How to get from Amsterdam airport Schiphol to Amsterdam Center

Amsterdam airport Schiphol (AMS) is located 17 kilometers away from Amsterdam downtown. You can easily travel to the city center or your hotel by train, bus or taxi.

From Schiphol airport to Amsterdam downtown: travel options

From Schiphol airport to AmsterdamTicket price in 2024Travel timeTickets
By train€ 5,9017 minutesBook online >>
By bus€ 6,7530 minutesBook online >>
By taxi€ 60-7025 minutesBook online >>
From Schiphol airport to Amsterdam by train

Schiphol airport railway station is located directly below the airport. Take an escalator or an elevator from Schiphol Plaza hall downstairs and board the train.

Schiphol airport - Amsterdam

A direct train will take you to the center of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal station, or Amsterdam CS) within 17 minutes. Usually trains from Schiphol to Amsterdam city center depart from platforms 1 or 2.

Ticket price. A single train ticket from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal in 2024 costs € 5,90. For children age 4-11 there is a special kids ticket – Railrunner. It costs € 2,50 and is valid all day in all domestic trains.

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Departure times from the airport to Amsterdam city center. Check for train departure times from/to airport.

You can also buy Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, a 1 -3 days travel pass which includes unlimited travel by bus, tram and metro as well as NS trains in Amsterdam and the area.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket prices in 2024:

  • 1 day – € 21,00
  • 2 days – € 31,50
  • 3 days – € 41,50

You can check availability and book the transportation card here:


When you travel by public transport in the Netherlands you need to check-in and check-out. For the train you need to check-in at the station, and in the bus you can do it inside. You will see the yellow validation machines on Schiphol Plaza, before going down to the platforms.


How to get from Schiphol to Amsterdam by bus

To get from Amsterdam airport to the city center, you can take Connexxion bus line 397 (known as The Amsterdam Airport Express) or N97 (Niteliner). It will take you from Schiphol Plaza to Leidseplein and Museum Square (Museumplein)

Ticket price. In 2024 the bus ticket it costs € 6,50 one-way). You can buy the ticket directly from the driver Alternatively you can order a return ticket (Schiphol – Amsterdam – Schiphol) by bus 397 online (€ 11,75).

Bus departure times. The bus departs every 8 minutes from bus stop B17.

You can use a free Glimble app for the bus departure times and directions from Schiphol to your hotel or Amsterdam city center:


From Schiphol airport to Amsterdam by taxi

Taking a taxi is the most comfortable way to get from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam.

Taxi price. A taxi ride costs from € 55 to € 70. To make things smooth and get a fixed and transparent price we recommend to order taxi online >>

Travel time. Depending on the traffic, a ride can take from 25 minutes.

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