Getting to town: If you’d like a taxi, then head to the far right of the arrivals hall after clearing customs and you’ll find a Travel Taxi office where you can order a cab and watch some TV until they call your name. Buses and hotel shuttles are available outside the terminal. Just walk straight through the arrivals hall and you’ll see the stops outside with the names of the city’s biggest hotels that operate their own shuttles. Each chain has its own schedule, which is clearly marked at the stop. You can also take the blue Connexxion Schiphol Hotel (www.connexxion.nl) shuttle that stops at a number of large hotels along a planned route. A very long list of hotels is posted at the stand. A single ticket costs €17 and children 4 - 14 travel for half price. If your hotel isn’t listed it’s possible that it can be arranged. City bus Nr.197 departs regularly for Leidseplein in the centre of Amsterdam as do other buses to a variety of other destinations in Amsterdam.
If you’re like most people you won’t even leave the terminal and you’ll head downstairs to catch a fast train that will take you to Amsterdam Central Station in 15 minutes for only €4. Just walk into the main hall to find a list of train departures. If you haven’t already bought a ticket you can purchase one from one of the many ticket machines with a credit card. Just choose English as your language on the touch-screen then choose the following steps: single, destination A.Centraal, 2nd class, full fare, valid today and the number of tickets. Choose your method of payment, insert your credit card, enter your PIN, confirm the price and then wait for your ticket to be printed. Once you reach the Central Station see ‘Arriving by train.’ You can also buy train tickets at the Train Tickets & Services office but you’ll pay an extra €0.50.