Arriving and Departing at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport


The inside of Schiphol

Schiphol is an easy airport. It has only one terminal. From the baggage claim one walks through the customs into a shopping area ( Schiphol Plaza ) and then into the railway station hall. The station hall has a typical station hall atmosphere; it is higher and darker than the shopping area and it has a view to the outside. From the station hall you go through the revolving doors to the outside. There you find taxis and buses. Baggage claim, shopping area, station hall and the outside are all at the same level, without thresholds. Under the station hall are the train platforms; above the shopping area is the departures area.
You can walk with the same baggage trolley between the baggage claim, the train platforms, busstops and the taxi stand.

Assuming you go to Schiphol to board a plane or train, say to the taxidriver you want to go to Skip Holl , look for 'Schiphol' when travelling by train and look for Plaza/NS or Schiphol Centrum, Plaza/NS or Station Schiphol when going by bus. Stationsplein or Schiphol Oost,Stationsplein is about eight kilometres from the train station and is not what you are looking for.

Click here to see the floor-plans of Schiphol. (PDF 3.2 MB)


Arrivals and Departures by air

Click here for the departure times in English
Click here for the arrival times in English
Click here for the departure times in Dutch
Click here for the arrival times in Dutch

Click on your language and select a connection with an other airport: English Dutch


Taxis

If you decide to take a usual taxi (Schiphol Taxi) from Schiphol to Amsterdam it is sometimes helpful to have a map handy as the Schiphol Taxi drivers not only serve Amsterdam but many other places. Maps.google.nl might be helpful. Especially which exit from the ring road (beltway) around Amsterdam must be taken, is important for taxi drivers. The ring road is 'A10' and the exits are 'S101' to 'S118'. You can also see these roads on a PDF file called Accessible Amsterdam on the page By Car of this site.

You may sort out the price indication of a journey by selecting 'RITPRIJS' in the home page of their site (in Dutch) and then proceeding. Vanaf = From, Naar = To, Of = Or, Woonplaats = Town or city, Straat = Street and Postcode = Postal code.

When travelling according to the meter, the maximum price of a taxi ride in the Netherlands is made up of a flag-down rate, including the first 2 kilometres maximum price €7.50 plus kilometre rate maximum price €2.20 per km
For 5 or more people (minibus): flag-down rate, including the first 2 kilometres maximum price €12,20 plus kilometre rate maximum price €2.52 per km

If you decide to take a taxi from Amsterdam to Schiphol, call 7777777 (seven cyphers) and say your address and tell you would like to know the fixed maximum price for Schiphol. Or ask a Dutch person to do that for you. If you agree with the price you will be picked up. You can also walk to a taxi stand. Click here to see the taxi stands in the Center.

The Schiphol Travel Taxi is mostly ordered for rides to or from places that are more distant than Amsterdam. Reservations must be made several days before the ride. Click here first for an in depth explanation about the Schiphol Travel Taxi in English.


European Railplanner in nine languages

(You are advised to check on stoppage some time before going to Schiphol by train. See therefor the Map of railway stations and Works on the tracks)

Thanks to a gründliche job, done by the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), you can click on your favourite language and you will find a European railplanner:
German English French Spanish Italian Dutch Danish Turkish Polish
This is also very usable for the train connections inside the Netherlands although the prices are not published.
The published time to change to another train is often not enough. Of some countries the tracks are not mentioned so that you must take some time to sort that out on the spot. I suggest that you write down the times of earlier and later trains of each section.
In the Netherlands it is often arranged that both trains wait for each other at both sides of the same platform. This is obviously not true if the numbers of both tracks are not successive. In the bottom half of paragraph Find your way in the Centraal Station , of the page Arriving at the Centraal Station , you can read how to find the floor plan of the platforms in any station, and sort out how to go from one platform to an other.

Click on your favourite language and you will find a form in which you can put together a table of departing or arrival times of the Schiphol Airport railway station.
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Departure charts or Direct connections by train from Schiphol

On the platforms and in the halls of the Dutch railway stations there are Departure charts. These are large yellow (on internet: white) posters filled with information that is rather incomprehensible. These Lists are only in Dutch but fortunately at Schiphol they are in English too.
    This is an explanation of the five columns on the Departure charts that you will see in the Schiphol train station and also after clicking on the link under the images below.
  1. Vertrektijd/Departure
    is Departure time.
  2. Dagen waarop de trein rijdt/Trains run on
    ma di wo do vr za zo is the days of the week or monday through sunday.
  3. Spoor/Platform
    Here Platform signifies Track. A platform often has two tracks. The Dutch Railways always use the Dutch word Spoor (meaning Track) and never the Dutch equivalent for Platform.
    If you see two numbers separated by a hyphen in this column then the train will arrive at either track of a platform. For instance, if '5-6' is mentioned in this column passengers should go to the platform between the tracks 5 and 6 and look out for the train.
  4. marks
    Hispeed signifies: High speed. Mostly international trains.
  5. Bestemming, soort trein/Destination, transportation
    Here, Transportation signifies the kind of train: stoptrein/local train, sneltreinen/Semi-Fast trains, Intercity´s/Intercity-trains etc. The stoptrein/local train stops at all stations mentioned in the chart of sections in the top of the Departure chart. The information below this chart tells you where the other kinds of trains will stop.
The period of validity of the Departure chart is found at the bottom left in the right column.
If trains are diverted to unusual tracks or have unusual departing times for one or two days, then the Departure charts will be on blue paper instead of the usual yellow.

Near the yellow Departure charts on the stations there is also a map of the railways and stations in the Netherlands. In this map you will mostly see warning triangles indicating work on the tracks during the next week. In the top left corner there is an explication in Dutch concerning when and what to do.

Direct connections from Schiphol railway station. At night
Click here to see the corresponding Departure chart
As can be seen on this Departure chart, night trains depart for Leiden Centraal, Den Haag HS, Delft and Rotterdam Centraal at 1:03, 2:03, 3:03 and 4:03 hours. In the nights after Thursday, Friday and Saturday the three first trains continue to Dordrecht and further eastward to Breda and Tilburg.
On weekdays, every hour from 7.02 am until 23.02 there is a fast train ('Fyra') that reaches Rotterdam in 26 minutes, otherwise in 43 or 49 minutes. This train is on the High Speed Line (HSL) which will be used by the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris that is in the Netherlands still on the old track. Usual fare is €7.30, surcharge for the fast train is €6.
Please note: "Trains running from 0 00 till 4 00 o'clock, are running in the night after the indicated day."


Direct connections from Schiphol railway station. To the North East
Click here to see the corresponding Departure chart

The trains to the North consist of three carriages. The two carriages in the front will arrive in Groningen and the one in the rear in Leeuwarden.


Click here for trains to Belgium, France or Germany

Direct connections from Schiphol railway station. To Lelystad and Hoorn
Click here to see the corresponding Departure chart


Direct connections from Schiphol railway station. To Eindhoven en Nijmegen
Click here to see the corresponding Departure chart
On this Departure chart there is also a list of all departures to nearby station Amsterdam Zuid.
As can be seen on this Departure chart, night trains depart for Amsterdam Centraal and Utrecht Centraal at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 o'clock am. In the nights after Thursday, Friday and Saturday the three earliest night trains stop also in
's-Hertogenbosch (mainly spelled Den Bosch , pronunciation: Den Boss ) , and the earliest one of these even stops at Bijlmer ArenA and in Eindhoven as well.
Please note: "Trains running from 0 00 till 4 00 o'clock, are running in the night after the indicated day."


Buses near Schiphol

Bus, tram and metro between Airport and City center. Simplified map
Simplified map. The red lines are metro and train lines; large red dots are railway stations and small red dots are metro stations. The black lines are bus and tram lines. The letters D and N in the bus route 300 mean day (bus 300) and night (bus N30).

Bus station in Amstelveen with Zuidtangent bus

Connexxion bus 300 (Zuidtangent) waiting just outside the covered part of the bus station in Amstelveen.

Bus station in Amstelveen

Bus station in Amstelveen. On the large electronic boards you can read the platform numbers.

OV-chipkaart reading device

"Check in/out. Only metro ". OV-chipkaart reading device at metro station Oranjebaan.
Check here in (or out) when changing from tram/bus to metro (or vice versa). This kind of devices are on platforms where can be changed from metro to tram/bus or vice versa.
On platforms where can be changed from train to metro or vice versa you must use the reading devices of both metro and train, because there are no reading devices inside metro vehicles or trains.
The easiest way from Schiphol to the city is by taxi, especially if you are a company of three or four people with a lot of luggage. But buses and trams make up a detailed network and bring you often close to your hotel.

At the left you see a simplified map of the public transport situation between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam.

The most important buses that stop at the airport are 300, 310, and 197. These are run by Conexxion. 300 and 310 are red articulated buses called Zuidtangent ('Southern Tangent': they touch Amsterdam in the south of it.).
In the Connexxion buses you pay the driver €4 for a single ticket from Schiphol to Amsterdam. You must pay this again when you change to an other Connexxion bus. However, if your trip remains in one municipality and in one bus you pay the driver of the Connexxion bus only €2. check here But you may use, of course, your personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart instead.

From west to east, 300 stops at the railway stations Haarlem, Hoofddorp, Schiphol and Bijlmer-Arena and other stops in between. The railway stations Haarlem and Hoofddorp are not in the simplified map.
The most western terminus of bus 310 is in the nearby town called Nieuw Vennep (outside the simplified map) and then stops at the railway stations Schiphol and Zuid, near the World Trade Center , and other stops in between. The bus stops north of the Zuid station near the stop of tram 5. This bus stop is used by passengers both coming from and going to Schiphol.
Bus 197 (Connexxion bus) belongs to a group of red buses called Schiphol Sternet (Schiphol Star Network). It brings you from Schiphol to the Bus station Marnixstraat and some important stops in between.

Buses 192 and 195 (not in the simplified map) are the only Schiphol Sternet buses that are run by GVB, i.e. the municipality of Amsterdam. They bring you to Amsterdam's most western railway stations Sloterdijk in 50 minutes and Lelylaan in 30 minutes, respectively. These are both terminal points.
At the railway station Lelylaan you can change from bus 195 to trams 1 or 17 to the Centraal Station or ten minutes earlier you can change from bus 195 to tram 2 to the Centraal Station , at the combined bus and tram stop Louwesweg , after crossing the tram rails. (The bus that you then see in Google's Street View is not bus 195). Both buses remain in the western part of the municipality: west of the ring road (A10) and 192 even west of the Sloterplas lake.
Because they are GVB buses you may use the 1 hour GVB ticket or the 24/48/72 etc. hours GVB tickets. Frequency of each bus is: every half an hour, but every fifteen minutes during rush hour.
Please check the Network map (PDF, 1.5MB) and the timetables of the GVB (Municipal Transport Company) after reading the paragraph about the GVB timetables.

When changing from the buses 197 and 310 to the buses 170 or 172 you must leave the bus near the metro station Amstelveenseweg (This is one stop west of railway station Zuid), that is on the exit of the ring road (A10) where you then must turn left, mostly along the front of the bus. Look at the bus driver. Mostly he will give you priority. This exit is only for public buses. After some meters walking towards the bus/tram stop under the A10 you must cross the tram rails on a pedestrian crossing if going to the center. Do not cross the rails if you want to go to the south. Beware: trams and buses are coming from both directions. There is no need to cross. You can change here also to trams 16 and 24 (not in the simplified map) or to metro route 50 with the terminuses Isolatorweg and Gein.
Changing from the bus 300 to the buses 170 or 172 at the bus station in Amstelveen is easy because this bus station is surveyable and has two huge screens showing the departures and platform numbers, one for each direction.
When changing from bus 300 to metro 51 near the metro station Ouderkerkerlaan, you must walk from the busstop on a fly-over (overpass) and go down the stairs to the platform of the metro station. East of the bus station in Amstelveen the night bus N30 takes a different route, which is indicated in the simplified map with the letters 'N' for night and 'D' for day. check here.
On the platform there are notices warning for thieves grabbing mobile phones from passengers: Use It Lose It . There is a vending machine for OV-chip products that accepts PIN (ATM cards issued by Dutch banks), Chipknip (this is a smart card that is on every PIN-card), Master card or Visa card but not cash. Before you get in (or after you leave) metro 51 you must check in (or check out) with your chip card on the platform. This only applies for the stations south of station Zuid; in that station and the more northern stations you must open gates with your chip card. So, do not get trapped when going from a southern to a northern station on this metro line.

You may change from metro 51 to tram 5 or vice versa at any metro station between Oranjebaan metro station and railway station Zuid. At railway station Zuid, however, you must cross a street, walk 300 metres and go up and down two staircases, while at the metro stations south of railway station Zuid you change on the same platform. On the other hand there are in station Zuid a GVB Tickets & Info desk and a Railways Tickets & Info desk . Before you get in (or after you leave) metro 51 you must check-in (or -out) with your chip card on the platform but after you get in (or before you get off) tram 5 you must check-in (or -out) with your chip card inside the tram. This only applies for platforms where metro vehicles as well as trams stop.


Fragment of Connexxion timetable on internet


Bus departure times on displays in Schiphol

Just outside the Schiphol airport and the railway station, passengers can read on screens the numbers of the bus stops of the departing buses.
A few metres further on are the bus stops.

Sternet bus

Schiphol Sternet bus. Sternet buses serve neighbouring towns and are often used by commuters but also by other passengers.
Below you can find the times and stops of the Connexxion buses

After clicking on one of the links below (and waiting some seconds) you will see the timetable of a Connexxion bus that looks like the picture in the column at the left.

As their site is in Dutch I translate some words:
Van = From
Naar = To
Lijn = Number of the bus route
Van/naar = From/To. Please select one of both directions.
Dagsoort = Weekdays or Weekends. Please make a selection. (maandag-vrijdag=Monday to Friday or the night after that in night buses, zaterdag=Saturday or the night after that in night buses, zondag=Sunday or the night after that in night buses)
Geldigheid = Please select a period, if requested. t/m = Until. 11-12-2010 = December the eleventh, 2010 (not November the twelfth, 2010).
Eerder = Earlier
Later = Later
After clicking on Toon routekaart (= show itinerary map) in the green stripe under the time table and then pressing the PageDown button once or twice, you will see a key map. When the cursor hovers over a bus stop in that key map the name of the bus stop will appear and after clicking on this name the times will appear.
Schiphol Centrum,Plaza/NS is the name of the stop where you must board the bus.

Click here to see the timetable of bus 197. This is a red bus belonging to a group of bus routes called Schiphol Sternet (Star Network). It brings you from Schiphol to the Bus station Marnixstraat. Four times per hour. Please note: on the way back (from Amsterdam to Schiphol) you must first take bus 197 and at car park P40 (which is two stops before your ultimate destination) you then take bus 198 without change of bus. At P40 the driver will change the bus number and you will go on in the same bus with a different number.
Click here to see the timetable of bus N97. Night bus in stead of bus 197. Frequency once per hour. (There is no changing of bus number.)
Click here to see the timetable of bus 300.
Click here to see the timetable of bus N30. Night bus in stead of bus 300.
Click here to see the timetable of bus 310.
Click here to see the timetable of bus 170.
Click here to see the timetable of bus 172.
Click here to see the timetable of bus N70. You can change to this bus from N30 at the bus station in Amstelveen. N30 and N70 follow the routes of buses 300 and 170
Click here to see the timetable of bus N71. Party goers bus. Weekend only. One way only: from Centraal Station to Amstelveen and towns more south. You can change from bus N30 to this bus at the bus station in Amstelveen. N30 and N71 follow the routes of buses 300 and 170 respectively.
South of the simplified, map N70, N71 and 170 take different routes.

Click here to see the map of the Amsterdam GVB night buses (PDF, 842KB). As you can then see the center of Amsterdam can be reached by getting on bus 392 and changing to bus 358. There are five departures from Schiphol: at 1:13 am, 2:13 am, 3:13 am, 4:13 am and 5:13. According to the paper timetable "you have a guaranteed connection to nightbus 358 to Central Station, which arrives at this stop 10 minutes later. Alert the driver on entering the bus if you want to make this connection. If you fail to make this connection, GVB will provide alternative transport". Except for the 5:13 bus. There is a similar guarantee for the way back. The driver will sell you a ticket for €4 that is valid for 90 minutes, including transfer to other GVB nightbuses. check here

For trams, metro routes, buses 192 and 195 and GVB night buses you can check the Timetables of GVB (municipal transport). Click there on the link in the bottom of that paragraph.
You may also plan your trip with Maps Google

Tip: You can find the names and the precise locations of the bus, tram and metro stops and railway stations in maps.google.nl. Zoom in so often that you can see most of the street names. When the cursor then hovers over a little blue and square icon the name of a stop or station will appear. You may click on this icon for more information in Dutch.