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.

By 1978, One could only travel to Amsterdam's Zuid WTC and RAI stations, as well as south bound towards Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam. To get to Amsterdam Centraal station one had to travel to RAI and change onto tram 4 over there. A direct link was created with the construction of the Amsterdam-Schiphol railway in 1986.

A new build underground station opened in 1995. The former building was demolished. As Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which surrounds the railway station, is the largest airport within the Netherlands and the primary international gateway, Schiphol railway station changed into a major hub in the Dutch 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, Nijmegen and Zwolle.

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 bypassing the Duivendrecht station. Passengers need not change trains at Duivendrecht anymore.

During nighttime, 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 call at Schiphol railway station. Thalys operates a service between Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol, Rotterdam Centraal, Antwerp-Central, Brussels-South and Paris Gare du Nord or Lille. Intercity direct connects Amsterdam to Rotterdam Centraal and Breda via Schiphol. Both trains use Schiphol - Antwerp high speed line. Reservations are obligatory to board Thalys. For Intercity direct to Breda a supplement is required for the High Speed stretch to Rotterdam.

From December 2012 direct services from Schiphol to Hannover and Berlin ceased. Passengers could use a national Intercity service to Hilversum and change there for the Berlin service.

From December 2014 a direct service restarted between Amsterdam and Brussels, following the failure of the Fyra. This service use the Leiden - The Hague route.

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 using the high speed network.
  • Intercity These are express trains calling at major stations. The fastest type of regular train in the Netherlands.
  • Sprinters These are trains calling 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 services (Intercity Direct) Amsterdam - Schiphol - Rotterdam - Breda
  • 11x per day High speed services (Thalys) Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Paris
  • 2x per day High speed services (Thalys) Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Lille
  • 1x per hour Intercity services Amsterdam - The Hague - Rotterdam - Roosendaal - Antwerp - Brussels
  • 1x per hour Intercity services The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 1x per hour Night train (nachtnet) service Rotterdam - The Hague - Amsterdam - Utrecht
  • 1x per hour Intercity services Schiphol - Amersfoort - Hengelo - Enschede
  • 2x per hour Intercity services Schiphol - Utrecht - Arnhem - Nijmegen
  • 2x per hour Intercity services Schiphol - Utrecht - Eindhoven - Heerlen
  • 2x per hour Intercity services Lelystad - Almere - Amsterdam - Schiphol - The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Roosendaal - Vlissingen
  • 1x per hour Intercity services Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Hilversum - Amersfoort Schothorst
  • 1x per hour Intercity services The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Leeuwarden
  • 2x per hour Local services (Sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Zaandam - Hoorn Kersenboogerd
  • 2x per hour Local services (Sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Almere Oostvaarders
  • 2x per hour Local services (Sprinter) Utrecht - Hilversum - Schiphol - Leiden - The Hague
  • 2x per hour Local services (Sprinter) Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Amsterdam - Hilversum - Amersfoort Vathorst
Preceding station   Thalys   Following station
toward Paris Nord
Thalys Intercity 9300
Terminus
toward Lille Europe
Thalys
Thalys (winter)
Thalys (summer)
NS International
toward Breda
Intercity Direct 900
Terminus
NS International 9200
Nederlandse Spoorwegen
NS Intercity 700
Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings
toward Groningen
NS Nachtnet 1400
Nighttrain Intercity service
Terminus NS Intercity 1600
toward Enschede
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 2600
Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings
Terminus NS Intercity 3100
Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
toward Nijmegen
NS Intercity 3500
Not on evenings
toward Heerlen
NS Intercity 3500
Early evenings only
toward Eindhoven
NS Intercity 3500
Late evenings only
NS Intercity 11600
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 12600
Late evenings and early weekend mornings only
NS Intercity 12700
Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings
toward Leeuwarden
Terminus
NS Sprinter 3300
NS Sprinter 4300
Weekdays rush hours only
Terminus
NS Sprinter 4300
Not on weekdays rush hours
NS Sprinter 5700
Terminus
NS Sprinter 5800
Not on evenings and weekends
NS Sprinter 5800
Evenings and weekends only
toward Amersfoort

Bus services[edit]

The following bus services depart from the bus platform 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 it is accessible to both air travellers and Dutch customers who just change trains here, etcetera. Plaza consist of two medium-sized supermarkets, Food Village and Albert Heijn. These supermarkets open their doors until midnight 7 days a week. Soft-drink and snack machines are available on the platforms, as in most Dutch train stations.

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