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Netherlands: Amsterdam

Schiphol is located nine miles (15 km) southwest of Amsterdam's city center. It is 36 miles (57 km) from The Hague and 46 miles (73 km) from Rotterdam. An information desk in the arrivals hall is open 24 hours. Schiphol's Web site offers lots of useful information, including:

There is good taxi service from outside the arrivals hall. The fare to central Amsterdam is about 65 guilders ($30) and the ride takes around 30 minutes. Fare to The Hague is about 115 guilders ($55) and to Rotterdam about 180 guilders ($85). Note: Traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours is intense and best avoided.
Excellent service is available to Amsterdam stations which offers connections to other cities in the Netherlands. There is plenty of luggage space and the trains are clean, comfortable and fast.

Trains leave the airport station every 15 minutes from 6 A.M. to midnight, and every hour from midnight to 6 A.M. The station is easy to find, just a short walk from the arrivals hall: Follow the signs after exiting customs. Travel time to central Amsterdam is about 20 minutes. Purchase tickets before boarding. One-way fare is about 5.50 guilders ($2.60).

There is also direct train service to Amsterdam RAI (the convention center) and to other cities such as The Hague, Rotterdam and Vlissingen.

All major rental car companies are represented in Amsterdam, but you should not rent a car if you are going to central Amsterdam. Parking is extremely difficult, and driving involves an obstacle course of trams, canals, one-way streets and cyclists.

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