The distance from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam (AMS) to the city center is only 17 kilometers. To get from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal you can take the train for 5,5 Euro, a special shuttle bus for 18,5 Euro or a cab for 50-70 Euro that will bring you directly to your hotel. In this article I will tell you in detail about the features of each method.
By train for 5.5 euros
Trains from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal station leave every 3-7 minutes, the ticket costs 5.5 euros and can be bought from a ticket machine. As the Dutch government is trying to keep up with the times, the you have the opportunity to issue a ticket online on the official website of the railroads www.ns.nl and save 1 euro.
The ticket is purchased for a specific date, that is, you can take any train to the central station on that day. Let's look at an example. Choose a station from Amsterdam Airport to Amsterdam Centraal on the website, enter the date and time. If, for example, your flight arrives at 12:00, you should allow one hour for passport control and baggage claim.
Click Plan and the site will show you the train schedule.
Note that you can buy a train ticket online no earlier than 30 days in advance.
If your travel date is less than 30 days away, the Buy ticket button will be yellow and an offer will appear to buy an e-ticket for 4.5 euros - one euro cheaper than in a machine. It will also indicate from which platform the train departs and where it arrives in Amsterdam. In our example from the airport platform 1-2, and at Amsterdam Centraal we will arrive at platform 11a.
Click on the Buy ticket button and in the next window select the number of tickets. Adults in the Netherlands are considered people over 12 years old. For a child from 4 to 11 years, the ticket costs 2.5 euros, and toddlers under 3 years can travel for free.
Press the Passengers button and in the next window enter passenger data. Name - only the first letter in Latin alphabet and the last name in full. Press the To payment method button.
Enter your email address, to which you will receive tickets.
Choose a payment method; a Mastercard or Visa credit card will probably work for you. Check if you want to subscribe to special offers and be sure to accept (I accept...) the carrier's terms and conditions. Skip to payment - To payment.
Enter credit card information and click Betalen (Pay).
In a minute you will receive an electronic ticket in PDF format to the specified mailbox - if checked, it is enough to show the conductor in the car from any device.
From Amsterdam Central Station you can walk or take public transportation to the hotel.
Shuttle bus to the hotel
On a special shuttle bus www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl you can get to any hotel in the center of Amsterdam for 18,5 euros. For children from 4 to 14 years old the ticket costs 14.75 euros, up to 3 years old - 9.75 euros. If you are more than three people, there are discounts. For example, for 7 people a trip to the hotel will cost only 70 euros. The bus is an 8-seater minivan with friendly drivers and free Wi-Fi.
Amsterdam Airport is served by 167 official Tesla cabs, there are also Mercedes cabs. The cost of a cab ride to the city center will be 50 to 70 euros and depends on your address.
You can save a little money and order a transfer in advance on kiwitaxi.ru for 42 euros.
How to arrange tax free
The price of each item purchased in the Netherlands includes VAT of 21%. For purchases worth more than 50 euros you have the right to get a tax refund at the airport. Prerequisites:
- You leave the European Union by direct flight from Amsterdam
- Permanently residing outside the EU.
- Transport the goods yourself and have not opened the packaging. You must be able to see that the goods are new.
- No more than 90 days have passed since the purchase.
In order to process your Tax Free refund correctly, arrive at the airport a little early and go to the customs desk at Terminal 3 (Departure 3). You will need to show your passport, the boarding pass and the special return form you received upon purchase. Then go to the Global Blue or GWK Travelex offices, both of which are near the customs office.
The money will be returned to you in cash or transferred to a credit card.
If you have a connection at Sniphol Airport, you can get a customs stamp at the customs desk in Lounge 3.
It is quite easy to get oriented when arriving at Schiphol Airport - just follow the signs.
If you want to study the airport scheme in more detail, you can download it in good quality at the links below:
- A diagram of the Arrivals terminal (Arrivals)
- Layout of the Departures Terminal (Departures)
- Parking scheme
The current schedule of arrivals and departures can be tracked with the online board.
- Official website of Schiphol Airport: www.schiphol.nl
If you have any questions, I would be happy to advise you in the comments.