Amsterdam Airport, known as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is the Netherland’s primary international airport situated 9 km from the city. The airport is Europe’s fifth busiest passenger airport and has been the Netherland’s main airport since 1949.
Terminals at Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Airport has one passenger terminal split into three departure halls which are based around providing flights to Schengen area and non-Schengen area destinations. Departure Hall 1 provides flights to Schengen area airports, whilst Departure Hall 2 offers flights to both Schengen and non-Schengen areas. Departure Hall 3 is mostly dedicated to non-Schengen area flights.
All Departure halls in the airport are accessible on foot once inside the terminal with the exception of Pier M in Departure Hall 3 which is dedicated to low-cost airlines. There is also a general aviation terminal at the airport which opened in 2011 for non-commercial and non-scheduled flights.
Facilities at Amsterdam Airport
As a large international airport, Amsterdam Airport offers excellent amenities and facilities for travelers. In addition to a superb range of dining choices, the airport is home to extensive shopping facilities and additional amenities such as free Wi-Fi, an indoor airport park and spa treatments.
A diverse choice of eateries, cafés and restaurants ensure travelers of all tastes will never go hungry, ranging from budget food and snack outlets such as McDonald’s and Grab&Fly to restaurants like Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar and Kiosk Sushi & Noodles. There are also many cafés such as Starbucks for those looking to relax with a drink.
The airport boasts excellent shopping facilities including the large Schiphol Plaza located before customs. A large number of stores are available before security including gift shops, fashion stores and general travel shops. Extensive duty-free shopping is available after security, with many international brands such as Ralph Lauren, Swarovski and Burberry operating stores.
Amsterdam Airport is friendly for disabled passengers with many facilities such as lifts, automatic doors and wheelchairs on request. Disabled passengers are advised to contact their airline before arrival to ensure any special requirements are met. Passengers traveling with infants or children can use the baby care room facilities and take children to the Kids Forest play area.
Amsterdam Airport Travel Information
Amsterdam Airport is accessible in a number of different ways including multiple public transportation links and airport taxis. Schiphol train station is one of the most popular ways to get around and allows passengers to travel into central Amsterdam in under 20 minutes. Many bus services also depart from the airport to various destinations in the region, so there are plenty of options on the table for travelers.
There are also official Schiphol taxis at the airport which provide a metered taxi service to the surrounding area. Passengers are advised to stick to official metered taxis and avoid unregulated individuals. Taxi services can also be reserved prior to travel for those looking for a combined, private or business taxi. Additional, some hotels in the area provide complimentary shuttle services to guests, so it is advisable to check with your hotel if they operate a shuttle.
There are extensive parking facilities available at the airport, providing short and long-term as well as valet parking. Additionally, many internationally recognized car rental companies operate at the airport near the Arrivals 3 area at Schiphol Plaza.
If you have already booked your flights to Amsterdam airport or are planning to pick someone up, please check Live Amsterdam airport arrivals & departures information.
* This information is correct as of May 2018
If you're considering a stopover in the Dutch capital, you can see reviews and booking information for hotels around Schipol Airport and also check out our guide to the 10 best things to see and do in Amsterdam.