The recommended mode of transport from Schipol Airport to the city centre is by train. The airport has it's own train station and trains to Amsterdam Central Station are very frequent. Tickets can be bought from the ticket office or from one of the automatic vending machines. Machines accept a variety of credit cards, but not many accept cash, in particular not paper money.
Buses to the city centre are also available and there is a taxi rank outside the airport, however, if you are planning on taking a taxi, it is recommended you book in advance to avoid high fares. See recommended taxi companies below.
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Amsterdam is serviced by an excellent public transport network comprising trams, buses and metro. Tram and bus tickets can be bought on board, whilst metro tickets should be purchased from a machine before travelling.
Guests planning on making extensive use of trams, buses and metro can also purchase an OV-Chipkaart. This is an universal travel card that can be charged with credit and used on all public transport services in Amsterdam. It can also be used on the trains, but only when credited with €20 or more. OV-Chipkaarts can be purchased from ticket offices at all stations, as well as automatic vending machines. They cost €7,50 and can be charged with credit at all stations and at some retail outlets (Albert Heijn).
This green taxi company offers a good airport transfer service for a fixed price and customers can benefit from a discount if they book in advance. They can also be ordered like a regular taxi for shorter journeys in and around Amsterdam.
This company also offers and airport transfer and operates in and around the city.