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Long lay-over at AMS airport

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Long lay-over at AMS airport

We have an 8 hour lay-over in Amsterdam. We have to be at the airport two hours before our 8:00pm flight, so I estimate that we have 6 hours.

We have never been to the Netherlands, and we have no knowledge of the geography of the city or proximity to the airport.

Does anyone know if there is something we can do outside the airport for about six hours, or would it be wiser to just camp out in the Sky Lounge? If we leave the airside portion of the airport do we need a visa or some thing other than our passport to enter the country?

Is there any place in the airport where we can check our hand luggage?

Is the airport itself large? Are there some interesting shops and choices for food?

I do not want to do anything that involves any type of risk that we might miss our flight out of AMS. We are Senior Citizens and neither of us can do much walking.

We would appreciate suggestions from experts.

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1. Re: Long lay-over at AMS airport

Hi there,

On what to do: lmtqtfy


(Let me Topquestion search that for you)...

For Westerners, nothing else needed than passport to enter NL...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Long lay-over at AMS airport

The train to central Amsterdam takes just over 15 minutes. There is plenty to see. One hour canal trips start just a few minutes walk from Centraal station. The Amsterdam Historical Museum is close and provides a fascinating overview of the city. Both of these are queue free options which pose no risk to your itinerary.

Just opposite the station, you'll see the Victoria Hotel which has a brasserie where you can eat at any time of day.

The airport railway station has lockers when you can check your luggage. The airport has these too but you can't be sure that your onward flight will take you back to the same part of the terminal - which is big.

There are loads of shops in the airport and plenty of restaurants too. However it would be a shame if all you say of Amsterdam was Schiphol Airport!

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3. Re: Long lay-over at AMS airport

Yes, Busy-retired, it would be a real shame, if you are so close to one of my favourite cities and didn´t have at least a short look:-))!

If you take the train to the main station, you are very close to the center, with the famous and unique RLD and the coffeeshops (a must, lol), the old houses, canals (Grachten), the Koninginnenpalast, ASO. But depending on your mobility, I would suggest a canal boat tour (first), it will give you a very good glimpse of this lovely city. You can hop on a boat at the main station.

But if you aren´t keen on leaving the airport, at Shiphol Airport you can relax and spend a nice time there too.



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