Accessible by plane from dozens of cities, Amsterdam is home to one of Europe's busiest and best connected airports. It has its own train station beneath the plaza in the main terminal, and from there, it's 14 minutes to Amsterdam central station. Rotterdam is only 25 minutes away by intercity train, and it takes around 80 minutes to reach Paris and a little over two hours to get to Cologne.
Ten miles from the city centre, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol boasts an eclectic set of amenities including a hair salon, internet centre, clinics, pharmacies, workstations and a choice of meeting rooms and lounges as well as overnight accommodation. Meanwhile, fashion from Burberry and jewellery from Bulgari are just a few of the airport's varied retail options. There are stops outside Arrivals Hall 2 for national and regional buses. The number 397 Amsterdam Airport Express departs regularly for the city centre, and there are also shuttles to most of the major hotels.
KLM services Amsterdam from diverse locations around the UK and Europe such as Manchester, Inverness, Edinburgh, Toulouse, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stockholm, Barcelona and Florence. easyJet and Flybe also put on planes from multiple cities around Great Britain. In addition, Air France, Norwegian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and TAP Portugal cater to flyers from New York, Istanbul, Dubai and other international starting points.
For travellers from the UK, flying to Amsterdam can cost much less than taking the ferry. Departing from regional English airports, the journey takes about an hour, and it's only another 25 minutes or so for flights from Scotland. With planes leaving from Birmingham, Southampton, Exeter, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Inverness, there's plenty of choice of departure points. In Amsterdam, there's easy access to public transport, whether you wish to travel on to other European cities or stay and explore the local sights.
A range of tourist passes are available at service stations, ticket desks and the airport's I Amsterdam Visitors Centre. The Amsterdam Travel Ticket gives the cardholder free bus travel between railway stations, and visitors can also enjoy free public transport with the Amsterdam and Region Travel Ticket or the Holland Travel Ticket.
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