Schiphol Airport is the main airport of The Netherlands with direct connections to and from over 200 international destinations everyday. The distance from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center is 20 km. Trains run every 15 minutes directly from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. Taxis from the airport are available at approximately €50 (20 minutes). International trains running to Amsterdam include: Thalys (Paris, F), ICE International (Frankfurt, D), Benelux (Brussels, B), IC (Berlin, D) and City Nightline (Basel, S).
Getting To Amsterdam
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Arrival at Schiphol Airport
If you want to go by taxi, note that there are official taxi stops (see signs) outside the airport. Do not take the unofficial services from people in the arrival area. Further it is in general cheaper to take the train bound to Central Station Amsterdam. Trains leave for Amsterdam Central Station about 6 times per hour.
In the arrival hall of Schiphol you will find yellow signs to the trains. Please buy a ticket first at either the ticket machines and follow the directions in English on the machine or go to the ticket counter and buy your ticket there (€3.60 one way). Please note that Amsterdam, the airport and also the trains are notorious for pickpockets. Be extremely careful with belongings and your wallet. Do not put your wallet in your hip-pocket and have some pocket money ready. Also do not leave your luggage unattended in stations, platforms, waiting areas or in the train. Always take your luggage with you. Do not accept help from anyone in particular when you board or leave the train. Once you have bought your ticket go down the stairs to the platform. The trains to Amsterdam leave in general from platform 1 about 6 times an hour. This train will take you to Amsterdam in 14-19 minutes. After arrival in Amsterdam Central Station you can walk to the NH Barbizon Palace Hotel.
All tickets are available at GVB Tickets & Info offices.
Public Transport Tickets
The GVB 24-, 48- or 72-hour ticket is by far the most convenient and inexpensive transport ticket to explore Amsterdam. Once stamped it is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours on all GVB trams, buses, metros as well as the night buses. GVB 24-hour ticket € 7,00 GVB 48-hour ticket € 11,50 GVB 72-hour ticket € 15,00
GVB 24-, 48- or 72-hour ticket
Strip Ticket (Strippenkaart)
You can also get around with the strip ticket (‘strippenkaart’). When using this card you have to consider the public transport zones that Amsterdam is divided into, which can be quite confusing at first. A strip ticket must be validated at the beginning of your journey. This is done by stamping one of the numbered strips. Knowing which strip to stamp is difficult to explain, and you can best ask the tram driver/conductor or bus driver to do it for you. Just tell them where you want to go. Prices for Strip Tickets 2-strips card (1-zone ticket) € 1,60 3-strips card (2-zone ticket) € 2,40 8- strips card € 6,40 (also usable as one-day ticket) 15- strips card € 7,30 45- strips card € 21,60
Square opposite Central Station Monday - Friday 07.00 - 21.00 hrs Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 hrs Metrostation (inside Central Station) Monday - Friday 07.00 - 18.00 hrs Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 hrs GVB Customer Service Questions, remarks, suggestions and lost properties Tel. 0900 80 11 (€0,10 per minute) Daily from 08.00 - 22.00 hrs Postal address: Postbus 2131, 1000 CC Amsterdam
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