So, you’ve landed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) but now you need to get out of there! There are 4 great ways to get into Amsterdam’s city centre, each with their different perks and downsides. Continue reading to find the best option for you!
The first way to get into the city and directly to your next stop is by Taxi. This is a safe and reliable option that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish depending on traffic. Taxis are available directly from the airport 24/7; you simply have to walk up to a taxi line and get in one. If you like to plan ahead, you can always book online. All licensed taxis in Amsterdam can be recognized by their roof lights and blue number plates.
The prices for a taxi depend on your final destination. For example, a regular taxi downtown, that can hold up to 4 people, is approximately €45.
A cheaper alternative to a taxi, if you’re in need of a car, is UBER. Be sure to download the app before you arrive for a quicker experience. Go to the arrivals level and enter your final destination into the app to be connected with a driver. Prices depend on the time of day and number of riders, but a rough estimate of prices from the airport to some popular locations are:
AMS to Museum Square, Amsterdam – starting at €18
AMS to Zuidas Financial District, Amsterdam – starting at €16
AMS to The Hague – starting at €56
AMS to Rotterdam – starting at €71
If you’re headed to Amsterdam central station, there’s a train that goes directly there from the airport. It takes about 15 minutes and runs every 10 minutes during the day. To catch the train, head down a level to the floor located below the airport to platforms 1, 2 or 3. Tickets are available to purchase at the ticket desks, automated ticket machines or online. For further instructions on how to purchase tickets click here.
The price of this option varies depending on the ticket you buy:
Adult one way – €9.50
Adult round trip – €14.50
Child (under 11) one way – €5.00
Child (under 11) round trip – €7.00
As always, keep your bags close as bag snatchers and pickpockets are known to be active on trains from the airport.
You can also take the 397 Airport Express bus from Schiphol Plaza which is located just outside the main station hall from platform B15-19. This bus runs every 7.5 minutes and the ride takes approximately 25 minutes from 5:00 am to 00:30 am. If you arrive late, there’s a night bus service N97 Niteliner which runs hourly from 0:100 am to 5:00 am. This may be a good option for travelers in wheelchairs as the buses are equipped to accommodate them. This option makes multiple stops along the route and is a convenient option if your final destination is located near one of the stops. To find out check the bus route here.
Tickets can be bought directly from the bus driver or from the Amsterdam Airport Express ticket desks or info booths near the bus stop as well as online. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult one-way ticket – 6€
Adult return trip ticket – 10€
Child (under 11) – 1€
Your cheapest and easiest option would be to take the train to Amsterdam Central station or public transit to your final destination. You’re most direct option would be to a Taxi or an Uber to your final stop. If your headed to a location that’s near one of the stops, taking a bus could also be a cheap and direct option.
I hope your trip into Amsterdam is hassle-free and you enjoy your time in the city!