Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the primary international airport in the Netherlands, is located about 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. Ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol and have offices at the airport or in Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Schiphol in just half an hour by train, taxi or hotel shuttle.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is situated approximately 20 km south-west of Amsterdam. Schiphol is a national and international airport and handles over 48 million passengers a year traveling to 260 destinations worldwide. Schiphol is Europe’s fifth largest passenger airport.
Schiphol is also a well-organised airport. The arrival and departure halls are located under the same roof as the shopping centre, Schiphol Plaza. Clear signage guides you easily to your destination. After passing customs, you will reach the shops and bars of Schiphol Plaza. From here you are offered a selection of transportation methods into Amsterdam.
From Schiphol into Amsterdam
Connexxion Amsterdam Round Trip Ticket
The Connexxion Amsterdam Round Trip Ticket costs €10 for a return journey. Departing from bus stop B9 every 15 minutes, the Amsterdam Airport Express (bus number 197) will take you directly to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The Amsterdam Round Trip Ticket allows two trips on the Amsterdam Airport Express (the trips don’t have to be on the same day). One-way tickets are also available for €5. Visit the Connexxion website for more information and the bus schedule.
Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
A hotel shuttle service enables you to travel to a number of large hotels that are situated in the airport area. The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle connects Schiphol to over 100 hotels in Amsterdam.
The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in about half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately €40. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers.
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here, intercities and slower trains from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways - NS) can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre), Amsterdam Zuid (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (conference centre). Learn more about travelling by train in and around Amsterdam.
Train ticket sales
Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport's main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. The latter are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept international credit cards (€0.50 surcharge); Dutch cash cards and some also accept coins.
There is an elevator at Schiphol train station which can take you from the platform to the airport and vice versa. Call the Nederlandse Spoorwegen for help at the train station of your departure and arrival, telephone number +31 (0)30 230 5566. By doing so, it is possible to gain wheelchair access to trains.
The train timetable is detailed on the NS website or see the Schiphol website for information on the airport.
Many smaller airlines also fly to regional airports such as Rotterdam or Eindhoven, or airports near the Dutch border. From these, you can travel via public transport or taxi to Amsterdam. To travel to and from Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam you can use the Air Express Bus.
Find more details about transportation to airports on www.schiphol.nl.