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How Long to Clear Airport

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How Long to Clear Airport

Hi All,

We're arriving at Schiphol at 7.15 am. We're wanting to pre-book our shuttle from the airport to our hotel. Can anyone give us any idea what a reasonable time to book the shuttle would be?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: How Long to Clear Airport

Hi there,

8:15 is earliest safe time. Clearing Immigration generally done within 20-30 mins after scheduled arrival time, luggage is the risky factor esp. when a lot of flights arrive. And of course flight delays always make a plan like yours risky ;-)

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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I am not sure what specific shuttle you are referring to but generally they will ask you for your arriving flight information and keep an eye on that flight. If you are talking about http://www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl as an example, they use your arrival information for general planning purposes. In this example whenever you are finished with procedures and baggage collection you go to their meeting point where a rep is on hand and they get you in the next available shuttle. For example:

"At platform A7, a Schiphol Hotel Shuttle representative will be on hand to assist you. Schiphol Hotel Shuttle guarantees departures at intervals of maximum 30 minutes, so you’ll never have to wait longer than 30 minutes"

If you are talking about pre-booking a private taxi, they give you instructions of what to do when you land. You need a mobile phone to contact the driver but he will be watching to see when you land.

So in nearly all cases you don't need to figure out what time to book the shuttle, you just need to provide them your scheduled flight details.

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3. Re: How Long to Clear Airport

Which hotel are you staying in? The shuttle at that time of the morning is at

07:30 08:00 08:30

I doubt you would make either the 07:30 or the 08:00 so you could end up waiting for the 0830 one. Also any road transport at that time, presuming a weekday, will likely take twice as long due to traffic. Maybe we could suggest a better way.

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4. Re: How Long to Clear Airport

Thanks lennybruce, that is the shuttle to which I refer. It all makes sense now.

RonaldoC, thankyou also for taking the time to respond. We're staying at The Crown Plaza City Centre. We had originally planned to catch a train & walk the short distance to the hotel but we've now decided that after such a long flight we'd make life a little easier on ourselves by getting a shuttle.

Thanks also Erikd for your advice.

Edited: 26 March 2014, 21:53
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