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Amsterdam Layover

I want to take advantage of a long layover in Amsterdam but want to ensure we have plenty of time to get back to the airport. I know the train from the airport to Amsterdam Central takes about 20 minutes and runs several times an hour. However, I have no idea how long it will take to leave the airport or how long it will take to go back through security when we return. Any advise? I know most people suggest arriving to the airport 2 hours before your flight leaves for international flights but I wasn't sure if there was extra security as a result of terrorism or if Amsterdam's airport was significantly different from others. Thanks in advance!

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You don't say how long the layover is so it's hard to tell you if its doable. " Long " is very subjective . Today , Sunday , May 28 , the Dutch TSA employees had a 20 minute work stoppage because of a labor dispute. The waiting line got long enough for some people to miss their flight ! They promised they will do this as long as their demands are not met . BTW , there are no trams from Schiphol ; only TRAINS .

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I've done it, although that was 15 years ago and security was not quite as stringent. Spent a great afternoon in the Vondelpark. Zydeco band and 2 EUR Heinekens.
Are you going on to a Schengen Treaty destination or elsewhere, or coming back to N.A.? Assume your baggage is being transferred and you will have a boarding pass for your connecting flight. So you just need to get through security and maybe a passport check. 2 hours should be plenty of time to be back at Schipol before your connection.