Transportation to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


What is the distance from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the centre of Amsterdam?

The centre of Amsterdam can be reached in 25 minutes by car, the distance is 17 kilometres / 10.6 miles.

From AMS Airport to Amsterdam City centre by Car
17 km
25 min

Public transport

Train to Amsterdam

The biggest airport in the Netherlands has its own railway station, which makes it easily accessible by public transport. The train connection with the capital is excellent. During the day, 8 to 9 trains per hour depart from the airport to the main railway station Amsterdam CS, the journey takes 16 minutes on average. You can take a train of the Dutch Railways NS, the names are Intercity direct and Sprinter (via Lelylaan and Sloterdijk). You can also take a direct train from the airport to Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam.

The train station of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located beneath Schiphol Plaza, this is the place where you can buy train tickets and access the departure and arrival halls. If you have to wait for your luggage in the baggage reclaim area, you can already buy a train ticket from one of the NS ticket machines located in this area.

Train tickets
A single ticket to or from Amsterdam costs € 4.50 for 2nd class and € 7.43 for 1st class. This price applies to online purchases of tickets and payments with an OV- chipkaart, tickets from the ticket machines cost € 1.00 more. On the Schiphol Airport – Amsterdam route you do not have to pay a surcharge for the Intercity direct train, this is mandatory on the Schiphol Airport – Rotterdam route. Please consult website Dutch Railways NS for more information.

Metro, tram and nearby cities
At Amsterdam CS you can change to the subway and tram to reach your final  destination in the city. The main railway station offers a connection to metro lines M51, M52 (Noord/Zuidlijn), M53 and M54. Wonderful historic cities like Haarlem (17 min), Utrecht (27 min) and Leiden (37 min) are located close to Amsterdam, you have several travel options every hour. The price for a 2nd class ticket is € 5.00 to € 10.00.

TIP: Get the key to Amsterdam with an official I amsterdam City Card, valid for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. It includes unlimited use of GVB public transport in Amsterdam.

Bus to Amsterdam

It is also possible to travel by bus between the airport and Amsterdam. Bus 397 of Connexxion (Amsterdam Airport Express) runs every 7.5 to 15 minutes between Nieuw-Vennep (P+R Getsewoud Zuid) and bus station Elandsgracht near the centre of Amsterdam. Travel time from the bus stop in front of the airport (Schiphol, Airport – bus stop B15-B19) to the second last stop (Amsterdam, Leidseplein/Stadhouderskade) in the city centre opposite Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is 35 minutes. The bus stops in Amsterdam at the Olympic Stadium, Museumplein and Rijksmuseum among other locations.

Bus tickets – BUY TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased online through the Connexxion website, at the Info & Ticket bus or from the bus driver. The prices are € 6.50 for a single ticket and € 11.25 for a return. A single ticket is valid for 1.5 hours on the bus, tram and metro. It is cheaper, however, if you use an OV-chipkaart. Then, the price is approximately € 3.43. Every traveller must be in possession of a valid ticket, only children under 4 years travel for free. During the night, you can travel every 30 minutes by night bus N97 (Niteliner) between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the city. The Amsterdam Airport Express is particularly popular with tourists. Please consult website and timetable Amsterdam Airport Express for more information.

Public transport tickets Amsterdam

It is smart to buy public transport tickets for unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam in advance, you can choose between GVB Public Transport day or multi-day ticket (airport transfers not included), Amsterdam Travel Ticket and Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.

Prices Public Transport Amsterdam Travel Ticket Region Travel Ticket
1 day € 8.00 € 17 € 19.50
2 days € 13.50 € 22.50 € 28
3 days € 19.00 € 28 € 36.50
7 days € 36.50 / /

TIP: Get the key to Amsterdam with an official I amsterdam City Card, valid for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. It includes unlimited use of GVB public transport in Amsterdam.


Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Ticket

€ 20.50

See your favorite stars cast in wax at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and enjoy interactive photo sets of the stars of the screen, TV, politics, music and more. Dance with Lady Gaga and be dazzled by George Clooney!

Amsterdam: 1-Hour Canal Cruise & NEMO Science Museum

€ 31.65

See the sights of Amsterdam on a 1-hour canal cruise. Later, experience the world of science with skip-the-line entry to the NEMO Science Museum.

Amsterdam: 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Leidse Square

€ 14

See the sights of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise with GPS audio guide. Marvel at the elaborate façades of the slim 16th and 17th-century merchant houses of the “Golden Age,” and see colorful barges and houseboats.


Amsterdam: Guided Tour Through the Barrio Rojo in Spanish

€ 14

Explore the exciting and amazing corners of the most well-known neighborhood in Amsterdam with your Spanish-speaking tour.

Amsterdam 2-Hour Bicycle Tour

€ 24.50

See Amsterdam like a local on a 2-hour bike tour of the city’s major attractions. Riding with an experienced guide, see fascinating sites and districts, such at the Jordan Quarter, the Red Light District and the Rijksmuseum.

Last Chance for Red Light District: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

€ 15.20

Explore Amsterdam’s Red Light District at night, when it truly comes alive. Your resident guide will show you the historical secret areas, and the back alleys of De Wallen. Visit coffee shops, learn information and meet local workers.

Tours and transport

City Canal Cruise

€ 12.68

See Amsterdam at its most picturesque on a 1 hour 15 minute canal cruise. You’ll discover the city’s historical center, the skinny bridge, the Golden Bend, and much more!

Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Boat Option

€ 21

See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Stop at convenient city locations and visit some of the most famous attractions, such as the Heineken Experience or Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam: Private Food Tour with a Local

€ 45

Explore the food culture and traditions of Amsterdam on a 3-hour private walking tour, and experience the city like a local. Sample street foods and go to hip cafés. Stroll through the beautiful district of Pijp. Taste an authentic stroopwafel, and more


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