Schipol Airport - August 2018

A recent trip to Italy reminded me if you have to transit through a major European airport, you could do a lot worse than Schipol.   I had a 6 hour layover - not quite enough time to be able to go into Amsterdam so I spent a lot of time reacquainting myself with the transit area... 

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Transiting

Signage was clear and frequent throughout the airport.  It's a large airport so it's a good idea to check the location of your departing gate before getting to comfy in the transit area.

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Self Service Transfer

Need to check in for your connecting flight... plenty of automated check-in machines along the way... There are also staffed areas for help if you need it...

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Long layover?

There were plenty of options for dining, shopping, sleeping and relaxing with an onsite spa, hotel and meditation center..

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Need cash?

The onsite ABN AMRO bank has ATMs that handle a variety of functions.  You can use your ATM/Credit card to withdraw Euros or US$ and one machine even allows you to exchange currency 

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Security Lines

While the lines looked long, they moved quickly.  You enter this area when your flight is 2 hours or less from departure... fewer services behind security, so worth hanging out in the main area as long as you can

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Work to do?

Sky Team lounges as well as several pay-in lounges and an internet center with complementary internet are available

I utilized the Aspire 26 pay-in lounge for a few hours to do some work.  This lounge is only accessible for passengers flying on Schengen flights and you can only stay a maximum of 3 hours.  Prices from EUR 27.  It had a nice variety of food options, plenty of space to plug in and work and even a really nice section of chairs to catch a snooze.  The lounge is on the upper level between Lounges 1 and 2, near the D gates.  A second lounge, 41 also has shower facilities for an extra fee (€20).

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Only gripe?

Once behind security water fountains to fill water bottles are in painfully short supply... this was the only one I was able to find in my gate area...