Old Feb 26th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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Our plane stops over at Amsterdam going home. We have 5 hrs waiting in the Airport. Is there a chance we could do something in that periodof time instead of simply waiting at the airport? Thanks
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Old Feb 26th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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It is amazing that this is one of the most common questions on Fodor's. It seems that everybody and five cousins has this Amsterdam layover thing.

Getting into Amsterdam is about 20 minutes by train or taxi. So you can do it. You don't have time to take a canal boat tour and I wouldn't do it if I had a month and a c note to burn. Been there and done that.

What you can do depends on the month, date, day of the week, and weather. You can tell us the first three. The fourth is up in the air. Write back with data.

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If your flights come in on time, and your bags are checked thru, and you don't have to be back until 2 hours before the next flight... you have 2+ hours. Certainly you could get a taxi to drive you around, or ride the train into the city and back to the airport...

Me, I'd stay at the airport because I am a worrier and this plan would make me extremely anxious about missing my flight home.
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You wouldn't have time to do much but walk around the shops and canals. Anything involving an line (Anne Frank House, etc.) would not be practical.

If a missed connection would be a serious problem, I would not risk it. If a missed connection would not be that big of a deal, you might consider it. My instinct would be to stay at the airport.
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I would take the opportunity to train into Amsterdam and check out a little bit of the city. Trains run every 15 minutes and takes about 20 minutes of travel.

If you do decide to stay at the airport, here is some info to make your stay more enjoyable. If you go to then click on English in the top right hand corner, then scroll down to the bottom right corner and click on "Transfer at Schiphol", you'll find all kinds of things to do at the airport, including shopping, eating, the casino, a small Rijksmuseum featuring many of the Dutch Masters, get a massage, take a nap on a Lazy Chair, or check out one of their Surprising Toilets.

And if you do check out the Surprising Toilets, please post here and let me (us) know what exactly they are.

The Schiphol website does mention that if you have 4 hours or more you might want to visit Amsterdam.

Enjoy your travels. Peace, Robyn >-
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