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Travel Tip: Train to Pisa from Florence

Whether you spend a half-day or full day in Pisa, we recommend that you Train to Pisa from Florence. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.

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Pisa is quite boring. There, I said it. It is what you were thinking anyway. But luckily, it is very easy to travel by train to Pisa from Florence in half a day. And we still think it is worth a visit just to see the lopsided leaning tower of Pisa.

Leaning tower of Pisa, HDR, Italy

How to get to Pisa from Florence

You have a couple of different options for your own half-day trip to Pisa from Florence depending on how you like to travel. But if you are like us and enjoy travelling around Italy by public transport, then you will definitely want to train to Pisa from Florence.

Train to Pisa from Florence

Florence and Pisa are less than 100 km apart and the easiest way is to train to Pisa from Florence. The entire trip one-way takes approximately an hour depending on your route with no transfers.

Trains leave from Florence S.M.Novella for Pisa Centrale a few times every hour. The closest train station to the leaning tower of Pisa is Pisa San Rossore, but it’s not worth the extra time or transfer required. Pisa itself is small and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk to the leaning tower from Pisa Centrale.

Plus you get to explore more of the city such as the River Arno lined with beautiful stately homes.

Pisa River, train from pisa to florence

If you want to book online then a one-way ticket by train to Pisa from Florence will cost from €7.80 (US$10.40) in 2nd class. It is important to make sure that when you are searching online via the Italian train booking site, Trenitalia, you search for “Firenze” rather than Florence.

The train schedules are very easy to understand so we recommend booking your ticket from the self-service machines on the train platform. The return journey is just as easy in reverse. Just watch that you don’t miss the last train around 10pm most days and carry cash with you for the ticket.

Finally, validate your ticket before boarding the train. We forgot a couple of times but used the typical “I’m a stupid tourist” line to get out of any fines.

Bus to Pisa from Florence

Another option is to catch the bus to Pisa from Florence.

There are two main bus companies, Terravision and Autostradale, run regular buses to and from Pisa Airport and Florence Airport into the Florence city centre, they don’t actually go into Pisa itself. The train to Pisa from Florence is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.

However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and it’s definitely cheaper; sometimes you can find fares as low as 4 Euros, especially on Fridays.

Travel Guide to visiting Pisa from Florence

Driving to Pisa from Florence

If you have hired a car or scooter in Tuscany then you might look at driving to Pisa from Florence. However, even though the distance is less than 100km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour.

Aside from the fact that the train to Pisa from Florence typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark in two of the most popular cities in Italy. Impossible.

Travel to Pisa from Florence by train, Leaning tower of Pisa HDR

Guided Tour to Pisa from Florence

If you have been enjoying the sunset in Florence and all the city has to offer then you might want to take in a guided tour to Pisa from Florence. Not only do you get a great guide to learn all about the history of the area, you also don’t have to worry about getting to Pisa from Florence.

You might want to check out this guided tour around Pisa or get a little bit more adventurous and try out a segway tour in Pisa. Perfect for the family and it will keep the kids entertained between stops.

If you have a whole day, and haven’t managed to fit in a hike around Cinque Terre, then we recommend looking into the Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour. Lasting roughly 12 hours, you will travel from Florence to Cinque Terre, with a 2 hour stop in Pisa to see all the main sights.

We also reckon guides help you get the best photos, as they have seen all the poses.

Adela funny jumping Pisa

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Vera

    January 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I can NOT imagine that Pisa is boring!! …Have not been there, yet, but, I mean, judging from your pictures alone, there’s more to Pisa than just the tower – it all looks very pretty:) Maybe you could also do a post on the various poses of tourists in front of the tower, then I’d know what I’m doing when I get there… And yeah, by train sounds more than logical, especially for a short trip – so much less hassle. Less hassle is very important. Thanks for the tip:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Hahaha I do have a draft post already about taking funny photos. Just need to get around to putting it together sometime 😉 We saw a lot of original photos that would have turned out awesome! Hope you guys visit soon.

  2. Lisa

    January 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks so much for this information; despite living in the Mediterranean I’ve never been to Italy and it’s one of my (many) dreams. I’ve always been 50/50 about Pisa and I’ve heard great things about Florence. You have totally cleared it up for me and I hope I get to go soon…

    • Cole Burmester

      February 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Pisa is definitely just a half-day or one day trip. I am sure the people that live there wouldn’t think so, but when you have time constraints you really don’t need to spend too long there ;p We spent 3 days in Florence and that was about right for us too. Hope you visit Italy soon. It is probably my favourite country so far!

      • lisa

        August 15, 2014 at 5:45 AM

        would it be possible to take a train and take a tour of pisa, florence and a city in cinque terre and back to port of Livorno? unfortunately, we are only there for 12 hours and only wanted to do the quick photo op with the leaning tower, statue of david and then try to head back to the coast and check out cinque terre. i dont want to miss the ship though

      • Catherine Kenyon

        February 4, 2017 at 3:24 AM

        What things would you recommend seeing and doing in Florence?

        thanks,
        Cathy

  3. larkycanuck

    February 1, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    haha. I actually liked Pisa especially of the people posing in front of it. I got lots of funny pics.

  4. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    February 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I did Pisa as a day trip from Florence as well. Can’t remember it being too overly exciting. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Definitely not too exciting but still a good way to kill a few hours! 😉

  5. Alex Gibson

    February 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Thanks for the great tips, I love the picture of you jumping, ver nice 🙂

  6. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Great detail to keep travelers from wasting time or money yet still get to see that possibly over-hyped leaning tower in Pisa.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      It was fun to spend a few hours there getting all the silly photos. And not as over-hyped as the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps in Rome in my opinion!

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    February 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I skipped Pisa and spent several days in Cinque Terre. After reading your story, I feel like I did the right thing!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      We went from Cinque Terre to Pisa then onto Florence 😉 Cinque Terre is definitely the pick out of all 3, but still worthwhile stopping there to get the token photos haha.

      • Paula

        March 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        We were thinking of stopping in Piza on our way from Cinque terra but what do you do with a suitcase (luggage) while you are walking around Piza? This is our only concern. If we stop on our way from Cinque Terra to Florence that will save us a day trip from Florence to Piza. help!!!!

        • Cole Burmester

          March 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

          You should be able to do it at the train stations throughout Europe. That’s what we always did. Not sure about Pisa specifically though sorry!

  8. Outpost Magazine

    February 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Love the article, thanks for sharing.

  9. Dana

    February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    We are headed to Italy this summer and appreciate your post. And, wow! Those photos look great! I can’t wait!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You are going to love Italy! It is my favourite country so far in Europe 😉

  10. Tina

    February 18, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    It’s really beautiful, Nice shot… I we’re planning to visit Italy this year, and we’re excited about it.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Hope you get the chance to go to Pisa from Florence Tina!

  11. Another Travel Blog

    February 27, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Thank you for this! Your list, links and descriptions are invaluable for less-experienced travelers!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      No problem 🙂 Hope you catch the train to Pisa from Florence soon!

  12. Odette Portelli Taliana

    August 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Italy is awsome! From the south up till the north! So many beautiful places! Still think that pisa is worth a visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 18, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      Pisa is definitely worth a day from Florence. Good fun day out 🙂

  13. Karina

    August 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Hi,

    Just want to ask if we can buy the train tickets to Florence from the Pisa Airport on the day we arrive even if we are only heading to Florence the next day. Or is it better to just buy the ticket from Pisa Centrale?

    Beautiful pictures! I’ll be there in Sept with my husband.

    Thanks!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Hi Karina,
      Thanks for checking out our site! You will love Pisa and Florence 🙂
      And yes you can buy train tickets from Pisa Airport. It is much easier, and cheaper, to do it all once you arrive.
      Safe travels,
      Cole

  14. Anahita

    September 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    We want to travel to Italy next week and we decide to visit Rome, Florence, Pizza, Venice and Milan, Thank you for your guidance, I try to fine the best and cheapest way for traveling between these cities

    • Cole Burmester

      September 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      Using trains between the major cities is the best option in Italy. You can just book tickets on the day from the stations and either choose air conditioning or 2nd/3rd class cabins. This time of year should be cool enough.

  15. Salman

    September 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Hi
    Thanks for information- could u please let me know how far is rome from florence?

    • Cole Burmester

      September 18, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      Hi,
      You can travel from Rome to Florence by train in about 90 minutes on high speed train.
      Thanks,
      Cole

  16. Aaron

    September 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hello Cole

    Great blog very informative am doing parts of italy as we speak and am hoping to head to pisa tomorrow as am in florence but had a few questions?? How much is a ticket onto the premises and to go to the top of the tower roughly. As I know the tower is a scheduled ticket and definately only have half a day as have a tuscan wine tour booked at 2pm so need to be back in florence for around 1:30pm but leaving at 7am. is there any other places worth visiting?? Am an extremely quick walker. Am intrigued to read your blog so will follow it on fb. Having decided this year to do italy and am now here for 2 weeks visiting rome, pompeii, florence/tuscany, pisa and venice Am hoping to do more travelling myself over the next few years and see that your from new zealand which is one of the main places I want to visit.

    Anyway hope I didnt ramble on too much thanks for the post and hope to hear from you soon

    Aaron 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you in time Aaron! Hope you enjoyed Florence and Pisa though. Very jealous of your trip. Hope you also make it down to New Zealand some time. Happy to show you around if you make it to Tauranga or Wellington!
      Safe travels,
      Cole

  17. evrim

    October 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Thank you so much for the all info about Pisa and of course great photos. I like your blog. We were in Pisa last December.

  18. Larry Aiello - Addicted2Italy

    October 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Hi Cole,
    I love the pictures….I wouldn’t necessarily say that Pisa is boring, although there is not much to see there outside of the Piazza dei Miracoli (where the Leaning Tower is located). And climbing to the top (if you are able-bodied) gives a nice view and changes your perspective of gravity.

    However, it does make a great stop on the way to the Cinque Terre from Florence or vice versa.

    Larry

  19. Maria

    December 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Helooo Cole…

    Thank you so much for your info…

    My family and I will be in Florence on Dec 27-30 and plan to visit Pisa Tower for a few hour ( I agree with you that it might be quite boring to be there for too long…hahaha ).

    Actually we really want to visit Cinque Terre, but we were informed that it won’t be a good idea to go there during winter. What do you think? Do you think it is still worth trying?

    Hope to hear from you soon, thanks.

    Maria

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Hey Maria,
      Thanks for the message. You will love Cinque Terre but my only concern would be whether or not anything is open. You might want to make sure you have confirmed bookings before you go. The walks are lovely and would be nice when it isn’t in the middle of summer when it is too hot anyway!
      Enjoy it and let me know how you get on.
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • Maria

        December 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I will let you know, if we finally decide to visit Cinque Terre at the end of this year.

        Thanks for the tips, Cole.

  20. robert mitchell

    February 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    hi
    i am trying to take your advice and travel from florence to pisa for the day
    however i cannot find a train timetable between the two on the trenitalia web site for the date i want to travel which is around 16 may 2014
    any suggestions
    regards robert

    • Cole Burmester

      February 7, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      Hey Robert,
      Thanks for the comment. You need to search for “Firenze” rather than Florence 🙂 It’s the Italian way of spelling it. There are trains every 20 mins at least so you will be fine to book once you get there too.
      Hope that helps and enjoy it!
      Cheers,
      Cole

  21. Jacky

    February 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Hi Cole,

    Thanks for such awesome article. Do you recommend buying the ticket online first or it’s ok to buy the ticket at Firenze station? If the latter, would I need to buy a return ticket at the same time?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 8, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Hey Jacky,
      I would buy it once you are there. Very simple with ticket machines at the stations. Just pop in a day before if you want. Lots of English translations there too 😉 You can buy one-way or return from the machines. They run every half hour so you will be fine.
      Cheers,
      Cole

  22. Michelle

    February 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Hello,
    Thanks for the great post!
    We are travelling to Northern Italy the first week of April this year. We are staying a few nights in Florence. We would like to spend 1/2 day in Pisa on our way to Corniglia in Cinqueterre where we are spending a few nights. It’s clear to me from above that I don’t need to pre-book the Florence -> Pisa train – just buy at the station when we show up. What about the Pisa -> Corniglia train? Is that just as easy to buy at the station or should I pre-book?
    Many thanks! Michelle

    • Cole Burmester

      February 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Hey Michelle! Thanks for your comment. Pretty jealous of your trip. Would love to go back through Italy again.
      We bought all our train tickets at the stations either on the day or a couple of days before. In April everything won’t be too busy either so you should be fine. Just arrive a wee bit early to navigate yourself around the sometimes confusing ticket machines. Oh and make sure you validate every ticket before you board! There are little hole punch machines that do it on that platforms 🙂
      Cheers
      Cole

      • Ruchera Jayawardena

        August 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Hi,

        good blog . thanks a lot. is there a cost /ticket to go near the tower. ?
        thank you
        Ruchera

      • Ruchera Jayawardena

        August 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Hi Cole,

        sorry I could not mention before. but do you actually have to walk 30 minutes to get to the pisa tower ?
        that seems like a long walk. how do you think it will be during Mid December ??
        it must be off season. will we see any views ? or the beauty of the city.
        thnanks
        Ruchera

  23. Jennie

    February 26, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    We are “thinking” of doing both Florence and Pisa in a day. We are traveling from Rome to Florence via train, in the morning, onto Pisa in the afternoon then back to Rome. Any suggestions, when traveling by train to these two cities.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 4, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Hey Jennie,
      Personally I don’t think you will have enough time to do Florence and Pisa in a day. I would schedule at least one night in Florence and stop in at Pisa on your way there from Rome. Florence has so much to see and do and you really need a minimum of a full day there. We had 3!
      Cheers,
      Cole

  24. DIEK

    March 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    HI,

    Really much appreciated ur info, it helps much! If I travel use high speed train from rome to florence via pisa, and we do have big luggages with us and 2 old folks. MAy i know is it possible bring along our luggage via pisa(stop at pisa and signtseeing)then heading to florence. Any ideas with our luggage?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Hey Diek,
      Most European train stations have luggage storage for a couple of hours all the way to a couple of days. We didn’t need it as we only carried 35L backpacks for 2 months. Try to cut down on the luggage. Seriously, it’s the biggest mistake all travellers make.
      Enjoy your travels!
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • DIEK

        March 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        thanks Cole,
        do you hv any idea from milan to interlaken – swiss? we r planning but hv no idea how to go there from milan?

  25. Ash

    March 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    We are a couple and plan to spend two nights in Cinque Terre. We are visiting Italy and France for 4 weeks which means we are going to have good amount of lugguage. At the moment we have two choices. Could I request you to suggest the best way of doing this taking into consideration in either choice we want to stop by Pisa for few hours before heading into Cinque Terre.

    Choice 1: Florence to Cinque Terre via Pisa– Spend the previous night in Florence, and travel to Pisa in the morning. Spend 3 hours in Pisa and travel to Cinque Terre. After 2 nights the plan is to go to Venice directly.

    Choice 2: Siena to Cinque Terre via Pisa– Spend the previous night in Siena. Travel to PIsa in the morning. Spend 3 hours in PIsa and travel to Cinque Terre. After 2 nights, plan to go to Florence and then to Venice.

    I am trying to work out the logistics, and I read mixed reviews about travelling via car or train to Cinque Terre. Could you please suggest the best choice and the mode of transport between cities. The most important thing is do you know if there is any place in Pisa where we could store the lugguage for a couple of hours whilst we are going around in the town?

    Thanks very much for your help.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Hey Ash,
      Thanks for your questions and it sounds like you have an awesome (rough) plan!
      I can really only comment on choice 1 as that’s basically what we did, but in reverse. Firstly, cut your luggage in half, then half again. Seriously. We travelled with 35L backpacks for 2 months in Italy and Spain and it was the best thing we could do. You will not even use half the stuff you carry. Trust me on this.
      Secondly, now that you have cut down your luggage, I would just travel by train or bus everywhere in Europe. It removes the hassle and stress of navigating and it’s by far the cheapest way to get around. Train is very easy to get to Cinque Terre and they depart every half hour from the station in La Spezia.
      Let me know how you get on anyway!
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • Ash

        March 6, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        Thanks Cole for your advice. Will try and stick to as less lugguage as possible. Will go by choice 1 which appears to be much more easier to travel using public transport.
        Do you know if we can store our lugguage anywhere in Pisa for few hours whilst we are in the town?

        • Cole Burmester

          March 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

          You should be able to do it at the train stations throughout Europe. That’s what we always did. Not sure about Pisa specifically though sorry!

  26. Laurel

    March 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I see you recommend taking the train from Florence to Pisa. Can you also take a train from Pisa to Lucca and then Lucca back to Florence?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Hi Laurel,
      Sorry I’m not sure if you can make it to Lucca or not. I imagine you can though as the train systems in Italy are fantastic!
      Enjoy your travels.
      Cheers,
      Cole

  27. Mary

    June 15, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Hi Cole,
    I am arriving in Pisa around 7pm and hope to do tower that evening and then catch a train to Florence in the morning. Would you recommend that I purchase my ticket on line or is that more expensive? I will be traveling with my 3 young adult children. We are spending one night in Florence – could you suggest the best things to do/see in our short time there – I was thinking of visiting Uffizi the following morning – should I book tickets for that on-line?? We are renting a car from Florence and driving up to Dolomites for a few days hiking – can you suggest any car hire companies?? Also, have you been to Padua and if so, any must-sees?? Many thanks for taking the time to read this, so far your replies to other travelers have been very useful.
    Grazie, Mary in Ireland (have you been here yet?? If not, why not? If you are planning a visit, let me know and I can help you with your itinerary…

  28. Mary

    September 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    How do I get to the Leaning Tower from Pisa central? Is there any public transportation (Lam Rossa?) and how do we get back to Pisa Central? We are going to be there in Sept. I am planning to buy the ticket online since we need to schedule the leaning tower with date and time. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks

  29. Sandra

    February 11, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Will be going to Pisa this end of the month and we will be staying at BHappy Resort because it’s romantic and relaxing!

  30. Andy Van Ouzman

    January 1, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    I have to say I didn’t find Pisa boring at all (although most of historical and interesting sights are located in the Piazza dei Miracoli). When you come up the hill for the first time and see the massive Duomo and all the masses of beautiful brilliant white buildings and walls on every side it is an amazing site. I have travelled to most beautiful and historic cities and towns in the world but for me Piazza dei Miracoli is up there with the best. It has been a few years since I was last in Pisa or Italy but I am so looking forward to returning summer 2017 for a 5 week holiday along with visits to Venice, Soave, Verona, lake Garda, Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and finally Rome.

  31. Dora

    March 6, 2017 at 10:18 PM

    Intersting tips and very helpful guide. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Therie

    April 18, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    The Pisa and Cinque Terre tour sounds great! I’d love a hike along Sentiero Azzurro, but I heard the trail is currently close.

  33. Henry Lim

    April 19, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    I will be on Med Cruise coming July with my wife. I been in Turino, Milano and Venice in the past. This round we only have a day in either to visit Pisa or Florence before to Rome. What would be your advise ? Thanks

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here

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Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough.

Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

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Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

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I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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