Travel to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located 20 minutes from congress venue by train. The Schiphol Airport website provides information including connecting flights, up-to-the-minute flight information, and connecting transport facilities to Amsterdam Centre.
International Trains to Amsterdam Central Station:
- Thalys (Paris)
- ICE International (Frankfurt)
- Benelux (Brussels)
- IC (Berlin)
- CityNightLine (Basel)
For more information visit the NS International website.
Each year, about one million visitors arrive in Amsterdam by car. While the city is very hospitable to drivers, the inner city is quite an enclosed area. Before arriving, it is advisable to learn about the city’s motorways, roads and parking options in order to make the most of your trip.
For those wishing to navigate Amsterdam by car, the most important road to be familiar with is the A10 ring road, which loops around the city. This road is intersected by 18 S-routes, each offering a direct path into a separate district of the city. If you know which S-route to use, your journey is likely to be much easier.
In order to maintain the accessibility in Amsterdam, the streets within the ring road A10 are all paid parking areas. The parking spaces in the city centre are the most expensive, since these spaces are the most scarce. These fees can be rather considerable, as are the fines if the rules are broken. The P1 parking garage offers considerable discounts if you reserve a spot in advance.
From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam City Centre
Bus – Connexxion
The Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs € 10 – round trip. The bus takes 30 minutes from Schiphol Plaza to the centre of Amsterdam (Leidseplein). There are 6 to 8 buses each hour. The Amsterdam Airport Express (bus number 197) will take you directly to the city centre in about 30 minutes. E-tickets can be purchased in advance for this service.
The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately €40. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers.
A hotel shuttle service enables you to travel to a number of large hotels that are situated in the airport area. The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle connects Schiphol to over a hundred hotels in Amsterdam.
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here, Intercities and slower trains from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways – NS) can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre), Amsterdam Zuid (World Trade Center). These stations are a maximum of 25 minutes away. For more information visit the NS International website.
Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport’s main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. The latter are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept Dutch cash cards, and some also accept coins, but not credit cards.
Frequency of Trains
During the daytime, an average of five trains an hour run from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. At night, you can use the late-night routes. From 01:00 to 05:00, the night train runs once an hour from Utrecht Central Station (CS) to Amsterdam Central Station (CS) – Schiphol – Leiden Central Station (CS) – The Hague Central Station (CS) – Delft and Rotterdam Central Station (CS) and back, not stopping at smaller stations in between.
There is an elevator at Schiphol train station which can take you from the platform to the airport and vice versa. Call the Nederlandse Spoorwegen for help at the train station of your departure and arrival, telephone number +31 (0)30 230 5566. By doing so, it is possible to gain wheelchair access to trains.
The train timetable is detailed on the NS website or see the Schiphol website for information on the airport.