Essential tips on how to get to the center of Amsterdam from Amsterdam Schiphol airport and how to get around in Amsterdam: subway connections, shuttles, trains, buses, taxis and where to rent bikes in Amsterdam.
How to get to Amsterdam: connections with Amsterdam Schiphol airport
Amsterdam is one of the major European destinations and is well connected to other cities: you can easily reach Amsterdam by plane, by land (train and car) but also by sea .
Getting to Amsterdam by plane: air connections with Amsterdam airport
Located just 15 kilometers from the city center, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ( AMS) is the main airport in the Netherlands and one of the largest in the world (namely the fourth largest airport in Europe).
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has only one terminal, but arrivals and departures are divided into three zones each (the arrivals area is located on the ground floor, departures and check-ins are upstairs).
Schiphol Airport also offers numerous services, including play areas for children and an exhibition of Dutch paintings set up by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam between sectors E and F.
Connected to the airport there is also a shopping center, the Schiphol Plaza , where you can find shops, cafes and restaurants. Next to the shopping center there is the entrance to the train station.
We recommend that you arrive at the airport well in advance of the flight time, as the journey to the Gate is quite long (allow half an hour on foot).
Amsterdam connections: get to Amsterdam by train and bus
Thanks to the numerous train connections, you can also easily reach Amsterdam by train .
The city's main train station is Amsterdam Centraal Station , located near the historic center and connecting Amsterdam with major European cities, including Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Paris, Vienna and Prague.
Amsterdam connections: get to Amsterdam by car
It is possible to reach Amsterdam comfortably by car.
The A2 / E35 motorway connects Amsterdam. Remember that it is necessary to purchase the motorway vignette to travel in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam sea connections and ferries
In Amsterdam, there are internal ferry lines that connect the two banks of the IJ River. The busiest is the line that connects Amsterdam Central Station to Buiksloterweg (where the Adam Toren , the tower with a panoramic terrace is located). The operating ferries follow one another every couple of minutes and are in operation even at night.
The other ferry line connects Central Station to IJplein NDSM Werf shipyards (an area that hosts many cultural events). By clicking on the following link you can see the map with all the Amsterdam ferry routes.
There are also ferries that cross the North Sea Canal, on which a fee is required for the transport of motorized vehicles.
Amsterdam public transport
GVB is the leading public transport company in Amsterdam, integrating metro, trams and buses in and around the city. For residents and visitors who intend to stay in Amsterdam for a long time, they can request the OV-chipkaart , a prepaid card, which can be recharged online and can be purchased at the GVB information points , which allows you to travel on all means of public transport (tram, subway, buses and trains).
An inexpensive way for those staying in the city for a few days is to buy paper tickets, available in 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144 and 168 hour denominations and valid for an unlimited number of rides for the duration of the ticket.
Getting around Amsterdam by metro
The Amsterdam metro has five lines that allow you to quickly reach every part of the city. Four lines connect the central train station, while some metro stations share their platforms with trains.
Amsterdam connections: bus transport in Amsterdam
Trams are the best way to travel around Amsterdam and run until 00.15.
Buses, on the other hand, are mainly used to reach the suburbs during the day. A night bus service runs every day from 0.30 until 7.00, and connects the 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
Renting a bike in Amsterdam is definitely the best way to get around and visit the city. Amsterdam is full of cycle paths that wind through the city, which is also completely flat! Most bike rentals offer bicycles for around 8 euros per day.
Very useful is the map of “Amsterdam by bike” that you can take at the tourist offices: this map indicates all the cycle paths, workshops and various curiosities that you need to know before leaving for your rides!
Here are some bike rentals:
Bike City : located in the Jordaan district, they offer exclusively Dutch bikes.
Damstraat Rent-a-Bike : cheaper than Bike City, it is located in Damstraat.
Yellow Bike Amsterdam : Located about 3 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station, this shop rents only yellow bikes.
Mike's Bike Tours , on the other hand, in addition to the rental also offers guided tours around the city and surrounding countryside.
I Amsterdam Card
An excellent solution to move around Amsterdam and visit its attractions is to buy the I Amsterdam City Card , a card that allows you to use the city's public transport (tram, metro and bus) and to enter for free. over 30 museums.
The card is available with a validity of 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. In addition to discounts in affiliated restaurants and free admissions to the main attractions, this card allows you to use all the public transport of the GVB company for free , as well as giving you the opportunity to take a free 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 CONNECTIONS: How to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center
Once you land, you can get to the center of Amsterdam from Amsterdam Schiphol very quickly and in various ways.
Amsterdam bus and shuttle connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center
Schiphol Airport is connected to the center of Amsterdam via an extensive network of day and night bus lines.
The buses that connect Amsterdam Schiphol airport with the various areas of the city are:
- bus n ° 69 that leads to Amsterdam Sloterdijk
- bus n ° 300 to Amstelveen and the Amsterdam Arena
- bus n ° 365 to Piombo
- bus n ° 361 to Noordwijk
The bus stop is located in the square outside the airport in front of arrivals and departures. See website 9292 to see the departure and arrival times for your destination. You can buy the ticket on board.
The Connexxion offers a shuttle service connecting Amsterdam airport 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 website .
Tickets cost € 17 or € 27 return, and can be purchased at the Connexxion Shuttle Desk in Area 4 or at the Information Center in Arrivals Area 2.
Alternatively, you can book an exclusive shuttle through the Dutch Business Limousine , a fast means of transport (with prices starting from 35 Euros) that allows you to reach your destination in the center of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam connections: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam city center by train
The train is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Amsterdam Central Station from Schiphol Airport . Schiphol train station is located under the airport and connects the city center 24 hours a day. Trains run every 10-15 minutes during the day, while from midnight to 6.00 there is a train every hour. The duration of the journey is about 20 minutes and the ticket costs about 3.60 euros.
Train connections between Amsterdam Airport and the city center are operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) , whose trains connect the airport not only with Central Station, but also with Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Amstel stations.
You can buy train tickets at the yellow ticket machines near the platforms or at the NS offices inside the airport. Be careful not to get caught without a ticket: the fine that awaits you is 35 euros, in addition to the ticket price! For timetables and information you can visit the website of the Dutch railways .
Attention: the return ticket is valid only for the same day. Do not buy it if you intend to return on another day. Here you can buy train tickets from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center online .
Amsterdam connections: get to Amsterdam by taxi from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
The taxi is the most convenient option to reach your hotel directly, even if the most expensive: costs range from 40 to 50 euros. Taxis are located in front of the Schiphol arrivals terminal ( book your taxi online ).
In the city of Amsterdam there are also many bicycle taxis , pedal cars that can carry up to two people and which represent an ecological way to get around the city and cheaper than normal taxis.
Airport transfer with private car service
It is also possible to book a private transfer from the airport to your destination with myDriver Airport Transfer .
Getting 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 via the A9 roads in the north and the A4 / E19 in the west. There are numerous car rental agencies , including Avis , Budget , Europcar , Hertz , National , Alamo and Sixt .
Connections between Eindhoven Airport (EIN) and Amsterdam
The connection between Eindhoven airport and Amsterdam is guaranteed by trains leaving from Eindhoven railway station, which is only 7 kilometers from the airport and connected by a shuttle service. The shuttle has a frequency of about 30 minutes and you can buy the shuttle tickets directly on board (the price is about 3.20 euros). The taxi ride from Eindhoven airport to the train station costs around EUR 25-30.
From Eindhoven station take the Intercity train to Amsterdam Central Station (direction Alkmaar) which leaves every half hour. The journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes and costs between 17 and 20 euros ( Book online ).
Alternatively, you can use the AirExpressBus , a coach service connecting Eindhoven to Amsterdam via Utrecht. The ticket price is 26 euros one way, or 42 euros for a round trip, while the journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. The bus stop is located near Amsterdam Central Station.
How to get to Amsterdam from Rotterdam - The Hague (RTM) airport
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is 57 kilometers from Amsterdam, accessible via train connections. From Rotterdam airport, take the shuttle (bus no. 33) to Rotterdam train station, where you can take the train to Amsterdam (the train journey takes approximately one hour).