Guide to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
One of the world’s busiest airports, Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport acts as a hub for trans-Atlantic flights and carriers. Located less than 10 miles southwest of Amsterdam, it has one main terminal and offers a selection of facilities and services.
Terminals and facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
There is one main terminal. The Arrivals and Schiphol Plaza is separated by walkway from the departure and lounges area. The lounges and gates are all clearly marked by either numbers or letters and information desks can be found throughout the airport.
Facilities available include banks, VAT reclaim services, currency converter, a bureaux de change (open from 3:00 to 23:30) and an ATM in the west lounge. A pharmacy and 24-hour medical centre are also provided. A post office can be found in the central lounge, while post boxes are scattered around the terminal. At arrivals 1 information desk phone rental is available. As well as fax machines throughout all gates.
Schiphol Plaza is situated before customs and is open from 6:00 to 22:00 daily. Duty-free shopping, as well as other shopping opportunities, are on both sides of immigration. On hand is also a 24-hour grocery store.
Business passengers will find offices at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport readily equip with fax, pc and telephone rental along with secretarial services. Conference facilities are on hand and catering can be provided through prior arrangement. The offices are open from 8:30 til 17:30 from Mondays to Fridays. Executive lounges provided by particular airlines offer business facilities as well. Business conveniences are also offered in nearby hotels and those with time can arrange an overnight or day stay at one of the hotel representation desks in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
A variety of restaurants and bars are available in Schiphol plaza. Snack shops are scattered throughout the lounges and offer small delights such as sandwiches and coffee.
Exiting Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport by hire car is a quick alternative to trains and buses. There are several car hire companies at Amsterdam Schiphol, which include Hertz, Avis, Rental and National. For great deals and confirmed bookings book Amsterdam Schipol airport car hire here.
Hotels at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
Several hotels are available at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Rates tend to be cheaper through prior Internet booking, however if you arrive without a reservation accommodation can be arranged shortly at the accommodation desks located around the airport. We suggest having a look at DirectRooms for booking a Amsterdam Hotels as they have very competitive rates and an easy to use web site.
Hotels within easy reach of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport include; Bastion Hotel Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Courtyard Marriott Amsterdam Airport, Dorint Airport Hotel, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Hotel and the Sheraton hotel. Hotel Mercure Schiphol Terminal Hotel is the only hotel within the terminal building and is found behind customs.
Transportation and parking at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
Under Schiphol Plaza in the terminal’s main hall there is a railway station with direct trains running to Amsterdam Centraal Station. The journey takes no more than 20 minutes and departs every 15 minutes during the day. Public buses also run from the terminal to Amsterdam centre and depart at 15-minute intervals.
Taxis can be found just outside the Arrivals Hall of the main terminal building. They generally take 15 minutes to get into the city. Though bookings can be made, there are often plenty of cabs available on hand. En-route to the centre of Amsterdam, airport shuttles make hotel stop-offs as well
Schiphol Airport offers four parking options; short-term parking, long-term parking, exclusive parking and valet parking. P1 and P2 are the car parks that facilitate short-term parking – a maximum of 48 hours. P3 provides long-term parking and comes with a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the terminal building, a journey of around 10 minutes. P7 is the exclusive parking area, and is reserved for frequent flyers. Booking of parking is recommended, for airport parking at Amsteram Schipol airport book online here.
Car hire at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
To get to the airport from central Amsterdam, take the A10 Amsterdam ring road until it connects with the A4 road towards Schiphol. After several miles, turn left and take the E19 to Schiphol International Airport.
A car can be hired directly from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. All major car hire companies are represented in the main terminal of Schiphol Airport, however for great deals its worth booking ahead, find hire cars and Amsterdam Schipol airport online here.
Hire car offers a unique way of seeing Amsterdam for visitors. Without having to rely on public transportation, it gives you the freedom to enjoy all areas of Amsterdam. The Netherlands has a well-maintained highway network, making driving safe and easy. Driving a car into the city from Schiphol Airport is easy, thanks to numerous road signs.
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