October Weather Averages for Amsterdam

What's the weather like in Amsterdam in October

Visitors to Amsterdam during the month of October should plan on bringing a rain jacket as it is even wetter than September.


Temperatures begin to cool off significantly with an average afternoon high of 14.5°C (57°F) and overnight lows dipping on average to 8°C (46°F) which is the coldest it has been since May. These cooler temperatures make bringing a jacket a must for any vacatione...

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  • Temperature Temperature 11°C 52°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 58°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 47°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 84 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

What's the weather like in Amsterdam in October

Visitors to Amsterdam during the month of October should plan on bringing a rain jacket as it is even wetter than September.


Temperatures begin to cool off significantly with an average afternoon high of 14.5°C (57°F) and overnight lows dipping on average to 8°C (46°F) which is the coldest it has been since May. These cooler temperatures make bringing a jacket a must for any vacationer.


On average, the city sees about 84mm of rain in October with nine rainy days. Much of the rain is light with very little thunderstorms or drenching rain activity.

Sunshine Hours

The average amount of sunlight per day is six hours.

Sea Temperature

Sea temperature has dropped to 15°C, making it one of the last months for outdoor activities.

Amsterdam Hotels for October

The good news is that hotel rates begin to fall in the month of October as many of the crowds begin to thin out. Amsterdam has a wide array of hotels for any budget and in any star range. Guests may choose from luxurious hotels such as the Amstel Hotel or the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.

For those who may want to have the same five-star establishment, but in a smaller boutique hotel, there are a number of options in this category as well. Amsterdam boutique hotels are available in a wide array of prices and many offer modern and well-defined service for guests. Hotel Estherea is a popular option with its eccentric charm and gorgeous decor. To be situated in the canal-district and experience a family-run hotel book your stay now. 

Guests who are into history may want to check into one of Amsterdam's many historic hotels. These venues offer a glimpse into the past while offering the high quality features that today's traveler is seeking. Many of the luxury, historic hotels in Amsterdam were built more than a century ago, but have undergone extensive renovations to bring them into the modern age. The College Hotel is conveniently situated in the Fashion & Museum District, it's housed in a 19th building and has many comfortable rooms to choose from. Try out the restaurant and bar or even the lovely courtyard terrace for delicious food. The hotel also has fitness and massage facilities. 

Unlike other European cities, Amsterdam has a wide array of hotels for travelers on a budget. There are also a number of hostels available for those who are backpacking their way through the country or the continent. ClinkNOORD is a recommended hostel in Amsterdam providing lots of advantages and cheap prices (from €17 per night). Facilities include, Wifi, towels, breakfast, bar, laundry, free walking tours, guest kitchen, lockers and reception 24/7. Staying in a hostel means you're guaranteed to make friends and have an exciting cheap trip.

Bars and Restaurants

One food the Dutch do well are snacks and patat are no exception. This version of French Fries goes by many names including Friet, Frites, Patat and Vlaamse frieten. Normally, thicker than French Fries, they were invented in the northern pat of Belgium. An order will come with toppings such as mayonnaise, ketchup, curry or peanut sauce. Vleminckx claim to have 'the best fries from Amsterdam' and are definitely worth a try.

For a full meal in a stunning location, try Bordewijk. Located canal-side, this restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. Main dishes include roasted quail with watercress salad, rabbit with red onion confit and seafood risotto. Suitable for families, couples and groups.

Lost in Amsterdam is a must visit lounge cafe in the centre of the exciting city. The comfortabel cafe has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to stop off for lunch. The chocolate milkshakes and toasties are recommended by both tourists and Dutch locals. The cool, quirky layout makes the place unique and you will want to come back after your first visit.

Vesper Bar is an elegant cocktail bar that feels like visitors have stepped back into the 1950s with its sophisticated styling. On the weekend, it offers "high tea cocktails" an alcoholic turn on the traditional high tea. The spectacular cocktails here will keep you coming back for sure. You will definitely not regret visiting this cool, atmospheric bar.

Things to do in Amsterdam in October

If you are a fan of books, then plan to stop in the Central Library while in Amsterdam.  The library houses a large collection of books, including an impressive children's section and has a good restaurant located on one of the top floors.

Those into history may enjoy spending time on the World War II and Holocaust tour. These two-and-a-half to three-hour tours are done with a small group and include a stop about halfway to enjoy some coffee or a stronger beverage. The tour includes every important site related to the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.

Important Dates

One of the biggest events to take place in Amsterdam takes place in mid October with the running of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Taking place since 1975, this major marathon brings in some of the world's elite runners to try and make the podium. More than 25,000 people participate in the running with fans lining the streets to see them run by. The event begins and ends at the Olympic Stadium located about two kilometers southwest of Leidseplein.

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes for the Amsterdam Dance Event held annually in mid to late October. In the afternoons of this three day event there is a conference that brings together some of the biggest names in the world of dance. Once the sun goes down, the music cranks up with parties in over 40 of Amsterdam's nightclubs. Tickets are available for the public, but they usually go quickly and it is important to secure them well ahead of time.

If running or dancing is not your thing, then you may enjoy the Bokbierfestival or Bock Beer Festival held in the latter part of October. This is the largest beer festival in the Netherlands and celebrates a variation of bock. This particular brew is darker and heavier than most of the others found in the country. This is a three-day festival where visitors can find more than 50 different bocks to sample from.

October events in Amsterdam

Afrovibes Festival

4th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Afrovibes is an African cultural and performing arts festival that tours the Netherlands every autumn, traditionally stopping off in Amsterdam in September and October.




Read My World

11th October 2018 to 13th October 2018

Read My World is the international literature festival of Amsterdam. Going beyond the commonplace, it explores the boundaries of literature and journalism and draws attention to everything in between. It traditionally takes place in October at the Tolhuistuin.



KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

16th October 2018 to 21st October 2018

The KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival features a massive selection of top-quality animated films that go well beyond Walt's work. Catch it at the EYE Filmmuseum every October.




Amsterdam Dance Event

17th October 2018 to 21st October 2018

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the gateway to the international electronic music scene. As the world's biggest club festival and Europe's leading electronic music conference, it's a true dance lovers' Mecca. ADE returns to Amsterdam every October, hosting more than 400 events throughout the city.




Cello Biënnale Amsterdam

18th October 2018 to 27th October 2018

Cello Biënnale Amsterdam, the world’s biggest cello festival takes place in Amsterdam every two years, bringing an impressive line-up of international soloists, ensembles and orchestras to the city to perform everything from classical and contemporary music to pop, jazz, world and rock.



AMF Amsteram

20th October 2018

Some of the biggest names in electronic dance music will once again invade the Amsterdam ArenA for another edition of AMF Amsterdam (formerly the Amsterdam Music Festival).



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