Frequently Asked Questions about Amsterdam

Expats moving to Amsterdam often have various questions about their new home. New arrivals to the city are sometimes caught off guard by the liberal atmosphere, and learning the language can also be a concern. Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about living in Amsterdam. 

Is a car necessary in Amsterdam?

There is a plethora of public transport options in Amsterdam, including trains, trams and a metro system, so expats won't need a car. It's a cyclist-friendly city with numerous dedicated bicycle paths, and expats will find that cycling is often the easiest and cheapest way to get around in Amsterdam.

Do expats need to speak Dutch in Amsterdam?

For expats staying for the long-term who want to become friends with locals, learning the language is essential. While most of the Dutch are able to speak English, opting to speak to them in their home language will go a long way to earning their trust. It's also important for business people to speak the local language, unless they're based in an English-speaking office.

Is Amsterdam safe?

Amsterdam is generally safe but expats should beware of people who brush against others in crowds – it’s possible that they're pickpocketers searching for valuables. Bicycle theft is also a big issue and cyclists should make sure their bikes are securely locked when they park them.