Amsterdam Layover

Mar 13th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Amsterdam Layover

We will be arriving in Amsterdam from the U.S. at 10:15 a.m. and then departing for Rome at 1:35 p.m., leaving us with a 3 hour and 20 minute layover. We will need to get our seat assignments to Rome when we arrive in Amsterdam.

My question is: Would you think that is enough time to hop the express train to the Central Station and back again? My husband and I did this on a connection from Paris once, but we didn't need to get our seats assigned upon arrival in Amsterdam. We will have our teenagers along and it would be fun to take a quick stroll around during our layover.
Julie

P.S. We are flying Northwest/KLM
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Mar 13th, 2007, 04:10 PM
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<<< We will have our teenagers along and it would be fun to take a quick stroll around during our layover. >>>

Almost as much fun as missing your onward flight or having to answer questions after they have to unload your luggage from the plane
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Mar 13th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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I don't think you have anywhere near enough time (most people here seem to agree that 4-5 hours layover is the minimum for a city jaunt in Amsterdam).
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Mar 13th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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With only that much time I wouldn't do it.

Assuming you reach the gate exactly on time there is the time it will take to get through Immigration (which usually doesn't take long) then get to the rail station area, buy tickets,wait for the next train (about four every hour) and then the 15-20-minute ride into the city.

By this time an hour may have passed.

then you have to return, get seat assignments, get through Security, etc.

They used to say you really need four hours to do what you'd like to do
and that was before 9/11.

I'd hang out at the airport, do some window shopping, perhaps take in the Rijksmuseum display/offering, CHANGE MONEY, grab a bite to eat, etc.
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Mar 13th, 2007, 06:09 PM
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Maybe you could wave to your connections from Dam Square.(Sorry, couldn't help it.) The good news is that Schiphol Airport is perhaps the best European airport. The shopping is amazing, as mentioned there is a small museum, massage, bars, restaurants even a casino. There are even chairs set aside for napping. it is a huge airport and your connecting flight is likely going to be quite a distance from the terminal you arrive in.
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