One of the busiest airports in Europe and a major worldwide hub, Amsterdan Airport Schiphol processes an astounding 45 million passengers per year. Located 5.6 miles (9km) southwest of Amsterdam, the huge facility offers flights to cities on every continent on most any major airline.
The airport is a favourite of travellers, offering numerous attractions to keep passengers busy on long layovers, including an art gallery, casino, library, and seemingly endless duty-free shopping and dining options. The airport's enormous terminal is easy to navigate, and passengers arriving for a holiday in Amsterdam will find simple transport connections into the city.
The airport is nine miles (15km) southwest of 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 every 15 minutes, except 12:30am- 5am when the service only runs every hour. The short 15-20 minute journey costs around €4. 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.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +31 207 940 800, or from the Netherlands: 0900 0141.
Car rental desks can be found inside the arrivals hall, and include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and National.
A taxi to the city centre takes around 20 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, library, casino and art gallery. There are also numerous shops and restaurants, a food court, and duty-free shopping.
Short-stop parking facilities are located close to the terminal with the first 15 minutes free and then €2 per subsequent 12 minutes. Daily parking in the Schiphol Smart Parking area should be booked in advance on the Schiphol website and costs about €50 for eight days and is connected to the terminal via a frequent shuttle bus service. Valet parking is also available.
Most major airlines offer flights to Amsterdan Airport Schiphol, including KLM, Delta, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, bmi, Qatar Airways, British Airways, easyJet, Air France, Aer Lingus, Emirates, Alitalia, Air Nippon, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, El Al, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Continental, Flybe, Jet2, IZair and CityJet.
There is free wifi throughout the terminal.
Amsterdan Airport Schiphol has a fully-equipped conference centre that offers meeting rooms and reception halls for up to 80 people, however these must be reserved in advance through the airport's website. There are also plug points and internet terminals throughout the airport.
Amsterdam Schiphol Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.