Schiphol airport – flying to and from Amsterdam

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), known informally as Schiphol, is the main international airport of the Netherlands. Here is everything you need to know about travelling to, from and via Schiphol!

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How to Get From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Center?

Schiphol airport is located 17 kilometers away from Amsterdam. After you pick up your luggage, head to Schiphol Plaza and follow the signs to find the trains, buses or taxis. Here you can find detailed advice about travelling from Schiphol to Amsterdam by all means of transport >>

Schiphol airport train station

Schiphol airport railway station is located directly below the airport. Take the escalator or lift from Schiphol Plaza hall downstairs and board the train. A direct train will take you to the center of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal station, or Amsterdam CS) within 17 minutes. Usually trains from Schiphol to Amsterdam city center depart from platforms 1 or 2.

Schiphol airport hotels

Spending a night at Amsterdam airport before your connecting flight or having an early departure from Schiphol? Book a hotel at Schiphol airport, get some good rest, have a shower, spend some time in privacy and comfort.

There are two transit hotels inside the airport’s secure zone – Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal and YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol Transit Hotel – and a few more hotels just outside the airport building.

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Schiphol airport duty free shopping

Duty free shops in Schiphol open at least one hour before the departure of the first plane, and close when the last plane leaves the airport.

Tip! Here you can get a € 5 discount voucher valid for purchases above € 25 (perfumes, cosmetics, sunglasses, liquor and chocolate) in shops after security.

Also good to know:

Smoking at Schiphol

From 1 April 2020 Schiphol airport is non-smoking. Smoking is also prohibited in the parking garages at Schiphol.

There is only one smoking zone, before security. Schiphol visitors can still smoke in Jan Dellaertplein, the square outside Schiphol Plaza.

Baggage Storage at Schiphol

You can use Schiphol luggage storage facilities 24/7, both before security and after security.

Baggage Storage after security (in transfer area)

The lockers next to the gates are 40×40 cm and have a depth of 70 cm. Renting a locker costs € 8 per 24 houts. You can use the lockers for up to 7 days.

Baggage Storage before security

You can also leave your luggage at the Baggage Storage area, on level -1, between Arrivals 1 and Arrivals 2.

  • Hand baggage (max. 55x35x25cm) – € 6 a piece
  • Hold baggage – € 9 a piece
  • Odd-size baggage – € 12 a piece
  • Wardrobe – € 2,50 a piece

Items can be stored at the Baggage Storage area at Schiphol for a maximum of 30 days.

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