Flights from Stansted to Amsterdam take just an hour, and the popularity of the route means that there are plenty of options for direct services. There is also a good selection of flights available for departure times throughout the day, although afternoon services can be a little thin on the ground.
Thanks to its rich culture Amsterdam is a superb place to visit all year round. The summer months may be ideal for a pedal down the canals, but the city comes alive with colour through spring and the frost and snow of winter sets a delightful scene.
Schiphol is one of Europe’s busiest airports, and has the size to match this status. It is fairly simple to navigate however, as is the onward journey to the centre of Amsterdam. The airport lies a little over five and a half miles southwest of the city.
Schiphol Plaza is something of a transport hub for the airport, found directly in front of the arrivals and departures halls. Tickets for the rail service can be bought here, while the station is located underneath the airport. Trains are frequent and represent the quickest way to reach the city centre, with direct services taking only 15 minutes.
The railway station at Schiphol can also be used to travel to international destinations in Belgium and Germany, in addition to other cities in the Netherlands, such as Utrecht, Den Haag, Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
There are plenty of buses that serve the airport, with the 197 route heading to the city centre every 15 minutes. Passengers should head to Schiphol Plaza to catch a bus, although this manner of transport can be susceptible to the heavy traffic that usually afflicts the city centre.
Schiphol Travel Taxi operates from the airport, as do car hire firms such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National Car Rental, which are all found directly behind Arrivals 3.