Schiphol is Amsterdam!

And here is another public transport post from yours truly! ok airports are like my second home due mostly to my management job. I tend to write briedly on them while doing the recount of my trips but sometimes it is important to give them credit. Not much to spent time on them but a necessary time nowdays.

After the above rant, here is my take on one I take often ,Schiphol Amsterdam airport. And do I have stories to tell but will just tell one ::) Poor Schiphol it gets so much connections from all over ,even needlessly trip north to then fly south lol!

First, brief history I like:

Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, more simply Schiphol (IATA code: AMS • ICAO code: EHAM), is the main international airport in the Netherlands and one of the busiest airports in Europe. It is located 17.5 km from the center of Amsterdam, in the town of Haarlemmermeer.

Originally, a Fort Schiphol forming part of the defense line of Amsterdam, a belt of fortifications around the city, is located near the site of the current airport. Before 1852, the Haarlemmermeer polder ,which today borders Schiphol did not yet exist and there was a large lake there, known for its sudden and violent thunderstorms. This is where the name of the place comes from: an arm of the lake, located near the town of Amstelveen, is called the Schipshol, literally “schip hol”, or the hole, the boat refuge.

When the first civil aircraft began to use it, from December 1920, it was sometimes called the Schiphol marshes as French pilots ironically call it “Schiphol-les-Bains” (Schiphol the baths) because a Farman Goliath plane sank in the mud. In 1963, work began to significantly enlarge the airport and create four new runways: the village of Rijk was demolished and the new airport, further west than the original, was inaugurated in 1967, as was the passage of the A4 highway by Schiphol. In 1977, construction of the airport business center was completed.

Ok, this is a simple to navigate airport and well layout for people mover, the flights is another story. As it is known to be pretty good but in my experience not at all.

The Schiphol airport has six runways. The airport has a single terminal, which under one roof brings together three interconnected halls, themselves made up of boarding branches from B to H. The construction of branch A, announced in 2012, should be completed in 2020 , to bring Schiphol’s total capacity to 80 million passengers per year!


The Schiphol airport is also equipped with a train station served by Thalys and NS regional trains. Opened in 1978, it was made underground in 1995 to clear the Schiphol Plaza, a commercial space of several thousand square meters. Schiphol was also one of the first airports in the world to offer offices on its territory, reachable on foot from the terminal. They are known as the World Trade Center.

For info , the Schiphol plaza in English: Schiphol 24 Webpage on the Schiphol Plaza

For info the WTC webpage in English: World Trade Center Schiphol Amsterdam


The air traffic control tower was the tallest in the world when it opened in 1991, reaching 101 meters. A second was built in 2003, at the end of the newly inaugurated runway. Schiphol airport is also one of the lowest airports in the world since it is 3 meters below sea level. It is supplied with aviation fuel by NATO’s network of pipelines in Central Europe.

Ah ok a bit on the layout well its easy as one terminal and long boulevard walks. The Ground Level has the Arrivals. It connects with P1, and various hotels. Passengers have access to the ground transportation as taxis, buses and shuttles. In this area there are some restaurants and cafés, information desks, a supermarket and various other services as a hairdresser or lockers. The Second Level has Check-In and Departures. This floor is divided between East and West side. The East side: Departures area 1 and 2. It is located the Lounge area and there are gates of the B, C, D (D1-D57 and D59-D87 to the top level) and E. The West side: Departures area 3 and 4. They are served by check-in counters 17-32. It has Lounges 3 and 4 and there are gates F, G, H and M. Then, Gates are split in three areas (concourses):  Departures 1: Schengen gates: B, C and D gates. Departures 2: E gates, and Departures 3: F, G, H and M gates. Then, B to M gates are located on level 2 and D, E, F are in the top level. The Third Level has boarding gates and airlines lounges: It has VIP Lounges from 1 to 4 and airlines Lounges. It also has access to gates D, E and F.  Lounge 1: D gates.  Lounge 2: E gates.  Lounge 3 and 4: F gates (separate passport).  In this level you can also find the Yotel and Hotel Mercure, including the Exchange Avenue conference facilities. I have enjoyed the KLM Crown Lounges and they are very good. You got it , easy does it.


My biggest hassle here was a couple years back on my flights to Indonesia passing by Schiphol.

I had a crazy trip going first from Nantes to Amsterdam on HOP the regional French carrier who was totally late missing my connection with KLM there at Schiphol. The flight was delayed due to fog for almost 1,5 hours!!! no way to get any flights on a Saturday to needed to stay at a hotel and flight the next day Sunday. Yikes!!! I do not think will be on HOP again. Gladly never had afterward!


The rest was nice as KLM gave me a nice shuttle bus ride to the Bastion Best Western hotel with dinner, breakfast included all free; then a 10€ voucher for lunch on Sunday. The return shuttle bus was nice also. By Schiphol,  I have been before and always lateness there do not understand why going around you need to fly north and then south !!!


The hotel Bastion BW i stayed complement of KLM: Best Western Bastion Hotel


Again, this is consolation but comparing with other airports where connections I have made anywhere in the world, the only times been late for not fault of my own have been at Schiphol! It must be my jinx yikes!!!

The official Schiphol airport webpage in English: Official Schiphol airport

The Amsterdam tourist office on Schiphol airport in English: Tourist office of Amsterdam on Schiphol

The Holland tourist office on Schiphol airport in English: Tourist office of Holland on Schiphol airport

There you go a brief connection airport, as the other time at Schiphol was there was direct flight and no connections needed and another occasion with Thalys trains. The Schiphol airport is a jinx I am telling you, any experiences with it? Hope it helps you and thanks for reading.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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