Ground Transportation to and from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport:
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the Netherland’s national airport and ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol. Schiphol Airport is situated approximately 20 km from Amsterdam city centre and you can reach the city from Schiphol in just half an hour by train, taxis or hotel shuttle. For cheap airport transfers, there is also an extensive bus service.
Schiphol Airport has an extensive network of direct bus lines connecting the airport to surrounding towns and cities. Most of these bus connections are maintained by the Schiphol Sternet network. Service frequencies are good starting from early in the morning until late in the evening. Some lines also include a night service.
Travel times to and from Schiphol Airport seldom exceed half an hour. Passengers on all lines embark and disembark at Schiphol Plaza (directly in front of the Arrival and Departure Halls). There are also a limited number of special rush-hour services specifically for commuters. For airport bus destinations and schedules, refer to Schiphol Sternet website at www.schipholsternet.com.
Zuidtangent operates an express bus service to and from the airport to surrounding regions. The Zuidtangent buses mostly make use of special bus lanes thereby reducing travel times even during rush hour. The Zuidtangent buses offer comfortable seats, plenty of legroom, a low floor for easy access and ample space for luggage and personal belongings. The Zuidtangent express bus service runs two lines:
- Line 300: Haarlem, Vijfhuizen, Hoofddorp, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Amstelveen, Ouderkerk, Amsterdam Zuidoost and vice versa (at least six times hourly, with one service per hour at night).
- Line 310: Nieuw Vennep, Hoofddorp, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam Buitenveldert and vice versa (at least twice hourly, four times hourly to/from Nieuw Vennep).
In addition to the Zuidtangent express bus service, Sternet’s Interliner is another fast bus connection in the Schiphol region. The Interliner 370 line runs between Alphen a/d Rijn, Leimuiden, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Centre (Leidseplein).
Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttles
The Connexxion hotel airport shuttle service connects Schiphol Airport to more than 100 hotels in the city of Amsterdam between 06:00 and 21:00. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information and at the Connexxion Desk on Schiphol Plaza near the Arrivals Hall 4 and at your hotel. The hotel shuttles leave every ten minutes from platform A7, located immediately outside the Arrivals Hall. Waiting time is less than 30 minutes.
Schiphol Station is situated directly below the airport. From here, intercities and slower trains from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways – NS) take passengers 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.
Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport’s main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. The ticket machines are located near the baggage claims area, shopping centre at Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept Dutch cash cards, and some also accept coins, but not credit cards.
For train timetables, refer to Nederlandse Spoorwegen website (www.ns.nl).
Pre-Book your Private Transfer
If you prefer a private airport transfer straight to your hotel, you can pre-book transfers through our partner companies:
The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. You may be approached by drivers soliciting for fares from within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers and it is strongly advised that you not go with these drivers. Depending on traffic, the taxi ride from the airport to the city centre takes about half an hour.
When booking taxis, you have a choice of Combined or Private Travel. If you choose combined transportation other people may travel with you to the airport. The taxi will stop at different addresses to pick up other clients.
There are a number of car-parking services, including valet parking, at Schiphol Airport and the rates range from Euro 4.8 per hour to Eur0 5.0 per day. So it’s advisable to check before you park.If you think of anything I left out of this post, please feel free to put that on the comment.