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Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is the international airport of The Netherlands located just 10 miles of Amsterdam city, Schiphol is considered to be one of the busiest and most important airports in Europe. The airport is owned by Schiphol Group (N.V. Luchthaven Schiphol) with as main shareholders the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Almost all of the airlines companies fly through Schiphol whether they may be a small Europe city hopper airline such as EasyJet or Transavia but also large international airlines such as North West, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) and China Airlines. With nearly 50 millions travelers on yearly bases Schiphol Amsterdam has truly marked themselves for being one of the largest airports, it even ranks 12th on worldwide scale. Unlike other large airports there’s no free WIFI, internet is available through paid service points from KPN.

Travelers that pass through, arrive or depart from Schiphol and have the opportunity to spend time at the airport have a wide scale of possibilities to their availability, for example the Holland Casino which is centered in the passengers lounge, foreign currency exchange and ATM’s, business centers & lounges are spread out over the airport, several international restaurants for fine dining, a highly recommended restaurant is the Panorama terrace, for fantastic views of the aircraft’s, gates and platforms. For this fascinating spectacle, just follow the route between Arrivals hall 1, 2 and 3 and of course duty free shopping in any store after the passport control, recently Schiphol even made it possible to have your wedding at the airport.

When traveling with the family, and need your kids to lose a little steam. Bring them to Kid’s Forest for a play in between a kids dream content area with forest-like surroundings, actual tree houses with slides and a range of climbing and play equipment. All this free of charge located on Holland Boulevard – Between Piers E and F (Beyond Passport Control). Just imagine enjoying a “Back to Life” massage yourself for 10 (€16,50 about $25 US) or 20 (€27,50 about $40 US) minutes while your kids having fun during their travel!

When traveling outside the airport you can use the public taxis, be aware that taxi’s are considered a luxury in the Netherlands and prices for a short ride to Amsterdam easily exceeds €40 ( about $60 US). The most affordable way to travel is by train (€3,70 to Amsterdam Central or €10,70 to Rotterdam Central). There’s 8 stations at the airport right in the arrivals hall with intercity trains to Rotterdam, Den Haag and other destinations within Netherlands and Europe. There’s one NS Highspeed Fyra train connected that departs hourly to Rotterdam (22 Minutes) and Amsterdam (15 Minutes) and soon to London, Paris and Berlin.

For further information about Schiphol airport, contact the Holland Tourist Information open from 7 AM till 10 PM. For those would like or need to stay at the nearest airport hotel have several choices for example right on the arrival halls there’s Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Mercure Schiphol Terminal which both have good ratings.