Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), known informally as Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is located 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, North Holland.

The airport ranks as the third-busiest airport in Europe by passenger volume and the busiest in Europe in terms of aircraft movement. The airport is built as a single-terminal concept: one large terminal split into three large departure halls.

Schiphol is the hub for KLM and its regional affiliate KLM Cityhopper as well as for Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair, Transavia and TUI fly Netherlands. The airport also serves as a base for EasyJet and LEVEL.

Ground Transportation

Multiple ground transportation options are there to facilitate the movement of passengers and visitors to and from the airport.

  1. Thalys international high-speed train
  2. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) – national train operator
  3. Bus operators including Arriva, Connexxion, Transdev, Syntus, Qbuzz and the local operators GVB, HTM, RET, U-OV
  4. Rapid-trainsit system such as Amsterdam Metro

Smooth transfer facility is provided. If you are traveling on the same ticket, your baggage is taken care by the airport staff. However, when traveling on two separate tickets, you need to collect the baggage from the baggage reclaim area and check-in again.

 Terminals and Lounges Information

The airport has a single terminal with three halls, namely 1, 2 and 3.

Departure Hall 1 consists of Piers B and C. Pier B has 14 gates and Pier C has 21 gates. Departure Hall 2 consists of Piers D and E. Departure Hall 3 consists of three piers: F, G, and H/M

After security check-in completes, you steps in Lounge 1, 2, 3 or 4. From here, you can shop, eat out at bars and restaurants, and even visit a hotel and museum.

Busiest European Routes to/from Amsterdam Airport (2018)

S. No. Destination City, Airport Airline
1 London, LHR British Airways, KLM
2 Barcelona, BCN KLM, Transavia, Vueling
3 Paris, CDG Air France, KLM
4 Dublin, DUB Aer Lingus, KLM, Ryanair
5 Copenhagen, CPH KLM, Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines
6 London, LGW British Airways, EasyJet
7 Rome, FCO Alitalia, EasyJet, KLM, Vueling
8 Manchester, MAN EasyJet, Flybe, KLM
9 Madrid, MAD Air Europa, Iberia, KLM
10 Munich, MUC Eurowings, KLM, Lufthansa

Busiest Intercontinental Routes to/from Amsterdam Airport (2018)

S. No. Destination City, Airport Airline
1 Dubai, DXB Emirates, KLM, Transavia
2 New York (JFK) Air Europa, Tap Air Portugal, Norwegian Air Shuttle, American, United
3 Atlanta (ALT) Delta, KLM
4 Ontario (YYZ) Air Canada, Air Transat, KLM
5 Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Delta
6 Tel Aviv Airport (TLV) Arkia, EasyJet, El Al, Sun d’Or, KLM, Transavia
7 Minneapolis (MSP) Delta, KLM
8 Curaçao (CUR) KLM, TUIfly
9 Shanghai (PVG) China Eastern, KLM
10 Hong Kong (HKG) Cathay Pacific, KLM

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I reach Schiphol?

For a flight to destination within Europe, reach 2 hours before the scheduled departure, and for an intercontinental flight, arrive 3 hours in advance. However, it’s best practice to check the current advice with your airline.

Which is the most convenient and cheapest way to reach Schiphol Airport?

Both The Nederlandse  Spoorwegen (NS), the national Dutch train operator, and Thalys international high-speed train have their stations in the airport premise. Travel to Schiphol from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam 24/7, often without changing trains.

How far is the train station from the airport?

From the point where you deboard the train, take escalator or lift to reach Schiphol Plaza located on the first floor, and from there check-in desk and Departure Halls 1, 2 or 3 are at a walking distance.