Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
The main airport in the whole of the Netherlands and of great importance in Europe, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is just 15 km / 9 miles south-west of the centre of Amsterdam. This international airport connects with many notable European airports in London, Frankfurt and Paris, amongst others.
Regularly appearing in Europe's top five airports in terms of overall traffic and number of flights, Amsterdam Airport serves almost 50 million passengers per annum. Many intercontinental airlines operate at Schiphol Airport, along with numerous budget carriers, although some of these bargain airlines have moved to other airports in recent years. However, Amsterdam remains a cheap and easy destination to reach, with plenty of last-minute deals and around 100 different airlines currently operating at Schiphol Airport.
Buses run regularly every 15 to 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre. There is also an airport shuttle service that calls at many of the city's hotels. Taxis are readily available from outside the airport's arrival hall, taking about 15 minutes to reach Amsterdam city centre, although it can take more than 45 minutes during the rush hour. It is possible to book airport taxis in advance, although there is usually a plentiful supply of cabs at the airport.
Trains are available to Amsterdam Centraal Station and leave every 15 minutes. Counters selling train tickets can be found in the central court area of Schiphol Airport's plaza and this is a good place to purchase a 'stippenkaart' (strip card). Part of the national fare system, the stippenkaart can be used throughout the Netherlands, on buses, trams, trains and subways.
About Amsterdam Tourism
The city of Amsterdam is one of Europe's most popular destinations and provides a diverse selection of tourist attractions, hotels and Amsterdam apartments. Leading sights range from world-famous museums containing the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and 17th- and 18th-century gabled houses that line the waterways, through to the house where Anne Frank hid during World War II, and the infamous Amsterdam red light district.
Also within easy reach of Schiphol Airport is the Heineken Brewery Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into how the beer is brewed, with a tour that covers the complete brewing process. Amsterdam's diamond industry has flourished for 400 years and there are countless diamond-cutting centres within the city and many firms involved in the diamond industry. Some of Amsterdam's diamond polishers even give free demonstrations of diamond cutting and offer sales of set and unset stones.
The city of Amsterdam is one of Europe's most popular destinations and provides a diverse selection of tourist attractions, hotels and
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS):|
|Address: Luchthaven Schiphol, Evert v/d Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, Netherlands, NL|
|Airport Code: AMS
Tel: +31 20 794 0800 / 0900 0141 (Netherlands only)
Fax: not available