Train to & from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
If you arrive at Schiphol jump on the train to the central Amsterdam station, then jump on a tram to the area of your hotel then walk a few paces to your hotel and check-in. What could be simpler. Seriously, I have not found a more commuter friendly city in all the world.
There are excellent air and rail services connecting through this city. If you arrive by air, then I would advise getting into the centre using the train. It is relatively cheap at Dfl 6.50pp and trains run from within the airport building every 10 minutes to Amsterdam Central Station. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes. There are of course also taxi's but as a frequent user of this airport myself I prefer the train as in terms of time, it is the most efficient, especially during busy periods. the average cost for a taxi is approximately Dfl 65.00, therefore ten times more than the train.
As the city is actually relatively small, once you have adjusted to the fact, that it is layed out in a half moon shape. As opposed to the oblong blocks many of us may be more familiar with, it is (weather permitting) quite nice to walk around. There is also a very good tram system, but for that you may need to do a bit more planning to understand which tram for which part of the city.
There are boat tours through the canals, train or bus excursions to other parts of the country. If you are here in good summer weather, there are a great many very nice beaches within easy travelling from the city centre.
For the more adventurous their are also bicycle tours or indeed you may rent a bicycle and plan your own tour. The whole place is flat so it need not be too arduous, go on, give it a go.
The most common approach will be from the air, arriving in Schipol. The easiest way to town from there will be on the train into Central.
The absolute best way to see Amsterdam is by bike. We regretted not renting one sooner. We had one for the day which cost about €14, but it gets cheaper the longer you have it. A week was about €45.
Train NS(Amsterdam centraal station)
There is a regular train service from the airport Schiphol to the central station in the centre of the city of Amsterdam.
Public transport : buy a 'strippenkaart' to cut transportation costs.
Better still : Buy/rent a bike. Amsterdam is a city of bikes. Cyclists rule the traffic!!
From the uk easyjet fly to Amsterdam in less than one hour... bargain price if you can book early. Trains run from Schipol airport several times an hour.
Easy to walk around most places, but well served by trams, busses and an underground railway, the tickets are a little confusing though.
Centraal station is always abbreviated to CS.
by air via Airport Schipol or by train. Either case you'll need to enter Amsterdam from the Centraal Station. Coming from Schipol, trains run every 15 mins between 6 a.m. to midnight, after which they run hourly. The journey takes about 20 mins and the weekend return fare costs G 23.75.
Alternatively Amsterdam can be reached by Eurolines' coach which drops passengers at Amstel station, located 5 metro stations away from the one at Centraal Station.
on public transportation with the Strippenkaart, a 15-journeys ticket which can be used by any number of people at any one time on a tram, bus or the metro. The ticket costs G 12.48.
Canal tour operators have embarkation points at many locations in the city, mainly opposite the Centraal Station. The one along Damrak offers an hour tour at ~G 12 pp, cheapest in town I think but not really fantastic.
Walk to discover things that you won't possibly see otherwise.
train from the airport, cheap, efficient, safe.. a traveller would want an airport-city connection in evry town: you land in the heart of the city when you exit central station.
rent a bicycle.. fun and you'll discover amsterdam way of bicycling..
plus trams.. dont forget to get yourself a 'strippenkaart' or a day pass..
I've flown to Schiphol Airport but only in transit. The best way to get into Amsterdam is to take the train into Centraal Station. On your way in, you can look out the window and catch sight of a windmill or two. It's wild.
It depends on where you come from, but, take the train to Amsterdam CS (also when you arrive by plane at Schiphol, cabs are way to expensive !).
On foot, or bicycle. When you have the chance to view the city from a little boat; do it ! It shows you a different city.
I travelled to Amsterdam from Luton airport with Easyjet airlines. Landed at Schiphol and the took the train into Amsterdam Central railway station. Nice and simple.
Catching the train from Schipol to Amsterdam Centraal is as easy as pie. The cost currently is 7.50 Euro for the return ticket.
Taking the train from the city to the airport is fun, especially if you ride on the stairs, instead of in a seat : )
In my opinion, train is the most convenient and fast way to get from and to the airport. Sadly, our time was up and needed to go back and catch our flight.
Flew from London to Schiphol Airport, from there we got a train to the city centre. Outside the train station we got a tram to Vondel Park
Tram & walking
Photo: Atlas inside the Royal Palace