Getting from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam — and back — by public transport is easy, inexpensive, and fast.
Schiphol is the Netherlands’ main international airport. It is located 12 kilometers (7,5 miles) as the crow flies southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.
There are many ways to get to Amsterdam. We list only the best options.
Schiphol – Amsterdam Public Transport Options
- Bus (Amsterdam Airport Express/Bus 397)
- Airport Express Shuttle Bus Tickets
- Destinations in Amsterdam
- Where to Board the Bus
- Timetable Bus (every 7.5 minutes)
- Compare Ticket Options (add tickets for use within Amsterdam).
- Alert: Watch out for Pickpockets
- Train + Subway (Metro)
- Hotel Shuttle
- Alert: Avoid rogue cabs
- Rental Cars
Schiphol Airport Public Transport Map
The bus station is located at Schiphol Plaza — the square in front of the main hall. After you exit the main hall you will see two rows of bus stops just across the street from the taxi rank. (See our Amsterdam Airport Public Transport Map above).
Additional bus stops are to the right. This includes the one for the popular Amsterdam Airport Express. The stop is just beyond the overhead walkway that connects the terminal with the parking structure.
You’ll see this bus referred to as Bus 397, Amsterdam Airport Express, or 397 Airport Shuttle. From midnight through about 5 AM Niteliner N97 services this route.
Amsterdam Airport Express / Bus 397
One of the most popular options is the Amsterdam Airport Express bus — a comfortable and inexpensive ride into town. This airport shuttle bus stops close to many hotels, and provides free WiFi as well as plugs to quick-charge your phone during the ride.
This is a good choice if your hotel is within walking distance of its major stops (Check Google Maps. Or see if the name of your hotel is on this list).
Seasoned Amsterdam visitors also use this bus to bypass the expensive airport taxis. There is a taxi rank near every stop the Airport Express makes in the city. Cabs rides within the city tend to be less expensive.
Airport Express Bus Tickets
Buy Amsterdam Airport Express bus return tickets (€11,25) in advance. They are valid up to 14 days.
Most popular option: buy these return tickets in combination with a (multiple-day) Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket. This provides you with return transport between the airport and the city, plus unlimited GVB public transport within Amsterdam itself.
Stops at Museumplein (28 minutes), Rijksmuseum (32 minutes), Leidseplein (34 minutes) and bus station Elandsgracht (38 minutes). From there, trams, buses or taxis can take you to your hotel. The final stop is on the edge of Amsterdam’s famous Jordaan district.
These stops are also where you catch the bus back to Schiphol airport.
Where to Board the Airport Shuttle
Platform B17 at Schiphol Plaza. Look for a red bus marked ‘Amsterdam Airport Express’ or Bus 397. See this map.
- During the day Bus 397 departs every 7.5 minutes. Runs between 7:20 AM and 12:44 AM.
- At night this route is serviced by Niteliner N97. It runs every half hour between 1:15 AM and 4:44 AM.
Chart: Public Transport Ticket Options
|Schiphol – Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket Options|
|Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397)||Roundtrip Airport – City center||Ticket valid up to 14 days|
|Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket (1-7 days)||Unlimited Bus, Tram, Metro in Amsterdam||Does not include transfer from and to Schiphol airport|
Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397) plus Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket (1-7 days)
|Roundtrip Airport – City center, plus Unlimited Bus, Tram, Metro in Amsterdam||Shuttle ticket valid up to 14 days|
|I amsterdam City Card||Unlimited Bus, Tram, Metro in Amsterdam||Includes free museums, free canal boat tour, and other discounts. Does not include transfer from and to Schiphol airport|
Train From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station
Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport, is located 12 kilometers (7,5 miles) as the crow flies southwest of the city. The airport includes a train station – right underneath the main hall.
- Station Lelylaan (about 7 minutes). The vast majority of tourists do not disembark here.
- Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station (about 11 minutes from Schiphol). Located in the Amsterdam-West Borough, home to many hotels.
- Amsterdam Central Station (about 15-20 minutes from the airport)
Where to Board the Train
At Schiphol the train station is located underground. You reach the platforms via escalators or elevators in the main hall.
Trains to Amsterdam usually leave from track 1, 2, or 3. Check the signs above each escalator to make sure.
Trains to and from Amsterdam Central Station run 8x an hour — so once every 7.5 minutes. Signs above the escalators will show you when the next few trains depart, and where they are headed.
Screens near the yellow ticket machines list trains that will depart within the next half hour or so.
You can also check the NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen = Dutch Railways) website.
Note the type of trains indicated in the timetables:
Sprinter stops at Lelylaan, Sloterdijk, and Central Station. Intercity or Intercity Direct only stops at Central Station. The difference in travel time is 3 minutes.
Train TicketsTickets: €4.50 (2nd class) or €7,43 (1st class). Buy them from the yellow machines in the main hall, or from the service counter. By the way, unless you have an OV chipkaart (as a tourist you won’t have one) there is a surcharge of €1 per ticket.
Note: Dutch trains have First Class and Second Class cars, marked simply as  or . Most Dutch people travel second class, which usually is good enough. First Class offers a bit more space and a bit more comfort, especially in newer trains — but the extra expense (€7,43 instead of €4,50) is not really worth it.
At Schiphol, the NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen = Dutch Railways) ticket machines may ask you to select a ‘comfort class.’ At one time, First Class was pre-selected. Note: If you use a First Class carriage while you only carry a Second Class ticket, you risk a fine.
Note: The ticket machines are easy to use (English language option available) and accept standard international credit cards. If you need assistance, visit the ticket counter instead.
You must activate your ticket (a chip card) at one of the card readers near or at the top of the escalators, or next to the elevators.
Do not buy return trip tickets, unless you plan on returning to the airport on the same day. Round-trip train tickets are valid for same-day travel only.
Be extremely on the alert for pickpockets. The trains from Schiphol to Amsterdam are prime hunting grounds for these criminals. That includes the platforms at the train station, as well as the areas around the ticket machines.
Take precautions and do not let yourself be distracted. Do not turn your back on your luggage. Keep handbags and purses where you can see them. Make sure all pockets on your backpack are closed and secured.
These animals hunt in packs. The kind person apologizing to you for ‘accidentally’ bumping into you during the hustle and bustle of boarding the train probably is trying to divert your attention. Meanwhile his accomplish extracts your wallet from your backpocket.
Pickpockets also operate at the various train stations along the route. If you are sitting near an exit, hold on to your luggage to prevent grab-and-run theft. Mobile phones and tablets are also targeted.
Train From Amsterdam Central Station to Schiphol Airport
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Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
Limitation: The fare includes one piece of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage per fare-paying passenger. This may be a deal-breaker if you don’t travel light.
The Connexxion Shiphol Hotel Shuttle takes travelers from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to more than 100 hotels in the city of Amsterdam between 06.00 a.m. and 21.30 (9:30 p.m.)
Where to Board
When you arrive at Schiphol go to platform A7 at Schiphol Plaza (outside the main hall). Follow the signs to Taxis & Buses. See this map.
Hotel Shuttle Timetable
Schiphol Hotel Shuttle guarantees departures at intervals of maximum 30 minutes, so you’ll never have to wait longer than 30 minutes.
When picking up travellers from their hotel for the trip back to the airport, the Shuttle runs with a margin of 15 minutes before and after the scheduled departure time, depending on traffic.
Hotel Shuttle Tickets
At the shuttle’s website select your hotel to view the ticket price. Rates start at €18,50 one way or €29,50 return, per person. There are discounts for return journeys, children under the age of 15, or groups of more than 3 people up to 8 people. You can book your ride ahead of time. VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
Amsterdam’s taxis are among the most expensive in Europe. The 30-minutes ride from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station should set you back about €45 – €50.
– To Museumplein: about €40,00.
Confirm these rates with the driver, so he knows that you are aware of the average cost.
After all, mystery guests who took 200 cab rides in the city’s licensed taxis found that only 10 percent of their rides were without fault. According to the Taximonitor 2018 (published in November 2019) 1 nearly 40 percent of the trips involved major violations, such as unnecessary detours and price manipulation.
If you had a bad experience with a taxi company or driver, you can lodge a complaint at the website of Taxiklacht.
Note: a taxi ride from Amsterdam back to Schiphol Airport typically costs less because there is more competition. While Schiphol has licensed a number of taxi companies to pick up passengers at the official taxi rank, all taxi firms are allowed to drop off passengers at the airport. We’ve seen prices as low as €37,50 ‘from anywhere in Amsterdam.’ Shop around, or simply use Uber.
Avoid Rogue Taxi Cabs
Don’t get taken for a ride!
For several years, arriving passengers were accosted — inside and outside the airport — by people who offered, sometimes aggressively, taxi services. They were not licensed to operate at Schiphol.
At times, tourists were quite literally taken for a ride. Some were charged hundreds of euros for a trip that should have cost less than 50 euro. Legal measures introduced in May 2017, have worked only in part.
Recruiters for rogue cabs now attempt to divert travellers by yelling yelling ‘TAXI!” while holding up “TAXI” signs. Ignore them.
At Schiphol, select a taxi only at the official taxi rank in front of the main hall. Theoretically you can choose any of the taxis you see there. You are not obligated to take the first one in line. However, lately airport-authorized ‘hosts’ have been used at peak times. Follow their instructions.
Of course you could also catch a taxi after travelling to Amsterdam Central Station by train. You can do so at the Westernmost section of the IJzijde – the part of the train station that faces the river IJ — right across from the ferry boat landing.
Visitors who travel into town with the Amsterdam Airport Express Shuttle can also transfer to a taxi at the bus stops along the route.
In Amsterdam Uber is both legal and efficient. Uber is approximately 50% cheaper than traditional taxi services. This is usually the preferred choice for DutchAmsterdam team members.
You can use uberX (low-cost option), UberBlack (“the original Uber”), or UberVAN (“Room for Everyone”). They can all be ordered via the Uber app (Apple and Android versions).
UberPOP is not available in the Netherlands.
Uber Pickup spot
The pickup spot for uberX is across from exit B on the Arrivals level. See this map.
Exit B is not in the main ‘Schiphol Plaza’ hall. Look for the Esprit fashion store inside the main hall. Just across from it you’ll see Gassan Plaza jewelry store. Enter the shopping corridor between these two shops, and you’ll soon see Exit B on your left hand side.
Once you’re outside, locate the Sheraton Hotel across the street. Across from its main entrance, look for a glass shelter alongside the street. This is the Uber pickup spot at Schiphol.
What time to book your trip for
When booking Uber, ViaVan, or Private Transfer, keep in mind that you may spend half an hour or longer in the airport upon landing.
Some of Schiphol’s runways are so far away that it will take planes about 10-15 minutes after landing to taxi up to the gate.
And if your gate is far removed from the main building (the higher your gate number, the further away it is), it may take 10-15 minutes just to reach the luggage belts. From there, count on 5-10 minutes to reach the taxi ranks or Uber and/or Transfer pickup spots.
If you leave your ride waiting for more than 2 minutes, you incur extra charges.
ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and US ride-sharing startup Via, has been available in Amsterdam since March 2018. From what we hear the company is doing well. You’ll find that a good many Uber drivers also are signed up with ViaVan. The company has recently started to include service to and from the airport. Pickup is just outside Exit B, on the closest lane to the terminal.
In our experience nowadays a shared ride (meaning the car can potentially pickup or drop off other passengers along the route) is a few euros cheaper than Uber. But a private ride with ViaVan costs about the same as with Uber.
Mind you: realize that a shared ride also means you have to share the luggage space.
In addition, ViaVan says it’s a ‘corner to corner’ service; not a ‘door to door’ taxi. In practice, this means they may drop you off at a major intersection near your destination, rather than at the door. That’s a major drawback.
Many travelers prefer to bypass all public transport hassles by pre-booking a private or shared transfer. Usually meant for ‘groups’ or ‘families.’ Essentially a taxi, though the term ‘transfer’ is often used to differentiate from taxi concessions. It generally includes a higher level of service. The driver will pick you up inside the airport, either at the Meeting Point in the main hall, or where you exit the bagage claim area.
Schiphol Airport to and from Cruise Ships Terminal
If you are traveling to or from the cruise ships terminal, check your transfer options on our Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) page.
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Bus 69 is the only part of Amsterdam’s Public Transport system that services Schiphol Airport (which technically is outside Amsterdam’s municipal borders).
Taking this bus instead of the Amsterdam Airport Express only makes sense if your hotel is near the Sloterdijk train station, or one of the stops along its route.
Note: This is also the only public transport option between the city and the airport for users of the popular I amsterdam City Card.
- Destinations: Takes you to train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk (final stop, 41 minutes), where a growing number of hotels are located in the vicinity. From there, you can reach Central Station either by bus (22) or by train.
- Where: Platform B17, the second row of bus stops at Schiphol Plaza, across from the taxi rank.
- When: Schiphol Airport to Sloterdijk from about 5:30 am through 1:00 am. Sloterdijk to Schiphol from about 4:30 am through about 12:20 am. Since this is a city bus with many stops along the way, the full trip takes about 50 minutes.
- Tickets: €3.20, (or, if you prefer, a day pass at €8,00) purchased from the driver. Note: As of March 26, 2017 you can not pay cash on board any buses or trams. In the bus or tram you can pay by Dutch pinpas (debit card) or with any major credit card. You can purchase (multiple) day tickets ahead of time.
Hotels at or near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
If you only have a layover in Amsterdam, or you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city, book a hotel or inn at or near the airport.
Hotels convenient to the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus
These hotels are close to the indicated stops of the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus.
Amsterdam is a walking city. Public transport gets you close to many destinations — normally to within 400 meters.
If walking is not an option, transfer to a taxi at any of the bus stops. A taxi ride from there will costs far less than you’d pay if you hailed a cab at the airport.
- Museumplein (28 minutes)
- Amsterdam hostel Annemarie
- B&B Alexander
- Bilderberg Garden
- Billmore Hotels Internationals
- Conscious Hotel Museum square
- Conservatorium Hotel
- Hotel Atlas
- Hotel Bema
- Hotel Bronckhorst
- Hotel City Garden
- Hotel Cosmos
- Hotel Inner
- Hotel ‘Marianne’
- Hotel Omega
- Hotel Sander
- Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia
- Hotel Verdi
- Hotel Washington
- Memphis hotel Amsterdam
- NL-hotel museumplein
- Nova apartments Amsterdam
- Park plaza vondelpark
- The College hotel
- The Concert Hotel
- Trianon Hotel Amsterdam
- Bus Stop: Rijksmuseum (32 minutes)
- Art Gallery Hotel
- Best Western Apollo museum Hotel
- Bilderberg hotel Jan Luyken
- Hotel Aalders
- Hotel Bellington
- Hotel Cornelisz
- Hotel Fita
- Hotel JL no76
- Hotel Museumzicht
- Hotel Piet Hein
- Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia
- Hotel Van Gogh
- Hotel Vossious Vondelpark
- Park Hotel Amsterdam
- Park Mansionhotel
- The Flying pig uptown hostel
- The Poet Hotel Amsterdam
- Bus Stop: Leidseplein (34 minutes)
- Amsterdam American hotel
- Amsterdam Goodstay Guesthouse
- Amsterdam hostel Leidseplein
- Amsterdam hostel Orfeo
- Amsterdam Hotel Centre
- Amsterdam Mariott hotel
- Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
- Backstage hotel Amsterdam
- Bed and breakfast Helmers
- Best Western Leidse square hotel
- Boutique hotel view
- Dikker & Thijs Fenice hotel
- Freeland hotel
- Grand Hotel Mi Casa
- Hampshire hotel
- Hans Brinker budget hotel
- Hem Hotel Maas
- Hilton Amsterdam
- Hotel Aero
- Hotel Alexander
- Hotel Blyss
- Hotel D’amsterdam
- Hotel de Lantaerne
- Hotel de Looier
- Hotel de Paris
- Hotel Espresso city centre
- Hotel Europa 92
- Hotel Hestia
- Hotel Iron Horse Amsterdam
- Hotel Jupiter
- Hotel Kooyk
- Hotel la Boheme
- Hotel Leidsegracht
- Hotel Marnix City Centre
- Hotel Roemer
- Hotel Sipermann
- Hotel Vondel
- Hotel Weber
- International budget hostel
- Jefferson hotel
- King Hotel
- Mozart Hotel
- NH Amsterdam centre
- NL hotel district Leidseplein
- Owl Hotel
- Prinsen Hotel
- Quentin Hotel amsterdam
- Sara’s Boutique Hotel
- Stayokay Vondelpark
- The Golden Bear
- Titus hotel
- Wildervanck bed & breakfast
- Bus station Elandsgracht (38 minutes)
- Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel
These hotels are located within walking distance of the indicated bus stops of the Amsterdam Airport Express
- The Taximonitor is published only Dutch. The report is produced by the City of Amsterdam’s section Onderzoek, Informatie en Statistiek (OIS; Research, Information and Statistics) ↩
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