Many travelers have a 7-hour layover in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the third largest airport of Europe with around 70 million passengers per year. Many passengers are flying into the airport and catching a next flight a few hours later. When you have 7 hours on the Airport of Amsterdam you can see a great deal of the historic beautiful city of canals, bikes and tulips.
City trip within your flight home
We are here to optimize your time in Amsterdam. With us you can see up to 3 times more than on your own. We recommend having at least 4,5 hours between two flights when going into town.
Flying back to the United States
Let’s assume you are flying back from your holiday in Rome, Italy to Salt Lake City, USA. Landing in Amsterdam is at 9.00AM and your next flight is 7 hours later at 4.00PM from Schiphol Airport. Of course, you can spend those 7 hours on Amsterdam Schiphol Airport but it’s much more fun to discover the beauty of Amsterdam.
A minute-to-minute itinerary for a 7 hour layover in Amsterdam
Here a possible itinerary – minute by minute – of what you can do and see on a 7 hour layover in Amsterdam. It includes a lot of biking, boating and walking through the city.
9:00 AM Arrival Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from Rome – taxiing
9:25 AM Passport control
9:30 AM Meetup local guide at arrival hall 1, 2, 3 or 4
9:35 AM Store luggage between arrivals 1 and 2
9:40 AM Walking to the train
9:45 AM Train tickets are ready: Taking the train to Central Station
10:00 AM Arriving at Amsterdam Central Station
10:05 AM Bikes are ready: Take bike from the Bikeflat. Bike tour including Dam Square, New Church, National Monument, Royal Palace and Old Church
10:40 AM See the Red Light District and a Coffeeshop
11:00 AM Continue bike tour to China Town with Temple, De Waag, Nieuwmarkt, Jewish district with shadow wall, Skinny Bridge, Rembrandt Square, Thorbecke Square, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Gay street and the Anne Frank House
11:40 AM Boat is ready: Boat UNESCO listed canals, Prinsengracht, Reguliersgracht with its seven arched bridges, Amstel River, Groenburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Geldersekade, Recht Boomsloot, Oudeschans, Singel and Brouwersgracht and have a local snack on boat
12:40 PM Walk or bike through UNESCO listed Jordan District
12:55 PM Bike to Multatuli Statue, see the Flowermarket and convent courtyard Begijnhof
1:25 PM Bike to Central Station and park bikes
1:45 PM Take the train back to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
2:00 PM Arrival at Airport. 2.00h before flight
2:05 PM Pick up luggage from storage
2:10 PM Walk to departure hall 1, 2, 3 or 4
2:15 PM Go through security
3:30 PM Boarding aircraft
4:00 PM Flight to USA
No stress to catch next flight
Most important is of course to catch your next flight. We check your train & flight status and keep track of time while you enjoy Amsterdam. When an activity takes longer (or shorter) a next activity will be adjusted.
Turning your 7-hour layover in Amsterdam on Schiphol Airport into a city trip is certainly possible.
7 hour layover in Amsterdam: Optimize time
When having a 7-hour layover in Amsterdam send us a message to see what you can do. Our tours are private and customized to your wishes and flight schedule. Tours start when you arrive and end when you leave. Optimize your precious time in Amsterdam, book an Amsterdam Layover Tour here.