Amsterdam Airport - Schiphol
Amsterdam is the home of the Netherland’s biggest and busiest international airport in the Netherlands and for a great reason! With the never-ending flow of tourists passing through Amsterdam for either business or pleasure, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport requires the capacity and quality to host everyone, even if just for some hours. The airport features very easy access to/from any city, as it has a built in train station. One of the many advantages of traveling amongst locals is that your guide will be able to guide you to/from the airport if necessary and tell you all about the cool things to do in Amsterdam.
- Location and Traffic
Amsterdam’s airport (commonly shortened by airlines to AMS) is about 9km south of Amsterdam, located in the province of North Holland. It is most commonly associated to the airline KLM, which is mainly based in this airport. In terms of passenger traffic, Amsterdam’s airport is the 5th busiest in all of Europe.
- Accessing Amsterdam Airport by Train
Although the trains are not the only method of public transportation that allows visitors to get to and from the airport, the train system is not only the fastest but also the most common and most efficient choice. Your local guide will be able to help you more efficiently in understanding the train schedules and systems. If you happen to have Internet on your smartphone downloading the NS NL app will make your life a lot easier as it is in English and you can simply enter your departure and preferred destination and get all the info you need. A direct line runs between the Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Amsterdam Central station, a journey that takes between 10-20 minutes, and departs every 10 minutes usually from platform 1 or 2. At the arrivals hall, after the baggage claim, you have direct access to the trains, a train information and ticket desk, and various information screens, so finding the right train is generally very easy and locals are always eager to help.
- Navigating the Airport
Navigating Schiphol airport is very straightforward and features all signs/announcements in English as well as Dutch. Almost every Dutch citizen speaks English, so asking for directions either within the airport or when you're about to leave is very easy and Dutch people are on most occasions very friendly and welcoming. The Amsterdam airport itself, despite only consisting of one departure/arrival hall, is very well structured and organized and is internally divided into 3 different departure halls (1,2,3) despite the general baggage drop off and check in being in the same location.
- Purchasing Train Tickets
Once at the arrivals hall you are presented with several options regarding the purchase of the train ticket to the city of Amsterdam. The easiest and fastest method is by approaching one of the blue and yellow ticket machines, selecting the English menu, and buying a single ride ticket to Amsterdam Central. It’s important to keep in mind these machines accept mostly Maestro and MasterCard (Visa Cards tend to not work). You may also only use coins to pay, no bills, at these machines. Cards that are not MasterCard or Maestro pay a small additional fee. Alternatively you can purchase tickets using any payment method at the ticket information desk.