Route description Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) – Amsterdam city centre
From Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) trains leave every 10-15 minutes for Amsterdam Central Station.
The average journey time from the Airport to Amsterdam or vice versa is about 20 minutes. The fastest intercity connection takes 13 minutes.
Amsterdam Public Transport System
Although the city centre’s compact size means that most areas and sights are within walking distance of each other, Amsterdam’s public transport network (called 'GVB') is efficient, reliable, inexpensive and widely used. One million passengers travel the city by tram, bus, underground metro line and ferry every day.
The GVB day or multi-day ticket provides you with unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam, both day and night, on the bus, tram, and metro, for the number of days that best fits your plans.
Train tickets can be purchased from the NS train tickets machines at train station (main hall airport) (with coins or ATM/Credit cards) or online.
Note that the difference between first and second class travel in trains is negligible, although first class could be more comfortable during rush hour, when trains tend to be overcrowded.
There is a high penalty for travelling on the train without a valid ticket. Travelling by train within the Netherlands: www.ns.nl. Or buy your train ticket here.
Taxis are waiting outside the arrival hall and will bring you to Amsterdam in less than 25 minutes for about € 50,- one way.
Route description to RAI by tram, metro, bus or train
From Amsterdam Central Station you can take metro 52, linking the district of Amsterdam North to the Amsterdam Zuid railway station. This line provides the fastest direct connection and brings you from Amsterdam Central Station to the RAI (via the Europaplein station) within 6 minutes. You can also take tram 4 and get off at Europaplein.
From Amstel Station, you can reach the RAI with metro 51 (get off at Amsterdam RAI station) or bus lines 62 (get off at Europaplein) or 65 (get off at Scheldeplein).
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