Much like any weekend spent in the Venice of the North, the journey from Amsterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport is short and sweet. Join millions of customers who use us every day, and we’ll get you where you want to go, smooth and simple. In just 15 minutes, you’ll be at the airport ready to head home, or on to your next destination!
If you’re not heading too far, why not take the train a little further and help the environment even more? Amsterdam is well connected by rail to nearby countries such as Belgium, France and Germany, and your journey by train would surely give you a few great stories to tell.
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NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
Normally, getting from your hotel back to the airport is a stressful experience. Fortunately, the journey from Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport is incredibly straightforward and stress-free when done by train.
Approaching the majestic Amsterdam Centraal station from the front, you could forgive it for a medieval castle or tourist attraction, worth a photo or two itself. On the inside, the layout is incredibly easy to navigate, with screens displaying departures in Dutch and English. There are a handful of shops around serving fresh food if you fancy a quick bite to eat, and if you need to buy a ticket, you can use the ticket machines to pick one up fast (you can switch the language to English on these). Tickets must be validated when entering and leaving the station, so make sure to tap in and out at the barriers.
There are various train services from Amsterdam Centraal towards Schiphol Airport each day – the one I hopped aboard had already picked up some passengers from elsewhere, but there was still ample room for myself and my luggage. The train itself was bright, spacious and comfortable, with overhead racks for luggage and plenty of legroom. From Amsterdam Centraal, it’s not just Schiphol you can get to – there are tonnes of destinations by train, including even international routes.
The journey to the airport took just over 15 minutes, even with a couple of stops along the way. Once at Schiphol Airport station you can simply tap out at the barriers and head to your terminal! Easy.
Luke is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.