You can reach Amsterdam by car, rail or plane. Major highways, high speed rail and an international airport connect Amsterdam to the world beyond.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has direct connections to over 300 destinations. Taxis, trains and shuttle buses will bring you to any Amsterdam destination within 20-30 minutes.
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From airport to Amsterdam center
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is located about 20 kilometers from Amsterdam.
The taxi stand is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi ride takes less than 30 minutes and costs approximately 40 euros. Do not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. Rates vary per taxi, but are regulated by the local municipality.
Train from Schiphol Airport to City Center
We recommend that you take the train to Amsterdam. The station is located inside the airport building. The ride to Amsterdam Central Station is less than 20 minutes and costs 4 euros.
You can buy train tickets in the airport’s main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. These machines are located near the baggage claims area and near the train platforms. At Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central Station, these machines accept euro coins, debit cards (with Maestro & V Pay logo) and credit cards (only MasterCard and Visa).
Engineering works at Schiphol Airport
There is no direct train connection between Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol Airport on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February. Take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. From there a bus will take you to the airport. Your train ticket to the airport is valid in the bus. The extra journey time will be 15 minutes.
The Amsterdam Central Station connects to the European High Speed rail network. Thalys trains service Brussels, Lille and Paris. Eurostar trains service London (via Brussels). ICE trains service Germany, including Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt.
For those from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or France, travel by car is a serious option, particularly if you travel in a small group. Amsterdam is about six hours from Paris and about eight hours from Berlin. Keep in mind that parking can be costly.