Train to & from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
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).
The train station at the airport is a mayor station. You can get trains for all over Europe from here.
It is a short train ride to Amsterdam from the airport.
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How do you get from Schiphol to Amsterdam easily? Well my best bet would be the train. For about €3 Euro you will experience the Dutch railway system. Which is, many trains, many people and some delays. The train station is in the main hall of the airport and is pretty big. Direct connections throughout the country are available on high frequencies. Every 5 to 10 minutes you travel to and from the Central Station which will be your best bet. Some more remote hotels might offer a better stop at Sloterdijk or Amstel station but that's yours to discover.
The ride is about 20 minutes to the central station. You can take local & intercity trains for the same fare, only the international trains require a surcharge.
There are 7 trains an hour from Schipol Airport to Centraal Station.
Fast, reliable and take about 20 minutes.
Single fare will cost you 3.40 Euros (6 euros return).
Taxi?s wait outside ? make sure the meters running ? but if you want / neeed the exercise
And your not carrying to much luggage the walk to the centre will do you the world of good and you get to hit the streets running.
Trains are leaving every 10 - 20 minutes and tickets for EUR 3.40 (one way) can be purchased at ticket machines or at the counter.
If you want to purchase the tickets at the machine, be aware that Credit or Debit Cards are only accepted when your pin code has 4 digits (5 or 6 digits are not working....)!
There are various train types running. Some of them look very crappy, some of them very nice. Also, check which class you are sitting in. The signs are sometimes very small....
In case of long layover at Schiphol the best thing you can do is to take the train and go directly to the center to take a boat cruise over canals or to just take a walk.
The train will take you to the central station and then all options are open.
Drives from Schiphol to the city centre takes something between 10-15 minutes.
If your hotel is near central station and if you are coming from the airport, definitly the train is the better way. You have a train every 15 minutes. Pay always attention in the respective stoppings.
It never ceases to amaze me how slick and efficient the link from the airport to the Amsterdam Centraal is. Yoiu might have to walk a fair distance before you can collect your luggage, but then ur ready to catch the train direct from the airport.
The double decker trains always leave on time (as we found to our cost!).They are always clean and staff friendly.
You buy your tickeys from machines before you travel.With straight forward instructions to follow, buying tickets is so easy!
It cost 3 Euros 40. for a single journey from the airport to the Centraal station. First time visitors may go for the easy option of a taxi but please take the train. The taxi will cost you about 30 euros approx.
The train will arrive at Centraal Station and its a simple case of coming out of the main entrance and crossing the road to catch a tram if you need to, but the centre of town is easy to reach on foot.
It's best to get here by public transport, because cars are a real nuisance to park and keep safe int he centre. So best to take the train. You will more than likely arrive at the Central Station (pic), also if you arrive at Schiphol airport, as frequent trains link the airport with the city centre. From here, all forms of public transport radiate into the city. Easy-peasy!
We hadn't been aware how far out of the main city the airport actually was until we arrived. Fortunately you can get a reasonably priced train ticket at the airport in to the city. The train station is located within the airport and takes you right in to the heart of Amsterdam. If I remember correctly, the journey took 30-45 minutes. The ticket booths are easily located in the airport, and don't be afraid to ask questions- all the people we encountered there were very friendly and helpful.
From Schipol, you can get anywhere in Holland by train. For 3.40 EURO you can get to Centraal Station in Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes. There are two types of ticket machines.....the older ones, which are all in Dutch but have English directions (confusing and at the top of the machine)and takes ONLY coins...no paper bills! The other machine is for credit card users and is a touch screen with your choice of languages!
Much as there are English instructions on the ticketing machines. But some of the tabs (the ones where you press to choose your destinations or even if it is a single or return trip - correct me if I'm wrong) are labelled in Dutch. So do ask around if you are not sure and buy the wrong ticket in the end... Tickets can be rather expensive...
There's a train that connect Schipol Airport directly with the Central Station, in downtown Amsterdam. The return ticket is about 6 euros and you can buy it at the tourist centre, at the machines or the train offices.
Once in Central Station you can take the tram you need to get to your hotel.
Get a train to Amsterdam Central Station. Train ride takes about 20 minutes and costs about 3 EUR for one-way ticket.
Train platforms are underground. On a side of train you can see a sign with final destination written on it. If in doubt ask the driver, we almost took the wrong train.
From Amsterdam to Schipol be sure to have enough time. Our train was delayed 20 minutes and when it came it had some technical problems, so it didn’t leave after all! Luckily there is plenty of trains going to Schipol so we didn’t miss our flight. I’m not sure how common this is but be warned!
On my way to South Africa we had a stop over of several hours in Amsterdam. We hopped on the train at Schipol airport and zoomed into Amsterdam for some sightseeing. The fare was extremely reasonable and the train ride was very fast, comfortable, and straightforward. I would highly recommend heading into Amsterdam of you have a stopover of 3.5 hrs or more.