Train to & from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)
Port of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Address: De Ruijterkade 7, 1013 AA Amsterdam
Take a train to Amsterdam Central from Schiphol (6 trains per hour), after that it's a 6 minute walk. Or if struggling with luggage, a taxi might be handy since it's only a short way.
The train ride costs 3,80 euro one-way.
The train from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam's Centraal station should be easy, but we first had a problem using the ticket machines and then proceeded to get on the wrong train! The ticket machines, located inside the baggage area and near the escalators for the train platforms, have menus in English and take several forms of payment but they require a PIN to use your credit card and it wouldn't accept my debit card. We tried again at a different machine and I used the PIN I have for cash advances on my credit card and that worked. I read there is also a ticket desk if you don't have luck with the machines. Same day 2nd class round trip tickets are 6.40E (a little more than 1/2 that if you go one way), trains leave frequently and the trip takes less than 20 minutes.
Well, less than 20 minutes IF you get on the right train, it must have been that we got up too early in the morning because neither one of us thought to look if it was the right train until after it already started moving and I noticed that we were heading to Eindhoven. Fortunately there was a stop at another Amsterdam station, we got off, headed back to Schiphol and started over. There are several tracks at the Schiphol train station, the overhead signs will tell you if the train is going to Amsterdam Centraal.
No need to purchase 1st class tickets, the ride is short and there are plenty of seats in 2nd class.
The first time I went to buy a train ticket I used the walk up window and had the agent help me. The round trip same day ticket from Schiphol to Central Station cost 7.90Euro. The next time I did it myself at one of the kiosks and was able to get the same day roundtrip for only 3.90Euro. I think the agent automatically charged for a "FirstClass" ticket without asking me since I knew no better. Oh well, save yourself half the price and choose a 2nd Class ticket. Same train just a different car.
From my experience, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is one of the most convenient airport’s in the world in terms of being able to travel quickly and cheaply into the city centre.
I have visited Amsterdam a couple of times, but the notes that I made for this tip were actually composed when I had a short stopover in the city in November 2007 en-route to Cairo.
Such is the ease with which you can catch a train from the airport to Central Station, that I decided to put my 4 hour stopover to good use and leave the airport terminal and go for a meal in the city centre.
Trains are frequent, and the journey time from the airport to the city is a mere 15 minutes.
At the time of my last visit, ticket prices were 3.20 Euros one way / 6.20 Euros return and were available from ticket machines and ticket counters in the airport’s main railway hall.
One thing that I did note was this: some of the ticket machines only accept credit cards, while some only accept cash. The machines that accept cash, only accept coins. This was a problem as I only had notes on me. However, I discovered that there are change machines in the railway station where you can change your notes for coins, so I did that.
On the way into Amsterdam, I caught a train that stopped briefly at Amsterdam Sloterdijk en-route to Central Station, while on the way back I caught a train that ran directly to the airport. Stops are announced in Dutch, English and French.
If you have 4 hours or more between flights, be sure to put your stopover to good use. The centre of Amsterdam is a mere 15 minute train ride away from Schiphol airport!
The best way to get into the city from Schipol, Amsterdam airport to the central station (center of Amsterdam) is by Train. Buy your ticket at the machines (yellow ones)....you cant miss this, since these are huge boxes...in the middle of the hall way, when you come out of the customs. The machines near the baggage claim area will accept only the cards, and the machine outside will accept cards & coins only. So have a change...before you get to Amsterdam.
While waiting for the luggage to appear you can buy the ticket for the train to Amsterdam (or anywhere else). Just look for standard yellow ticket machines placed between the luggage belts. Only limitation is that these machines accept cards only - no cash.
Later you just need to stamp the ticket and locate your train.
The quickest and cheapest way to get into Amsterdam from Schiphol airport is the train.
The platforms are under the airport, when you reach the huge red and white "meeting point" cube right in the middle of the airport (you can't miss it, it's massive!), the escalator going down to to platform 3 (where the train goes from) is right next to it. The yellow ticket machines are nearby. Some of them do not have instructions in English but are easy enough to use.
The code for Amsterdam Centraal Station is 1000.
Type that in first. Then it will ask 1st or 2nd class? The prices are (September 2007) Single 1st class 6.10 Euro and Single 2nd class 3.60 Euro. There is virtually no differenc in the train compartments so 2nd is fine.
Then it will ask cash or card. Note: the machines will only take Dutch bankcards so it's best to pay cash.
Then it will ask single or return. Single is "einreis". Then it will ask do you want it without a date or for today only?
It will then print your ticket. If you do not understand Dutch or can not work out from the buttons which to choose (easy to work out) , there are always people around you can ask. Or just watch what the the person in front of you does, that's what I did!
The ride to Amsterdam Centraal is smooth and quick and you arrive right in the middle of town.
Nobody inspected my tickets on the way in/from Asmterdam but there are inspectors about and a touristy sob story is not going to wash with them so you will get a fine. It's best to buy a ticket, it's not exactly going to break the bank!
The Centraal station is notorious for it's "lowlife" so keep an eye on your belogings and keep things like passports, creditcards/money tucket away in a moneybelt under your jacket/shirt.
I did not take the shuttle bus from Schipol when I arrived, so I do not know how much it costs. However, I did take the train that took me right to Centraal Station in a matter of 20 minutes. The ride is fast and comfortable, tickets can be purchased in Schipol from one of many machines (for which a Mastercard or a European bank card is preferable) or from tellers. Either way, it is inexpensive, costing around ~2.20 Euros for the one way trip.
All in all, it is the cheapest way to get to Amsterdam from Schipol and a good way to get learn the fairly easy train system in Holland.
The train from Schipol Airport is very cheap, easy and quick. Buy your ticket before getting on the train, altough I have never seen a conductor on the train...
On the plus side is also that you arrive to the central station in Amsterdam, from which it is very easy to get around the city by the tram.
At SCHIPHOL airport use the yellow machines(instructions in english), put 3.60euro for a ticket and take a train(one every 10') to CENTRAL STATION which is in the center of the city. There you will find the Tourist Info where you can buy a map for 2 euro but the most important is that there is also the starting point or the 10 tram lines that will bring u to your hotel. What's more u will find there many buses or the metro station.
The city is walkable and most of the sights are in the center but buy a stripenkart(15 strips 6euro, 45 strips 20euro) because you can use it at trams/bus/metro (1zone 2 strips, 2zones 3 strips, it's easy and anyway the driver will validate it for u) and not only in A'dam but in other cities too like Roterdam, Den Haag etc
Everyone in the city has a bicycle, even the tourists so it's a good idea to explore the city at least for some hours with a bicycle. There are several places to hire a bike but my favorite is ORANGE BIKE at Singel 233(50meters from Dam Square). They have new bikes. for 3 hours(6euro), for 1 day(8,5euro), for 7 days and more(4euro per day). Never leave unlocked your bike!
There are many boat tours(7euro for 1,5hour) in the city but take one the first day so u can have a good view of the city and the canals so to know where u are and what u see later. Usually they have tape guides except the museum boat that works like a bus with stops that u can hop on and off. There are also canal bikes but be careful of the bigger boats please! :)
Schiphol is a very large busy airport as you get off the plane into arrivals look for the train signs as you go down the elevators you can buy train tickets 4 euros for the twenty minute trip into amsterdam which come every 15 minutes or so fast and clean. beware of the con men/women who say they are tour guides selling spare train tickets cheap they rip you off charging double what they cost , taxis cost 45 euros snd are slower try the train and dont judge them by uk standards as they are great.
the airport is so organised and efficient the dutch have it soted with public transport.
At Schipol Airport buy your ticket and go downstairs to the train platforms. Every 15 minutes a train will arrive to whisk you into central Amsterdam, or return you to the airport. Be aware your card may not work in the ticket machines and you'll have to queue. Don't worry everyone speaks English here. A short trip later, 20 minutes for me, and you are arriving at Amsterdam Central. Try and sit in the upper deck if their is one and your views will be much better. The train may stop at Amsterdam Sloterdijk (I love that word), so don't just get off as soon as the train stops.
Most tourists from outside Europe arrive in Amsterdam by way of Schiphol International Airport. This very modern and functional facility is well organized and convenient for any tourist entering Europe. The train station is located at the arrival terminal along with a large underground shopping mall. There are numerous departures for destinations all over Europe hourly. One never needs to leave the terminal. There are no problems getting help as almost everyone in the Netherlands is fluent in English. Although there is a lot of walking required, Schiphol is the easiest air terminal to navigate that I have been to. All in all, it is a perfect gateway to Europe.
To get to Amsterdam, the easiest way is still by plane from Schiphol airport but the train is also great. I had a plane ticket Montreal-Paris and then i had one train ticket from Paris to Amsterdam with Thalys train. I was impress with the time schedules that were always respected and with the confortable second class ticket i had.
If you are from North America, go to this web site to buy your tickets and pass (i had the 4 days Benelux pass that was good for Paris-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-Gent-Brussels and finally Brussels-Paris) RailEurope. You will receive it by mail before leaving and it will be simpler when you are in Europe (less stress).
A very easy and cheap way to get to Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport is to take the train that goes to Centraal station, you can buy tickets in the airport and there is departure every 20 or 30 minutes, once you get to the central station you will have access to the tranportation system of the city(including bus, taxis, trams, trains, boat ..etc).