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Schipol transfer time?

Later this year we will be flying to Seattle from Bilbao and connecting through Amsterdam. Last year when we made a similar connection from Rome we had about 90 minutes on KLM flights in Schipol and it was rushed but doable.
This time the itinerary shows 60 minutes to make the connection. Is that enough time, or too tight? I haven't bought the tickets yet.
Thanks for any insight.

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In the summer, I'd find that stressful enough to avoid, though it may be a "legal" connection time if offered by the airlines on one ticket. In fall, I'd be less concerned.

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I'd be stressed as well even though it's undoubtedly a "legal" connection and you've got experience thru Schiphol. Anything earlier out of Bilbao?

I'd also look to see if your airline of choice offers another flight to SEA after the one you are on. I fly Delta so there are 2 non-stop services to Seattle a day plus a bunch that connect thru various places although then it can be a pain to get back to Spokane although there are flights every 2 hours or so.

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Thanks, all. Prices have changed so we wound up routing through Paris with 95 minutes allowed. Crossing fingers. Haven't had great experiences at CDG, but the price differential was stout.

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We have a 1:50 transfer in Schiphol in May and I am confused about how to manage this especially if the plane is late. I have looked for videos and haven't found any that are clear. We are going from Berlin to Schiphol to Chicago. I changed this yeaterday from a Berlin CDG Chicago flight that had 90 minutes when I booked and then Berlin flight changed so we only had 60 minutes and this plane is late about half the time -- too tight. But I knew how to do the transfer at CDG

It is not at all clear how to do it at Schiphol -- like where is the passport control for Schengen exit without going land side and having to come back through security?

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@janettravels44

There is a YouTube video that discusses what you’re asking. The contributor - Justin - first goes through the process via the terminal map layout. Eventually the video is laced with actual footage of the process. Passport control is included in the video. He does indicate that this was filmed during Covid so you will simply eliminate that part of the process from your thoughts. The link is https://youtu.be/fVfXA1hr04U.

If you don’t feel comfortable using the link above then go to YouTube and search for “Schipol Airport Amsterdam Terminal Tour and Exit, How to Transfer and Complete Transit Guide.” The contributor uses the handle Justin and Thailand.

I’ve made the transfer a number of times and will be doing so at the end of May. However, the upcoming trip will be a non-Schengen to Schengen transfer. Hope this helps.

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Janet, Schiphol transfers from Schengen to Non-Schengen is much easier than CDG. You don't have the different terminals so you go from your gate to the main concourse area and then follow the signs to the gate for your Chicago flight which will lead you to Passport control. If you are running short of time there is a fast lane which has flights listed or you can ask one of the line monitors.

I just looked at the youtube video listed just above and it's pretty good. The transit from Schengen to Non-Schengen explanation and maps start at 1:52.

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Thanks. I looked at a number of videos that were not helpful. I will take a look at those.

update -- so I looked at that video and it makes the whole process VERY clear. Thanks so much.

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That is quite a tight window, if you stick with it, I suggest checking KLM's flights that day from Schipol to Bilbao. If there are later flights, if you miss your flight, then perhaps a later flight will have empty seats for you.