Located about nine miles (14 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) is one of the major hubs for the European continent.
Airlines serving Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport: Adria Airways, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Astana, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, Air One, airBaltic, Alitalia, Armavia, Atlas Blue, Austrian Airlines, BA City Flyer, Belavia Belarusian Airlines, Blue Islands Airways, bmi British Midland, bmibaby, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Croatia Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Estonian Air, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Georgian Airways, HOP!, Iberia, Icelandair, Iran Air, Israir, Japan Airlines, Jet2, Kenya Airways, KLM City-Hopper, KLM Excel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, MAT Macedonian Airlines, Meridiana, Norwegian Air, Olympic Airways, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Rossiya Russian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SATA International, Singapore Airlines, SunExpress, Surinam Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Syrian Arab Airlines, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom Romanian Air, Transavia, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, VLM Airlines, Vueling Airlines, and Wind Jet.
Traveling just across the border into Germany or Belgium is not always easy.
Train connections are limited to a few tracks:
-Maastricht to Belgium and Aachen, Germany
-Arnhem into Germany along the Rhine river
-Enschede to Gronau and Münster, Germany
-Oldenzaal to Hannover and Berlin
Most of the train connections will take you further into germany or Belgium than you may want.
For shorter border crossing visits, there are many local bus connections, but also these have their limits (especial in the weekends). An example is the Hermes bus company, that took over the Eindhoven area transport.
More information about Cross border buses. Be aware that the Dutch market is on contract basis and a region can be taken over by a different company at the time new tenders are being rewarded.
The Netherlands has highways (A-roads) covering the whole country.
The maximum speed of 130 km/hr is only allowed at certain stretches or at certain hours.
Most of the highways have speed limitations of 120, 100 or even 80 km/hr, often dependent on the density of traffic. Allowed maximum speeds are indicated with signs or so-called Matrix-signs (electronic displays over each lane). The indication of these electronic displays have preference over the signs at the sides of the road.
There are electronical speed checks. Those can be spot checks for peak speeds or surveillance for average speed.
Dutch highway links:
Haal meer uit de weg
A4/A10 Nieuwe Meer
Hitchhike pickup locations
Slippery roads information
Parking in Dutch cities
Most of the Dutch train transportation is provided by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).
Some local lines are served by:
- Syntus (Overijssel and Gelderland)
- Arriva(Groningen and Friesland)
- Veolia (Limburg)
- Prignitzer Eisenbahn (Enschede to Gronau in Germany).
- Bentheimer Eisenbahn (Hengelo to Bad Bentheim in cooperation with Syntus).
Historical steam trains:
Hoorn-Enkhuizen Museum Steam Train
Zuid-Limburge Stoomtrein Maatschappij
- TGV or Thalys (to France)
- Eurostar (to London via the Chunnel)
- NS High speed website
- High Speed Line information
- Benelux Railroad network
Actual train display on the Netherlands map
Recommended Dutch daytrips by train
Dutch Trains Start page
Actual Railway net information; delays and detours
Dutch Public transportation journeyplanner
You can get an English version of the app 9292 for android phone so you will always have any schedule for Dutch public transportation right at hand. That's for bus, tram, metro, train throughout The Netherlands.
(copy and past this link into your browser)
If the downloaded app turns out to be in Dutch, then you can change to English in the settings.
A very lovely impressive train station right in the center of Amsterdam accessable to everything you need to see.
It was built between 1881 and 1889 by architect Pierre J. H. Cuypers ,and mechanical builder Adolf Leonard van Gendt. Cuypers was, also, the creator of the museum Rijksmuseum, that open in 1880, located about 2 kms from the train station,and it has a resemblance in construction.
Centraal has Six platforms link by long hallways with 15 tracks (track 15 A or B are usually the ones for Paris Nord)
The taxis are waiting just in front of the station Main Entry (Hoofdingang). Other means of transport – busses and trams are located at hand on both sides of the station building. The entry to the metro is located in front of the station Eastern Entry (Ingang Oost). The city ferry boat lines linking the city with Amsterdam North are located behind the station at its Northern Exit, across the street - at the waterfront.
Great boat city and the ferry boats coming with passenger to one end to the other of the harbor is great. These are hydrofoils and they are lovely to ride as much as to see them go.
The place is loaded with ferry boats from GVB, metro (four lines) tramways,and buses, of course all for convenience, the best is to walk.
Most people will arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport; see my Schiphol page for all details.
Other Dutch Airports are:
-Groingnen Airport Eelde - GRQ
-Lelystad Airport - LEY
-Eindhoven Airport - EIN
-Maastricht-Aachen Airport - MST
-Rotterdam Airport - RTM
Hi I dont use those cards but this site explains well i think
as well as public transport as only take the thalys train on business otherwise is the car
and here is the official transport site in English
HOpe it helps
This airport primarily for its strategic position in Europe receiveds quite a bit of request in the forums and does have a heavy usage of connections. So since used regularly, and was there last Monday, this is the time to write something about in addition to what is here already
first it is a simple long line terminal thats very easy to move about. There is a huge Shiphol Plaza and Holland boulevard with main gates of from B to H n then m
In general KLM flights comes to gates B-F, Air France and Alitalia on gates B and C, Delta on E.
the travelers on KLM that have ongoing trips on train Antwerp on thalys and Rotterdam on NS need to collect luggage and exchange KLM flight tickets for the railroads tickets.
You have the airport link below n contact, and to move out into the city or elsewhere the most common suppliers are Schiphol taxi at email email@example.com and webpage www.connexxion.nl
You ,also, can get the schiphol shuttle with email contact at firstname.lastname@example.org at webpage www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl
both widely used and very reliable
Hope it helps
very easy Thalys plus local train,you need to get to their webpages, its a short trip. with the Bus ,do not know Eurolines goes there or any other.
Hope it helps
All others tips already said how good are trains in Netherlands. My tip is for those want to practise with the new ticket vending machine which are with touch-screen.
This machine sells Single and Return tickets, as well as 5 Return tickets, Treintaxi tickets, Weekend Returns and Railrunners.
Single and Return tickets, 5 Return tickets and Weekend Returns can be undated or for a specific date, with or without discount, and, of course, be for 1st or 2nd Class.
"Treintaxi tickets", "Weekend Returns" and "Railrunners" can be undated or for a specific date.
Demonstration at link below, you've have just to use your mouse.
Having some practice could be useful at airport and/or any railways stations.
At Schiphol they can be found at the luggage reclaim areas.
The Dutch Railways (NS) has special tickets for daytrips in Spring, Summer and Autumn.
The tickets are called Lentetoer, Zomertoer and Herfsttoer.
With this ticket 2 persons can travel first class unlimited for one day in the Netherlands by train for € 45.--.
On weekdays valid from 9AM; in the weekends all day.
Some Dutch shops like Kruidvat, AH, Jumbo and Blokker sometimes have limited tickets for special deals; like a 2 person day ticket second class for just € 30.--.
Hitchhiking is pretty safe.
A few things:
No walking on the highways.
Use a clear destination sign if you want a fast pickup.
Best places are gasstation at highway entries or gasstation/rest areas of the highways. You may have to walk some kilometers to reach those spots.
Hitchhike pickup locations
Better is to arrange a ride upfront using the Liftcentrale website.
2010 update: In case of train service disruption; lift service via Twitter.
More Dutch Hitchhiking websites:
Samen Rijden Driving Together
Ridehere Carpooling to events
Meerijden Joining a ride
Tourists should be prepared to see lots of bicycle traffic in Amsterdam. If you decide to rent a bike you should be extremely careful because cyclists are just like drivers, they have to stop at a red light and so on. Cycling in Amsterdam is not just for fun. So, you should not just ride it slowly and slow down the others. However, if you are not that very-well experienced, just enter a group and take part in a leisure tour around the city. In general, I would suggest the bicycle to get to the city and around it, explore it and even visit the countryside by bike. You will be able to stop whenever you want to take pictures and still keep fit!
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