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    I have a flight home from Cairo in May that will arrive at Amsterdam at 8:00AM and then leave Amsterdam at 2:10pm for the U.S. Could I possibly see anything in Amsterdam within that window of time? I have to be back at the airport at least by 12pm to start the check-in process. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    I have a flight home from Cairo in May that will arrive at Amsterdam at 8:00AM and then leave Amsterdam at 2:10pm for the U.S. Could I possibly see anything in Amsterdam within that window of time? I have to be back at the airport at least by 12pm to start the check-in process. Thanks.
    It's $100 by cab to get into the city, which isn't good. The train and trolley are good and efficient but took me an hour at 8 in the morning. Not sure what time the Staatsmuseum opens but that's definitely your one stop if you try it....but it will be tight on time.
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    ok, thanks. I'll probably just hang out and enjoy the Amsterdam airport for a few hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    ok, thanks. I'll probably just hang out and enjoy the Amsterdam airport for a few hours
    There's some nice shopping in the Plaza.
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    Schiphol is gorgeous and there's definitely good shopping. It was the first place I ever set foot in Europe!

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    Was just in Amsterdam last month. The train from the airport to Centraal takes about 15-20 minutes. If you arrive at 8am and have to be back at the airport by 12pm, then you have about 3 hours to play with.

    We took a canal boat trip, but I'd only recommend this if this if you are not pushed for time (due to the speed of the canal boats and the lack of punctuality of the operators ). The centre of Amsterdam is very compact, so you could explore on foot very easily. We went to see the Anne Frank House and you could see this in an hour. Provided you get there early enough and don't have to queue. You can skip the queue by buying your ticket online for a specific time.

    As others have said, Schiphol is a very nice airport with lots of shopping options. There is also a branch of the Rijksmuseum and a casino in the airport.
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    I had an eight hour layover in Amsterdam in October - trouble was that it started at 5 a.m. I thought I'd get myself downtown and wander, but lack of sleep on the overnight flight didn't give me much energy, so when I found a layover tour company right in the airport, I signed up. Around 40 euros for a 2 1/2 hour tour - countryside and downtown. And bonus, you could store your hand luggage in their locker. Little van - held 8 people, all with a window. I don't take very many tours, but the timing on this was really nice; I just sat back and let the nice man do the driving and talking.

    I loved the airport - inside and out.

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    Thanks for everyone's advices. My flight leaves Cairo at 4am meaning I'd have to be at the Cairo's airport at around 1-2 am. Ugh. Since I have never been able to catch any shut eyes while flying, I will probably be too worn out by the time my flight reaches Amsterdam at 8am. It doesn't seem like it would be worth it for me to do a quickie tour of downtown Amsterdam. Oh well, I will be on the lookout for a cool European style jacket at the airport shops .

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    Orbitz, 2 years ago I had pretty much the exact same flight schedule that you did, except my connection was a bit tighter. 4am flight out of Cairo to Amsterdam, late morning flight out of the Netherlands back to the States. I got to the airport at around 12:30am, IIRC. Hopefully your experience will be smoother than mine -- the computers were down at the Cairo airport, and as a result, after we boarded the plane we sat on it for a good 2 hours... Schiphol airport is huge (you'll be able to find something to do there ), and I only know this because I had to run the entire length from one end to the other to make my connection (I got to the transfer desk to be greeted with, "flight to Detroit? Great, you're boarding right now!" )

    Also add me to the list of those who can't sleep on planes... I think I was up a solid 36+ hours on my way back home

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    I have a flight home from Cairo in May that will arrive at Amsterdam at 8:00AM and then leave Amsterdam at 2:10pm for the U.S. Could I possibly see anything in Amsterdam within that window of time? I have to be back at the airport at least by 12pm to start the check-in process. Thanks.
    If YOU MOVE FAST….. you land AMS at 8 o’clock, at best you’ll be out of the air-terminal by 8:30, or more realistically, by 9 o’clock. You’ll be “in town” in 30 minutes, average, by 9:30.

    Since you need to be back at the airport by 12 o’clock, that means you’ll need to depart “AMS city” by 11:30 at the latest.

    You will have maximum 2 hours to spend in the city. It can be done, but you need to decide if it is “worth the trouble”.

    You can take a train from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal (20 minutes), and walk around Train Station area, which will cover, as far as tourist attractions, Red Light District (not much to see in the day), Rokin street and Dam Square, and few “charming canal streets”. If you walk fast you can get to Rembrandt Place, walk along Amstel Canal, etc.

    ================================================== ============
    A Direct Rail Link connects Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam central station -
    http://www.amsterdam.info/central-station/ and is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center.

    Trains run every 10 minutes (airport train schedule) http://www.amsterdam.info/airport/train/ from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza and cost just € 3.60 for a single journey. Have change on hand to use the ticket machines to avoid the lines and € 0.50 surcharge at the ticket office. From October 2005 a fine of 35 Euro will be added to the fare if you do not have a valid ticket with you on the train.
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    Or again from the airport you can take a bus # 197 and come to another, charming, more residential area of Amsterdam, which is close to the 3 major museums. 2 of which are Rijskmuseum and Van Gough museum, all in one square. The bus takes 15-20 minutes from the airport to this area, it runs every 15 minutes, back and forth (same bus number). It comes to the southern part of central Amsterdam.

    The area is called Leidsekade (Leide Square), the bus stops at a very charming canal area next to Eden Amsterdam American Hotel.

    You can walk around the area, has cafes, places to eat, nice authentic Dutch houses along the canals. Or you can walk over to Museum Square and visit one of the museums.

    There is a “hop-on/hop-off” canal bus which stops right at the entrance of Eden American Hotel. It’s not just a sight-seeing boat-bus, but is also used for local transportation. But it rides through some very charming areas. If you’re tired after your flight but want to “get a sense of Amsterdam in a nut-shell”, you can get on the boat at the Hotel, and then you can get off at the Centraal Station and take a train back to the airport from there…

    If you are interested in any of the two option, let me know which one, and I’ll give you a more precise info what can be seen/done in the 2 hour-time-frame in either of the sections.

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    Thanks for the detailed tips Tinami. Honestly at this point I don't think it's worth it for me to try and do a two hours quickie sight-seeing in a new town/country, especially since I tend to get bog down taking lots of pictures. Maybe some other times ....when I have more opportunity to explore the red light district .

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    Thanks for the detailed tips Tinami. Honestly at this point I don't think it's worth it for me to try and do a two hours quickie sight-seeing in a new town/country, especially since I tend to get bog down taking lots of pictures. Maybe some other times ....when I have more opportunity to explore the red light district .
    Good choice! You may be tired from your flight. Schiphol is a great airport to rest, eat and shop. Many rest areas with comfy chairs.

    The best part is YOTEL inside-terminal hotel, where small rooms with bed, TV and toilet will cost you 45 Euros for 4 hours.

    http://www.yotel.com/

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