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4 hour layover AMS

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4 hour layover AMS

Coming in from ATL and heading to WAW.

3 hours and 50 minutes in Schiphol.

Enough time to run into city center? Anyone tried this with a 4 hour layover? Just want to grab a bite around Dam Square.

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1. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

Would not be worth the hassle for what might end up being an hour or less in town. There is plenty to do at AMS to keep you entertained. Killing four hours there is no problem at all with all of the shopping, casinos, restaurants, bars and even chaise lounges to take a nap.

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2. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

Technically it is possible. I have once done it with a 4h30min connection. The railway station is under the terminal building, trains are every 10-15 mins and a journey to the Central Station takes less than 20 mins. Note however that you need to build a lot of contingency in your plan. With good luck, you may have between 30 min and an hour in the city. Obviously, it is for you to decide if it is worth the effort or not.

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3. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

The AMS is an amazing airport in terms of shops and restaurants. I could spend a very happy four hours without leaving the terminal.

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4. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

To me, it's worth it. I want a Dutch pancake and a quick smoke. Whether it's worth it to my dad (who I'll be traveling with) is another issue. We'll see. Thanks for your feedback, both of you.

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5. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

It depends a bit on time of day. If you can get through passport control quickly ,then you can be in amsterdam Centraal station in 40 mins of landing. I often have a 5 hr layover and have about 3.5 hours in town.

You would be better to go out to the main part of the airport anyway,to have a wander around and then go back into Schengen depatures,the transfer 'airside' with passport and security is often slow.

Once through passport you can decide if you have time to go into town

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6. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

I am with the previous posters here. 3 hours and 50 minutes is not that much. Exiting the plane and going through Schengen immigration could take you 30 to 45 minutes depending on how busy it is. Then since you'll have to go through security and be ahead of departure time, you'll have to be back about 90 minutes before your next flight. It means you are left with about 90 minutes to go back and forth. Do-able if you only want to tick the box (been there, went to a coffee shop), but you'll be in a hurry...

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7. Re: 4 hour layover AMS

I have a 2hrs 15mins connection time in Schipol between flights from Prague and to Kuala Lumpur. Do I have enough time to do some shopping in Schipol? I am flying Czech Airlines coming in from Prague and flying KLM out to Kuala Lumpur. Will I be clearing immigration at Prague? Thanks

Edited: 8:18 am, February 17, 2013
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