Amsterdam Airport arrivals
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is one of the most convenient and passenger-friendly airports in the world. Its large, single passenger terminal building is easy to navigate, even for inexperienced travellers using this airport for the very first time, because everything is very well signposted.
Travellers will have no difficulty whatsoever making their way around this airport and using its facilities. Because of the size of the terminal building, the distances to cover can be great, but an abundance of moving walkways prevent you from having to walk long stretches.
Online timetable of flights to Amsterdam Airport: www.schiphol.nl
Arriving at Amsterdam Airport
After arriving at Amsterdam Airport and reaching Schiphol Plaza, you have several options to continue to your final destination:
Frequent train services leave from Schiphol’s train station to Amsterdam and many other cities throughout the Netherlands, as well as to surrounding countries. Tickets for trains can be purchased at ticket counters and vending machines in Schiphol Plaza. The train ride to the city centre takes 17 minutes. Amsterdam airport to the city: train schedule.
Taxis are always available just outside the exit of the terminal building. Located just 10 miles (16 km) from the airport, a taxi ride to Amsterdam takes between 15 and 20 minutes and costs between 20 and 40 euro, depending on the final destination. Taxis can be paid in cash, with credit card or pre-paid vouchers.
Both public buses and hotel shuttle buses leave from the area in front of the terminal building. They serve towns, villages, business areas and hotels in the surroundings of the airport and are a cheap way to get around, but slower than taxis. Bus tickets can be bought from the bus driver when getting on.
Rent a car
For ultimate mobility, you can pick up a rental car at one of the car rental agencies located in Schiphol Plaza. All the major international car rental companies are represented here, including Alamo, AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Car rental fees vary and depend mainly on the type of rental car and length of the rental. Once your rental contract is signed, it is a short walk to the car rental parking and you’re set to drive off.
These are the steps to follow when arriving at Amsterdam Airport:
Schengen and non-Schengen arrivals
If you arrive on a flight from a Schengen country you will be able to walk straight through, otherwise you will have to go through passport control first, which is usually a quick process. Check with your travel agent or embassy for any visa regulations which may apply to you.
Check on the screens upon entering the baggage reclaim area on which baggage belt your luggage will be delivered. Then, depending on your point of origin, you walk through the appropriate customs section and you will find yourself in Schiphol Plaza.
Here you might very well be tempted to do some shopping, or to have a break with a drink or a meal in one of the many food and beverage outlets before continuing your journey to your final destination. Schiphol Plaza is open every day of the week and some establishments even 24 hours per day, in case you arrive on a night flight.
While the size of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport may seem daunting to some travellers at first, the smart lay-out of the facilities and the many available amenities guarantee to make passage through this international airport a pleasant one.
Flight arrivals information
If you need to pick someone up arriving at Amsterdam Airport, check online to get up-to-date live information about flight arrival times. You can also have a look at the timetable of flights ( www.schiphol.nl ).