How can you get to Schiphol using public transport at 5 a.m.? I understand public transport starts at 6 am.

I heard about some night buses but can't find their routes or which to take. I'm leaving from inside Amsterdam.

  • Just to be clear: 5am is the desired departure or arrival time? Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 18:28
  • There is a list of options to the airport here, clicking on Bus 197 leads to the company's site. You might want to explore them. Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 18:33

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There are hourly trains from Amsterdam Centraal station to Schiphol all night long, every day of the week.

Alternatively, http://9292.nl/en# is the public transport journey planner for Netherlands, which should have all the options.

  • From 20+ years ago, some of those trains also stopped at subsidiary stations (the closest to me was Muiderpoort, and there were a few trains that stopped there early in the morning on the way to Schipol).
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 15:40
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    The trains run 7 days a week, all year round with no more than a 7 hour break for New Years Eve. Sometimes the services have to be suspended for work or emergencies. In those cases the railways will have buses available.
    – Willeke
    Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 17:10
  • Thanks @Willeke - I've replaced the "I'm not sure" based on this.
    – djr
    Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 21:23

I had this exact problem a couple months ago. I got an Uber, costing €23.38. There aren't a lot of Uber drivers at that time, but I saw four or five on the map, and I got picked up about 15 minutes after requesting one. You might look into reserving one if you're nervous about availability.


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