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airlinemileswhore Jun 11, 03 2:12 pm

Minimum Connection Transfer Time at Amsterdam (AMS): The Definitive Thread
 
i am planning a trip this fall to rome. i am flying from dtw to ams and connecting to fco. the time between flights at ams is 1hour and 15 mins. is that enough time for a connection in ams?

bhatnasx Jun 11, 03 2:20 pm

That should be plenty of time. AMS is pretty well laid out and the NW/KLM section is relatively easy to navigate.

airlinemileswhore Jun 11, 03 3:01 pm

will i have to go through customs?

MN international flyer Jun 11, 03 4:19 pm

EU customs - no bags to re-check though.

shedwannabe Jun 25, 03 8:07 am

AMS connection time, procedures
 
I'm connecting in AMS from a DTW (NW) flight to a VCE (KL) flight. Connection is 75 mins. Since I'm just connecting at AMS, do I go thru passport control there or in VCE? (or both?)
Do I get my luggage checked at AMS or at VCE?

So is 75 mins plenty of time (assuming flight is on time)? I'm sitting at the way-back of the bus on DTW-AMS so it may be a while before I get off the DC-10....

AviationFan Jun 25, 03 9:33 am

You go through passport control (= immigrations) in Amsterdam. The checkpoint is between concourse E (where you'll arrive on NW metal) and the part of the terminal called "Schengen" (referring to the countries of the European Union that allow seemless travel between them). From my experience, depending on the time of day the wait can be anywhere from nothing to 15 minutes. Most of the time they have different lines for people with European passports and everybody else, so make sure you join the line that is right for you - you don't want to be turned away after waiting for a while in the wrong line.

Your checked luggage will go all the way to VCE (that's the plan, at least) without you ever seeing it in Amsterdam. Consequently, the customs inspection doesn't happen before you get to your final destination. I haven't been to VCE myself, but in most European airports the inspection is rather informal, if you even talk to a customs officer at all. They usually have two exits from the baggage claim area, one that says "nothing to declare" (in green color), the other one for people bringing in items that need to be declared (colored red). More than likely, you'll find signs posted in the baggage claim area that tell you what can and what cannot be brought into the country for free. By the way, this whole procedure is very different when you come back to the US from overseas, but you probably already know that.

75 minutes should be more than enough time to connect. I have flown through Amsterdam more than a dozen times in the last few years and never needed that much time. And the difference between the first and the last row of seats in the DC-10 shouldn't be more than maybe five minutes.

Enjoy your trip!

- Martin

chrisny2 Jun 25, 03 9:53 am

I'm connecting this fall LHR-AMS-DTW and I have 4 hours in Amsterdam. Can I go out through passport control to explore the surroundings for an hour or so or will I have to stay inside the international transfer area? Any suggestions or advice?

shedwannabe Jun 25, 03 11:52 am

Aviation fan

And I leave from CID! I live in Iowa City. Hot, innit!

AviationFan Jun 25, 03 12:11 pm

chrisny2:

When you arrive in AMS from London, you'll be in the "Schengen" area - in other words, you'll still need to go through passport control to get to the gate for your intercontinental flight. I believe the only restriction as far as moving around the airport goes is that once you have gone through passport control (to the E and F gates) you need to stay in that area. The reason I say this is when you go through passport control (in either direction), they look at your boarding pass for your (connecting) flight. Not sure if they would let you go through unless you are catching a flight on the other side of passport control.

With four hours to spare, you may even be able to go into the city of Amsterdam by bus or train. Haven't tried it myself, but if that interests you you should search this forum for postings by others. Or if you are into art, there is a small museum in the intercontinental part of the terminal that shows some work of Rembrandt and others. Look at http://www.schiphol.nl/ for more information on what to do at Schiphol airport.


shedwannabe:

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SAT Lawyer Jun 25, 03 12:29 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by chrisny2:
I'm connecting this fall LHR-AMS-DTW and I have 4 hours in Amsterdam. Can I go out through passport control to explore the surroundings for an hour or so or will I have to stay inside the international transfer area? Any suggestions or advice?</font>
In case you'd rather visit central Amsterdam instead of hanging around Schiphol airport during your four-hour layover (why do I suspect this inquiry is forthcoming?), please check out this thread:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/Forum35/HTML/006260.html

Norri Jun 25, 03 3:00 pm

Actually arriving from LHR you will be in the international are not Schengen.
However there should be no problem to go through into the other area if you want to visit Amsterdam. It takes about 30mins from the airport to Central station in the heart of Amsterdam.
Well worth a visit even if only a couple of hours.

SDF_Traveler Jun 26, 03 11:48 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by AviationFan:
chrisny2:

When you arrive in AMS from London, you'll be in the "Schengen" area - in other words, you'll still need to go through passport control to get to the gate for your intercontinental flight.
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Actually the UK is not part of Schengen. It's the EU minus UK & Ireland PLUS Norway & Iceland, IIRC. (UK wants to control their own borders thus no Schengen - and Ireland because you can freely move between UK & Ireland. As far as Iceland & Norway, they are part of the Nordic free movement area, thus their inclusion in the Schengen treaty).

Arriving from London - chrisny2, you will be in the International Area (likely the lower level of Pier D - the upper level is Schengen). As the you will be in the International area, you can just make your way over to Pier E for your NW flight to DTW.

With four hours, it might be cutting it close to get into the city. The boarding time on the NW flight will likely be 90 minutes prior, plus you must clear secondary security at the gate. You can probably make it into the city for an hour, but you'd almost be turning around once you got into the city.

There's many things to do at Schiphol and a four hour layover should go by in no time.

Best,

SDF_Traveler

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Andy100 Feb 16, 04 10:05 am

1 hr connection time in AMS?
 
I am flying DTW-AMS-BOM all on NW metal. I have a layover of about an hour in AMS.. just wondering if an hour is enough. Thanks!

kyushuman Feb 16, 04 10:09 am

i just had a 65-minute connection flying MSP-AMS-BLQ, and it was not a problem. The flight arrived about 10 minutes early, and I went thru immigration to the EU in about 30 seconds. I even had 15 minutes to stop in the lounge for a coffee and a snack!
As you will be heading out of the EU, you wont even have to go thru immigration. The only potential trouble for you would be a delay of the flight into AMS of more than an hour.
good luck!

UpgradeMe Feb 16, 04 10:10 am

Yes.
http://www.nwa.com/travel/timetable/help.pdf


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