Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

I had 3 hours and 6 hours layover from and to KUL respectively. That left me ample times to discover some of the facilities that I make use and came across at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

Internet connection
Before exploring further, I went to get Internet connection at KPN Internet Centre & Zones. There are signs everywhere and I could locate the centre easily. The KPN Internet Zones are located at Departure Lounge 1, Pier C (near C10), Departure Lounge 3 (Pier G), Pier D and Departure Lounge 4 (Pier M). Schiphol, in collaboration with KPN, offers wireless Internet throughout the airport. I could even access the Internet right up to the gates. Options available:
15 minutes – Euro 3
30 minutes – Euro 6
90 minutes – Euro 12
24 hours – Euro 16

I chose to pay Euro 16 and after that, I happily posted some photos on my Instagram account. Alternatively, free WiFi is available at Amsterdam Schiphol airport for one hour. Connect to the “KPN Network” for a maximum two sessions at 30 minutes each.

Internet AMS
Internet pay machine. We can use cash or credit card to buy.

Passport Control
I had great experience passing through both securities; one to get to E Pier where gate 20 for KUL flight were located and another one to get to the arrival hall. The latter security officer even spoke to me in Malay. I asked him how did he learned the language and he told me that he picked it up from tourists. I, however, had to apologise to him because I do not know a single Dutch word; only some Deutsch words. He laughed, stamped my passport and let me through while saying ‘Selamat Jalan’!

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Shops before the passport control area.

Food / Dining
While there are many food and drink options at Schiphol airport, I will just have to name the ones that I passed by. I did not have anything because I was still full from breakfast at Guegliemo Airport in Bologna and snack during the flight which covered my lunch. Here are some of the food outlets/cafes that I saw: Mc Donald’s, Food Village, Segafredo, Cupcakechic, GrabandFly, JuicyDetails, Starbucks and many more. You just got to be there to see all the food outlets the airport has; abundance!

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Library
The Airport Library is the first library in the world to be located at an airport. Inside, it features the first iPads in the Netherlands, creating a spectacular space with a wealth of digital stations where passengers can read books, listen to music and get acquainted with Dutch culture and literature. Entry is free of charge. I picked up The Virtuoso and got to read many pages. Very interesting read Will buy the book at local bookstore. I also got the chance to charge my mobile phone and update about the book that I read.

schiphol library
One can find many interesting books to read here. There’s also Ipad at the desk to learn more about Amsterdam. Power port can be found on the desk as well.

Rijk Museum
The Rijksmuseum houses a permanent exhibition of ten works by Dutch masters of the Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum’s collection showcasing typical Dutch scenes: the Dutch countryside, Dutch waters, Dutch towns, Dutch royalty, Dutch people and their families painted by famous old masters. My most favourite painting is Het stadhuis op de Dam te Amsterdam by Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde, 1693. You can google the title and name if you want to see the painting.

The exhibition here changes a number of times a year. It is located on Holland Boulevard, in the area behind the passport control between the E and F Pier. The museum is open every day from 7:00 until 20:00 and admission is free.

This museum also consists of a shop that offers souvenirs specially crafted for the museum. I bought some Van Gogh’s postcards for myself as I am a big fan of his.

rijkmuseum

Shops
From gifts to souveniers to clothings; so many things can be found here. There’s H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Ako, Aviflora, Fleurtiek, World of Delights, Crocs and Body Shop, to name a few.

Luggage Storage / Lockers
I saw some luggage storage/lockers located at most of the lounges. Bags can be stored up to 7 days and the rates depend on the size of the locker – from EUR 5.00 per 24 hours to EUR 10.00 per 24 hours.

Children’s Play Areas
Kids Forest is a forest-like play area where your kids can run around and burn off some steam before getting on the flight. Hours: Holland Boulevard.

Currency Exchange
Currency exchange booths can be found at various spots throughout the airport (before and after passport control).

Prayer Rooms
There is a Meditation Centre is that is open to all religions located at the airside area (that’s before passport control if you are on a layover). The facility includes a library with text books of various religions in different languages.

Smoking Rooms
Smoking is not permitted inside the terminal except in designated smoking rooms near the food concessions.

Trains
I actually took a train to Amsterdam Centraal. Train service within the Netherlands and abroad are available from the airport’s train station. Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport. I bought my ticket at the big yellow machines for 4 Euro per one way. The travel time to Amsterdam is 15 minutes.

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I did get to Amsterdam Centraal for few hours. Will blog about it in another blog post.

Last but not least, my overlay transit was smooth. I went back in through the passport control by showing my passport and boarding pass. With the sign posted everywhere, I got to E Pier then to gate 20 without any problem. Like any other security check at the custom area, I just had to take out electronic gadgets from my bag, coins from my pockets and take out my jacket and belt. This is normal procedure and I know that security is very important. I still see people mumbling about the bottled drinks that they had to leave behind but I think maybe that was their first time flying. I just smile and put on my jacket and belt at the end of the custom check while walking to the waiting area to board the plane.

KLM flies from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to destinations worldwide. The airport has one terminal. The ground floor houses four arrival halls, the NS (Dutch Railways) train station and Schiphol Plaza. The first floor houses three departure halls, check-in desks, passport control, departure lounges 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the See Buy Fly shops.

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        1. aittt pening pening? petanda apakah? hehehe…Biasala..kena renyai pun boleh pening. Perkongsian kak Emila selalu sgt informatif tentang travel org boleh print dan jadikan mini handbook kan?

          1. Pening sebab seharian rempit dari Ampang ke Serdang Ke Bandar Bukit Mahkota ke Serdang balik…. hehehe…

            kepala kena telekup dengan helmet lama sangat.. 😀

            1. Haiya sama la macam masa amik lesen lepas bukak helmet terus pening sebab pakai helmet share ucuk n telinga capang terlipat. hhahah masa tu umur 16 amik lesen motor.hahahaha…sekarang tak rempit lagi…hihihihhi nk rempit ke mana je pun.duk lari setempat je kat putrajaya

                1. amboih kalau perut maju ke hadapan nak naik basikal lagi ahaiiii entahlah.hahahahah nnt dh baby beso bleh bubuh kat bakul naik basikal.

            2. Aik…kenapa respon kat mesej Jaja n fara xrapat..hermmm….jgn la probs lg. kan layout baru Kak emila ni efective. Huhuhu

          1. betul kena bagi peluang kat mommy bulat semua next month kami dh masuk ward hahaha nnt dalam pantang main blogging komen bagai kena sebat ngan suami plak hahha

          1. hehehe.. semua sibuk… sekarang nampaknya dah ada sorang lagi pencabar baru…. Si Ann… kena jaga-jaga takut nanti tiba-tiba dia naik jadi n0. 1.. ;D

            1. Lya : glamour …ke kelemumur.hahahahhah..gatal kepala takde kutu kena garu sebab fikir macamana nk kejar semua ni..lariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

        1. Saya ibu mengandungi..saya rindu cik awan yang mengandungi air.huhuhuu..

          juga hazural, syuq dan penaberkala…

          krohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    1. zzzzzz airport cantik macamni sesuai utk tidur merata-rata agak-agak kena tangkap tak kalau kita tidur kat merata airport hahaahha

    1. chicken chop sedap.kat airport mesti ada jual
      kalau chopstick beli kat airport mahal la sila bawa chopstick sendiri dalam handbag

      1. rasa comel haah tapi memang Bahasa Indonesia dengan Bahasa Melayu senang dipelajari< katanya sebab kita guna vokal n konsonan sama macam basic English merangkak boleh baca dan sebut

        1. betul….. kalau pandai cakap bahasa melayu secara automatik boleh faham bahasa indonesia walaupun tak 100%…
          kebanyakan foreigner yang boleh cakap BI bagitau senang nak belajar BM/B. Indonesia. Mungkin tak semua tapi majoriti kot tapi kena ada komitmen la… hehehehehe

          1. betul la.. rasa bahasa Melayu paling mudah nak belajar.. tapi kagum je sampai Dutch people pun blh ckp Melayu.. salute la 🙂

  1. Hi Emila!

    I really enjoy reading this blog post about the Amsterdam’s airport 🙂 Would love to read more of your post regards to your journey in Amsterdam.

    Have a good day ahead!

    1. tak sampai lagi ke KLIA2.. takde sebab nak ke sana lagi..
      Amsterdam apatah lagi.. tak terkumpul duit nak terbang jauh ke Europe sana +_+

  2. Wargghhhhhh… terkejutnya saya tengok jumlah komen di blog K.Em ni!!!!
    Dasyhat…. !

    **Ayat sebenarnya ialah “Gila lah korang ni… ” heheheheh

  3. Hi there – we can exit the airport to Amsterdam? And the 3 hours overlay is enough for visiting Amsterdam? Thanks!

  4. Yeah. At first i also mumbled. Why cannot take the water. Hehe…sblm masuk, minum sebotol sampai habis. After that, lesson learned. Kalau nk beli air, beli botol kecil, and habiskn je. In the aeroplane, just asked for water.:D

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