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Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Durango, Colorado
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Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Poor planning on our part will put us at Amsterdam Airport (AMS)

from 10:30 pm to departure next morning at 11:00 AM. If we can leave airport, is there anything we can see late at night - what time do restaurants, shops close? Any suggestions as to transportation from airport to centeral area would be appreciated. How late does the transportation run in the evening, we will be there late Sept.. Anything to do at the airport besides sleeping?

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Hi there,

If you cannot leave (you did not tell nationality and visa): book one of the two airside hotels, Yotel and Mercure Terminal.

If you can: book hotel outside; a few within walking distance and the rest with free shuttle bus. Nothing to do at airport. In town there's still enough alive but only until 2 - 3 AM. See the top question on 'how to get between airport and city center' for trains and buses...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Amsterdam, The...
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2. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Which day of the week? If it's a Monday night then by the time you get into town tumbleweed will have replaced people.

Durango, Colorado
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3. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Thank you for the information, we are from the United States so don't what restrictions there are, if any to leave airport. Can you suggest a few restaurants...is it safe to be out and about walking around that late in the evening? Is it possible to walk around the canals late evening? I will check out the train schedule to make sure we can easily get back to the airport. I'm not sure if we will book a hotel, may just stay out as late as possible and try to grab some sleep at the airport.

Durango, Colorado
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4. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

We will arrive at 10:30 PM on Tuesday night, 12 hour layover (ouch), then fly out the next day, Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM. We may have to re-think this and book a hotel - not sure how my back will hold up sleeping on a chair in the airport! Any suggestions re restaurants, hotels close by will be appreciated.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

Yes, US passports can freely leave the airport. No restaurants 'near' the airport except those of the airport hotels; plenty of them at the airport, landside also, though most of them will close for the night as there are only a few charter flights landing and departing then.

There are trains 1 x per hour all night, and the normal schedule is until roughly 00:30 AM and then from 5:30 AM onwards restarts.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

6. Re: Overnight at Amsterdam airport (AMS) things to do

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