The central area of Amsterdam is fairly compact and easy to get around on foot, but there's also an excellent public transport system. By buying an OV-chipkaart users can get unlimited use of trams, buses and metros. Cards can be purchased at airports, stations, newsagents and supermarkets, and on buses and trams. Taxis are expensive and renting a car is not recommended. The streets in the city centre are narrow and awkward to navigate, and parking is limited. The ideal way to get around is often by bicycle and visitors will find several bike rental agencies around the city. There are ten train stations within Amsterdam, the main one being Amsterdam Central. Travelling by train is popular with locals and visitors due to the quick connections not just to the airport but also to regions and towns all over the country, and even to neighbouring countries like Belgium, Germany and France.
The airport is about thirteen miles (21km) from Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
LocationThe airport is about thirteen miles (21km) from Amsterdam.
Getting to the city
The airport railway station is located beneath Schiphol Plaza and trains depart for central Amsterdam and other destinations around the Netherlands. Trains leave the airport station regularly, except from 12.30am to 5am when the service only runs every hour. Most buses into Amsterdam run every 15-30 minutes from 6am until midnight on weekdays and slightly less frequently on weekends. Many hotels offer free shuttle services to guests.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Car rental desks can be found inside Schiphol Plaza, and include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Enterprise.
A taxi to the city centre takes around 30 minutes. Visitors can go to Schiphol Plaza where they will find the metered Schiphol Travel Taxis, which offer fixed rates for everyone who travels to and from the airport.
Facilities at Schiphol include ATMs and currency exchange facilities, a lost and found, information desks, luggage lockers and wrapping services, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a medical clinic, pharmacy and casino. There are also numerous shops and restaurants, a food court, and duty-free shopping.
Short-stop parking facilities are located close to the terminal for €1 per 10 minutes. The daily maximum cost is €40. Daily parking can be booked in advance on the Schiphol website and the lots are connected to the terminal via a frequent shuttle bus service. Valet parking is also available.