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Getting here by public transport
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!
Trains and Trams
Traveling by Train (2nd Class):
Schiphol (Airport) to Amsterdam Central: € 3.70
Amsterdam Central to Den Haag Central: € 10.70
Amsterdam Central to Utrecht Central: € 6.70
- By a ticket at a kiosk (check for payment by coins or credit).
- Second Class is cheaper.
- After ticket purchase, check the time/departure board for your platform number.
Traveling by Tram: € 2.60
- Enter either front of back of the tram (check for payee stand).
- After you purchase a ticket, swipe it in front of the chip card reader (and again when you exit
- Tram will announce stops and a LED sign will list the upcoming and next two stops.
- The payee attendant can give you a tram map (Public Transport/Tour Guide booklet).
- Trams buses and metros run from 06.00 to 00.30. Night buses run from 00.30 to 07.00.
How to get to Amsterdam from Schiphol
The easiest and cheapest way to get to the city from airport is to take train. Usually, there is a train every 15-20 minutes, so you will not wait too long.
Tickets can be bought either in the special ticket-box or with help of the sales-person.
You must have a valid ticket or pass on trains and platforms. From 1 October 2005 a fine of 35 euro is added to the fare if you're traveling without a valid ticket.
Folding bicycles may be carried free of charge, if they are completely folded. Other bicycles may only be carried during non-peak hours and at an extra charge. They should be parked at the indicated places.
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Schipol to Amsterdam Centraal Trains
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.
TRAIN TO/FROM SCHIPHOL
Today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, we are going to Schiphol for the day with Hans' sister and husband. First we took the IBIS shuttle to the airport. We headed for the Train Tickets section where Nel bought our train tickets. She gets a discount on the tickets, so we paid 2,20 Euros each for a one-way ticket (regular price is 3.60 Euros). With tickets in hand, we made our way to the platform where we would take the train which leaves quite often. The journey is about 20 minutes and brings you to Amsterdam Centraal. Make sure you do not travel without a ticket as the fines are quite steep if you are caught.
Buy train ticket while waiting for luggage
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.
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Train from Schiphol to Central Station
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.
airport to amsterdam
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.
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Direct train to the city
After arriving at Schiphol airport, the easiest and I believe the cheapest way to get to the centre of Amsterdam is taking the train. The train goes directly to the central station in about 15 mins. The trains leave straight from the airport, so you can't miss them. Just follow the train station signs after the baggage claim area.
You can buy tickets to the trains from a machine or from the counters. The price for one-way ticket is 4,30 EUR when bought from the counter, it includes 0,50 EUR transaction cost.
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From the airport to Downtown
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....
Train from Schipol is super easy
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.
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Trains from Schiphol to Amsterdam
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!
From Schiphol Airport to city center
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).
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.
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Train to and from the airport.
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.
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