Essential tips on how to get to the Centre of Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport and how to get around in Amsterdam: underground connections, shuttles, trains, bus, cab and where to rent a bike in Amsterdam.
How to get to Amsterdam: connections to Schiphol Amsterdam airport
Amsterdam is one of the major European destinations, and is well connected to other cities: Amsterdam is easy to reach by plane, by land (trains and cars) but also by sea.
Getting to Amsterdam by plane: air connections with Amsterdam
Located just 15 kilometers from the city center, The airport of Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) It is the main airport of the Netherlands and one of the largest in the world (precisely the fourth largest airport in Europe).
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport It has one terminal, But arrivals and departures are divided into three zones each (the arrivals area is located on the ground floor, While the departures and arrivals are upstairs).
Schiphol Airport also offers many services, including children's play areas and an exhibition of Dutch paintings organized by The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam among the areas E and F.
Connected to the airport there is also a mall, lo Schiphol Plaza, where you can find shops, cafes and restaurants. Next to the Mall instead is the entrance to the train station.
We recommend that you arrive at the airport well in advance of flight time, because the way to get to the Gate is long enough (plan a half hour walk).
Amsterdam links: get to Amsterdam by train and bus
Thanks to the numerous train connections, You can easily reach Amsterdam by train.
The city's main train station is Amsterdam Central station (Amsterdam Centraal Station), located close to the historical centre and connecting Amsterdam to major European cities, including Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Paris, Vienna and Prague.
Amsterdam links: getting to Amsterdam by car
Amsterdam can be reached comfortably by car. The highway A2/E35 connects Amsterdam.
Remember that you should purchase the sticker to travel to Holland.
Amsterdam sea routes and ferries
In Amsterdam there are domestic ferry lines connecting the two banks of the river IJ. The most popular is a line connecting Amsterdam Central station Buiksloterweg (where is theAdam Toren, the tower with panoramic terrace). Operating ferries are followed at the rate of a couple of minutes and operate at night.
The other ferry line connects the central station Sleep and former shipyards Ndsm Werf (an area that is home to many cultural events). By clicking on the following link view the map with all ferry routes to Amsterdam.
There are also ferries that cross the North Sea Canal, on which fee is required for the transport of motor vehicles.
Public transport in Amsterdam
GVB It is the main public transport company in Amsterdam, which integrates Metro, trams and buses in and around the city. For residents and visitors who plan to stay long in Amsterdam may require OV-chipkaart, a prepaid card, Rechargeable online and available from the points information GVB, which allows travel on all public transport (tram, Metro, buses and trains).
An inexpensive way for those staying in town for a few days is to buy paper tickets, available in denominations of 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144 and 168 hours and valid for unlimited rides for the duration of the ticket.
Getting around Amsterdam Metro
The Amsterdam Metro has five lines that allow easy access to every part of the city. Four lines connect the central train station, While some Metro stations are sharing their own platforms with trains.
Amsterdam links: bus transportation in Amsterdam
The trams are the best way to move around Amsterdam and I'm on duty until 00.15.
Buses, instead, are primarily used to reach the outskirts during the day. A night bus service operates every day from 0.30 up to 7.00, and Central station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.
To calculate your route by public transport in Amsterdam visit the following site.
Getting around by bike in Amsterdam and bike rental
Rent a bike in Amsterdam is definitely the best way to get around the city. Amsterdam is full of bike trails that wind throughout the city, which, in addition to, is completely flat! Most bike offers bike around 8 Euro per day.
Very useful the map of “Amsterdam by bike” You can pick up at tourist offices: This map shows all routes, workshops and curiosities that you should know before you leave for your bike!
Below we list some bike rentals:
Bike City: located in the Jordaan area, offer exclusively Dutch bikes.
Damstraat Rent-a-Bike: cheaper than a Bike City, It is located in the Damstraat.
Yellow Bike Amsterdam: located approximately 3 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central station, This shop rents only yellow bikes.
Mike's Bike Tours ’, instead, In addition to renting also offers guided tours to the city and surrounding countryside.
I Amsterdam Card
A great solution for getting around Amsterdam and visit its attractions is to buy the I Amsterdam City Card, a card which allows you to make use of public transport in the city (tram, subway and bus) and free entrance to over 30 musei.
The card is available with validity of 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. In addition to discounts in selected restaurants and free entrances to main attractions, This card allows you to free use of all public transportation company citizens GVB, as well as give you the ability to make afree excursion by boat.
The three types of I Amsterdam City Card are:
I Amsterdam Card 24 hours: price: 55,00 euros;
I Amsterdam Card 48 hours: price: 65,00 euros;
I Amsterdam Card 72 hours: price: 75,00 euros;
I Amsterdam Card 96 hours: price: 85,00 euros;
AMSTERDAM LINKS: How to get from Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam
Once we land, You can reach the Centre of Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport very quickly and in a variety of ways.
Amsterdam bus and shuttle from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam
L ’ Schiphol Airport is connected to the Centre of Amsterdam through an extensive network of bus routes both day and night.
Buses connecting Schiphol Airport with various areas of the city are:
– bus n° 69 which leads to Amsterdam Sloterdijk
– the bus number 300 to Amstelveen and theAmsterdam Arena
– bus n° 365 to Lead
– bus n° 361 for Noordwijk
The bus stop is located in the square outside the airport in front of the arrivals and departures. Consult website 9292 to see the times of departure and arrival to your destination. You can buy your ticket on board.
The company Connexxion offers a Shuttle service from the airport of Amsterdam with over 100 hotels throughout the city. Buses depart from Platform B9, located in front of Schiphol Plaza, with a frequency of 10 - 15 minutes. You can consult the stops and timetables on their official site.
Tickets cost € or 35 roundtrip, and may be purchased at the Connexxion Shuttle Desk within the area 4 or the local information centre 2 arrivals.
In alternative, You can book a shuttle exclusively through the Dutch Business Limousine, a fast means of transport (with prices starting at 35 Euro) allowing you to reach your destination in the Centre of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam links: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – the Centre of Amsterdam by train
The train is the fastest way is cheaper to reach the central station in Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport. Schiphol train station is located under the airport and connects the city centre 24 h 24. Trains leave every 10-15 minutes during the day, While from midnight to 6.00 There is a train every hour. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes and it costs about 3,60 euros.
The rail links from Amsterdam airport and downtown are managed by company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), whose trains run from the airport to the central station only, But even with the stations of Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Amstel.
You can buy train tickets at the yellow ticket machines near the tracks or NS offices inside the airport. Careful not to get caught without a ticket: the fine that awaits you is 35 euros, In addition to the ticket price! For schedules and information please visit the website of Dutch railways.
Attention: the return ticket is only valid for the day itself. Don't buy it if you plan to return on another day. Here you can buy online tickets for the train from Schiphol Airport to the Centre of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam links: get to Amsterdam by taxi from Schiphol Airport
Taxi is the most comfortable option to travel directly to your hotel, Although the most expensive: the costs will vary from 40 to 50 euros. The taxis are located outside the arrivals terminal of Schiphol (book online your taxi).
In Amsterdam there are also many taxi-bicycle, pedal cars that can carry up to two people and represent an ecological way of moving around the city and cheaper than regular cab.
Transfer to the airport with private car service
You can also book a private transfer from the airport to your destination with mydriver Airport Transfer.
Get to Amsterdam by car: road connections from Amsterdam airport and car rental
Schiphol Airport is located southwest of Amsterdam and is connected to the city by the highways A9 North and the A4/E19 to West. Within the airport and at the main stations in Amsterdam are present many car rental agencies, among which Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Alamo and Sixt.
Links between Eindhoven airport (EIN) and Amsterdam
The connection between Eindhoven airport and Amsterdam is guaranteed by trains departing from Eindhoven railway station, only 7 kilometers from the airport and connected by a shuttle service. The shuttle has a frequency of approximately 30 minutes and you can buy tickets on board shuttle (the price is around 3,20 euros). The taxi ride from Eindhoven airport to the train station instead costs about 25-30 euros.
From the station of Eindhoven take the Intercity train to Amsterdam Central station (the direction of Alkmaar) that leaves every half hour. The trip lasts about an hour and 20 minutes and costs from 17 to 20 euros (Online booking).
In alternative, You can use theAirexpressbus, a bus service connecting Eindhoven to Amsterdam, via Utrecht. The ticket price is 26 euros one way, or of 42 euros for round trip, While the journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. The bus stop is located near the central station of Amsterdam.
How to reach Amsterdam from Rotterdam Airport – The Hague (RTM)
Rotterdam Airport-The Hague (RTM) is a 57 kilometers from Amsterdam, accessible by train. From Rotterdam Airport take the Shuttle (bus # 33) which leads to the train station in Rotterdam, where you take the train to Amsterdam (the train journey takes about one hour).