Your Guide to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS)
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Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was the world's 14th-busiest (and fifth-busiest in Europe) airport, serving 58.4 million travelers in 2015, according to statistics compiled by Airports Council International, the organization that oversees global facilities. The airport, the hub for KLM and Corendon Dutch Airlines and a European hub for Delta Air Lines and EasyJet, has flights to 322 destinations.

The airport opened in September 1916 as a military airbase during World War I.

By 1940 it was a commercial airport with four runways. It was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt in 1949, when it became the main airport for the Netherlands. It now has five runways.

Schiphol is housed in one large terminal, broken down into three departure halls with 90 gates. It offers service from 108 global carriers. 

Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, Netherlands
just south of the city center

+31 900 0141

Flight Status

This function on the website is pretty basic; travelers can check their flight status by typing in a flight number. If that's not available, the site asks for the origin and airline name. All information is given in real time.

Getting to and from Schipol Amsterdam Airport

  • Public Transportation - Travelers can get to and from the airport via a train station that goes to destinations including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Available bus transport includes Amsterdam Airport Express and city buses.
  • Taxi - There are always plenty available outside the Departure Hall. The airport advises travelers to ask if flat-fee fares are available to downtown Amsterdam.
  • Travel Taxi -  These minibuses can take travelers to most cities in the Netherlands and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need more room, you can order a special private minibus that can seat up to eight people. You can also share a minibus with other passengers.
  • Business Taxi - To save time, travelers can reserve these taxis that will arrive and depart on your schedule.
  • Car Rentals - Companies available at Schiphol are Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.


Parking at AMS Airport

The airport offers myriad parking options for every price point. It offers a central location on its website where travelers can enter their dates into a reservation system and review all parking options. The sooner a space is booked, the more travelers can save.


Map of AMS Airport

Security Checkpoints

In 2015, the airport centralized its checkpoints to offer a better passenger experience. There are now five sections: two for passengers traveling to non-Schengen countries, one for Schengen countries and two for passengers with an onward connecting flight out of Amsterdam.

Airlines at Schipol Amsterdam Airport

The airport has non-stop flights to major cities in  Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. It handled 63.6 million passengers in 2016, who flew on 81 airlines serving the airport.

AMS Airport Amenities

The airport offers VIP Service for travelers.  Customers can get the best service from the time you arrive at the airport until the time you take off. VIP Service staff takes care of check-in, baggage transport and passport formalities while travelers sit in a private lounge. Right before a flight departure time, staff escorts travelers to a special security check reserved for guests of the VIP Center, then take you directly to your aircraft.


The airport is home to nearly 200 hotels in the general vicinity. Hotels on site include:

Unusual Services

Schiphol is home to Dutch Culture, a series of shops and restaurants designed to give travelers a taste of the Netherlands.

The Dutch Bar offers cocktails from a professional barman who features Dutch gins, liqueurs and beers. The Dutch Kitchen allows customers food including raw herring, miniature croquets, miniature pancakes and stroopwafels. 

The House of Tulips has a facade that features a typical Amsterdam townhouse and a greenhouse. Travelers can buy the country's iconic flowers. Finally, pick up genuine Netherlands souvenirs from the NL+ shop.

Interesting fact - There is quite the art collection at this airport, as part of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol. The airport has also won Business Traveller UK's ‘Best Airport in Europe’, for 26th year in a row in 2015.