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Holiday in Schiphol

Schiphol's strategic location makes it the perfect base for a day out in Amsterdam or one of the other nearby cities. You can also go to the beach from here. 

The airport has excellent train and bus services to cities such as Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht. Nature reserves or the beach at Zandvoort are also easy to reach.

Schiphol is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016! The airport was built in 1916 on the bottom of the reclaimed Haarlemmermeer at 4 metres below sea level. It was used in the First World War as a military airfield and in the Second World War by the Germans as a base for their air raids on England. The airport grew quickly in the 1970s and has been growing steadily ever since.

It takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Amsterdam from Schiphol airport. Spend the day shopping in The Nine Streets, stop for a drink in the Jordaan or go to the Albert Cuyp Market. Leiden is also a 15-minute train ride away. The Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) and the Waag (weigh house) are definitely worth visiting.

The beach at Zandvoort, which is 9 km long and up to 100 m wide is only a 30-minute train ride from Schiphol and a great place to relax with the kids. Not far from Zandvoort lies National Park Zuid-Kennemerland which is the perfect place for nature lovers. Chances are you’ll even see European bison (wisent), Scottish highlanders and deer.

Schiphol has excellent train services to the bigger cities such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam and Amersfoort. It takes about 2 hours and one transfer to get to cities such as Leeuwarden which is quite a way north. Schiphol is on the A4 motorway which is convenient if you're travelling by car and would like to stay somewhere a little different at the beginning or end of your holiday.

Make sure your hotel has parking so you can leave the car there while you're out exploring. City parking can be very expensive and public transport in the Netherlands is generally excellent.

If you're not travelling by car and have time before your flight, you can always leave your luggage at the airport and take a train into Amsterdam for a last-minute visit. Schiphol really is conveniently located!


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citizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport

citizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
4.4
of 5, from 920 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of World Fashion Centre, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Concertgebouw and Leidseplein are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£107
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
4.4
of 5, from 358 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Linked to the passenger terminal and train station by a covered walkway, and next to the World Trade Center, this Avant-Garde hotel is twenty minutes from central Amsterdam.

£70
Tulip Inn Amsterdam Airport

Tulip Inn Amsterdam Airport

Piet Guilonardweg 3, Schiphol
4.2
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aalsmeer Flower Auction, VU University Medical Center, and Olympic Stadium. Concertgebouw and Stedelijk Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£110
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Schiphol Boulevard 701, Schiphol
4.5
of 5, from 92 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Linked to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the airport's train station via a covered walkway, this inspirational hotel is adjacent to World Trade Center Schiphol Airport and 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central station.

Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal

Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal

Terminal Postbus 631, Schiphol
3.5
of 5, from 8 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Schiphol, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of World Fashion Centre, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Concertgebouw and Leidseplein are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£78
Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam

Stationsplein ZW 951, Schiphol
4.4
of 5, from 679 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This smoke-free hotel is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Central Amsterdam attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and Dam Square are about 8.5 km away and easily accessed via bus or train.

YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol - Transit Hotel

YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol - Transit Hotel

Vertrekpassage 118, Schiphol
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Schiphol, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of VU University Medical Center, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Concertgebouw and Rijksmuseum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Internationaal

Hotel Internationaal

Warmoesstraat 1-3, Amsterdam
3.6
of 5, from 41 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oude Centrum, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sexmuseum and The Old Church. Dam Square and New Church are also within 10 minutes.

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