8 Essential Apps for Expats in Amsterdam


New to living in Amsterdam? Getting setup in a new city always has its hurdles. From finding a place to live to getting around town - every city is different. But, if you've got a smartphone, we've got you covered. Here are our top apps for navigating expat life in Amsterdam:


Getting from A to B will probably be your first hurdle - and 9292 is the answer. It lets you plan travel across the whole of the Netherlands, including by rail, bus and tram.

Download for iOS and Android.


Struggling with your Dutch? Duolingo can help (although getting used to the accent is on you!). This great app makes learning a new language (or improving your language skills) super easy. And if it's not the one for you, check out our blog on the best language learning apps here.

Duolingo is available for iOS and Android.

Time Out: Discover your city

Amsterdam has some of the most vibrant nightlife in Europe. But you already knew that. Time Out is a great resource for finding Amsterdam's best things to do, restaurants, theatre and nightlife - all in one place.

Download it for iOS and Android.


Citymapper is a bit like 9292, but will also help you become a cycling pro in Amsterdam. It's real time mapping and route planning will have you whizzing around town in no time.

Available for iOS and Android.


Amsterdam has some great eateries. And now, with Deliveroo, you can get your grub delivered. This isn't just normal takeaway food - so if you're missing your home cuisine have a browse on the app to track down the best local restaurants.

Available on iOS and Android.


Buienradar (rainfall radar) is going to become your best friend. Cycling is without doubt the best way to get around in Amsterdam - but you don't want to get caught in the rain. That's where Buienradar comes in.

Download for iOS and Android.

Schipol Airport App

The Schipol airport app makes arriving (and leaving) Amsterdam a breeze. You can check live flight times, access maps to stop you getting lost (it's one of Europe's busiest airports) - and even book a taxi or parking place.

Download for iOS and Android.

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