A guide to office space in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is one of the top financial centres in the world with an economy dominated by a wide range of industries. From IT and communications, logistics and aerospace to finance and business services, the creative sector (advertising, gaming and fashion), perishables, and life sciences, the city is home to a fantastic mix of businesses. Amsterdam has been ranked as one of the best European centres for commerce, and is home to over 1,800 foreign companies including Adidas, Hitachi, LG, Mattel, and Hewlett Packard. Top Dutch corporations such as Philips and ING are also headquartered here. As well as its fantastic business credentials, Amsterdam is also a very popular tourist destination.

The location

Amsterdam is situated in the North Holland province, in the west of the country. It is divided into eight boroughs. The city is served by an extensive public transport network – trams, buses, metro and trains. Due to the multitude of canals across the city, there are also many forms of water transport, including ferries, water taxis, a water bus and electric rental boats.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
Amsterdam €500 – 600
South Axis €600 – 700
Schipol (Airport) €550 – 650


Sloterdijk, Amsterdam

Looking for an office in Amsterdam

The office market in Amsterdam offers a good availability of workspace options from a number of providers.

For modern buildings and good access to Schiphol Airport, Zuidas is recommended; for atmosphere and culture, the historic city centre is ideal.

Costs

Prices for serviced office space in Amsterdam range from €200 – 400 per person, per month, but will vary according to location and requirements. Costs are inclusive of amenities, which can cover internet, meeting rooms, IT and administrative support, lounges and kitchens, car parking, video-conferencing and AV equipment, among others.

Office sizes

While serviced offices appear to be the most popular option in the city, there are also a variety of co-working spaces available. Instant offer a great variety of flexible office styles and sizes, and are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more depending on the specifics. Office providers can be flexible with the layout of the workspace, and are happy to discuss partitioning to fit a particular requirement.

Why choose Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is considered by many to be the heart of the Benelux region, the union consisting of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Amsterdam is also a cultural capital and a hub of innovation with a high standard of living, and beautiful scenery. It's one of the best places in the world to do international business, ideally situated for trade across the continent. Coupled with a strong economy, stable political climate and the presence of multinational corporations, Amsterdam is an excellent location in which to live and work.

Five things you probably didn’t know about Amsterdam:

  • There are approximately 881,000 bicycles in Amsterdam; bike storage can be an important consideration when looking for new office space here
  • Amsterdam is of course the capital but the government and parliament are located in The Hague, about an hour outside of the city
  • 86% of Amsterdam residents are bilingual speaking Dutch and English fluently
  • According to the EIU Safe Cities Index 2015, Amsterdam is the fifth safest city in the world, only behind Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Stockholm
  • The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is considered to be the oldest stock exchange in the world and was established in 1602
Zuidas, Amsterdam

A closer look at Amsterdam

These are the most popular areas in which to rent office space:

City Centre

The historic city centre is a popular destination for businesses from all sectors, and is within walking distance of all forms of public transport, local amenities, restaurants, hotels, attractions, banks and shops. The motorway ring A10 is easily accessible as well, and offers connections to all parts of the country. Amsterdam Centraal railway station is the largest in the city, and provides connections to both regional and international destinations. Many of the offices are located in beautiful traditional canal houses, which have been refurbished with all the required modern amenities. General Electric and Heineken are both headquartered here.

Zuidas

The Zuidas area, which translates to ‘South Axis’, is also known as the Financial Mile, and has developed into a legal and financial hub. Several of the largest Dutch law firms have established their headquarters here, along with Dutch subsidiaries of major consulting groups such as Boston Consulting Group and Accenture. Akzo Nobel, a leading Dutch multinational, and the largest global paints and coatings company, is also based here. Zuidas is easily accessible from the A10 ring road, and is served by the Amsterdam Zuid railway station, trams, buses and the metro. Also located in Zuidas is The World Trade Centre Amsterdam, a landmark commercial centre of nine buildings.

Sloterdijk

Sloterdijk is situated around 3km north-west of the city centre, and is a hub for high-tech industries. There are also a number of call centres in the area. Organisations in the area include newspaper De Telegraaf, Deloitte, the Dutch tax offices and the municipal public transport company. Sloterdijk can be accessed from the A10 ring road, and is served by the Amsterdam Sloterdijk railway station. Sloterdijk forms part of the Westpoort industrial borough, which includes the Port of Amsterdam.

*Last edited on 1 June 2015

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