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Public transport near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Schiphol International Airport has excellent transport links to the central district of the capital and the rest of the Netherlands. You can catch the train, hop on a Schiphol shuttle bus, hire a car, or take a cab. If you are looking for a budget way of travelling, you may benefit from City Travel Pass which gives you limitless routes around the city by tram, bus, train, ferry, and the AMS Express. Learn more about transportation means in the Holland capital below.

Trains from AMS Airport

Upon arrival at AMS, you can easily find the Schiphol Station. The terminal is situated a couple of minutes' walk from the Arrivals lounge, you just need to go down the lift from Schiphol Plaza (the airport`s main foyer) to access the underground train platforms. That's the perfect Amsterdam transportation for tourists.

The route to the city`s central terminal by the comfy Intercity Direct train takes around 15-18 min. You can also move to Utrecht, Leiden, The Hague, Delft, and Rotterdam 24/7. To see all available routes by NS public transport from Amsterdam Airport, use the NS app which will keep you informed about current travel info.

Before boarding the train, you are required to check in with the individual ticket or OV-chipkaart with a cash balance. Using the OV card you are enabled to travel on the train, bus, tram, and metro in Holland on a balance basis (one-time cost is €7.50).

Schiphol bus to Amsterdam

The airport`s bus station can be found right outside Schiphol Plaza, which is a few minutes walk from the Arrivals zone. Amsterdam Airport Express provides a direct link to the city operating 24/7 and running every 7-10 min (from 5 am to 12 am). From midnight, the Niteliner N97 bus takes over.

If you are planning to get everything in one trip by visiting the most famous tourist spots in Amsterdam, you can buy a GVB day pass which is valid from 1 to 7 days and lets you limitless trips on the GVB buses, metro, and trams day and night. If you plan to use an OV-chip card, make sure you have at least €10 credit on it.

Amsterdam Airport Express

The Schiphol bus 397 is the fastest and one of the most convenient ways to get to the central district of the capital (Olympic Stadium, Museumplein, Leidseplein, etc). The terminus is the Elandsgracht shelter which is a transfer hub for most regional and local transport. The bus could be a comfy mode of transportation from Amsterdam Airport to the hotel, as many guest houses are situated near the bus shelters.

To hop on, head to the bus shelter B15 at the main AMS lounge. A single Bus/Tram/Metro (BTM) voucher costs €6.50, an open return voucher is available for €11.75 and can be used within two weeks. A Travel voucher and Amsterdam & Region pass are also both valid for the Airport Express. Upon boarding a bus, you can both provide a printed voucher and use your mobile pass.

Amsterdam metro line from Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is not yet serviced by a metro line. However, with the appearance of the North-South metro line M52, an alternative means of transportation from Schiphol to Amsterdam central district is to catch the train running to Amsterdam Zuid (the cost of the 2nd class Amsterdam metro ticket is €4.30) and then transfer to M52.

At Amsterdam Zuid, you can change to the North-South metro going through the heart of the city including Europaplein (RAI), De Pijp, Vijzelgracht, Rokin (Dam Square/Spui), and the capital central stops. A train journey from AMS to Station Zuid, and on the Central Station by Metro 52 takes about 25-28 minutes.

Schiphol Airport tram to Amsterdam

Tram route 5 links Amsterdam Zuid to Museumplein, Leidseplein, and the city`s central terminal. From Amsterdam RAI, tram 4 provides a link to Amsterdam Centraal through the left bank of the Amstel River.

If you choose a tram as an Amsterdam transportation mode, you can purchase a GVB 1-hour pass which is valid for a 1-hour route on GVB public transport (bus/metro/tram). It costs €3.40 and is activated on first check-in. Please note that this voucher is not valid on the AMS Airport train.

Amsterdam Airport taxi

Taking a Schiphol Airport taxi could be a convenient option to get from AMS to the desired destination. A cab rank is situated right outside the Departure and Arrival lounges. Travellers are enabled to choose a standard taxi, a luxury Schiphol Business cab, or a Travel minibus.

  • Standard taxis are always available at the AMS taxi rank. The fare is calculated by metre and the cost of the route from Schiphol to downtown is about €5.16. Such a trip usually takes around 30-40 min, depending on traffic.
  • A Schiphol Travel taxi is the perfect choice for those travelling in a large group of up to 8 persons. You can also save money by sharing the costs with other passengers. In this case, the taxi will stop on the way to pick up and drop off passengers, which can take a little longer.
  • Luxury taxis are designed for business travellers or those who prefer travelling with maximum comfort. If you want to reach a selected destination with the ultimate convenience, book a luxury Business Taxi online and it will arrive right at your door.

Amsterdam Airport car rental

Looking for the most convenient means of transportation from AMS to the city center? Then car rental is what makes your trip hassle-free, easy and enjoyable. Car rental desks at AMS are located in Arrivals 3. To reach the pick-up location, look for the "Car Rental" signs in the airport's main foyer Schiphol Plaza.

Using our website, you will quickly find a suitable car for hire at an affordable price. You can choose a vehicle of any class from reliable vendors which provide their customers with a wide range of high-quality services.

To start searching for your perfect car, enter the dates of picking-up and dropping-off in the form on our website.

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Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

from €25.5 per day

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Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208

from €26.2 per day

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Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic

from €27.9 per day

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Peugeot 308 Estate

Peugeot 308 Estate

from €32.2 per day

Shared cars at Schiphol

Car hire at Schiphol Airport is available for supporters of less congestion on the road and fewer emissions. Upon arrival, you can use the SHARE NOW service (with 16 parking spaces) and SIXT share (10 parking lots).

The dedicated car-sharing spaces can be found in the World Trade Centre at Schiphol Boulevard 329.

  • From the terminal, go down the elevator to Level -2, WTC Parking, and look for the signs towards row 98/99.
  • To reach the car-sharing lots from the city, exit "Schiphol" from the A4 motorway and move to P3 Long-term Parking. Upon reaching Schiphol Boulevard, follow the signs to "WTC" and turn right into the park garage where you will see the "Car Share" mark.

For more convenience, use the SHARE NOW app and reserve a vehicle rental at Amsterdam International Airport. At the parking lot, you can use this app to make the car's headlights flash to find your car.

FAQ about transportation to Amsterdam Airport

How do I get from Schiphol Airport to the city?

A direct railway line with NS Intercity Direct train is the fastest mode of public transportation from Amsterdam Schiphol to the central district of the city. Such a route takes 13-14 minutes. The trains run 24/7, from 6 am to 1 am you can catch the train 4 times an hour.

How much is the train fare from Schiphol to Amsterdam?

The 2nd class one-way ticket cost of the Dutch National Rail (NS) train running to the city central depot is €5.90 with a €1 fee for purchasing a disposable ticket. Alternatively, you can buy a 1-day Travel Ticket for €18 which includes the AMS train journey + limitless GVB bus/tram/metro in the city.

How do I buy train tickets at Schiphol Airport?

At Schiphol, you can purchase a single paper pass at the "Public Transport Tickets" machines which are located at the baggage reclaim zone in Arrivals 3 up to Departures 3. A Travel Pass for various Amsterdam Airport transportation means is available in the same ticket machines.