Information & Facts
A taxi to the city centre from Schiphol Airport will take around
20 minutes and cost around EUR35. Visitors can go to Schiphol Plaza
where they will find the metered Schiphol taxis which will display
their rates. Avoid touts and unlicensed taxis. National taxi
service, Schiphol Travel Taxi, has fixed rates for everyone who
travels to and from the airport.
There is a drop-off zone in front of the terminal and a quick
pick-up area outside the arrivals hall. Short-term parking
facilities are located close to the terminal and cost EUR2 per half
hour. Medium-term parking can be found at the Schiphol Smart
Parking area. This parking should be booked in advance on the
Schiphol website; it costs EUR5 per day and is connected to the
terminal via a frequent shuttle bus service. Long stay parking is
available in P3 for EUR6.50 per day and is a short shuttle bus ride
from the terminal. Valet parking is also available between
departure halls two and three; this service will set you back EUR40
for the first three days and EUR30 per day thereafter.
Renting a car is a great way to see the Netherlands, but not the
ideal way to see Amsterdam itself, particularly because of the lack
of available parking spaces within the city. If you're brave enough
to face the parking shortage, car rental agency desks can be found
inside the arrivals hall at Schiphol Plaza. Companies operating
from Schiphol include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Sixt
and National. Car rental operators are located inside the arrivals
hall and in Schiphol Plaza.
Train: The simplest and cheapest way to travel from Schiphol to
Amsterdam, and around the Netherlands generally, is by train. The
airport railway station is located beneath Schiphol Plaza and
trains depart for central Amsterdam and other destinations around
the Netherlands. Trains leave the airport station every 15 minutes,
except from 12:30am to 5am when the service only runs every hour.
The short 15-20 minute journey between Schiphol and Amsterdam costs
Taxis: Private and shared taxis can be booked via the Schiphol
website. Taxi fare between Schiphol Airport and central Amsterdam
generally costs EUR35-40 and the trip takes 15-30 minutes depending
on time of day and traffic. Taxis are great for door-to-door
service, particularly for passengers with lots of luggage.
Bus: Numerous buses depart from just outside Schiphol Plaza to
various destinations around the Netherlands. Most buses into
Amsterdam run every 15-30 minutes from 6am until midnight during
the week and slightly less frequently on weekends. Bus fares start
at EUR1.60 and the journey to central Amsterdam takes up to 30
minutes. Many hotels offer free shuttle services to guests.
Tel: +31 207 940 800, or from the Netherlands: 0900 0141.
Money and communications: ATMs and currency exchange facilities
are available in both the arrivals and departures halls.
Luggage: Lost baggage must be reported to the airline in
question. Baggage and items lost within Schiphol Airport can be
located through the airport's lost and found centre, which also
forwards lost items by post to passengers that have already
departed from the airport. Luggage lockers are available for
storing luggage for a maximum period of seven days. The lockers can
be found in the lounges as well as in the basement and arrivals
hall three. The left luggage service costs EUR5-10 per day,
depending on bag size. Seal & Go offers a luggage wrapping
facility, the service starts at EUR7.50 and the machines are
located in departure halls two and three.
Conference and business: A fully-equipped conference facility is
available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The business service
includes catering, a boardroom and reception halls that can
accommodate up to 80 people. The conference facilities are located
above the departures hall on the third floor. Reservation
arrangements can be made through the Schiphol website. The airport
also has internet facilities and plug-in points throughout the
departures section and lounges.
Other facilities: A first-aid centre and medical clinic are
available at Schiphol. However, the clinic is only open between
8:30am and 3:30pm from Monday to Saturday in departures hall two.
There is also a pharmacy located in the same area, which stays open
until 5pm. The airport also has a free library and art gallery.
Disabled facilities and priority parking bays are available and
there is a casino located onsite.
WiFi: Free wi-fi service is available throughout the airport.
There is also a paid wi-fi option, which allows faster access. Once
you've accessed the Schiphol website in your browser, simply click
on whichever option you'd prefer.
Information: Information desks are located in the lounges as
well as in the departures and arrivals halls. Staff members are
multilingual and the helpdesks are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping: The main shopping area at Schiphol is the Schiphol
Plaza, which is open daily from 7am to 10pm. These shops include
newsagents, tobacconists, a hairdressing salon, florists, an
electronics shop called 'Capi', America Today, Nike, a Crocs shop,
an H&M, as well as shops selling perfumes, high fashion items,
name branded clothing and jewellery. The duty-free shops can be
found beyond passport control. They open an hour before the first
flight of the day and close 30 minutes after the last flight. The
'See, Buy, Fly' duty-free shops encourage passengers to do just
that: see it, buy it and then jet off to your next destination. If
only all shopping experiences could be that simple.
Food and Drink: Schiphol Airport has a broad range of
restaurants, snack bars and pubs available with cuisine options
ranging from sushi to freshly made sandwiches. Most food and drink
places at Schiphol are open between 7am and 8pm. Travellers needing
a late night bite, midnight snack or pre-dawn caffeine fix should
head to Bread! in lounge three or Cone Bar in lounge two as they
are open 24 hours a day. There is a food court with fast food
options including McDonald's and Sbarro's on the upper level of the
Dutch is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Fries (as well as Dutch) is spoken by the people of Friesland
Single European currency, or Euro (EUR), is the official
currency of the Netherlands, and is divided into 100 cents. Major
credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. To avoid
additional charges take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds
Sterling or US Dollars. Foreign currency or travellers cheques can
be changed at banks, post offices or bureaux de change (usually
indicated by the letters GWK). Banks are closed on weekends but
bureaux de change are open. ATMs are widely distributed and most
are open 24 hours a day.
Although there is only one terminal at Schiphol, the sheer size
of the airport can be daunting. Schiphol Airport is made up of a
single terminal building with three concourse or departure halls
connected to the central building. It is easy to walk from one
concourse to another, with one exception: the low-cost carriers
departures hall, which is known as Pier H. The low-cost carriers
hall is easy to find, but once you've entered it you can't turn
back and re-enter the rest of the airport.