Welcome to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Schiphol Flight Cancellations and Delays

Strong winds and storms are expected on Monday, January 22, due to storm Isha. As a result, flights to and from Schiphol may be delayed or canceled.

This short film provides a good introduction to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), including arrival procedure, transfers, and various amenities.

One of the World’s Best Airports

The consumer-aviation website Skytrax in its World Airport Awards 2022 ranks Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) in 15th place, down 3 spots from the year before.

Considered the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry, the ranking is based on votes by customers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey.

That means, the list is based on the opinions of international air travelers like you and I.

Speaking of which:

What the DutchAmsterdam Team Thinks of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Since we live and work in Amsterdam, Schiphol is the airport of choice for the DutchAmsterdam team.

We love the convenience of traveling to and from Schiphol with public transport. And while we don’t necessarily enjoy the process of traveling, we consider Schiphol a great airport to fly out from and to come home to.

We often meet guests flying into Amsterdam at the airport as well. When we do, we normally take the opportunity to shop, or to have a bit to eat.

What we do not like? Well, post-pandemic overtourism is a real problem in Amsterdam. Among other things that sometimes makes Schiphol airport a tad too busy during the summer months.

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Quick Schiphol Airport Public Transport Tips

Schiphol is located just outside of Amsterdam’s city limits. The fastest way into the center of town — Amsterdam Central Station — is by taxi (expensive), train or bus (inexpensive)

Detailed information on public transport between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam

Airport Code

  • IATA: AMS
  • ICAO: EHAM

Hotels at or near Schiphol Airport

While most tourists prefer to stay in a hotel in Amsterdam itself, many business travelers opt for accommodation at or near the airport.

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

Arriving flights
Departing flights
Transfers

Gateway to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe — and the World

Schiphol, as is it known colloquially, is the Netherlands’ main international airport. It is located 20 minutes southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlem.

(Luchthaven Schiphol) is the fifth largest airport in Europe, behind London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt International and Madrid Barajas. But it is the third busiest airport in Europe — and the world’s 14th — in terms of passengers.

Schiphol airport serves 333 direct destinations around the world. In addition, man travelers use the airport as a layover hub on their way to another city.

Founded in 1916, it is one of the oldest airports in the world. Schiphol is home to KLM which, founded in 1919, is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name.

Schiphol’s name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol which was part of the Stelling van Amsterdam defense 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.1

Incidentally, like much of the western Netherlands the airport is below sea level — 3.4 m (11 ft) at its lowest point.

The people behind this website, the DutchAmsterdam team, are well-traveled and generally enjoy departing from and returning to Schiphol. The airport includes a large shopping center both in the general area and behind passport control.

There are many restaurants and fastfood places. (And yes, we still avoid Starbucks).

There’s even a small annex of the Rijksmuseum, which you can visit free of charge.

But when we visit the airport to pick up friends or family, we usually arrive early enough to spend some time on the rooftop panorama deck observation platform.

Contact Information

Postal adress
Luchthaven Schiphol
Postbus 7501
1118 ZG Schiphol
Nederland

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

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

From outside the Netherlands:
+31-207940800

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Maps

Schiphol Airport Arrivals map
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol departures map

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)

Funny: The Man in the Clock at Schiphol Airport

Dutch designer Maarten Baas’ clock installation “Real Time” in Lounge 2 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

More About Schiphol

DutchAmsterdam’s articles about Schiphol. Includes news articles.


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Notes:

  1. There are other theories as to origin and meaning of the name, but historically this is the one best supported.