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Navigating Amsterdam Airport: Location and Transport Tips

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is the main international airport of the Netherlands and from where is Amsterdam airport located you get very fast and easy to Amsterdam city center.

It is one of the most important air hubs in Europe and one of the busiest terminals in terms of passenger traffic.

Schiphol airport is located 9 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, North-Holland.

This is the hub for KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Transavia, TUI Fly Netherlands, Martinair, and a focus city for Corendon Dutch Airlines, Level, and EasyJet.

where is Amsterdam Airport to city Center

where is Amsterdam Airport to city Center

This hub has 6 main runaways and in 2019 was transited by more than 72 million passengers from all over the world.

The place is under a massive extension of 500 million euros representing a new pipe, terminal expansion, and parking garage, all having a due date in 2023.

Transfer between terminals

There is just one single terminal building with 8 complex concourses: B, C, D, E, F, G, and H and four departure areas: 1A, 1,2, and 3.

Where is Amsterdam airport

Amsterdam airport is located off the A4 highway which connects Amsterdam to the Hague.

So, from Amsterdam city take the A10 ring road and merge onto the A4 in the direction of The Hague.

There are very clear signs which indicate the airport route, so all you have to do is to follow the signs which lead you to the airport.

airport Terminal facilities

Inside the airport, there are many places where you can exchange money as well as food corners, shops, and luggage drop offices.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Facilities

Amsterdam Schiphol Facilities


You will find a wide range of banks, ATMs, currency exchange machines as well as exchange offices that practice different exchange rates.

Pick the one which is more convenient for you and get some euro before you leave the airport.


A wide range of bars, cafes, restaurants, and brasseries where you can eat almost everything you can wish for are waiting for you.

You can try delicious seafood courses or grilled meat and for dessert, you have to try the dutch pancakes.

For those of you who are in a hurry and don’t have time to eat at a restaurant, there are a few fast-food restaurants from where you can grab your food before the flight.


You can find here everything you could wish for: supermarkets, clothing shops, a huge duty-free, newsagents and gift shops, too.

Inside the airport, there is a luggage storage place, a pharmacy, a medical center, a fully equipped baby room as well as a children’s play area.

A free wi-fi service is available and you can access it by simply log in to the airport network with your laptop or smart device.

Outside facilities – parking

Outside the terminal, there is a huge designated area where you can park your car once you reach the airport.

Schiphol airport offers the following options for car park:

  • short term parking- park up to 48 hours without online booking required
  • holiday parking- park from 48 hours with online booking
  • long term sheltered and unsheltered- park minimum of 8 hours without online booking
  • basic parking- parking for at least 3 days with online booking
  • valet parking- park minimum of 8 hours with online booking

From the parking place to Departures and Arrivals halls are just a few minutes walk and the route is very simple, you have to follow the sign indicating you Departure Halls or the arrivals terminal.

Getting to Amsterdam city centre

From where is Amsterdam airport located you have four main ways to get to the city, all of them available 24 hours/ 7 days a week:

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Shuttle
  • taxi
  • Car


One of the best ways to get to Amsterdam Centraal Station is to take the train from the terminal’s central hall, under Schiphol Plaza.

The train journey from the airport to the city center lasts for 15-20 minutes and it costs around 5.5 euro.

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Apart from these trains which transport tourists in the heart of Amsterdam, there are direct trains that connect the airport to various destinations from the country like, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Leiden, or Delft.


Public buses run frequently between Amsterdam and other cities.

For example, Bus 397 or Amsterdam Airport Express and bus N97 Niteliner (nightline) go to Amsterdam city center.

All the buses depart from bus stops B15-B19 located inside the Schiphol airport.


Taxis might seem the faster way to get to the city but actually, the journey lasts about the same as the train journey to the city center.

But if we talk about the price, things change as taxis are more expensive than the trains, although they will use the meter.

By the way, check to see if the meter is working before taking the cab if you don’t want to pay much more than the actual value of the journey.


For those of you who plan to explore the Netherlands countryside, we recommend you to rent a car and pick it directly from the airport.

You can prebook online the car you want to hire or you can rent it directly from the airport.

I personally don’t recommend you to rent it directly from the airport as the prices might be higher and if it is a really crowded period, you might not find anything to rent when you get to the office.

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For returning your car before taking your flight all have to do is to follow the “Car rental Return” sign to get to the designated area.


From where is Amsterdam airport located to many hotels from Amsterdam you can take the shuttle service.

The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Services is a daily hotel shuttle service that runs from the airport to more than 100 hotels in and around Amsterdam.

You can purchase your ticket in advance if you want to be sure you get a seat in the car.

These are the best ways to get from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to the city center.

Pick the one which suits you best and enjoy your holiday abroad!