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.
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
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.
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.
- To get an impression of what is offered in terms of food, follow this link.
- To find the shop of your choice, follow this link.
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).
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.
- To see where you can relax inside the security area, follow this link.
- To look for hotels or relaxation outside the security area, follow this link.
- For an overview of all lounges at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, follow this link and click on the airline of your choice.
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.
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!