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, eight 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. 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 M50, 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) to the second last stop in the city centre (Amsterdam, Leidseplein) is 32 minutes.

The bus stops in Amsterdam at the Olympic Stadium, Museumplein and Rijksmuseum among other locations. 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.

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 € 3.44. There is a special ticket for children up to 12 years, the price is only € 1.00 for a single ticket. Please consult timetable bus 397 and website 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.


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.

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise & Heineken Experience Ticket

€ 28.68

Enjoy a combination canal cruise tour with skip-the-line entry to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Cruise past beautiful bridges and merchant houses, then learn about the historic brewing process behind Heineken’s premium lagers.

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!


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

€ 21.59

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.

Amsterdam: Guided Tour Through the Barrio Rojo in Spanish

€ 12

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

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

€ 17.20

See Amsterdam at its most picturesque on a 1.5-hour canal cruise by night. Discover the historic city center as you sail past the Skinny Bridge, Golden Bend, and more. Marvel at the illuminated merchant houses and learn where the local hotspots are.

Tours and transport

City Canal Cruise

€ 14.80

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: Lovers Light Festival Cruise

€ 19.50

This winter Amsterdam will be illuminated once again during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Board a 90-minute cruise to admire unique light sculptures, projections, and works of art lining the banks of the city’s historic canals.

Amsterdam: 1-Hour Canal Cruise with GPS Audio Guide

€ 14

Enjoy the best views of Amsterdam’s canal houses and houseboats on a 1-hour cruise. Admire merchant buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, Amsterdam’s Golden Age, when trade flourished and was reflected in elaborately decorated facades.


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