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Schiphol International Airport

Situated 18km southwest of the city centre, Schiphol International Airport has ATMs, currency exchanges, tourist information, car hire, train-ticket sales counters, luggage storage, food and free wi-fi. It's linked to the city centre by train.

Transport Options

Train Trains run to Amsterdam's Centraal Station (€5.20 one way, 15 minutes) 24 hours a day. From 6am to 12.30am they go every 10 minutes or so; hourly in the wee hours. The rail platform is inside the terminal, down the escalator.

Shuttle bus A shuttle van is run by Connexxion, every 30 minutes from 7am to 9pm, from the airport to several hotels. Look for the Connexxion desk by Arrivals 4.

Bus Bus 197/Amsterdam Airport Express (€5 one way, 25 minutes) is the quickest way to places by the Museumplein, Leidseplein or Vondelpark. It departs outside the arrivals hall door. Buy a ticket from the driver.

Taxi Taxis take 20 to 30 minutes to the centre (longer in heavy traffic), costing around €37.50. The taxi stand is just outside the arrivals hall door.


Getting Around


Buses operated by Eurolines and FlixBus connect Amsterdam with all major European capitals and numerous smaller destinations. Book tickets online.

Eurolines buses use Duivendrecht station, south of the centre, which has an easy metro link to Centraal Station (about a 20-minute trip via metros 50, 53 or 54).

FlixBus (www.flixbus.com) runs to/from Sloterdijk train station, west of the centre, linked to Centraal Station by metro number 50 (a six-minute trip).



Tickets & Passes


Trains run by NS (www.ns.nl) serve the outer suburbs and, aside from travelling to/from the airport, most visitors to Amsterdam will rarely need to use them unless undertaking trips further afield.

Metro lines, which also serve outer suburbs as well as some inner-city stations, are operated by GVB and use the same ticketing system (though you must top up OV-chipkaarts at NS machines to use NS trains). If you're travelling between two neighbourhoods served by metro, it can be faster than taking a tram, especially in heavy traffic.