Schiphol Travel Guide

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Schiphol Highlights

  • Pro
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     Twenty minutes from Amsterdam. Efficient and well laid-out. Vast 'Panorama Terrace'. 

  • Con
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     So many security checks. Useless souvenir shop. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great airport, but there is more 

Schiphol Things to Do

  • Panorama Terrace

    The Schiphol Panorma Terrace is great place to spend some time with children and watch all the activities on the platforms below. The terrace stretches over most of the terminal building roof at the platform side, so there always is room enough.Expect some school classes visiting and the sounds and smells of airplanes are obvious.2011 Update: A...

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  • Aviodome Closed

    The National Airport Museum at Schiphol is closed and moved to the local Lelystad Airport. The new name = AVIODROME.The former dome will be moved and transformed into a church.More information2011 Update: The Aviodrome t Lelystad closed at theend of 2011.

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  • *S*C*H*I*P*H*O*L*

    Schiphol has grown into a world on its own. At first Schiphol is the well-known airport for business, pleasure and even for fun.Around the Schiphol traffic-tower (one of the highest of the world and completed in 1991) the Schiphol area turned into an international airport with thousands and thousands passengers a day.You can reach Schiphol by...

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Schiphol Restaurants

  • Quiet place in the transfer area

    The Brasserie is an à la carte restaurant; part of the MHSHost group. It is located at a quiet corner of the food court on the first floor of the transfer area.The Brasserie servers many international dishes. The food is made from pure, fresh, regional Dutch products like large mushrooms grown in the caves of Limburg, mustard from the Zaan region...

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  • The BIG M

    Schiphol's McDonald's is a little hidden at the first floor at Lounge 2 in the transfer area foodcourt at Vertrekpassage 278Outside the airport is the popular SCHIPHOL Noord at the Loevesteinse Randweg 230 (follow long parking signs from the A9 highway exit 6) near one of the runways. The terrace is a great plane spotting place. A chicken salad

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  • Starbucks

    Well, what can I say about Starbucks? This 'restaurant' serves coffee all over the world. Some people can't live without them. While I was here, I had a Grande Frappuccino Caramel. Never had it before, but liked it very much!! The price for it was € 5.40.

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Schiphol Nightlife

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    Schiphol at night

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jan 3, 2003

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    There is no nightlife at Schiphol. During the night planes are not allowed to take off or land. The terminal will be closed to non-travellers during the night.

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Schiphol Transportation

  • Car Parking

    At the Airort there are 5 types of Car Parking:1-Short Term Parking There are two short term parking garages. Parking garage P1 is close to the terminal building. A covered walkway connects it to the Schiphol Plaza shopping area and the Arrivals area. Parking garage P2 is connected to the terminal by a tunnel, follow the signs. There are reserved...

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  • Bus Directions

    Outside the train station you will find the outdoors bus terminal. Next to airline- and hotel shuttle service you will find the following public transportation buses:370 Amsterdam Centre (per Interliner)192 Amsterdam-Osdorp197 Amsterdam South and Center199 Amsterdam-Buitenveldert/Rivierenbuurt300 Amsterdam-Zuidoost300 Haarlem Centre198 Aalsmeer 192...

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  • thanks for your tips

    Thanks for the links. Just found out that this may be a problem when I was looking for direct flights from Calgary to Manchester. They don't seem to start up again until May.Ottawa is thousands of miles away, and if I mail in my passport to renew it I don't know if I'd get it back in time. Also I won't be going near London, England to renew there....

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Schiphol Shopping

  • Schiphol Supermarket

    I recommend a visit to the Food Village Supermarket if you need a bottle of water and some snacks for your next leg of your journey in the Netherlands.Until you arrive at the Amsterdam Central Station (or any other Dutch destination) you may not encounter any similar shop or opportunity to by food and drinks. Just what you need for the next 8...

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  • A indoor shopping street

    The Schiphol Plaza shops are located in an indoor shopping street between the old front of the original terminal building and the Schiphol Plaza extension hall.Shops opening hours:Daily: 7AM - 10PMThe following shops and bar/restaurants are present:AH to goAirport TelecomAKOAmerica TodayAvifloraBLOEM!Burger KingCafé RembrandtCapiCoffee BarCoiffure...

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  • For plane fanatics

    After the famous "World of Wings" shop closed its doors at Schiphol in 2006, there still was demand for a shop with plane relates goodies. Of course, the Luchtvaart Hobby Shop at Aalsmeerderbrug still is in the neighbourhood, but not at walking distance.Planes@Plaza replaces World of Wings for just a small part. The store is built around a DC-9...

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Schiphol Local Customs

  • VISUM

    The Netherlands is part of the Schengen treaty countries. Visitors with a citizinship of the following countries must have such a viusum.The approval for a visum can take up to two months, check the application procedure.At Schiphol only refugees (Asylum seekers) will be going through a lengthly on the spot approval procedure, that can take up some...

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  • WATER

    Potable water (water from the tap) normally is drinkable throughout The netherlands.At Schiphol Airport special water drinking points are installed.Bottled water is sold in many shops in the transfer area.

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  • Runway Polderbaan

    It is good to know that the Polderbaan spotter's place does not end at the place of the parking cars.When you drive on for about 20 metres there is the end of the Polderbaan (IJweg) where is a small roundabout for turning back.Here you can park the car, too. And watch the planes better, or just take a nice walk in the country around. With good...

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Schiphol Warnings and Dangers

  • NO SMOKING

    From January 1, 2008 there's a total smoking ban in all public areas of the airport.Inside the terminal there are a few spots created for smokers at:- KPN Hotspot cabine- Networkbar cabine- Murphy`s bar- Galaxy bar- Café Amsterdam- Het Paleis- Sportsbar

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  • Possible Crime

    The following is a crime warning issued by the US government:CRIME: While the rate of violent crime in the Netherlands is low, tourists are occasionally targeted, usually in conjunction with robbery attempts. Visitors to larger cities frequently fall prey to pickpockets, bag snatchers, and other petty thieves. While thieves may operate anywhere,...

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  • SECURITY CHECK

    Before you depart there is a strict security check.Count on half a hour delay for the body and hand luggage check.BTW Carrying scissors in handluggage is forbidden!

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Schiphol Tourist Traps

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    Holland Casino Schiphol

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 3, 2004

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    You can find the Holland Casino at the Schiphol Airport between the E and F piers.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't spend all your money!

    Fun Alternatives: Have a look at the platform; there is activity enough.

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Schiphol What to Pack

  • Photographing

    Because of the rainy weather take your rain-coat, and an umbrella ... Take all your photo equipment when possible. Digital could be satisfied, though telelenses will be better. Sensitive material is better because of the bad weather ...

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  • All indoors

    If possible I travel with hand carried luggage only, but my personal record with a claimed suitcase was to be at 7.30AM at the gate and be in my train at 7.50AM (with 10 seconds spare time!).Checked-in luggage is the same as on any big airport. I had to wait on 2 occasions, but until now I still got my suitcase in the very end. Most of Schiphol is...

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Schiphol Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch Airplanes Take Off Over Your Head!

    There are several roads parallal the runways outside the airport area where you can spot airplanes. 1 site is behind a local McDonalds restaurant and the one near the Kaagbaan (opposite the terminal) is a big parkinglot with snackmobiles (Patat and other Dutch treats).The latter one will move, due to the extension of cargo buildings.After the...

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  • Hoofddorp in 1995

    Hoofddorp (translated as Main Village) is the main town of the Haarlemmermeer municipality in the province of North Holland.After visiting KLM and Schiphol airport we visited the Nederlands Luchtvaart College (NLC).This College is a modern building that was built in 1994 (just before our visit in 1995). There is a mock-up (replicated airplane...

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  • Meditation Centre

    The Meditation Centre is open to all religions; books in many languages are available.On weekdays from 9AM till 5PM helpers are present.Services can be held by individual groups at request.On Sundays at 11AM a services is held in the English language.

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Schiphol Sports & Outdoors

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    Back to Life 1 more image

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    After all your sports activity or long lasting plane hours relax at the Schiphol massage shop "Back to life"

    10 minutes for Euro 15.00
    20 minutes for Euro 25.00

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Schiphol Favorites

  • The Piers and Gates

    Schiphol has one terminal with the B, C, split-D, E, F, G and H piers.The B pier (and a part of the D pier) is used for charter flights and Schengen flights.The F pier is used for the biggest planes.The G- and H piers (with limited facilities) are used by low cost carriers.Moving walkways limit the need for walking (which can be up to 15 minutes...

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  • Arrival Area's

    The Arrival Areas are at ground level. When entering Schiphol from your plane you walk from the gate through one of the so called "Piers" [B-G]. At the end you have to go down the stairs, go through imigration, baggage claim and customs.From here you go to the shopping area called "Schiphol Plaza" where you find:- Train Tickets counters- Car rental...

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  • NS Highspeed lounge

    For passengers of the Dutch Railways NS Highspeed trains there is a small lounge at the Schiphol Plaza in between the shopping corridor.More information.

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    Jul 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    TRAVEL ALERT: Till Monday July 8 5:15AM No train connection to Schipol Airport. Also roadworks near the airport. Be aware of travel delays!

 
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