Arrival by plane

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherland’s national airport, is situated around 20 km from Amsterdam. Ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol and have offices at the airport or in Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Amsterdam Airport 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.

From Schiphol into Amsterdam

The Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs € 10,- round trip. The bus takes only 30 minutes from Schiphol Plaza to the centre of Amsterdam (Leidseplein). There are 6 to 8 buses each hour. Return journeys do not have to take place on the same day.


The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately 40 euros. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers.

Hotel shuttles
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 a hundred hotels in Amsterdam.

‘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-WTC (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (Exhibition and Conference Centre RAI). These stations are a maximum of 25 minutes away.

Ticket sales
Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport's main hall and yellow ticket machines. The latter are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept Dutch cash cards, and some also accept coins, but not credit cards.

Frequency trains

During the daytime, an average of five trains an hour run from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. At night, you can use the late-night routes. From 1 am to 5 pm, the night train runs once an hour from Utrecht CS to Amsterdam CS – Schiphol – Leiden CS – The Hague CS – Delft and Rotterdam CS and back, not stopping at smaller stations in between.

(Semi-)invalid assistance

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 website of Nederlandse Spoorwegen or see the Schiphol website for information on the airport.
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