Schiphol security wait times

Old Dec 16, 19, 7:13 pm
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Schiphol security wait times

Dear all - what's a reasonable current security wait time for someone departing from Schiphol (at the end of this month)?
I.e. - for someone with a long layover, who wants to go out to town - how long before the (Schengen, so no immigration, only security) flight should that person return to the airport?

Is there a priority line for *G for those flying LH/LX? (Sorry, I realize this is a KLM forum, but can't seem to find Schiphol forum for *A airlines)
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Old Dec 17, 19, 1:29 am
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What time of day is the flight?
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Old Dec 17, 19, 5:10 am
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Schiphol is usually very quick at all times of the year (5-10mins) as they have decent staff and you don't need to take liquids etc out of your bag. Here's a handy link with current wait times plus there's a drop down menu for historic data.

https://www.schiphol.nl/en/my-travel-day/today


​​​​​​The train to Centraal takes ~15 mins and runs roughly every 10mins assuming there's no maintenance on. Best to check that.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by Jeppo10 View Post
Schiphol is usually very quick at all times of the year (5-10mins) as they have decent staff and you don't need to take liquids etc out of your bag.
At Schengen security you still need to take liquids out of your bag.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 9:35 am
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At Schengen security you still need to take liquids out of your bag.
Not at the security point closest to the B-gates. I was there this Saturday and could leave liquids and my laptop in my bag.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Jeppo10 View Post
Schiphol is usually very quick at all times of the year (5-10mins) as they have decent staff and you don't need to take liquids etc out of your bag. Here's a handy link with current wait times plus there's a drop down menu for historic data.

https://www.schiphol.nl/en/my-travel-day/today


​​​​​​The train to Centraal takes ~15 mins and runs roughly every 10mins assuming there's no maintenance on. Best to check that.
Sorry, but while the security situation isn't as bad as last year, or at FRA, I can't agree with you. It can take a long time if you arrive in peak time, and liquids out depends on the checkpoint.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Rambol View Post
Not at the security point closest to the B-gates. I was there this Saturday and could leave liquids and my laptop in my bag.
Terminal 1A indeed has the new scanners, if you use T1 you still need to take liquids and electronics out.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 9:07 pm
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Thank you all. What are the usual peak times? How busy is the Christmas day there?
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Old Dec 20, 19, 1:02 pm
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As a data point, I'll share my experience with leaving the airport during a long layover on Christmas day in 2018. My flight landed at around 06:30 and I was able to breeze through customs and be downtown by around 06:30.

After a nice visit downtown, I returned to the airport at around 11:00 that morning and was through the International SkyPriority security checkpoint within 5 minutes.
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Old Dec 20, 19, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by drchrysler View Post
My flight landed at around 06:30 and I was able to breeze through customs and be downtown by around 06:30.
Blimey, that is fast. ;-)

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Old Dec 21, 19, 12:47 am
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Blimey, that is fast. ;-)
Teleportation, no doubt!

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Old Dec 21, 19, 4:23 am
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Originally Posted by tr3k View Post
Thank you all. What are the usual peak times? How busy is the Christmas day there?
It all depends. As other posters indicated, security can be a nuisance at Schiphol at peak times. If your are like me ST Sky priority the worst I had was 15 minutes (which is too long for priority of course). When I am short on time, I plan arriving 1-1.15 in advance at security and never had any problem (also flying intercontinental - of course US with interviews can be a different thing). Most of the time this probably is ok too when you are not a prio. Like other posters said, watch this website with waiting times to get an idea if you face peak time.
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Old Dec 22, 19, 8:35 pm
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Is there priority security for Star Alliance Gold members? If there is - where is the checkpoint located?
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Old Dec 23, 19, 2:13 am
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Is there priority security for Star Alliance Gold members? If there is - where is the checkpoint located?
There is no specific priority security for *G, you should be able to use any of the priority lanes.
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