Accessibility Amsterdam

By air, by rail and by road

Amsterdam has excellent accessibility by air, by rail and by road.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: quick facts
• Gateway to Europe
• Award winning airport
• One terminal only
• 15 minutes by train to city centre
• 10 minutes by train to Amsterdam RAI
• 106 airlines
• 300+ international destinations
• Excellent transfer connections

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a very modern airport. One of Europe’s main hub airports, over the years Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has grown into Europe’s Preferred Airport, with direct connections to destinations all over the world. These scheduled services fly from at least 160 destinations within Europe and from 140 non- European destinations. As many as 106 airlines fly to Schiphol, conveniently located in the heart of western Europe. Moreover, Amsterdam Airport- Schiphol enjoys a very special status among its users, ranking first among the world’s airports in virtually every poll conducted among frequent international travellers.

It is Schiphol Airport’s ambition to continue to develop Schiphol into Europe’s Preferred Airport: the airport of choice for travellers, airlines and logistic service providers alike. In order to serve as and remain Europe’s Preferred Airport, Schiphol fulfils its responsibility for five social themes: sustainable employment, accessibility, climate-friendly aviation, raw materials and residual waste streams, and the local community, noise and air quality. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, travellers immediately experience the first sigh of Dutch
hospitality, i.a.: the uncomplicated customs procedure conducted by the friendly and courteous people of the Dutch Customs Service staff. After leaving the baggage reclaim area, you can board a train carrying you directly to the city centre (15 minutes).

Travel documents

In most cases a valid passport is sufficient for travelling to the Netherlands. In some cases you will need to apply for a visa. The local Dutch embassy or consulate will be able to inform you with the up to date information on this subject.

Flight duration to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (direct flights)

  • Bangkok 12 hr
  • Barcelona 2 hr
  • Beijing 8 hr 30 min
  • Berlin 1 hr 40 min
  • Chicago 8 hr 45 min
  • Dubai 6 hr 25 min
  • Hong Kong 11 hr 45 min
  • Houston 10 hr 25 min
  • Johannesburg 12 hr 05 min
  • Kuala Lumpur 13 hr 15 min
  • London 1 hr
  • Los Angeles 11 hr 20 min
  • Montreal 7 hr 15 min
  • Moscow 4 hr 05 min
  • Nairobi 8 hr 10 min
  • New York 6 hr 30 min
  • Paris 1 hr
  • Rio de Janeiro 11 hr 20 min
  • Santiago de Chile 18 hr 35 min
  • Singapore 14 hr 55 min
  • Tel Aviv 4 hr 25 min
  • Vancouver 9 hr 35 min
  • Vienna 1 hr 40 min

Public Transport in the Netherlands and in Amsterdam

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) is the Dutch national railway company, which transports nearly a million travellers each day over the busiest railway network of the world. While the NS grid covers all corners of the Netherlands, NS Hispeed operates daily international routes in collaboration with several high-speed European networks, including Thalys, ICE, TGV, and Eurostar. Between them, they serve dozens of destinations on a daily basis. Internatonal train connections: Thalys Brussels, Paris, Marseille ICE International Basel, Frankfurt Eurostar Brussels, London InterCity Berlin.

GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam and offers many direct tram, metro and bus connections from the city centre to Schiphol Airport. GVB day or multiple day tickets entitle your participants to unlimited travel through Amsterdam, day and night, by tram, bus and metro.

The compactness of the city minimizes the need for taxis and public transport, as almost everything is within walking distance. Nevertheless, public transport on Amsterdam’s trams, busses and metro is most efficient, very modern, reliable and inexpensive. Optionally public transport tickets can be included in the entrance fee, enable delegates to travel freely on the Amsterdam’s municipal transport system during the congress.


We welcome you and hope to see you in the summer of 2021 in Amsterdam. Come and share your latest results, get inspired, start new collaborations and enjoy our vibrant capital!