Getting to Schiphol from Amsterdam city

Looking for confirmation (or not) that my plan to get from "downtown" Amsterdam to the airport is reasonable and that I haven't overlooked a more elegant solution. Advice re fares/buying tickets most welcomed. My tour ends in Amsterdam on a Saturday at Hotel Alexander on Vondelstraat. It looks like I can go around the corner on Stadhouderskade and catch tramline 1 to Central Station. From what I can tell, the trams run every 15 minutes, and the ride to the station takes 10-15 minutes. (I don't know if a transportation pass will be provided with the tour, but I think the disposable OV-chipkaart for just under three euros is the best idea for this single tram journey. Can it be bought on board?) From Central Station, I can take the airport train to AMS. Trains run every 10 minutes and take approximately 20 minutes to get to the airport. Fare is just under four euros, I believe. My flight from AMS to LHR is at 11:40 a.m., so I'm thinking I should leave my hotel by 8:30 at the latest in order to get through security, etc. in plenty of time. Would 8:00 be a better idea?

Posted by gone
2081 posts

Hi, i was stayed at a hotel down the street towards the riding arena. there is a bus stop on Leidseplein street just as you on/cross the canal going into town. If you look at goolge maps and go to the street view and move to where you are over the canal, there are 2 bus stops. One near the IamSTERDAM tourist booth going towards your hotel. That is where you can get a bus to the airport. I forget which number, but i would have to bet your hotel would know since the hotel i stayed at told me! OV tickets are purchased on the trams IN THE BACK! you dont need exact change either. i thouht it was a funny system since at home we purchase tickets in the front. you have to remember to swipe the card over the yellow reader BOTH IN AND OUT. also, dont put the card where it can be swipped more than once in or out, or it can get invaldated. Regarding the bus,if you take it, you will buy your ticket at the driver. just tell him/her where you are going and they will tell you how much. i forget how much it cost me but i think it was less then 5 Euros. i also forget how long it took to get to the airport. getting old sucks. this is how i do things when it comes to international flights. you can choose to do it differently and so can others. I choose to get to the airport at the minimum of 2 hours before my flight is suppose to leave. happy trails.

Posted by Robert
Liberty, Missouri
153 posts

I don't know about more elegant but here are some options my hotel (Hotel Fita) sent to me for my upcoming trip for my AMS to town and return transportation. They said the cheapest is the public bus 197 which is 4 euro per person and runs every 10 - 12 minutes. The bus stop is Museumplein/Concertgebouw which is by the Van Gogh Mueseum which I think is somewhat close to your hotel. Trip time they say is about 30 minutes. Your hotel can confirm a closer bus stop if any. Second is a shuttle bus 15.50 euro per person. It will pick you up at your hotel. Website: The third method my hotel gave me was a taxi for about 35-45 Euro. Your hotel will be able to confirm any of these when you first arrive. Choose your your stress level and price range. Oh and your route would also should work but it might not be the easiest method. But I don't know.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
7736 posts

"...OV tickets are purchased on the trams IN THE BACK..." Not all trams have ticket booths in the back or middle. On the smaller models you have to go the the front and deal with the driver. Since the transition to the OV tickets more and more of these booths are unmanned these days, and will probably be removed in the near future.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
3399 posts

Why don't you just go down to the train station and take a train into the basement of AMS terminal? It's about a 20 minute ride from the main train station, and easy to deal with.
We stayed out in the suburbs by the football stadium and walked to a train stop for the ride to the airport.

Posted by gone
2081 posts

@ Michael well, all i can say is that in the 3+ days i was there, all of the trams i used had their ticket booths in the back. so, let the rider beware. happy trails.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
1063 posts

Or, instead of catching Tram 1 to Central Station, catch it going in the other direction to Lelylaan Station and catch the train to Schipol from there. That would be quicker. Or to avoid changes, the bus already mentioned is the 197, but it would be a 10-15 mins. walk from your hotel to the Museumplein stop. I would have thought leaving at 0830 gives you ample time for check-in, etc.

Posted by Teresa
653 posts

Thanks, all. I will definitely research Bus 197 and the idea of taking the tram in the opposite direction.