Schiphol Airport Amsterdam Travel Guide

TRANSFER: BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT (TRAIN, BUS, METRO, CAB…) ↔  CITY CENTER & AREA AROUND AMSTERDAM

How do I get from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam city center?

The airport is well connected to the Amsterdam public transport network. Since Schiphol Airport is located only 18 km from Amsterdam city center, it is easy to plan your trip to and from the airport.

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 2021).

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#1 Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397

Airport Transfer City Center Bus

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 (2021) and can also be purchased online before the trip. This saves time and stress abroad.

The bus is very suitable if your accommodation or destination is in the center of 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.

More information about the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 (timetables, stops…) and our tips for buying tickets can be found here.

Airport Transfer City Center Express Bus

The Airport Express Bus “Connexxion 397” offers a fast, cheap and reliable connection to the city center of Amsterdam. Online tickets save time & stress during your stay in Amsterdam. (Image: Jeroen pijper photography, CC 2.0 license)

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#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.

More information about Schiphol station (travel times, connections, prices, …) and our tips for buying tickets can be found here.

Airport transfer city center train

Directly under the terminal building is the train station “Schiphol Airport”. From here, in addition to long-distance trains, there is also a direct train connection to the central station “Amsterdam Centraal” (Image: Jeroen pijper photography, CC 2.0 license).

#3 BY CAB FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER AND THE SURROUNDINGS OF AMSTERDAM

Cab Shuttle Amsterdam Schiphol AirportCabs wait for passengers right outside the terminal at all hours of the day and night. They are convenient to use but also expensive. Alternatively, you can book a private shuttle cab online. This is usually cheaper and, unlike a cab, offers a pre-arranged fixed price.

Cab Shuttle Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Cabs are waiting directly in front of the terminal building. A convenient but also expensive way to get to your destination. A pre-booked shuttle is therefore a popular alternative. (Image: F.Heijnen, CC 2.0 license)

How much does a cab ride from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center cost?

A cab ride costs at least the basic fee of €7.50. This basic fee includes the first 2 km of the trip.
After that, there are additional charges depending on the duration of the trip and the distance.

For example, a trip to the city center costs between 40 € and 60 €. Currently there is a minimum charge for trips city center ↔ Schiphol Airport of 35 €.

#4 PRE-BOOKED SHUTTLE – A POPULAR ALTERNATIVE TO A CAB

If you want to fix the price of the ride in advance, then there is an interesting option. You can book a shuttle online before your trip. In addition to the destination, you can also specify, for example, the number of people. Before booking, you will be quoted a fixed price, including fees and taxes. This has several advantages:

  • The price is fixed. There are no surprises in the invoice amount.
  • The driver does not make detours to increase the cost of the trip. This can happen with a regular cab that charges by taximeter.
  • You get an invoice for the amount. This makes it easier to settle travel expenses.
  • In our experience, the shuttles booked online are cheaper than the local taxi.

Link: Website where you can easily compare and book different providers.

On this website you can simply type in the date of your arrival and you will get a clear list of all providers including prices.

INTERACTIVE MAP AND PLAN FOR DOWNLOAD

Schiphol Airport – Download map

 Download → Plan of Schiphol Airport Amsterdam incl. terminals (*.pdf))

Schiphol Airport – interactive map

Here you can find our interactive map. If you zoom in, you will find all the shops, restaurants, piers and terminals in the airport.

If you zoom out further, you can explore the area around the airport. For example, all stops of the Airport Express Bus 397 (shuttle bus to the city centre) are also marked.

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