Schiphol Airport: the main airport in the Netherlands

The main airport in the Netherlands is Schiphol Airport. The airport is also known as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, due to its location near the capital. Fun fact: Schiphol Airport is the only major airport in the world that is below sea level. 4 meters below NAP. Schiphol Airport is also the oldest international airport that is still located in the same place where the first plane landed! Discover all there is to do at this internationally renowned airport.
Schiphol during a sunset

Iconic Schiphol Tower 

In the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, each place has its own iconic building by which you can recognize the place. You can recognize Schiphol by the control tower. The large control tower at Schiphol-Centre was renovated in 2019. When this Schiphol tower was taken into use in 1991, Schiphol recorded 250.000 flight movements annually. In 2019 there were twice as many!  

Parking at Schiphol 

For many travelers who travel to their destination by plane from Schiphol Airport, it is important that they can park their car safely. Schiphol Airport offers ample parking space. For example, you can park your car in one of the large car parks with 24-hour camera surveillance.  

There is also the option to park your car under cover, at a slightly higher rate. Did you know that you can even park your car at the terminal? Of Terminal Valet Parking get off at the terminal where your plane departs. Just before the departure halls. A Schiphol employee will then park your car in a safe covered parking space. So that you can travel with peace of mind.  

Airplane at Schiphol in the sunset
Landscape photo at Schiphol with an airplane and the Schiphol tower in the picture.

Public transport to Schiphol 

Would you rather leave your car at home? Then take a taxi to Schiphol. Quick and easy! Or catch a train or bus. Schiphol Airport also has a railway station that is very easily accessible. From the station you can take a shuttle bus to the departure hall of the airport. Are you being brought or picked up by someone? Via the Kiss & Ride zone at Schiphol you are directly at the departure halls. 

Spend the night at Schiphol 

Do you have an early flight, or does your plane arrive late? Then it can be useful to spend the night at Schiphol. There are several hotels you can choose from. For example, the hip citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel, 10 minutes walking distance from the airport. This modern hotel is equipped with all comforts and decorated with trendy furniture. Looking for a budget hotel? For a simple overnight stay you can Hotel ibis Styles Schiphol book a comfortable room. 

Shopping at Schiphol Plaza 

A shopping center should of course not be missing at an international airport. Bee Schiphol Plaza you can shop to your heart's content. You will find a wide range of restaurants and shops here. From fashion stores and drugstores to bookstores for a nice reading book on the go. You can also shop for gifts at Schiphol. From tulip bulbs to stroopwafels, all typical Dutch items can be found here. 

Spotting spot Schiphol 

Schiphol Airport is not only a popular destination for travellers, plane enthusiasts also regularly visit the airport. A special spotting spot at Schiphol is the Panorama Terrace. Schiphol has a total of six runways. From the Panorama Terrace you have a beautiful view over the runways with the departing and landing aircraft. 

So there is plenty to see and do at Schiphol! Explore the shops at Schiphol Plaza. Shop for a nice souvenir or get a nice meal at one of the restaurants. There is a lot to experience day in and day out at this bustling traffic hub!