"Schiphol Amsterdam Airport - AMS" Top 5 Page for this destination Schiphol by pieter_jan_v

Schiphol Travel Guide: 187 reviews and 505 photos

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Welcome to Schiphol

If you fly to The Netherlands you will arrive here and land below the sea level.

Schiphol is one of the European Main Airports.

There is one terminal building with 7 Piers.

All arrival halls exit to the main Schiphol Plaza indoors area, where you find the train station, hotel booking service, car rentals etc.
Taxi, shuttle service and bus station are outside in front of the Plaza; the train platforms are in the basement.

Schiphol Airport Home Page

The New Schiphol

The "old" Schiphol now is called Schiphol Oost and is used for private VIP flights and cargo and maintenance activities.

The new terminal building was extended with the Schiphol Plaza hall, when the sub terrainian train tracks were constructed.

Have a look at the Main Traffic Control Tower.

Since 2003 there is a fifth runway with its own control tower.

In November 2005 Pier H opened, special for low budget carriers.
Expect no service (in contradiction to the other piers), so no toilets, no shops and walking in the open air to your plane.

Here's a map including the new runway #5 and the new A5 interconncting highway (in the middle North-South).

Schiphol tries to limit sound nuisance of the approaching and departing planes; more information at:
NOMOS Airplane noise measurements and Geluidsnet

Follow the planes around Schiphol Airport:
Casper Flight tracking map or Flightradar24 Flight tracking map.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Everything under one roof
  • Cons:The roof gets bigger
  • In a nutshell:See, Buy, Fly
  • Last visit to Schiphol: Dec 2013
  • Intro Updated Dec 8, 2013
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  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    what a great page - all the information i think we could possibly use. have heard about what a super airport this is, sure looks that way. thanks for this detailed effort. n>

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Well deserved #1 Schiphol page! I think nothing to add... Schiphol authorities must be grateful to you, Pieter! It brings memory about my visits there...

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    A Schipol page? with my three photos where I barely had time for a beer and sausage. ;-) I will leave it to the master..., best, Karl

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    PJ Do you live in this airport??? I would venture that no airport is covered in more wonderful detail on VT, courtesy of your excellent efforts (and it's still my transit point of choice in Europe)! Regards Cathy

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Hello, Pieter! Thanks for your detailed and useful page!><><><><

  • snailmail's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    hello .. i would like to know if i arrive at schiphol by train from outside holland, at midnight time, can i have an access to yotel? my flight is about 11 pm the next day. thank you.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Wow! A library at the airport - sounds like a good place to explore during a layover. Greetings from Augusta, GA

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Your cover picture from looking down is very impressive site. This is like a living city, with places to eat, sleep, and take in arts pieces too. YOu did a very good job of presenting.

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Hoi Pieter, I am leaving this airport to go back home, I hope my flight is not delayed though. Happy New Year to you. :-)

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Ohhhh, an apple. I thought it was the back of an armadillo!! :-)) You have done a fantastic job on your Schiphol pages. I will be back to read. It would be great if all airports were covered so well.


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