Schiphol - Amsterdam International Airport

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Amsterdam, Netherlands - 0031 - (020) 794 0800

Schiphol - Amsterdam International Airport Reviews

EmyG EmyG
123 reviews
Schiphol May 11, 2016
Schiphol is a very good airport. Easy to reach by public transport from everywhere in the Netherlands (since Holland isn’t a big country). It is located not far away from the Amsterdam’s city center and getting to and from Schiphol is super easy using the NS train from Amsterdam Centraal. It takes like 10 minutes. On the day of my arrival the train wasn’t working but they put buses that departed from the bus stop located in the front of the airport. They run to Amsterdam for free.

The departing hall looks more like a shopping mall with a lot of island-shops. This is something I hated here. Schiphol before security gates looks for me very messy and it is hard to navigate here. However after crossing the security it is much better and pleasant. Security and immigration is slow but of high standards with x-ray machines etc. It's a big airport with lots of passengers but everything is good indicated and it's difficult to get lost here. It is housed in just one building, and this is one of reasons why I love it. There is nice range of shops and restaurants and toilets are every 20 meters. Free WiFi to use, and its speed is proper. It's a fast, busy airport with a lot of quiet corners to sit and relax. After reaching your gate you have almost total silence.

I guess I will use it again, since it is one of the most popular airports in Europe to have a layover. So see you soon Schiphol.
Honeymoon suite, here I come
Out of office, here I come
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EmyG says:
hehe ;) you dont see pluses xD you pay only for how much you rode :) for example in Istanbul you check in only while entering the bus, and it doesnt matter if you will leave the bus on second bus stop or on thirtieth. But well, the Dutch system was unusual and different for me :P thats why maybe I found it cool haha. Im used to having one card that you charge once every 3 months (pernament sum)and then you hide it to your wallet for next three months. Super easy but a lot of ppl coming to Warsaw ask me why so many ppl dont pay for the public transport, as they dont see ppl validating tickets. Well ppl do pay for the public transportation, fines are big enough to force ppl to pay ;) and a lot of ppl have a work this way too ;)
Posted on: May 17, 2016
Paulovic says:
I, and all the other 17 million people here in the NL's, hate that f*cking card system! It's just a few years now. In the beginning people with a subscription forgot to check out when getting off the train and it costed you a lot of money. I (almost) never use the public transport. Last time I forgot checking in or so, but had a special travel together card or so. It was just a single use. I forgot to check in I think. It would have costed me a fine the conductor said. But he was nice enough. It had something to do with a bug in the system. Really nobody understands why they started this.

To make it even funnier, the government said it is too complicated so for tourists they would make an easier option!!! WTF!!! Not only for tourists, also for the locals!
Posted on: May 17, 2016
EmyG says:
you have never been tempt to try it? :D and check it? :D
Posted on: May 17, 2016
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lauro lauro
236 reviews
schiphol - amsterdam international airport Feb 19, 2009
My flight from manila, philippines back to düsseldorf, germany i had a stopover to amsterdam schiphol international airport.

as a non holder of eu passport, and in deep winter last december 2008, was a horrible experience for me. The schengen police made us wait for an hour in the freezing cold checking one by one the passports of the passengers, and we had almost 500 passengers in the aircraft!

it was a pain in the ass because all of us were freezing completely in the skybridge, when it was my turn, they asked me blah blah blah and of course i answered in german which wasnt easy with my teeth claterring.

so these are the advices from passengers not coming from the schengen states.

i was already in schiphol with friends waiting for a train to düsseldorf, but not used it for internatonal flights, as usual, the airport is not different from any other major western european airports, spacious, clean, lots of cafes, boutique and restaurants.
lauro says:
hay naku ate, naiwan ko pa winter jacket ko sa pinas, tas pinag antay kami sa skybridge ng 1 oras, naka tshirt lang ako at -7°c ang temperature at may snow pa! ininterview pa ako in german kahit nagnginging na kao nakasagot pa rin ako! wahahahah
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009
geek_goddess_jolie says:
Oh my, kawawa ka naman! Don't they know who you are?! You're Lauro kaya! =) Kidding, but seriously, thanks for review. Still can't believe why screening had to take that long...
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009
geja says:
I'm sorry to hear you had this experience in our airport. Since I'm from the Netherlands I never have problems entering the country, but sometimes the waitinglists can be long. However I've never had the experience they check in the skybridge. They normally let you go to customs where there can be a waitinglist since it's a big airport.
Getting your luggage can take some time as well. Especially if you have to walk to the other side of the airport.

what I love about our airport:
- the tax free shopping area is very large (and if you like you can spend your time in the casino)
- there are comfortable chairs to spend the waitingtime all over the airport
- you can go to and from the airport by train which has a station at the airport
Posted on: May 27, 2009
ratu ratu
120 reviews
Good! Feb 20, 2009
As Yadi says , Schiphol is a really big airport but also is so organized, NEW AND CLEAN (the opposite than Heathrow), have a lot of things to do for spending your time, I didn't know that have a museum, but I never have been there more than 3 hours.

The train station is under the station and it's a lil bit complicate to take the train ticket on the automatic machines, so...DON'T PAY IT! ;)

There are 1 train to Amsterdam each 15 minutes or so
Sylvies ass ha ha ha
Going to gates
Leaving Schiphol
ratu says:
Ha ha ha
Posted on: Feb 16, 2010
mslellen says:
Good to know, we will be taking the train to central station! Thanks.
Posted on: Feb 15, 2010
geja says:
You can indeed get your ticket for the train at the machine in the luggage hall. You can pay by chipknip (dutch) or pin (with a normal bankcard). By the way the chipknip is used a lot in Holland nowadays. There are many parkingspaces where you can only pay by chipknip.
Posted on: May 27, 2009
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Airport in Amsterdam - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) Jun 09, 2006
When I went backpacking to Europe I arrived to Amsterdam, to the Schiphol airport. My first impression was that this airport was HUGE, as they say an Airport City.

I really like this airport and here are a few reasons:

-This is a BIG airport, but so well organized, that you will always find what you are looking for.

-If you have a long layover, there's no way you'd get bored. They have a huge shopping area, which includes nice stores besides the duty free, and also a supermarket open 24hrs!

-But this is not all, you can also find a museum (when I was there, they had a Rembrandt exhibition), massages, a casino and relax chairs!!!

-Also there are numerous restaurants, bars and cafés.

-They also offer the baggage lockers. So you don't have to carry it with you if you want to leave the airport for a short visit to the city. Your things can be stored here for up 168 hours.

-There are also free trolleys to transport your luggage.

-I found the people working here helpful and friendly.

-They are aware the airport is huge, so they offer free mini AirportCity guides, which are handy.

-Reaching it by public transportation is really easy. Schiphol station is situated directly below the airport. You can pick up a free baggage trolley and walk straight to the departure or arrival hall.

-They are so shopping friendly. Sometimes when you arrive to somewhere you see something you like, but don't buy it because you don't want to carry it around. Well, here you can purchase it and they will storage it until you are flying back through the airport.

These are some personal experiences:

-Since I was entering to the Schengen territory, I had to clear customs here. Clearing customs was really easy. I had to make a connection and I had more than enough time to catch my flight to Hamburg. I have read, this could be difficult, but I was lucky it wasn't hard for me.

-I spent one night at this airport. I was with a friend -well we just met, but since there were some places open 24hrs, we could get something to eat and shops open really early, so I could take a walk around before checking in. But weren't the only ones spending the night here, also the chairs were comfortable, haha.

Schiphol Airport, a city itself, a nice one ;)
the mini Airportcity guide ;)
yadilitta says:
yes, haha
Posted on: Feb 19, 2009
lauro says:
hahaha you are in love with schiphol! hahaha
Posted on: Feb 19, 2009
X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
Huge airport! May 16, 2005
Amsterdam’s Airport Schiphol is the Netherlands main airport and a hub for KLM airlines which is what we flew in on. It is located about 20 minutes southwest of Amsterdam in the city of Haarlemmermeer. You have no idea upon landing her just how large this airport is and how very busy it is. We found our way from the plane to the baggage and customs area and used a very nice push cart for our luggage without too much of a delay. I mentioned how big it is but there are so many things here, shopping, eating, museum, etc. We did have a rather difficult time finding the proper place to meet our tour guide. After re-reading our tour instructions for the umpteenth time we finally noted that there was a checked column and had just located it when our tour guide found us. A little embarrassing, but I don’t think we held up the tour.
Hummingbird says:
You could get totally lost so easily in that airport!!
Posted on: Aug 30, 2009
genetravelling says:
haha! the red and white checked column outside Burger King! i know it well...... ;-)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2009

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