Air Travel to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the primary international airport in the Netherlands. It is located about 20 kilometres south-west of Amsterdam. Schiphol is a national and international airport with ninety airlines offering nonstop flights travelling to 260 destinations worldwide and handling over 48 million passengers a year. Every week, at least 210 domestic flights and 15,540 international flights depart from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. Many smaller airlines also fly to regional airports such as Rotterdam or Eindhoven, or airports near the Dutch border. From these, you can travel via public transport or taxi to Amsterdam. To travel to and from Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam you can use the Air Express Bus.
Transport from Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam has an extensive public transport network, with trams, buses, ferries and the Metro all serving the city and surrounding suburbs. You can reach the city from Schiphol in just half an hour by train, taxi or hotel shuttle.
The Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs € 10 for a round trip (return journeys do not have to take place on the same day). The bus takes only 30 minutes from Schiphol Plaza to the centre of Amsterdam (Leidseplein) and there are around 6 to 8 buses each hour.
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport with an average of 5 trains an hour to Amsterdam Central Station. Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport's main hall and from the yellow ticket machines which are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept Dutch cash cards, and some also accept coins, but not credit cards.
The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately 40 euros. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers.
Travelling within Amsterdam is straight-forward and convenient. The extensive public transport network connects the city's many districts by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry. In Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient options for visitors are one-hour cards, (multi) day cards, or an anonymous card which you can add more credit to at any time.
A map with all public transport routes can be downloaded here.
Renting a bicycle
You won't have to be long in Amsterdam to realise that biking is an integral part of the Dutch lifestyle. Renting a bike is a great way to explore the hidden gems of Amsterdam or also one of the many options how to get to the conference location. Bike rental costs about 10 euros a day. View our list of bike rental locations in Amsterdam for more information.