Flying to Amsterdam

Arriving in Amsterdam by plane at Schiphol airport

Amsterdam's Schiphol AirportAmsterdam's ultra-modern Schiphol Airport is just 20km (12 miles) outside the city center (tel. in the Netherlands: 0900-0141; tel. outside the Netherlands: +31-(0)20-794-0800;

How do I get betwen Schiphol Airport and downtown Amsterdam?

The cheapest way to and from the airport is by train. Regular trains—around eight per hour—run between the airport and Amsterdam's Centraal train station in 17–20 minutes for €3.70 ($5.30). Be sure to book a second class ticket, as it doesn't really matter and first class costs €6.30.

A taxi to or from the airport costs a whopping €42 ($61).

If you don't want to take the train, a far better deal is a private transfer (see below), which start around $22 from our partners at


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in May 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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