Travel to Amsterdam

By plane

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane landing at Schiphol Amsterdam AirportKLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the national airline in the Netherlands. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the home base and primary hub for KLM.

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, The Netherland’s national airport, is a mere 20 km away from Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in less than half an hour by train, taxi or hotel shuttle.

From Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam

By train
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here trains will take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre) in about 15-20 minutes. Or to Amsterdam Zuid-WTC (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (Exhibition and Conference Centre RAI). These stations are about 10-15 minutes away. For more information and/or to buy a ticket online visit the website of NS, the Dutch National Railway.

By taxi
Taxi stands are right outside Schiphol Amsterdam Airport arrivals hall building. Don't take any offerings for a taxi ride inside the terminal building. These are illegal taxi drivers.
A taxi drive to Amsterdam city centre takes about 15-20 minutes outside peak traffic hours. In peak hour the travel time to Amsterdam can easily double.

Global Transfer Services - Taxi Services
To make it real easy for you, you can book your taxi from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to your destination in Amsterdam - or anywhere else in the Netherlands - in advance. For this we recommend the taxi service from Global Transfer Services. They have fully licensed and insured vehicles and excellent service without the hassle of delays and overcharges. They are a few Euro more expensive than one of the taxis in front of the airport, but you know that you will have guaranteed taxi service at a high quality. Easily reserve your taxi via the booking module below.
Note: Global Transfer Services is an affiliate partner of Amsterdam Travel Guide and is recommended by us because of their service. Amsterdam Travel Guide cannot be held responsible in any case and for any problem caused by the use of this taxi service.

By hotel shuttle
Some hotels offer shuttle bus services. Don't forget to check or ask your hotel if they offer such a shuttle service. Otherwise you can choose to use the Hotel Shuttle Service of Connexxion. They offer airport shuttle services to more than 100 hotels in Amsterdam. Tickets may be purchased at the Connexxion shuttle desk at Schiphol Plaza, near the arrivals hall. For the return trip tickets may be purchased at your hotel. For more information, prices and reservations visit the website of Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Service.

By train

International train at Amsterdam Central StationMost international train arrivals have their final stop at Amsterdam Central Station. But some, also stop on one of the other 8 train stations of Amsterdam. From every station it is simple to complete your journey with other public transport like tram or bus, or by taxi.

International trains from the neighbouring countries are: ICE International from Germany, Thalys and TGV from France and a combination of Eurostar and Thalys. For more information on train times and for train reservations visit the international train website of NS the Dutch National Railway.

By car

In order to maintain the liveability and accessibility in Amsterdam, the streets within the ring road A10 are a paid parking area. The parking spaces in the city centre are the most expensive. These fees can be rather considerable, as are the fines if the rules are broken. And it's simply not efficient to drive within central areas, as the narrow streets are too busy.
It is recommended to make use of the parking garages and park & ride facilities outside of the central area. These offer excellent public transport links which enable you to reach your final destination quickly and efficiently.

Park your car in one of the P+R locations and continue your journey on public transport.
There are five P+R car parking sites in Amsterdam.

Also read our section on parking in Amsterdam.