Choice of airport and getting home in the Netherlands
Although the Netherlands is a small country, there are several airports you can fly to. Your choice of airport will depend on where you’re moving to and your travel preferences. From the airport, you can travel further to your final destination. We'll take you along which options you have to continue your journey from any airport.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the most internationally connected and often the go-to option for many travelers. However, the other airports can be more convenient if your new home is closer to one of these. Let’s break down all five airports in the Netherlands: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Schiphol is the largest and busiest airport in the Netherlands, located around 9 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam’s city center. It offers a wide range of international and intercontinental flights. No other airport in the Netherlands offers intercontinental flights. The vast majority of airlines fly to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. If your new home is in or around Amsterdam, Schiphol is likely the most convenient choice.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has excellent transportation connections, including trains and buses, making it convenient to travel to various Dutch cities and towns.
- Taking the train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Find Schiphol Airport’s train station beneath the airport. After arriving, follow the ‘Trains’ signs to Schiphol Plaza. Schiphol Plaza is the general area of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, after (or before) passport control. At Schiphol Plaza, take the escalator, stairs, or elevator downstairs to board your train.
Plan your train journey online at ns.nl or find your departure information on one of the signs at Schiphol Plaza. Buy your ticket at Schiphol Plaza, at one of the yellow and blue counters. You can also buy an e-ticket online or check in and out with your debit card, credit card, or mobile (also called OVpay).
Take one of the trains from Schiphol Plaza to continue your journey in the Netherlands.
- Taking the bus from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Hop on the bus to wherever you want from Schiphol Airport. There are buses going to various cities, like Amsterdam and Haarlem. Buses depart in front of Schiphol Plaza. After arriving, follow the signs with ‘Buses’.
Plan your journey door-to-door on 9292.nl. You can’t pay for the bus with cash. Buy your ticket from one of the ticket machines at Schiphol Plaza. You can also pay onboard, using your debit card, credit card, or mobile (also called OVpay). Don’t forget to check out when you leave the bus.
- Taking the taxi from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
There are lots of taxis waiting for you at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. After arriving, follow the signs ‘Taxis’. It’s also possible to book an Uber from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. To book an Uber, download the app. Follow the directions to your pickup point given in the app.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has excellent transportation connections to continue your journey in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM)
Rotterdam The Hague Airport serves the Rotterdam and The Hague region and is about 5 kilometers north of Rotterdam’s city center. While not as large as Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport offers international flights in Europe and is particularly convenient if you’re moving to Rotterdam or The Hague. Several airlines fly to Rotterdam The Hague Airport, including British Airways, Corendon, Transavia, Vueling, and TUI.
- Taking the bus from Rotterdam The Hague Airport
There’s no train station at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Follow the signs ‘Buses’, which leave just outside the airport. Take bus ‘Frequentbus 33’ to metro station Meijersplein (from where you can travel to Rotterdam Central Station) or to Overschie (taking you directly to Rotterdam Central Station). Both trips will take you around 20 to 25 minutes to Rotterdam Central Station.
Plan your journey door-to-door at 9292.nl. You can’t pay for the bus with cash. Tap your debit card, credit card, or mobile to the card reader on the bus to check in (called OVpay). Don’t forget to check out once you leave the bus.
- Taking the taxi from Rotterdam The Hague Airport
There’s an official Rotterdam Airport taxi, to and from the airport. Follow the signs ‘Taxis’ after arriving at the airport. You can book a taxi by phone by calling +31 (0)10 - 262 04 06 or via its official website.
Besides booking a taxi, you can also travel from Rotterdam The Hague Airport by Uber. Book one via its app up to 30 days before your flight or on the spot. Follow the directions to your pickup point given in the app.
Eindhoven Airport (EIN)
Eindhoven Airport is situated in the southern part of the Netherlands, near the city of Eindhoven. It serves both domestic and European destinations and is a good choice if you’re moving to the southern Netherlands or neighboring regions. Several airlines fly to Eindhoven Airport, including Corendon, Ryanair, Vueling, Transavia, TUI, and Wizz Air.
- Taking the bus from Eindhoven Airport
There is no train station at Eindhoven Airport. Therefore, travel to Eindhoven Central Station by bus first. The bus stops can be found in front of Eindhoven Airport. Bus lines 400 and 401 run several times an hour to Eindhoven Central Station. The ride to Eindhoven Central Station takes you about 20 minutes. You can plan your journey ahead at the website of 9292.
You can’t pay for the bus with cash. Tap your debit card, credit card, or mobile to the card reader on the bus to check in (also called OVpay). Don’t forget to check out once you leave the bus.
- Taking the taxi from Eindhoven Airport
Taxis are waiting for you in the taxi lane next to Eindhoven Airport's terminal. Travel time to Eindhoven’s city center is approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Uber is also available at Eindhoven Airport. After requesting a ride in the app, you’ll receive a pickup location. Book up to 30 days before your flight or directly on the spot.
Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)
Located in the northern part of the country, near Groningen, this airport primarily serves domestic and European, seasonal routes. When moving to the northern Netherlands, this airport can be convenient. However, chances are high that it’s easier to fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Several airlines fly to Groningen Airport Eelde, including Transavia, Corendon, and TUI.
- Taking the bus from Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen Airport Eelde is about 15 kilometers from Groningen. One way to get here is by bus (Qbuzz). You can hop on at the ‘Eelde Airport’ bus stop, a 350-meter walk from the terminal. Take bus line 9 to reach the center, which takes you around 40 minutes.
Plan your journey door-to-door at 9292.nl. You can’t pay for the bus with cash. Pay for your ticket on the bus, by tapping your debit card, credit card, or mobile to the card reader. Don’t forget to tap your card or mobile again to the card reader to check out once you leave the bus.
- Taking the taxi from Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen Airport Eelde offers a taxi airport service. You can book one before arriving in the Netherlands. The taxi can pick you up at the gate where you arrive, even if your flight is delayed. Book it via this website.
Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST)
Maastricht Aachen Airport is situated in the very south of the Netherlands, close to both Maastricht and Aachen (Germany). It mainly operates charter and cargo flights, so it might not be the best choice for regular passenger travel. Are you moving to Maastricht or another city in the south? Then, it might be more convenient to book a flight to Eindhoven Airport and travel home from there. Several airlines fly to Maastricht Aachen Airport, including Vueling, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.
- Taking the bus from Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST)
There's no train station at Maastricht Aachen Airport, you'll have to take the bus. There's a bus stop in front of the terminal. Hop on bus line 30 (to Maastricht Station or Sittard Station). From these train stations, you can easily continue your journey by train or another bus.
You can plan your complete journey at 9292. You can’t pay for the bus with cash. Tap your debit card, credit card, or mobile to the card reader on the bus to check-in. Don’t forget to check out once you reach your destination.
OVpay or OV chipkaart?
Although you can check in and out with your debit card, credit card, or mobile at all public transportation (OVpay), you can also travel with an OV chipkaart. With OVpay, you automatically pay for 2nd class without a discount. When you’re settled in the Netherlands, consider investing in an OV chipkaart.
Some advantages of an OV chipkaart:
- Get subscriptions for the train and/or bus, for example, discounts in off-peak hours or in the weekends
- Get discounts (only children and seniors)
- Insight into your travels and costs
- Opportunities to rent an OV bike at train stations
Find more information about the OV chipkaart on its website.