Arrival in Amsterdam and getting around

Upon arrival at Schiphol, the city’s only airport and located 15 km south-west of the city, the fastest (15-20 minutes) and most economical way to travel to your hotel is by public transportation (around €4.- one-way trip). During the daytime, an average of five trains per hour depart from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. From 1 am to 5 am, night train depart once every hour. Check the railway itinerary here. In the arrival hall you can find a bank and an ATM.

Opposite the exit of Arrival Hall 2 you will find the Holland Tourist Information desk, which is open daily from 07.00 – 22.00 hrs. At this desk you can purchase “The Amsterdam All in 1 Travel Ticket” (You can't get this ticket anywhere else!). This ticket, a disposable chip card, includes the return train ticket Schiphol – Amsterdam v.v (2 single tickets) and unlimited travel on trams, metros, buses and night buses within the city of Amsterdam. Tickets available are valid for 24 hours (€ 13.20), 48 hours (€ 17.25), 72 hours (€ 20.85), or 96 hours (€ 24.45) .

From Central Station trams and metros run all over town. NH Barbizon Palace Hotel is in front of Amsterdam Central Station at the left site and the IBIS Amsterdam Centre on the right site. For the other hotels take tram 9 in the direction “Diemen (Sniep) ” at the stands in front of station building and get off for at Mr Visserplein for NH Caransa at Rembrandtplein, IBIS City Stopera; at, Plantage Kerklaan for Eden Lancaster Hotel and at Eerste van Swindenstraat for NH Tropen at (depending on the stop 10-15 minutes by tram)

By taxi is also an option, for which the stands are outside the arrivals hall. The taxis operate with a meter. Expect to pay approximately 50 Euros. (If somebody comes up to you in the airport building offering you their taxi service, politely refuse, they are usually swindlers.).

Renting a car is not recommended for your stay in Amsterdam, as finding a parking spot will be very hard to impossible. Furthermore, you will pay around € 5 per hour (24 hours a day, 7 days week). Also, parking meters only accept coins (no creditcards). An alternative would be to rent a bike!

For planning travel by public transportation within Amsterdam or the Netherlands, the following door-to-door journey planner provides very clear and complete in formation.