How to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam city centre? Luckily, Amsterdam airport Schiphol is only 22 kilometers from Amsterdam. A taxi from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam city centre should take only 25 minutes. However, taxis in Amsterdam are very expensive and there are many taxi drives at Amsterdam airport Schiphol who scam tourists. To avoid problems, arrange a cheap taxi online before you get on your flight to Amsterdam or take the train to Amsterdam Central Station.
Amsterdam airport taxi scam
In Amsterdam and at the Amsterdam aiport Schiphol taxis must have a license. Licensed taxi drivers in Amsterdam have a gps system and charge you between €45 and €55 for a ride from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam. Licensed taxis are to be found OUTSIDE the airport. There will probably a line of people waiting for a taxi.
WARNING: do NOT accept any offers from drivers inside the building because these drivers have no license. Stories about these unlicensed taxis charging hundreds of euros (not kidding) find its way in the newspapers regularly.
Cheapest way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam
1. Taking a cheap taxi to Amsterdam
The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam is booking a taxi online with a trustworthy service such as the Amsterdam Taxi Deluxe Service. This taxi will take you from the Amsterdam airport to your hotel or accommodation for only €35.
Booking a taxi from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam
Book the taxi online up to 2 days in advance for up to 3 people. You receive a voucher with information on how to find your driver. His telephone number is also on the voucher. You pay the driver with the voucher, safe and hassle-free.
2. Using Uber to get to Amsterdam city centre
If you have the Uber app on your phone, you can use this service also to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam. There are 3 services available. UberX is the cheapest (€19-26). You find your UberX driver at the departure section of the airport. UberBlack costs €35 – 45 + €2 euros. UberVAN holds 6 passengers, check the price via the app. Both UberBlack and UberVan have their own fixed taxi stand at the arrivals section of the airport.
3. Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam Central Station by train
If your hotel is close to Amsterdam Central Station, it’s easiest to take the train from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes only 15 minutes and a one way train ticket to Amsterdam Centraal costs €4, 40. There are many trains going to Amsterdam every hours. Special tourist guides at the train station of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport station help to guide tourists to the right train. You have to buy a train ticket at the machine. There is also a desk, but you pay €1 extra. The machine is in English.
Booking train tickets to Amsterdam Central Station
If you are worried about getting a train ticket, you can buy them online as well. Ticketbar has a special service whereby they send you the train tickets by email. Train tickets from Amsterdam airport Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station are are €9,50 one way €5 for children) and €14,50 (€7 for a child) or a return ticket.