DISCLAIMER: This is totally worth the read! However, these guides are from my personal experience and opinions. It may vary for other people!
In my opinion, a long layover isn’t one that’s less than 4 hours, let’s not get dramatic! And why do I say so? Imagine landing at an airport a couple hours before sunrise, and leaving that same airport a couple hours after sunset. This was my experience at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, en-route London City Airport. Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, besides Charles De Gaulle Paris.
After spending almost an hour walking about aimlessly, I realized there are a lot of things to actually do before your next boarding. And I’ll be sharing a few of these here, so you don’t go about, walking aimlessly for 8 to 12 hours.
Free WiFi is available throughout the airport. It times out every 4 hours, so you’ll have to re-join the network. You can stay connected to friends and family, update your social media accounts or surf the internet during your layover.
This was the first place I explored as I always heard about how amazing the art exhibition is. The world-famous Rijksmuseum has an airport outpost, featuring 17th-century Dutch paintings in a proper museum setting that magically feels like you’re not in an actual airport. Spent about 30 minutes exploring this.
Holland Boulevard is located post-Security, between Lounges 2 and 3. Open 24 hours. The Holland boulevard is an immersive experience that offers travelers a bit of Dutch culture without leaving the airport. The nearby Library offers comfortable seating to explore the collection of Dutch writers, translated to over 40 languages.
If you’re having long layover you’ll definitely need to get some food. Amsterdam’s Schiphol got you covered with enough options available. You’ll find a McDonald’s and more than one Starbucks. I personally hit the coffee first, and it helped stay awake all through.
Get A Lounge
If you’re looking for quiet time to chill out, a pay-per-use lounge may be just what you need. You can simply buy a pass online or gain entry if you’re part of a lounge membership program, like “flying blue”. Lounges are not limited to travelers in First or Business Classes.
Affordable Spa Treatment
I couldn’t afford full out massage services. However, for something more budget-friendly, there are several chair massage options spread throughout the airport, offering automatic massages for just a few Euros.
Doesn’t Harm To Make A New Friend
You may see someone who seems lonely and extremely bored. It won’t cost anything to start a friendly conversation. It’s amazing how much time can pass just discussing about your different backgrounds!