Make a weekend of it with cheap flights to Amsterdam from Manchester

Cheap flights to Amsterdam from Manchester

Canals, clubs and football. Amsterdam could almost be Manchester's separated-at-birth twin. Ok, we'll admit that the Dutch city is just a little prettier. Book cheap flights to Amsterdam from Manchester and check out some of the other differences.

EasyJet (easyjet.com) flies from Manchester to Amsterdam, with outward fares starting from £22.99 and inbound fares at £19.99. These include all taxes. There will be an extra charge for credit card purchases and for luggage, but if you can manage to travel light on your Amsterdam weekend, you should be able to find a round trip fare for under £50.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (klm.com) fly from Manchester to Amsterdam Schiphol with a scheduled service. Return flights are readily available from £76 including taxes.

Culture vultures should descend on the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl). There aren't any Lowrys, but the Dutch Renaissance Golden Age is well reprsented in the timeless masterpieces of painters like Vermeer Franz Hals, and Rembrandt.

Amsterdam's weather can be as bleak as Manchester's but if the sun is out, head for the Vondelpark. It's where Amsterdammers go to picnic, rollerblade, cycle (of course) and just hang out. There are 4 great cafes with their own distinct character, including the Big Milkhouse, which kids love.

For shopping, avoid the throngs in the city centre, and wander among the eccentric and chic boutiques and small shops along Prinsengracht. You won't find bargains, but you might unearth a fascinating antique, or just some reassuringly expensive artisan coffee.

If you would like some specific information about events, gigs, shows or exhibitions that will be on in the city for the weekend you have booked cheap flights to Amsterdam from Manchester, visit the dutchamsterdam.nl site.

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