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From the airport, it’s a quick and easy journey into the heart of downtown Amsterdam.
There’s a train station inside the terminal at Schiphol, so simply pick up your bag, buy a ticket from one of the vending machines in Schiphol Plaza and head straight for the platform.
Trains leave for Amsterdam Centraal every 10 minutes from Platform 1, 2 or 3 and the journey takes just 15 minutes. Services to Amsterdam Centraal run on a 24-hour basis, so don’t worry if you’re arriving in the dead of night. At €4.20, the one-way fare is a steal.
Alternatively, hop on the Connexxion Hotel shuttle bus to be dropped directly to your hotel door.
Serving 100 of the city’s top hotels, it runs regularly between 6am and 9pm. If you’re dead on your feet and looking for a direct lift straight to your doorstep, it’s a winner.
Bear in mind that you may need to wait around a little and you might find yourself stopping at every hotel in Amsterdam before getting to your specific drop-off. Both of these factors can add extra time to the journey, but if you’re in no big rush, it’s a very convenient service.
A single journey costs €17 while a return trip will set you back €27. Children and larger groups get discounted rates.
If money is no object, breeze through customs and climb straight in a taxi outside the terminal.
Prices begin at around €50 and the trip can sometimes take longer than the train, but in terms of comfort and privacy, nothing can compare.
Taxis will drop you straight at your hotel door and, if you prefer, you can negotiate prices in advance by booking online. Drivers are punctual, reliable and welcoming, so you’ll feel right at home from the get go.
Once you’ve unpacked and unwound, you can set out to explore the city. A whopping 800,000 Amsterdammers can’t be wrong, so join the masses and get on a bike.
Home to almost 400 kilometres of cycle paths, pedal power is by far the best way to see the city.
Running for over 25 years, MacBike is one of the top bike rental outfits, hiring out wheels for either three hours or an entire day, with prices starting from as little as €11 per day.
Build your confidence by trying a group bike tour. It’s a great way to get started. Afterwards, head off for some solo exploring, feeling every bit like a local.
Renting a car makes sense if you plan to see more of this glorious country. Find out more on our Amsterdam car hire page.