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Getting there

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s top destinations and can be reached easily by air, land or even sea

Passports and visas

Please visit the Justlanded site for current passport and visa information - in English and other Latin languages.

By air

Cheap flights from within Europe and direct flights from outside Europe are readily available, serving Amsterdam airport Schiphol - Europe’s fourth largest and located just a few kilometers from the city center.

A Direct Rail Link connects Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam central station and is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center. Trains run every 10 minutes from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza and cost just € 3.60 for a single journey. Have change on hand to use the ticket machines, or you may purchase your ticket at the ticket counter.

Airport Shuttles run by Connexxion depart every 10 minutes with service to more than 100 hotels throughout the city. Tickets cost € 15,50 one way, € 25 for a return, and can be purchased inside the main arrival plaza. Guests of major hotels should first check the shuttle area to see if their hotel provides a complimentary service. The tickets can be purchased at the Amsterdam Shuttle Desk in Arrivals 4 and at the bus stop A7.

Taxi and Limousines from and to Amsterdam start at € 45 and can be reserved through our partners at Dutch Business Limousine. Taxis take about 15 minutes, though beware of travelling in the rush hour. Some taxis charge a fixed price to the airport rather than running the meter.

Schiphol has been voted the best airport in the world several times, and not without reason: the shops there are great, and of a wide range, from drink and chocolates to fashions and electronics. You might want to leave yourself some extra time for shopping. Don't necessarily expect bargains though; only the articles marked as "special offer" are truly likely to be cheaper than street prices.

There is also a small branch of the Rijksmuseum that is worth a visit (between the E and F piers, open 7-20, admission free.)