Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (IATA code: AMS, ICAO code: EHAM) is the main airport of the Netherlands. It is located 15 km from the city of Amsterdam.
Flight departures and arrivals
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To get to Amsterdam airport you must take the A4 freeway which is the same one that connects with Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Traveling by cab can be expensive but it is recommended when you carry a lot of luggage or travel at night. The cab rank is outside Schipol Plaza and the journey to the city center does not exceed 15 minutes.
To get to the city center you can take the lines 197 and 370 that leave from the A7 Platform located in the lobby 2 of the arrival area. The disadvantage is that they make several stops and it takes longer to get there. There are also hotels that offer courtesy service to their guests. Finally, in the arrivals area you will find the Conexxion window that offers shuttle service to more than 50 different hotels.
It is the best means of transportation you can choose to get to the center of the city (Central Station). The station is located in the central square of the terminal and the trainings leave every 15 minutes during the day and every hour during the night. The fares are economic and the trip does not exceed 30 minutes.
The offices of Avis, Budget, Hertz, National Car Rental and Sixt are located in the Schipol Plaza.
Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport is the main airport of the Netherlands, ranking fifth in Europe and tenth worldwide, with more than 50 million passengers each year. It operates mainly with international flights: Asia, Canada and the United States, although it also operates, although to a lesser extent, with low cost companies.
Located only 15 kms. southwest of Amsterdam city center, this airport offers many direct flights to different cities in Asia such as Shanghai, Beijing, Osaka and Seoul, among others. There are also flights to important destinations such as Malaysia, Addis Ababa, Dibai, Lima, Australia and New Zealand.
Amsterdam Airport has 5 runways and a 24-hour subway train station, as well as an extensive shopping area. It is also the European base for the American Northwest Airlines. At the airport the most used language is English or Dutch, but it is possible to request assistance in Spanish. Within the airport facilities it is only possible to smoke in the restaurants, bars and areas reserved for this purpose.
- 5 runways and 1 general aviation runway. A new runway is planned to be built soon.
- 1 passenger terminal.
- 8 information desks for transit passengers.
- Information counters in foyers 2 and 3 of Schipol Plaza and in the arrival hall 2 and 3.
- ATMs and currency exchange facilities and a post office in lobby 2, plus mailboxes distributed throughout the terminal.
- Multimedia telephones and Internet connection in various locations in the airport.
- Restaurants, bars and cafeterias.
- Stores: You will find stores of all kinds including duty free in several places in the terminal.
- Medical Center that works 24 hours a day.
Telephone: (0) 20 601 2303
- Pharmacy, casino and sauna as well as diaper changing rooms and children's play area on Holland Boulevard.
- Tourist Information Office in the arrivals area, lobby 2.
For travelers the airport offers several offices for rent with telephones, faxes and personal computers located in the Schipol Business Center.
Telephone: (20) 653 2480
Several conference rooms are also available. Several meeting rooms offered by the Skyport Business Center, with optional catering, secretarial and teleconferencing services, are located near the arrival and departure gates.
Telephone: (0)20 654 1600
All the airport facilities are adapted for access and care of disabled people, with wheelchair access ramps, special elevators, toilets and automatic doors. The different airlines also offer their passengers a special assistance service, for which it is necessary to communicate in advance. There is also an electric car service for travel to the arrivals hall, offered by ACompany, and reserved parking spaces in parking lots 1, 2 and 3 and TDD phones at Visicom counters.
Electric car service:
- Telephone: (0) 20 601 5018
- Telephone: (0) 20 601 2929
The airport has parking lots for short and long stays. The former are located at a short distance from the terminal and there are covered (P1 and P2) and open air. The long stay one has a free bus service that allows you to get to the terminal and that circulates with a frequency of approximately 10 minutes. Finally there is a luxury parking lot (P7). All of them have 24-hour security.
The Mercure Schiphol Terminal Hotel is located within the airport grounds. However, a short distance from the Amsterdam Airport are several good hotels with free bus service from the terminal, such as the Crowne Plaza SPC (tel: (0) 23 565 0000), the Van de Valk Hotel Schiphol A4 (tel: (0) 252 675 335), the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Hotel (tel: (0) 20 710 4000), among others.