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 a train to Amsterdam Central Station.
In Amsterdam and at the Amsterdam airport Schiphol all 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.
Best way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam
1. Book a private transfer online
The best way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam is booking a taxi online with a trustworthy service. You can book the Transfer Schiphol Airport easily online. This costs €53. Maximum 3 people are taken in one ride. The driver speaks English and will wait for you with a sign with your name on it. He will wait even when your fight has a delay.
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 between €35 and 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 Central Station 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.
The only problem is that you have to buy a train ticket from the vending machine at the airport. People will waiting in line and for some people it may be complicated, although the machines are in English. You can also buy a train ticket online for €9,50. The (one way) ticket will be send by email and you can jump right on the train!
The easy all-in-one Amsterdam Travel Ticket is € 16. It serves a return ticket to any train station in Amsterdam. The nice thing is that with this ticket you can travel unlimited on all trams, buses, night buses and metros. 2days is only €21.