 Amsterdam Travel Tips.