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Amsterdam Airport


Amsterdam Schiphol sees itself as far more than an airport. Its mini-guide, obtainable from the information desks, claims boldly that this is the Netherlands newest city. That may be slightly overstating the case, but there is no doubt that Schiphol - sorry, Airport City - caters to an audience wider than the humble traveler. Among its offbeat attractions are a sauna and massage service. Among Schiphol's advantages is that it is all housed under one roof, with none of the terminal hopping that causes minor panic in transfer passengers or sometimes confuses unwary first time users. Everything emanates from the massive Schiphol Plaza, the airport's central hall, which gives access to car parks, the conveniently located rail station and puts pressure on your wallet by providing more than 40 shops. Schiphol scores highly for its catering, both before and after passport and security, and has thoughtful touches like a nursery for people traveling with young children.

Facilities include banks, ATMs, bureau de change, a post office, conference and business services, duty-free shops, a medical centre and pharmacy. Shower facilities and saunas are located at the terminal hotel. The airport has even an art gallery. Disabled facilities are available, those with special needs can contact the airport on: +31 (0)20 316 1417.

Transport from the Amsterdam airport

Train The train is the fastest and most convenient way to get directly from the Schiphol Airport to the Amsterdam Central Station, during the day and night. A single journey costs 3.60 EUR. The platforms are located under Schiphol Plaza, the central hall of the terminal.

Airport Shuttle Travel from Shiphol Airport to the city center starts at 40 euros per fare. On Schiphol Airport they have a special VIP-pass, this allows to park as close as possible at the arrivals. To avoid troubles while seeking the way from the airport, you can order a shuttle with a driver holding your name at your flight's departure

Car You can rent a car from several car rental companies at Schiphol Airport, which has outlets of six international car rental companies (Avis, Budget Rent-a-Car, Europcar Autoverhuur, Hertz Automobielen Nederland, National Alamo Rent a Car, and Sixt Rent a Car) to choose from. These are located in Schiphol Plaza, open 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and you can also book a car in advance

Bus City and regional buses operate between Schiphol and surrounding towns. For Amsterdam, the train is the most convenient way of transport.


Amsterdam has a very good public transport system, with trams, buses, a metro and taxis. And, of course, plenty of good bicycle lanes. There is also a useful national public transport telephone information service. All you have to do is say when and where you want to travel to anywhere in the Netherlands, and they will tell you how to get there. The telephone number is 0900-9292 (€0.50 per minute).


The best way to get around Amsterdam is by tram. You can buy tickets onboard from the driver or conductor at the back, but it’s is cheaper to buy a 'strippenkaart' from GVB sales points, supermarkets, or newspaper shops, or the Amsterdam tourist office. Trams run until just after midnight - the last trams leave Central Station at 12.15. After that there is an hourly service of night buses from Central Station. Day and Week passes are also available.


Buses in Amsterdam run similar routes to the trams and work in a very similar way, the only difference being you get on at the front and buy your ticket from or have your strip stamped by the driver. The buses also continue to run an hourly service all night.


The metro system in Amsterdam is a combination of full metro and rapid trams (sneltram) running mainly overland. Only 3.5km in the city centre between Central Station and Amstel are underground.
You can either hail a taxi, pick one up at a taxi rank or phone to order one. (0206777777 – get busy on Friday and Saturday nights). Taxis are fairly expensive per km but since Amsterdam is fairly small traveling by cab usually works out reasonably inexpensive.

One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to get around and see the city is by bicycle. There are special lanes purely for bikes, which makes negotiating the city much easier. Two points of caution though: always lock your bike up well, with preferably two locks, and lock it to something immovable. Amsterdam is a haven for bike thieves. Secondly, be careful when crossing the tram lanes – it isn’t uncommon for a bike wheel to get stuck!

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