Airport Guide: Amsterdam Schiphol

As you know, we travel a lot. Due to that, we’ve been to many different airports in the world. To make your journeys more enjoyable, we are introducing a new category today: Airport Guides. We want to give you the most important information for every airport you may be departing from or landing at. The honor of the first airport goes to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport!

As the fourth busiest airport in Europe, the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is not the easiest one for passengers who are not used to flying. To give you an overview: The airport serves more than 50 million passengers a year, has six runways and more than 400.000 airplane movements a year.

KLM 747

Pretty much every type of airplane build around the globe did arrive or depart from Schiphol at least once. What’s more important for passengers is the fact that at Schiphol there are no different terminals, there is just one with three so-called “Departure Halls”.

  • Departure Hall 1 serves Schengen-flights operated by non-SkyTeam-Airlines
  • Departure Hall 2 serves Schengen and Non-Schengen-flights operated by SkyTeam-Airlines as well as international airlines like Etihad Airways or Malaysia Airlines
  • Departure Hall 3 serves Schengen and Non-Schengen-flights operated by SkyTeam-Airlines as well as international airlines like Emirates

To see where your flight or the airline of your choice is departing in Schiphol, follow this link.

Shopping and eating at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

When it comes to the atmosphere of the airport and the catering of transit, departing and arriving passengers, Schiphol offers a lot of different restaurants. There are all important fast food chains as well as different smaller restaurants at the airport. The prices are pretty high, so you should have a look at the menu before sitting down.

Food and Drinks

(Image Source: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport /

Especially passengers travelling to non-Schengen areas and transit passengers should also remember that there are seduced areas for international flights in which the choice of food is way worse than in the general areas. Also some restaurants are located in the non-security area. Same goes for several shops located at Schiphol airport. Most of them are located in the security area and are duty free, but that does not go for all shops.

Hotels, lounges and relaxation at Amstterdam Schiphol Airport

Because the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is so big, there are many transit passengers that need to spend several hours or even a night at the airport. Due to that, there is a huge relaxation infrastructure at the Airport. After passport control (in the security area) there is a Mercure Hotel (four stars) and the Hotel Yotel (innovative concept with small cabins for sleeping).

KLM Lounges at Schiphol (Image Source: Royal Dutch Airlines /

KLM Lounges at Schiphol (Image Source: Royal Dutch Airlines /

Outside the security area there are several more hotels awaiting guests. Who is not in the mood to take a hotel room can either relax in several waiting areas, in massage areas, in one of the SPAs offered or even an airline lounge at Schiphol Airport. All major carriers offer high-quality lounges for status members and Business Class- as well as First Class-passengers. Moreover, there are several independent lounges at the Airport.

Getting to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and leaving it

In Schiphol there are several options to get to Amsterdam or even to another town in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The airport got its own train station, serving regional and long-distance trains. Amsterdam can be reached in just 15 minutes through this way, Den Haag in 30 minutes. The different bus services make it possible for passengers not living close to the Central Station to get to their destination of choice.

Parking at Schiphol Airport (Image Source: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport /

Parking at Schiphol Airport (Image Source: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport /

Usually, the busses need 15 to 45 minutes, depending on where you want to go. Moreover, there are several taxis and car rental companies at the airport. A taxi to Amsterdam costs between 30 and 60 euros, again depending on where you want to go. Normally, the taxi ride to the city center takes a little longer than the train ride but it heavily depends on the traffic.

Follow these links to learn more about traffic at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport:

We hope that you like our overview about the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and also hope that it will help you when travelling to, from or via Amsterdam one day. If you feel like we should include anything else in our Airport Guides, feel free to comment or write us an E-Mail!


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9 Comments on “Airport Guide: Amsterdam Schiphol”

  1. 🙂 Great! I really like your airport guide idea!
    One of the worst is the new Vienna Terminal – you have to walk for ages, no carts available to help with hand luggage and / or duty free shopping. A royal pain!
    HAPPY weekend! 🙂

    • Lucky me never had the pleasure to fly to or from Vienna. Maybe someday I can feel what you had to experience there. For the moment I’m used to a lot with flying from Berlin Tegel. This one is horrible as well.

      Thanks for the kind words and a happy weekend for you as well 🙂

  2. Great idea on the airport guides! When flying from North America to Africa/Middle East, I usually book a full day stopover in Amsterdam to visit friends. The last few times I checked my luggage all the way through to my destination, but that may not always be possible, so it might be useful to note if the airports you are reviewing have luggage storage.

    • Thanks for the kind words!

      That’s a very good point. I’m used to baggage checking or storages, but there may be some airports that don’t have storages (the smaller ones). I’ll have this on my list for the next guide. Thanks for the advice 🙂

      • In North America even some of the major airports – LaGuardia in NYC, LAX, Pearson in Toronto, etc. – don’t have luggage storage for security reasons. Not sure if the trend will also be present in Europe. Either way, thanks for posting!

      • Oh, that’s crazy. Even though I’ve been to most of the major and some minor airports in the US and Canada, I did not really pay attention to the luggage storage option. Good to know. Thanks a lot 🙂

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