Train or bus from airport in Amstredam?

Old Jan 6th, 2003, 11:12 AM
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Train or bus from airport in Amstredam?

What are my oprions besides taxi from Amstredam airport to the city center??? What type of prices am I looking at and what do I need to know?
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 11:18 AM
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While extremely quick and reliable to reach downtown Amsterdam, a taxi ride from Schiphol will set you back quite a bit. You should either take the train from the arrivals hall at Schiphol (very convenient and affordable) to Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal) or the KLM bus (stops in various locations in the city center). You can find further information on or (Dutch Railroads). Other than early Saturday and Sunday mornings, you could risk heavy traffic coming into Amsterdam or on the "Ring" (Amsterdam's beltway) which, naturally, will cause the meter to run up more. Do be vigilant on the train into Amsterdam; there are pickpockets. You can also read the State Department's warning on this on its travel warnings for each country.
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 03:14 PM
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Eye Spy is right. The trains run frequently and the station is in the airport terminal. If I recall, the fare is 6.5 euro and it's about a 20 minute ride max. Definitely keep an eye on your luggage while on the train, however. A'dam taxis are nice (lots of Mercedes) but expensive and the traffic from the airport can be bad.
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 03:20 PM
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I'd vote for the train. I took it last year from Schipol to Centraal Station and had no problem what so ever. Pretty cheap too, maybe about 5 eu...give or take a few. Was paranoid of the pickpockets I heard about but found it's just like any other large city - hang onto your stuff and you'll be fine.

Amsterdam is a great place and the Dutch are very cool people. If you get a chance you should bike to Vondel Park , relax and watch the day go by for a few hours. Enjoy your trip!
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 03:23 PM
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Most of the time the train is faster than a taxi (according to the only taxi driver I ever used for this trip), very convenient frequent service.
Buy your ticket in the main hall of the airport, ride the escalator down to the station.Trains are mostly every 10 mins,take 15/25 mins.(express/local)
When you emerge at Centraal Station, cross the tramlines to the left & buy a tram ticket right away(ask for a strippencart-economic).
Latest scam on the train is to leap off at an intermediate station with someone else's luggage.I was warned about this a month ago by a Dutch lady on the train.
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 03:25 PM
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Me again!Forgot to say - find out if your hotel is served by the hotel bus.Most of the major ones are.
Otherwise take the train.
Old Jan 31st, 2003, 07:12 PM
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Does anyone know how I can find information about the KLM bus? Cost, route, schedule? I can't find a way to email he RadissonSAS on Rusland. I can only find the general Radisson suctomer service who is probably in Timbucktoo and doesn't know about AMsterdam. I've tried the airport sites etc.
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Old Feb 1st, 2003, 09:54 AM
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Here is a schedule I saved, but you can check with Information at Schiphol, or ask the shuttle drivers which bus for the hotel you need - either can direct you.

Here is the schedule for Bus Route A

It takes 1hr 20 minutes to make the loop back to the airport.
It takes 30 minutes to the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, which would be the 4th stop. They may skip a stop if there is no one to drop off or pick up, but they usually make all the stops.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
1.Pulitzer Hotel
2.Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
4.Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
5.Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
6.Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace
7.Tulip Inn - Spuistratt
8.Jolly Carlton
9.Okura Amsterdam
10.Holiday Inn Amsterdam
11.Novotel Amsterdam
12.Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Here is the schedule for Bus Route B

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
1.Holiday Inn Amsterdam 15 minutes
2.Novotel Amsterdam 15 minutes
3.Okura Amsterdam 20 minutes
4.Le Meridien Apollo 21 minutes
5.AMS Hotel Beethoven 23 minutes
6.Hilton Hotel Amsterdam 27 minutes
7.Bilderberg Garden Hotel 27 minutes
8.Memphis Hotel 28 minutes
9.AMS Hotel Lairesse 29 minutes
10.Golden Tulip Barbizon Centrum 34 minutes
11.The Park Hotel 36 minutes
12.Smit Hotel 38 minutes
13.COK B.T.S. Class Hotel 43 minutes
14.Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 1 hour
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Old Feb 1st, 2003, 11:17 AM
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I know this is vague but it's what I remember from using the airport hotel bus last summer (2002)...

Hotel Kap, my cheap 3-star, explained how to use it in my email reservation confirmation from them. It was not the KLM bus but had a different name. The cost was 10 euro one-way & 18 euro round trip. The bus only stopped where passengers were staying on my route (of a choice of dozens and dozens of hotels we stopped at maybe 6 or 8).

I did not have prior arrangements, simply came out of the airport and went to where there were a couple bus stops marked (mine was next to the KLM bus). On a sign you see a long list of the various hotels included in the service. I just stood there, the driver came and took down a list of where each person needed to go, paid on the bus, and off we went.
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Old Feb 1st, 2003, 11:29 AM
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OK here it is (this was driving me nuts so I went and pulled out my receipts from last summer)!!!

At bus stop A7 'hotel busses' outside the terminal I caught the KLM Hotel Shuttle. On the ticket the service is called CONNEXXION AIRPORT HOTEL SHUTTLE and the ticket cost 10 euro one-way. No reservations necessary.
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Old Feb 10th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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Has any one taken the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam, but to the RAI station near the convention center south of downtown? This is where my lodging is, and I'm wondering if this is the same train that goes to the Central Station, or if I should look for a different one at the airport...
Old Feb 17th, 2003, 12:40 PM
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The bus or train certainly sounds like the way to go if traveling alone. But I'll be arriving with my wife and another couple. Would 4 train or bus fares be more than a taxi? (No one has mentioned the cost of a taxi).
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Old Feb 20th, 2003, 11:39 AM
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For 4 people, a taxi (about 35-40 euros) is probably the best option. Although the train gets you to the city center quickly and inexpensively, you still need to get from the train station to your hotel.

A taxi is the obvious choice (from the train station to hotel), but the cost of train tickets + taxi will be nearly the same as a taxi directly from the airport.

A tram from the train station is a possibility, but they're difficult if you have luggage, and they're tricky to use if this is your 1st trip to A'dam -- you need to get tram tickets (called a strippenkaart), then you need to figure out which tram to take and which stop to get off, and finally you need to find your way from the tram stop to your hotel.
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Old Feb 20th, 2003, 12:19 PM
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eecarlson, if you want to go to the RAI stop, you need a different train. Make sure the announcement board above the tracks has 'Amsterdam RAI' or 'A'dam RAI' or 'RAI' listed as one of the stops.
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Old Feb 24th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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Thanks jenviolin! -eec
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