It is some years (3 to be exact) since I last visited Amsterdam and so I did a little research before I arrived on the best way to get from Schipol Airport to the new Andaz. There seemed to be several options – train to Central Station and then the tram, train to one of the suburban stations and then the tram or the bus from Schipol to quite close to the hotel. Whichever way I chose would result in a 10-15 minute walk from the appropriate stop to the hotel Reception.
I also noticed that Amsterdam had changed how it’s ticketing worked. In the old days you would buy a ticket good for about 5 or 7 trips on the tram and a single ticket for the train. They seem to have moved to a scheme where by you use an electronic card which is pre-loaded with credit. Having searched for the single ticket machine for the train I obtained one of these tickets – which seem like an Oyster but with significant differences. These are a warning to those new to this like me – There is a EUR7 deposit and you must have EUR20 on the card as a credit before getting on the train – even though the train fare to Central Station is much less than that. This means an up front cost of EUR 27.
You can obtain the card from the train ticket desks, which I noticed for the first time ever, were fully manned.
So, I decided to get the bus as it is much cheaper than the train/tram combination and I wanted to try out my new card.
The bus from Schipol to Leidesplein is the 197 which runs every 15-20 minutes, but only every 30 minutes on Sunday. The 197 leaves from Stop B9 on the first island.
There are signs showing times of the next buses and any delays at the bus stop.