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Just Passing Through
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Member Name: andyoz
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Advantages: Loads To Do, Easy To Find Way Round
Disadvantages: Small Boarding Area
If it was possible to write a one word review on Dooyoo, it would be pretty easy for Schiphol airport. 'Gargantuan'. Schiphol airport is simply huge!
If your travelling from the UK, often you will need to first of all fly to a hub airport and swap planes before you continue your journey. Schiphol is one of these 'hub' airports. For me personally I was flying from Manchester to Vancouver and as there are no direct flights, it meant a short stop in Amsterdam at Schiphol airport.
Although this is known as Amsterdam's airport, its not really in Amsterdam. You can't hop of the plane and pop into the city. You need to get on a train for half an hour first. This is probably a good thing for the city as the airport is so huge!
I arrived at the airport and the first thing I noticed was the size of the airport. As I said its huge, but in no way did I feel lost. It was easy to find my way off the plane and to my next gate. Everything was very well sign posted and there are screens everywhere telling you times of flights, any delays, and one things I liked, it told you how long it would take you to walk to your gate from where you were. This is important as some gates were a twenty five minute walk depending upon where you were in the building!
I had two hours to kill before boarding the next flight. There is loads to do at this airport. There are all the usual shops selling alcohol, snack food, electronics, books, magazines, cloths and loads of other airport stuff. But there are also other things to pass the time. A museum, and art gallery, spas to relax in, casino, and countless bars and restaurants to eat and drink in. You really could spend a week in this place!
On this occasion I just settled in a bar and had a drink. I could not be bothered exploring the airport to much. The bar was fine, not cheap but not to expensive. The other facilities were excellent, clean toilets, and everything else you would expect from an airport.
One thing I will say I didn't like. When we were boarding, the lounge we were ushered into was tiny. For a very big plane carrying a few hundred people, there was just no where to sit. We were cramped together for about half an hour, it felt very cramped and I felt quite uncomfortable there.
We did board on time though and there were no problems. The staff seemed to know what they were doing and although they weren't the friendliest staff I ever seen they did OK.
Three weeks later I was there again on the way home from Vancouver. This time there were three hours to kill. I decided to explore a little more this time, I walked the entire length of the airport. It took me a good twenty minutes and that was with the help of the escalator things.
There is so much to see and do, I enjoyed the art gallery, I went in loads of shops although soon realised many of them are just repeats of other ones in different places in the airport. I had some food in one of the cafes although I must admit the food was not great. But yet again I was not bored as there was so much to see and do.
I'm not usually a fan of airports, I feel lost in them. But to say Schiphol is so big I never really felt this way. Its a very busy airport as you can imagine, but there always seems to be little corners you can find tucked away that are quiet and you find you can just chill out.
Overall Schiphol is a really good airport. Its a place that many of us will pass through on the way to our actual destination, but its a nice place to have to pass through. Next time your there if you have time, don't just go and sit in a bar or look in a book shop. Look round the museum or check out the art gallery, do something a little different as there is so much to do and explore in this airport!
Summary: A Very Nice Airport
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