How to get from the airport to Amsterdam?

by Tanja
How to get from the airport to Amsterdam

How to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam city center? Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is only 22 kilometers from Amsterdam. A taxi from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam city center should take only 25 minutes. To avoid being scammed at the airport, arrange a transfer from Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam online (€ 53).

WARNING: do NOT accept any offers from drivers inside the airport building. These drivers have no license. Stories about 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 an Airport Transfer Online

The best way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam is by booking a taxi online. You can book the Transfer Schiphol Airport easily online. This costs €53. Maximum of three people per ride. The driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it.

Route to official taxi stand at Schiphol airpot
Follow the signs to find a licensed taxi outside the terminal.

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 three 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. From Airport Schiphol 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. There are many trains going to Amsterdam. Special tourist guides at the train station of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport station help to guide tourists to the right train.

Online train ticket to Amsterdam

A one-way train ticket from the airport to Amsterdam Central station is €4,40. You can get a train ticket from the vending machine. Or you can buy a train ticket online for €9,50. The (one way) ticket will be sent by email and you can jump right on the train!

Amsterdam Travel Ticket

The easy all-in-one Amsterdam Travel Ticket is € 17 (prices 2019). With this ticket, you can take all the trams, buses, night buses and metros you want in one day. An Amsterdam Travel Ticket valid for two days is €22,50.

You can buy the Amsterdam Travel Ticket online, but also at Schiphol. Go to the yellow Service and Ticket Desk at Schiphol Plaza, the main foyer at the Airport.

By train to Amsterdam.
People in line for train tickets at Amsterdam airport Schiphol.

4. Amsterdam Schiphol bus to City Center

Or take the bus (thank you Carmen for your comment!). The Amsterdam Schiphol Bus goes to the city center every 7.5 minutes. It’s bus 397, departing from bus stops B15 -19 at Schiphol. At night, take Niteliner N97. The buses don’t go to Central Station but stop at the Rijksmuseum. Last stop is bus station Elandsgracht. The ticket costs € 6,50 and can be bought at the bus stop at Schiphol. The Amsterdam Travel Ticket (€ 17, free transport all day) is valid also on this bus.

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Cheryl Garcia June 28, 2019 - 20:12

Thank you very much for this great website, it is quite useful! We will be there in 70 days and now will have great info to help us with our stay – you are a gem!

Tanja June 29, 2019 - 10:20

Thank you! Enjoy the preparations and your visit!

Carmen September 28, 2019 - 14:26

Don’t forget the bus! There is a special airport express that runs every 7,5 minutes and brings you straight into the city. It stops at Museumplein, Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein. It costs only €6,50.

Tanja September 28, 2019 - 14:28

Thank you Carmen!