10 Must-Have Apps for Exploring Amsterdam

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Photo of Tom Coggins
31 January 2018

Aside from the Culture Trip’s smartphone ready-guides, there are many apps available from Apple Store or Google Play that are designed to enhance users’ experiences while visiting Amsterdam. These awesome apps include some that make travelling around the city considerably easier, as well as other specialised pieces of software that let users discover important, fun or interesting things to see and do.


9292 is the go-to app in the Netherlands for public transport and allows users to quickly discover the fastest routes between two destinations. The app is free and provides information about route changes, fairs, line disruptions and travel times. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.


GVB’s app is very similar to 9292 but specifically focuses on Amsterdam’s public transport, rather than the whole country’s travel network. Much like 9292, it provides users with up-to-date information concerning a whole host of travel options, including the city’s trams, buses and metros and shows the quickest routes from A to B in Amsterdam. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

9292 and GVB make navigating Dutch public transport much easier | © gerarddm / Pixabay


With this handy app, travellers in Amsterdam can quickly reserve, locate, then pick up special rental bikes parked around the city. After riding to their destination, users simply park their rental bikes in city-owned storage facilities in order to finish their lease. FlickBike’s rental service only cost €2 per hour and the app features a streamlined, city-wide locator that makes finding bicycles in Amsterdam a total breeze. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.


If you’ve decided to buy or burrow a bike in Amsterdam it is definitely worth installing FlatTire, as this clever app lets users with broken bicycles arrange on-the-spot repairs. After notifying FlatTire about your situation, the company sends out one of their dedicated, bike mechanics to fix the problem. It is possible to book a mechanic between 09.00 to 21.00 every day and the service is available everywhere within Amsterdam’s central neighbourhoods. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

There are several apps dedicated to bikes in Amsterdam | © ahunt / Pixabay

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

Avoid delays when leaving or arriving in Amsterdam’s only airport with this app! It has several features that simplify travelling through Schiphol, including a real-time flight tracking section, a detailed map of the airport and a page that lets users quickly book long-term or short-term parking spaces. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.


This interactive app features a comprehensive map of the Rijksmuseum which pinpoints artworks in the different rooms. It also provides detailed information about the Rijksmuseum’s collection, alongside multimedia content, and lets users discover pre-tailored routes around the museum’s galleries. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

Discover the Rijksmuseum’s collection with this app | © kirkandmimi / Pixabay


While this food delivery app certainly isn’t limited to the Dutch capital, it works particularly well in Amsterdam due to the city’s vast number of cycle routes. Every order sent through the app is delivered by bike and Deliveroo works with many popular, local restaurants in Amsterdam. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

Buienradar and Buienalarm

If you’re staying in Amsterdam for more than a few days, you’ll almost certainly get caught in the rain. Fortunately, there’s a dedicated app to prevent this type of mishap, called Buienradar which gives users live updates about expected rainfall in the city. Don’t feel vigilant enough to check the forecast? Then install Buienalarm instead, which sends users push notifications when the weather is about to turn nasty. Download Buienradar in Google Play or Apple iTunes and Buienalarm in Apple iTunes.

Be prepared for the rain while in Amsterdam | © barcellosalice / Pixabay


This convenient, well-designed app allows users browse through hundreds of tips related to culture, cuisine and business in Amsterdam. The app was developed in Amsterdam and is regularly updated with content from savvy, local guides. Aside from providing insider information about the city, the app also serves as a booking service and lets users buy tickets for events or reserve tables at top restaurants. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

I amsterdam Maps & Routes

This awesome app features many detailed, interactive maps of Amsterdam’s central and outlying neighbourhoods. These maps include suggested routes through the districts in question, alongside icons which mark points of interest, such as museums, landmarks, restaurants and cafés. As users can download these maps straight to their phone, it is possible to use many of the app’s features while offline. Download in Google Play or Apple iTunes.

I amsterdam also has an English language website which is tailored for visitors to the city | © baadu / Pixabay

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