This short film provides a good introduction to Schiphol Airport, including arrival procedure, transfers, and various ameninities

Public Transport

Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol — by train, bus or taxi. Includes information on how to get to Amsterdam Central Station, a 20-minute trip.

Welcome to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Luchthaven Schiphol) is the Netherlands’ main international airport. It is located 20 minutes southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlem.

Schiphol is the fifth largest airport in Europe, behind London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt International and Madrid Barajas, and is consistently voted among the world’s best airports.

Schiphol’s name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol which was part of the Stelling van Amsterdam defence works, constructed between 1880 and 1920.

Before 1852, the Haarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake, in the shallow waters of which sudden violent storms could claim many ships. This was the main reason for reclaiming it. Schiphol translates to ‘Ship Hole’ in English, a reference to the number of ships lost in the area.

Airport Code


Quick Public Tranport Tips

  • Train: you do not need a first-class ticket. Second-class is good enough. Be on the alert for pickpockets and luggage thiefs.
  • Taxi: Only use taxis at the official taxi rank. Do no take offers from solicitors within the airport or outside of the official taxi ranks. A trip downtown should cost about €52,00 in a regular taxi — or about €10-12 if you use Abel.
  • Train & Public Transport Tickets: The Amsterdam All In 1 Travel Ticket — available exclusively at the Holland Tourist Information desk (opposite Arrival Hall 2, open daily from 07.00 and 10.00 pm.) includes train tickets to and from Amsterdam Central Station, as well as up to 4 days of unlimited travel on Amsterdam’s buses, trams and metros. But note: most visitors consider the I amsterdam City Card to be a better deal — even though it does not include transfer between the airport and the city.

Detailed information on public transport between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam


Book a hotel at or near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Includes a list of hotels that provide an airport shuttle service)
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Arriving flights
Departing flights

Lost and Found

Lost and found items may be reported using this online form.

At the airport itself go to the nearest information desk (airport maps)


Complaints can be filed via this online form, or by regular mail (see Contact Information)

Contact Information

Postal adress
Luchthaven Schiphol
Postbus 7501
1118 ZG Schiphol

Visiting adress
Luchthaven Schiphol
Evert v/d Beekstraat 202
1118 CP Schiphol

From inside the Netherlands:
0900-0141 (€0,40 p.m.)

From outside the Netherlands:

Schiphol Statistics

In 2016 Schiphol Airport saw a record number of 63.6 million passengers, a 9 percent increase over 2015.

In freight, the airport shipped 1.7 million tons, almost 2 percent more than during the previous year.

There were 479.000 flight movements, which represents an increase of 6 percent over 2015.

Problem: if the number of takeoffs and landings continues to grow at this rate, Schiphol will pass the maximum number of movements agreed to with its neighbors: 500.000 takeoffs and landings/year

That agreement, part of a series of measures to abate noise polution, is in effect through the end of 2019.

More About Schiphol

DutchAmsterdam’s articles about Schiphol. Includes news articles.