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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

 

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is the primary hub for its national airlines (KLM, Arkefly, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair and Transavia), as well as some European airlines (Delta Air Lines and Vueling). The airport has the IATA code ‘AMS’.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Shopping

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - See Buy FlyAmsterdam Airport Schiphol has a large shopping area. In this indoor shopping area, there are more than 100 shops, opened 7 days a week. Schiphol plaza is the shopping center before passport control and there are naturally many shops after passport control. Even the Rijksmuseum has a small venture located at the airport (beyond passport control between piers E and F). Original artworks from the Rijksmuseum collection can be seen here. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol RijksmuseumRijksmuseum Schiphol is open daily from 7 am until 8 pm and free of charge by showing a valid boarding pass. Additionally, next to the museum, there is an airport library with more than 1200 books (translated in 29 languages) all about the Dutch history and culture. E-books and music can be downloaded here for free to a laptop or mobile device. Furthermore, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers a view spotting areas for the real aviation enthusiasts, such as the ‘Panoramaterras’.

Arrivals: from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam

Train
Just underneath the passenger terminal complex, there is a railway station offering transportation into several cities, including Amsterdam. Every 5-10 minutes a train connects Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station and will cost approximately EUR 5  for a single journey (price includes EUR 1 surcharge for  single use chipkaart).
You can plan your trip with the exact times using the website www.ov9292.nl. Even the international high speed train ‘Thalys’ stops at Schiphol Airport, connecting Antwerp, Brussels and Paris.


 Amsterdam Airport Express Bus

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - BusOutside, in front of the terminal building / main plaza, a bus station is located.  To reach Amsterdam city center (closest destination is Leidseplein), take bus 197 (Amsterdam Airport Express) or N97 (Nightliner)  from platform B9.
Every 15 mintues buses leave from the airport during the day and will cost EUR 5.00 for a single journey or EUR 10 for a return ticket. Tickets are available on the bus. Journeys can also be planned using the website www.9292.nl (nationwide journey planner) or www.bus197.nl 

 Taxi
Furthermore, the most expensive way of transportation is using a taxi. Taxis can also be found just outside the main entrance. Normally, a trip into the city center will be 20 minutes and the price will be around EUR 35 – EUR 45 depending on destination and route.

 Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
A cheaper alternative, offering door-to-door services as well, is using Schiphol Hotel Shuttles. Many hotels provide these shuttles as a complimentary service.
However, the ‘Conexxion’ Hotel Shuttle buses leave the airport every 10 minutes between 6 am and 9 pm serving 100 city hotels (located outside the main entrance, platform A7).
Buy tickets at a Connexxion desk inside, near arrivals area 1 or 4, at your hotel or online.
– Single journey: EUR 17 (adults), EUR 8 (children 4-14)
– Round-trip: EUR 27 (adults), EUR 12.75 (children 4-14)

 PRIVATE Arrival & Departure Transfers
Travel from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport to your Amsterdam city hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from EUR 19.

At last, within Schiphol main plaza area, several car rental companies can be found.

Amsterdam Airport Departures

Schiphol airport has 165 boarding gates, divided over several piers in 3 halls.

Departure hall 1  
Piers B and C (Schengen areas*)

Departure hall 2
Pier D (largest pier with two floor levels, dividing Schengen and non-Schengen flights)
Pier E (non-Schengen area)

Departure hall 3
Pier F, G and H (non-Schengen areas)
Pier M (Schengen area)
Pier H and M are the low cost piers.

”The Schengen Area operates as a single international travel and immigration area with no border controls for people travelling between Schengen countries and only external border controls for those travelling in and out of the area.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area)

 Amsterdam Airport Maps

 Click on the map to download a pdf file in your browser.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Arrivals

 

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  2. Can we use a United States credit card (Master Card and Visa) in Amsterdam and Belgium? Is there a place at the airport that we can get Euros?
    Thank You!
    Ruth

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