Best way to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam (and back)
Schiphol is the main international airport in the Netherlands. It is located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) as the crow flies southwest of Amsterdam in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.1By car the distance is 20 kilometers (12.5 miles)
Most people travel by public transport from the airport to their accommodation in Amsterdam. The same is true for those who want to go from Amsterdam to the airport.
Schiphol Airport Public Transport Guide
- Getting from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam — and back — by public transport is easy, inexpensive, and fast
- Most travelers use either the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus, or the Train. [See this ticket options chart]
- You can also travel to and from the city by hotel shuttle, taxi, private transfer, Uber, or a rental car
- There are no metro or tram lines at Schiphol Airport
Chart: Airport — Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket Options
The most popular way to travel from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam by public transport is by bus or by train.
|Schiphol – Amsterdam Public Transport|
|Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397)||Bus: 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, but very popular for transport within the city|
Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397) plus Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket (1-7 days)
|Bus: Roundtrip Airport – City center, plus Unlimited Bus, Tram, Metro in Amsterdam||Shuttle ticket valid up to 14 days|
Roundtrip Train Schiphol <-> Amsterdam
|Train: Roundtrip to and from Amsterdam Central Station||Includes free audio guide app with 100+ points of interests in the city.|
Recommended addon: Unlimited Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket (1-7 days)
One Way Train: Schiphol -> Amsterdam, or Amsterdam -> Schiphol
|Train between Schiphol Airport and Central Station||Recommended addon: Unlimited Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket (1-7 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|
Table of contents
- Best way to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam (and back)
- Schiphol Airport Public Transport Guide
- Chart: Airport — Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket Options
- Schiphol Airport Public Transport Map
- Train From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station
- Amsterdam Train Stops Along This Route
- Where to Board the Train to Central Station
- Train + Metro Line 52
- Timetable Trains between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam
- Where and How to Buy Train Tickets
- Alert! Pickpockets!
- Train From Amsterdam Central Station to Schiphol Airport
- Coronavirus and Schiphol FAQ
- Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
- Taxi from Schiphol to Amsterdam
- Uber to and from Schiphol Airport
- Schiphol Airport to and from Cruise Ships Terminal
- Rent a Car at Schiphol Airport or in Amsterdam
- Additional Information
- Hotels at or near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Schiphol Airport Public Transport Map
Amsterdam Airport Express / Bus 397
One of the most popular options to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam is the Amsterdam Airport Express bus.
Benefits of this airport shuttle bus:
- Comfortable and inexpensive ride into town
- Mobile tickets (no need to print)
- Low entry access
- Has stops close to many hotels [Partial list]
- Departs every 8 minutes
- Free WiFi
- Quick charge your phone for free during the ride.
Amsterdam Airport Express Bus Tickets
Also known as Bus 397 Airport Shuttle. (Old travel guides, both online and the paper kind, often still incorrectly refer to the old name: Bus 197).
You cannot buy tickets on the bus. You need to purchase return tickets (€11,75) in advance. The tickets are valid up to 14 days. Either print your voucher, or use your mobile ticket to board.
These are you ticket options:
Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397) Destinations
The Amsterdam Airport Express (Bus 397) stops at
- Museumplein (28 minutes ride)
- Rijksmuseum (32 minutes)
- Leidseplein (34 minutes), and
- Busstation Elandsgracht (38 minutes)
Many hotels, guesthouses and other accommodations are within walking distance of these stops. If needed, at each of these stops you can transfer to nearby streetcars or taxis. And of course, here you also find the bus that will take you back to Schiphol Airport.
The final stop, bus station Elandsgracht, is located on the edge of Amsterdam’s famous Jordaan district.
Where to Board the Amsterdam Airport Express
Walk to Platform B17 at Schiphol Plaza. Look for a red bus marked ‘Amsterdam Airport Express’ or Bus 397. See this map. (Some old guidebooks call this bus an “Airport Shuttle”).
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.
Look for a bus with a red roof and black sides. You’ll see the R.NET logo on the sides and the front of the bus. The LED signs on the bus will say, ‘397 Leidseplein Amsterdam’.
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.
Timetable Amsterdam Airport Express Bus
- During the day the Airport Express (also known as Bus 397) departs every 7.5 minutes. It runs between 7:20 AM and 12:44 AM.
- At night this route is serviced by Niteliner N97. This night bus runs every half hour between 1:15 AM and 4:44 AM.
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.
By the way: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is not serviced by tram (light rail) or metro lines.
Amsterdam Train Stops Along This Route
- 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)
At Amsterdam Centraal Station, you’ll have many options to travel further into the city and beyond: by local or regional bus, metro, tram, or taxi.
Where to Board the Train to Central Station
At Schiphol airport the train station is located underground. You reach the platforms via escalators or elevators in the main hall.
Trains to Amsterdam Centraal Station usually leave from track 1, 2, or 3. Check the signs above each escalator to make sure.
Train + Metro Line 52
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is not yet serviced by a metro line. A subway service is being discussed, but there are no concrete plans yet.
The Noord/Zuid lijn (North-South line), Metro 52 runs between Station Noord (North) and Station Zuid (South). Its stops include Amsterdam Central Station.
A direct train ride between Schiphol and Central Station takes about 13 minutes. A train ride to Station Zuid, and on the Central Station by Metro 52 takes about 25 minutes.
Timetable Trains between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam
Trains to and from Amsterdam Central Station run 8 times 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.
Where and How to Buy Train Tickets
The easiest way to purchase a Schiphol to Amsterdam / Amsterdam to Schiphol roundtrip train ticket
Buy Train Tickets at Schiphol Airport
You can also buy train tickets in the main hall — either from the yellow machines marked ‘Train Tickets,’ or from the service counter.
Normal Ticket prices: €4.70 (2nd class) or €7,85 (1st class). However, unless you have an OV chipkaart (as a tourist you won’t have one) there is a surcharge of €1 per ticket.
Should I Get First Class or Second Class Train Tickets?
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 (referred to as ‘Comfort Class’ in the ticket machines) offers a bit more space and a bit more comfort, especially in newer trains. But the extra expense (€8,59 instead of €5,50) is not really worth it, especially on such a short trip.
Mind you, if you use a First Class carriage while you only carry a Second Class ticket, you risk a fine. (The difference in ticket price, plus €50 fine, plus €15 administration fee).
Note: The ticket machines are easy to use (English language option available). They accept standard international credit cards. If you need assistance, visit the ticket counter instead.
You must activate your ticket (which incorporates 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 accomplice extracts your wallet from your pocket or backpack.
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
Trains from Amsterdam Central Station to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport leave from platforms 13, 14, or 15.
These are the last three platforms at the rear of the station — the side closest to the river IJ. You’ll see either an ‘a’ or a ‘b’ behind the platform number — ‘a’ indicates the western side of the platform (with your back toward the river IJ that is on the right-hand side), and ‘b’ indicates the eastern side.
Trains servicing Schiphol Airport leave so frequently that you do not need to plan for a certain time. Depending on which train you catch, the ride takes 13-17 minutes.
In the evening there are fewer trains. During the night, between 1 am and 5 am one train an hour leaves for the airport.
At Schiphol your train arrives in an underground station, where escalators or elevators will take you one floor up to the central hall. From there you can walk to Departure area 1, 2, or 3.
Coronavirus and Schiphol FAQ
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Coronavirus rules in the Netherlands have been discontinued.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol remains in close contact with Amsterdam’s Municipal Health Service (GGD) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and follows the recommendations those bodies make.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
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 the Schiphol Hotel Shuttle
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.
Schiphol 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.
Taxi from Schiphol to Amsterdam
Some travelers prefer to bypass all public transport hassles by pre-booking a private or shared transfer. Usually meant for ‘groups’ or ‘families.’ But many business travelers and other individuals also enjoy the convenience, comfort, and level of service provided.
The driver will pick you up at a pre-arranged spot inside the airport. You can meet either at the Meeting Point in the main hall (near the Burger King), or where you exit the bagage claim area.
Make sure the driver knows your flight number so that he or she can take delays or terminal changes into account.
Amsterdam’s taxis are among the most expensive in Europe. The 30-minutes ride from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station will set you back about €50. (Museumplein or Leidseplein: about €40).
Note that traffic jams (not unusual around the airport) may result in higher charges.
There are some pitfalls to consider as well:
Don’t get overcharged by your taxidriver
Confirm the above rates with the driver, so he or she knows that you are aware of the average cost.
After all, when mystery guests took 200 cab rides in the Amsterdam’s licensed taxis they 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 could lodge a complaint at the website of Taxiklacht.
Avoid Rogue Taxi Cabs at Schiphol
Don’t get taken for a ride!
Arriving passengers are accosted — at times even within the airport’s buildings — by people who offer (at times aggressively) taxi services. These taxi drivers are not licensed to operate at Schiphol.
Legal measures introduced in 2017 have worked only in part.
At times, tourists are still quite literally taken for a ride. Some are charged hundreds of euros for a trip that should cost less than 50 euro.
Nowadays recruiters for rogue cabs now attempt to divert travelers by yelling “TAXI!” while holding up “TAXI” signs. Ignore them. (Yes, even the ones that wear jackets and signs saying, ‘Official Taxi’ or ‘Licensed Taxi’)
Taxi from Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport
Note: a taxi ride from Amsterdam back to Schiphol Airport typically costs less because there is more competition.
While Schiphol has licensed several taxi companies to pick up passengers at its 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.
Only Board a Taxi at the Official Taxi Rank
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 transfer to a taxi at the bus stops along the route (Museumplein, Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, and bus station Elandsgracht at the edge of the Jordaan district in old Amsterdam).
Uber to and from Schiphol Airport
In Amsterdam Uber is both legal and efficient. Uber is approximately 50% cheaper than traditional taxi services. This is usually the preferred transit choice for DutchAmsterdam team members.
Uber Amsterdam provides several economy, green, and premium options, depending on availability. They can all be ordered via the Uber app (Apple and Android versions).
UberPOP is not available in the Netherlands, as it is considered illegal.
Uber Pickup spot at Schiphol
At Schiphol Airport the pickup spot for Uber is across from exit B on the Arrivals level. See this map.
Exit B is not in the main ‘Schiphol Plaza’ hall. Here’s how to get there:
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.
UberX, Uber Green
Once you’re outside, locate the Sheraton Hotel across the street. Cross the crosswalk into the direction of the hotel. Across from the Sheraton’s main entrance, look for a glass shelter alongside the street. This is the UberX or Uber Green pickup spot at Schiphol.
Uber Black, Uber Comfort, Uber Van
For Uber Black, Comfort, or Van you cross the same crosswalk, but only to the center island. Stay there and look for your car to arrive.
What time to book your Uber trip for at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
When booking Uber (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 from the terminals that it takes planes about 10-15 minutes after landing to taxi up to the gate.
Also, 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 (10 minutes in the case of Uber Comfort), you incur extra charges.
Schiphol Airport to and from Cruise Ships Terminal
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Bus 369 is the only part of Amsterdam’s Public Transport system that services Schiphol Airport. Technically Schiphol is outside Amsterdam’s municipal borders. That is why the former GVB bus line 69 has been rebranded as bus 369, now operated by R-net2
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: you cannot 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.
Schiphol Flight Status
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
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