Visiting Amsterdam

Where is Amsterdam, NY?

Amsterdam, the only city in Montgomery County, is located approximately 32 miles west of Albany, situated in the beautiful, picturesque Mohawk Valley.

Within a four-hour drive are 5 major cities including:

  • New York City
  • Rochester, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Montpelier, VT
  • Montreal, Canada

Directions to Amsterdam, NY

From Points East and West: The City of Amsterdam is easily accessible from the NYS Thruway at Exit 27 or by travelling on Route 5. Alternate Routes include travelling on Route 5S to Route 30 North or from Route 67.

From Points North: Amsterdam is accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 27 (I87 South to Albany / Buffalo) or Route 30 South.

From Points South: Amsterdam is accessible from NYS Thruway (I87 North to I90 Albany / Buffalo) Exit 27 or by travelling North on Route 30.

Easy Access and Proximity to Major Transportation Outlets

HighwayRailway access: The city is uniquely situated in the center of the state with access to major shipping routes. Rail service is serviced by CSX Rail lines on one of the largest East / West corridors in the Northeast. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak with a train station on the West end of the city.

Major roadways: Access by road is convenient. Exit 27 off of Interstate 90 (NYS Thruway) is easily accessed on the South side of the city, with access to Routes 5, 5S, and Route 67 through the city connecting Amsterdam to four of the major East / West routes throughout the state. For North / South travel, Route 30 is one of two major access routes to the Adirondack Mountains High Peaks Region.

Water access: Water access is also available in the city for both recreational as well as commercial activities. Amsterdam has a unique shoreline along the Mohawk River, the third and final channel of the Historic Erie Canal. This waterway has played a huge role in the history of Amsterdam in the past, and will continue to do so into the future as well. The city is also approximately 35 miles West of the Port of Albany with direct water access though the Mohawk River.

Air service: Air service is supplied by two area airports. General aviation aircraft are serviced by Fulton County Airport, approximately 11 miles from the city. The nearest Commercial airport is Albany International Airport, approximately 30 miles from the city. Albany International also functions as an East Coast hub for both United Parcel Service and Federal Express.

Food and beer

Where to Eat

Amsterdam has over 50 different local eateries where you can find something to eat. Food ranges from some of the best family-owned restaurants in upstate NY; including family-owned delis and cafes, some of the best pizza places in NYS, prime steak, seafood, and Americana, casual dining and bars, and takeout and fast food/chain restaurants.

What to Do

The City of Amsterdam has numerous parks, bike paths, places to eat, and historical sites, and is host to a wide array of outdoor gatherings and events organized by the city recreation department.

Things to Do in Amsterdam

Bridge with benches