Schiphol railway station

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Schiphol
Schiphol-plaza-ns.jpg
Entrance to the railway station and airport
Station statistics
Address Netherlands
Coordinates 52°18′32″N 4°45′42″E / 52.30889°N 4.76167°E / 52.30889; 4.76167Coordinates: 52°18′32″N 4°45′42″E / 52.30889°N 4.76167°E / 52.30889; 4.76167
Line(s) Weesp–Leiden railway
Amsterdam–Schiphol railway
Structure type Underground
Platforms 6
Other information
Opened 21 December 1978, reopened 1995
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code Shl
Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Location
Schiphol railway station is located in Randstad
Schiphol railway station

Schiphol railway station is a major passenger railway station in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. It is located directly beneath the terminal complex of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and is operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. The station's six platforms are accessible via twelve escalators and three elevators located in the main concourse of the airport (Schiphol Plaza). The original station was opened in 1978, and the current station was opened in 1995. It connects the airport to Amsterdam and to various others cities in the Netherlands, as well as to Belgium and France.

History[edit]

Former entrance of the railway station in 1989, demolished in 1995
Rail tunnel and underground platforms of the station under construction in 1992

The original railway station at Schiphol was partly at street level and opened on 21 December 1978.

In 1978, it was only possible to travel to Amsterdam's Zuid WTC and RAI stations, as well as southwards toward Leiden, The Hague, and Rotterdam. To get to Amsterdam Centraal station, it was necessary to travel to RAI and change onto tram 4. This situation changed in 1986 when the Amsterdam-Schiphol railway opened, linking these two stations.

In 1995 a new underground railway station was opened. The former building was demolished. As Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, surrounding the railway station, is the largest airport in the Netherlands and the primary international gateway, the station has become an important part of the railway network.

Destinations[edit]

Schiphol stations offers several trains per hour to Amsterdam Centraal, and frequent services to the rest of the country as well. These include intercity services to Leiden, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Amersfoort, Almere, Lelystad, Enschede, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Antwerp and Brussels.

A new flyover also provides direct connections to Utrecht and the south of the country. This so-called Utrechtboog opened on 12 March 2006. It connects two existing lines (Utrecht-Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol-Weesp) and is located more or less between the stations Amsterdam RAI and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA. It replaces the necessary interchange at Duivendrecht station.

During the night, an hourly service connects Schiphol with Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden and The Hague between 1am and 5am.

The high-speed trains Thalys and Intercity Direct connect the Netherlands to Belgium and France. The Thalys operates a service between Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol, Rotterdam Centraal, Antwerpen-Centraal, Brussels-South and Paris Gare du Nord or Lille. Intercity Direct connects to Rotterdam Centraal and Breda. Both trains run at high speeds over the HSL-Zuid; reservations are needed for Thalys, but only a supplement is needed for Intercity Direct to Rotterdam (not to Amsterdam).

From December 2012 there is no longer a direct train from Schiphol to Hannover and Berlin. Passengers can travel with an Intercity to Hilversum and change there for this service.

Train services[edit]

Escalators at Schiphol Plaza go down to the platforms of the station

There are several types of train series in the Netherlands:

  • InterCity Direct These are Intercity Services which use the highspeed network.
  • InterCity These are express trains calling only at a few stations. The fastest type of regular train in the Netherlands.
  • Sprinter These are trains that stop at all stations and mostly are operated by SGMm or SLT 'Sprinter' train sets.

The following services currently call at Schiphol:

  • 2x per hour high speed service (Intercity Direct) Amsterdam - Schiphol - Rotterdam - Breda
  • 11x per day high speed service (Thalys) Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Paris
  • 2x per day high speed service (Thalys) Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Lille
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 1x per hour night train (nachtnet) service Rotterdam - The Hague - Amsterdam - Utrecht
  • 1x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Amersfoort - Hengelo - Enschede
  • 2x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Utrecht - Arnhem - Nijmegen
  • 2x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Utrecht - Eindhoven - Heerlen
  • 2x per hour intercity service Lelystad - Almere - Amsterdam - Schiphol - The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Roosendaal - Vlissingen
  • 1x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Hilversum - Amersfoort Schothorst
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Leeuwarden
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Zaandam - Hoorn Kersenboogerd
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Almere Oostvaarders
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Hilversum - Schiphol - Leiden - The Hague
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Amsterdam - Hilversum - Amersfoort Vathorst
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
Terminus
Intercity Direct 900
toward Breda
toward Paris Nord
Thalys Intercity 9300
Terminus
toward Lille Europe
Thalys
Terminus
NS Intercity 700
toward Groningen
NS Nachtnet 1400
Terminus NS Intercity 1600
toward Enschede
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 2600
Terminus NS Intercity 3100
toward Nijmegen
Terminus NS Intercity 3500
toward Heerlen
Terminus NS Intercity 11600
NS Intercity 12700
toward Leeuwarden
Terminus
NS Sprinter 3300
Terminus
NS Sprinter 4300
NS Sprinter 5700
Terminus
NS Sprinter 5800

Bus services[edit]

The following bus services depart from the outside the airport building. Italics indicates stops within the Schiphol area. All services are daily unless otherwise stated.

  • 69 Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Sloten - Osdorp - Geuzenveld - Amsterdam Sloterdijk
  • 186 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Schiphol Oost - Amstelveen
  • 187 Schiphol P40 - Schiphol - Schiphol P30 - Schiphol Rijk - Schiphol Oost - Amstelveen
  • 188 Schiphol P40 - Schiphol - Schiphol P30 - Schiphol Rijk - Aalsmeer - Uithoorn
  • 190 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40
  • 191 Schiphol P40 - Schiphol - Schiphol P30 - Schiphol Zuidoost (Anchoragelaan)
  • 192 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Badhoevedorp - Osdorp
  • 193 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Schiphol Oost - Zuideinde (Security passes needed between Repa and Zuideinde)
  • 195 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - IBM - Amsterdam Lelylaan
  • 197 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Amsterdam Amstelveensweg - Amsterdam Leidseplein (City Centre) - Amsterdam Marnixstraat
  • 198 Schiphol P40 - Schiphol - Schiphol P30 - Aalsmeer
  • 199 Schiphol P30 - Schiphol - Schiphol P40 - Schiphol Oost - Amstelveen Westwijk - Amstelveen Middenhoven - Amstelveen Busstation - Amstelveen Noord - Amsterdam Buitenvelderd - Amsterdam Zuid
  • 277 Schiphol - Haarlem - IJmuiden (Peak hours only)
  • 287 Schiphol - Schiphol Rijk
  • 300 Haarlem - Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Amstelveen - Ouderkerk a/d Amstel - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
  • 310 Nieuw-Vennep - Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Amsterdam Amstelveensweg - VU Hospital - Amsterdam Zuid
  • 361 Schiphol - Lisse - Sassenheim - Voorhout - Noordwijk
  • 365 Schiphol - Roelofarendsveen - Leiderdorp - Leiden - Zoetermeer
  • 370 Schiphol - Alphen a/d Rijn
  • 851 Schiphol - Keukenhof (March–May, only when Keukenhof is open)
  • 858 Schiphol - Keukenhof (March–May, only when Keukenhof is open)

Other facilities[edit]

Schiphol Plaza is the shopping centre before customs, hence not only for air travellers, but also for people who just change train here, etcetera. There are two medium-sized supermarkets, Food Village and Albert Heijn, which are open until midnight seven days a week. Soft-drink and snack machines are available on the platforms, as in most Dutch train stations.

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