Transfer between Schiphol airport and Amsterdam city center

Transfert Aeroport Schipol Amsterdam

Are you due to land at Amsterdam Schiphol airport? Here’s how to arrange your Schiphol airport transfer to the center!

Located 17.5 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam, Schiphol-Amsterdam airport is Europe’s third-largest airport in terms of annual passenger numbers, after London-Heathrow and Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle. In fact, 63.6 million passengers passed through in 2016. For your transfer from Schiphol airport to the center of the Dutch capital, there are several options: train, metro, bus, cab and Schiphol Amsterdam airport shuttle.

It all depends on where you’re staying in Amsterdam (Old Town, Waterplooplein, Plantage, Jordann, Pijp or Northern districts). Here are our tips for a stress-free Schiphol airport transfer.

Train transfer

Transfert Aeroport Schipol Amsterdam

Photo credit: Flickr – -JvL-

The train (operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)) is the quickest and easiest way to get to the city center: the journey takes just 15-20 minutes and trains run 24 hours a day, with several trains an hour from 6am to midnight and one train an hour between midnight and 6am. Trains serve Amsterdam Central Station as well as Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Amstel stations.

The average cost of a one-way ticket is €9.50. Tickets can be purchased at the yellow kiosks on the platforms of Schiphol Plaza, or at the NS points of sale in the Meeting Point area of the same plaza.

Bus transfer

Another way to transfer from Schiphol airport to the center of Amsterdam is by bus. Several lines run to the center: buses 370 and 197, 97, 358…

Public bus routes 370 and 197 (Interliner) serve the south and center of Amsterdam for €5.20 during the day. Stations served are Amstelveenweg station, Haarlemmermeerstation, Museumplein, Leideseplein and Marnixstraat.

At night, buses 97 and 358 (Niteliner) run from 12.30 a.m. to 5 a.m., serving the same stations.

There’s a departure every 30 minutes at peak times and one every hour at off-peak times, and it takes at least 25 minutes to transfer from Schiphol airport to Leidseplein.

Cab transfer

More expensive, but more comfortable, taking a cab allows you to be dropped off right outside your accommodation: if you have a poor sense of direction, or if it’s raining, snowing or very cold, this is ideal. You should expect to pay around €42 for a trip to the center of Amsterdam. A private cab to Schiphol airport costs €36 one way and €69 return, but you can also opt for a shared cab for €19 one way and €34 return.

Beware: it’s best to book your cab in advance, as they may well all be taken by storm when you hail one on the spot. The advantage of a cab is that it can take you to Schiphol airport at any time of the day or night, and guarantees you a seat (unlike a bus or train). You should allow between 20 and 25 minutes for the journey. By booking online, you save up to €20 per trip, and you won’t have to deal with the crowds at the airport, which has only one cab queue.

Book your Amsterdam airport cab with TaxiTender. It’s an online booking platform for reliable and affordable airport transfers. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area, with a sign bearing your name. He will then drive you to the exact location you wish to reach. Cancellation is free of charge. If you’ve booked an early morning flight to Amsterdam airport, or simply prefer to take a cab to the airport, this platform is ideal for that purpose.

Shuttle transfer

A Schiphol Amsterdam airport shuttle runs to over 100 hotels in the city, departing every 20 minutes from 7am to 9pm. Easy but expensive, this transport solution is also comfortable, as you are dropped off right in front of your hotel or apartment. Shuttles are parked opposite the arrivals hall (section A7). A round trip costs €27.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Nanao Wagatsuma