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Airports in Netherlands

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is nine miles (15km) southwest of Amsterdam. It is 36 miles (57km) from The Hague and 46 miles (73km) from Rotterdam.

Getting to the city

Train: The simplest and cheapest way to travel from Schiphol to Amsterdam, and around the Netherlands generally, is by train. 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 from 12:30am to 5am when the service only runs every hour. The short 15-20 minute journey between Schiphol and Amsterdam costs €3.80.

Taxis: Private and shared taxis can be booked via the Schiphol website. Taxi fare between Schiphol Airport and central Amsterdam generally costs €35-40 and the trip takes 15-30 minutes depending on time of day and traffic. Taxis are great for door-to-door service, particularly for passengers with lots of luggage.

Bus: Numerous buses depart from just outside Schiphol Plaza to various destinations around the Netherlands. Most buses into Amsterdam run every 15-30 minutes from 6am until midnight during the week and slightly less frequently on weekends. Bus fares start at €1.60 and the journey to central Amsterdam takes up to 30 minutes. Many hotels offer free shuttle services to guests.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +31 207 940 800, or from the Netherlands: 0900 0141.

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Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM)

Overview

Rotterdam the Hague Airport serves just one million passengers each year, but it is still there third largest airport in the Netherlands.

Most flights to Rotterdam Airport come from other airports in Europe. It's a great airport to use for passengers wishing to avoid the hassle of larger airports. There aren't that many shops and restaurants at the airport, but the Panoramic Restaurant offers great views the runway as you grab a quick cup of coffee before your flight.

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) north of Rotterdam.

Getting to the city

Train: RandstadRail a high-speed train to the airport from The Hague, Leidschendam, Pijacker, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam Central Station. From the central station you can catch trains to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. The slower national NS train service also travels around the inner city as well as to nearby towns. To use public transport, you'll need to buy a 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card) from a newsagent at the airport. Tourists can buy an anonymous OV-Chipkaart for €7.50 from ticket machines in all metro and train stations.

Bus: The RET bus No. 50 connects to the Meijersplein metro station where you can transfer to line E to the city centre - a round trip of about 20 minutes overall. For a more direct route, the No. 33 bus will get you to Rotterdam Central Station in about 25 minutes. The B12 line operates at night and in the early morning.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +31 (0)10 446 3444.

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Groningen Eelde Airport (GRQ)

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (15km) from Groningen.

Getting to the city

The airport is served by Arriva bus number 52 and 53, which connect to the Groningen Central Station twice an hour on weekdays, and hourly on Sundays (only number 52). Various private bus services also run shuttles, and there are plenty of taxis available.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).

Contacts

Tel: +31 (0)50 308 1300.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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