Our plane was over an hour late but the taxi man was still waiting for us as described at the meeting point.
In order to have the best possible experience once in Amsterdam, the famous land of the tulips, the ideal solution is to choose the comfort of the Schiphol Airport Taxi. You will be welcomed straight away as you exit the arrivals area of the airport, and the cost of the transfer won't change if you are delayed. The most comfortable, safe and fastest system for every tourist, more so if you don't know the local language. The area surrounding the air station is also famous for being the headquarters of internationally important companies and it is located around 18 kilometres south-west of Holland's capital: Amsterdam.
Amsterdam city, otherwise known as "Venice of the North" for its narrow canals, is also known for its artistic and architectural heritage which makes it stand out compared to other European capitals.
Places and distances
Here is a list of suggestions to visit this European "gem":
- Dam square: the geographical and social centre of the city is 22 km from Schiphol, which you take half an hour (traffic providing).
- Rijksmuseum: to get to the most prestigious Dutch museum takes only 20 minutes, given that it's 14km from the airport.
- Vondelpark: To get to the green lung of Amsterdam you only need a quarter of an hour, using the A4 motorway.
Schiphol is Holland's main airport and with 50 million passengers that pass through its doors each year, it occupies fifth place in the ranking of the major European airports, after London, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid.
It has 5 runways and one extra which is used for unscheduled flights. With regards to terminals, there is only one with three levels that has 165 boarding gates branching out. More specifically, the ground floor is allocated for arrivals, the first floor departures, while on the second floor you can find first aid areas and comfort zones.
Among the services offered include: unlimited free WiFi, various shops and restaurants, as well as the very useful booths for withdrawing money in cash.
How to get to the city centre from Schiphol Airport.
There are various, efficient connections to the city from Schiphol, although taxi is the only one that takes customers to their accommodation. The public transport network includes a train which runs from 6am to 1am with a station directly beneath the airport. Those that prefer to move around by bus can use Line 397 which makes stops at important points in Amsterdam such as Leidseplein. Normally a local would choose a bus or train to get home while tourists often find it uncomfortable to travel with these methods because of cumbersome suitcases which they carry with them as well as not being familiar with the city streets.
Public taxis wait for the prospective customers at the exit of the Arrivals Terminal. You could, however, take into account that it may be difficult to hail one due to the vast scale of Schiphol Airport and the mass influx of passengers on a daily basis.
Indicative Taxi fare from Schiphol Airport
|Amsterdam Taxi||1-3 passengers||4-8 passengers|
|Schiphol - Dam||from 35 euros||from 39 euros|
|Schiphol - Rijksmuseum||from 47 euros||from 54 euros|
|Schiphol - Vondelpark||from 47.50 euros||from 54.50 euros|
Private Taxi service at Schiphol Airport
Generally, for a tourist one of the major reasons why a private service is preferable to a public one is the enormous difficulty to communicate in Dutch. Although it may seem trivial, the complexity in being able to read and pronounce any street name, for example, Oudezijds Achterburgwal which is located right in the centre of the capital.
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Unfortunately, it must be noted that even in a city where the majority of people respect the law and order, there is, although minimal, a problem rogue taxi drivers. In fact, you could come into contact with people that don't have the correct licence who offer a cheaper than normal taxi service which carries with it security risks because you are trusting a person who is completely unknown to the company that regulates Amsterdam's transport: the Gvb.
Therefore, the best option is to book a private transfer to and from Schiphol Airport.The booking process is quick and simple you only need to fill out the form on this page and that's it. A driver will be waiting for you in the Arrivals area or even at your accommodation and take you to the pre-selected destination.
In addition, 2 days before the service, you will receive a confirmation SMS accompanied by an emergency number which allows you to communicate directly with the driver.
Taxileader.net service benefits
The Schiphol Taxi service allows anyone to be able to book a personalised driver service with a safe vehicule and fixed price. The total cost will not change even in the case of a delayed flight. Therefore doing the calculations, by choosing the private Taxi service at Schiphol even means, depending on the number of passengers, spending less that the public transport options. Choosing only public transport, especially when you don't know the language that well and the city in general, could make the journey from the airport to the destination a lot longer thatn anticipated. Taxileader.net, however, offers a practically personalised service with a car and driver that can speak English.