TRANSFER: BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT (TRAIN, BUS, METRO, CAB…) ↔ CITY CENTER & AREA AROUND AMSTERDAM
How do I get from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam city center?
Here you will find the most important options for transfers to the city center and the surroundings of Amsterdam incl. travel times and current prices (as of 2023).
#1 Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397
The Amsterdam Airport Express Bus (Connexxion line 397) offers a cheap and direct connection from Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam.
Round trip ticket costs €11.75 (2023) and can also be purchased online before the trip. This saves time and stress abroad.
Very popular with visitors to Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Airport Express Bus is very popular with visitors to the city, as it offers an uncomplicated, cheap and fast connection to the city center.
The final stop in the city centre is the bus station “Elandsgracht”. This stop is on the edge of the canal belt. The train station “Amsterdam Centraal” is approx. 2 km away.
If you want to go directly from the airport to the train station, we recommend taking the train (see below).
Save time with online tickets
Tip: You can buy online tickets for the bus before you travel. This saves time and stress during your trip.
or buy the bus ticket + a day or multi-day ticket for local transport in Amsterdam (metro, bus, tram):
More details about airport bus 397:
#2 BY TRAIN FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER OF AMSTERDAM
Schiphol airport has its own train station (“Schiphol Airport”). It is located directly under the terminal building.
In addition to long-distance connections, the airport train station also offers a fast and direct train connection to Amsterdam Centraal station in the city center.
Transfer by train: 18 minutes to the city centre
The journey time from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal station in the city centre is only 16-18 minutes. Amsterdam Centraal station is a hub for local transport. Here you have many options for onward travel, whether by metro, bus or ferry.
In our travel guide you will also find tips on how to save time and money when buying tickets for train and local transport.