Amsterdam Schiphol airport has a number of airline lounges available which are mainly located airside on the upper (mezzanine) level.
In the following article we review all the business lounges at Schiphol and how passengers can get access...
Firstly, consider that Schiphol airport is divided between Schengen (European) and non-Schengen departures (UK, Ireland, US and rest-of-the-world). Schiphol lounges are denoted by a lounge number location which are shown on maps of the airport. There is free WiFi internet available throughout Schiphol airport.
ABN AMRO Lounge - This was a small lounge run by major Dutch bank ABN AMRO, however it is currently closed due to renovation. Access was only granted to "ABN AMRO Preferred Banking" clients and their guests. To qualify for "Preferred Banking" status you need to hold a Dutch resident account at ABN AMRO and be earning at least €5K per month or hold a minimum balance of €50K. See how to open a Dutch bank account
Facilities included comfortable seating, newspapers, computer terminals and iPads. Staff would serve clients drinks, there were no snacks and no bathrooms. ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients are directed to use the Aspire lounges below. It is not yet known whether the ABN lounge will re-open.
Aspire Lounges - There are 2 lounges run by Executive Lounges (Swissport) located upstairs at Lounge 26 (European Schengen departures) and Lounge 41 (non-Schengen). These lounges are available to all passengers via paid access from £20/€25 if booking in advance:
Access is granted via a number of other channels including Priority Pass, Diners Club, ABN Amro Preferred Banking and various travel agents.
Business class and elite passengers from the following airlines get access to the Aspire lounge Schiphol: Adria Airways, Aegean, Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, American Airlines, Arke, Aurstian Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Estonian Air, EVA Air, Finnair, Flybe, Garuda, Icelandair, Iran Air, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Surinam Airways, Swiss, TAP, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines.
Note that these Aspire lounges are effectively proxy lounges for Star Alliance which has no lounge presence at Schiphol. Singapore Airlines (which used to have its own lounge at Schiphol) has a dedicated section of Aspire Lounge 41 for its premium passengers.
The lounges offer newspapers/magazines, drinks and a few light snacks. The non-Schengen lounge has shower facilities for an extra charge (€20).
Daily opening hours are 0600-2330 (non-Schengen) and 0530-2130 (Schengen). The maximum permitted stay is 3 hours. UK and US bound passengers should use the non-Schengen lounge. Note, these lounges are busy at peak hours.
KLM Crown Lounges - Royal Dutch airlines KLM has 2 flagship lounges at Schiphol - for Schengen departures (lounge 25, upper level) and non-Schengen (intercontinental lounge 52, upper level near the F pier).
Free access is available to elite members - Flying Blue Platinum and Gold or Skyteam Elite Plus which includes up to 1 guest. Flying Blue Silver members can access the lounge (no guests) on payment of a fee or using Flying Blue Award Miles. Air France-KLM Petroleum Club members only get access if transferring overnight for Skyteam flights to a designated oil destination.
Access is also granted to first/business class passengers of Air France/KLM Flying Blue and other Skyteam airline partners - this includes Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air. Other partner airlines that get access for premium passengers are Aer Lingus, Air Serbia, Cityjet, Etihad, Georgian Airways and Ukraine International.
Crown Lounge facilities include bar and buffet, showers, free WiFi, comfy chairs and work areas. The intercontinental lounge has plenty of seating capacity including a darkened rest area with booths containing lie down chairs. Note that the KLM lounges can get busy at peak hours.
Combined area of both lounges is around 6,000m2. Both open daily at 0445, until the last KLM flight.
British Airways Lounge - BA has a small Galleries facility (next to Aspire Lounge 41) offering free WiFi, drinks and snacks. Access is available to BA Club Europe passengers to London, Cathay Pacific premium passengers to Hong Kong, BA and One World elites. Open 0530-2130 (weekdays), 0600-2030 (Sat) and 0600-2130 (Sun).
Privium ClubLounge - Privium is a subscription service available at Schiphol for nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the USA. It allows members to pass through Dutch passport control via an iris scan. Members are issued with a chip card on which the biometric data is stored (rather than on a central database).
Privium Plus members (€205 per year) get access to the 600m2 Privium ClubLounge which is located next to passport control between Departures 1 and 2. It can be entered immediately after passing through the iris scan gate. With contemporary white decor, the Clublounge offers drinks and snacks, work places, an open fireplace and a "Light Energy" cabin. Note, the lounge does not have any windows.
Opening hours are 0600 to 2030 Sunday to Friday, closed Saturday and national holidays.
NS International Lounge - Schiphol has an underground train station with both domestic and international rail services. If you have a first class international rail ticket then you (and 1 guest) can access the small but stylish NS International Lounge. It is located at the Arrivals 4 area near the HEMA shop. A variety of drinks (but no snacks) are available plus a selection of magazines and newspapers. Open 0800-2000 Mon-Fri, 1000-1800 weekends and public holidays.
Schiphol VIP Service Lounges - Amsterdam Schiphol airport offers a paid VIP service for departing, arriving and transfer passengers travelling on any airline. This gives access to a select range of private lounges at Schiphol's dedicated VIP centre. Lounges include drinks; an optional catering service is available at extra charge.
Reservations are possible for groups up to 20 people. VIP access has its own security channel, baggage check-in and all transfers to aircraft by luxury car. Location of the VIP centre is via the press room door past check-in row 32 of Departure Hall 3.
Rates for departing/arriving passengers: €295 (first passenger) plus €115 (each additional passenger). Rates for transfer passengers: €435 (first passenger) plus €170 (each additional passenger). Rates exclude Dutch VAT at 21%.
Schiphol Arrivals - There are no dedicated arrivals lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol for passengers. Skyteam premium/elite passengers with a same-day ticket can technically access the KLM Crown lounge.
For Schiphol transfer passengers there are shower facilities at the Mercure Schiphol terminal hotel between piers E and F (non-Schengen) which charges €19.50 for a shower.
For arriving passengers, paid showers can be found at the nearby Sheraton hotel, a short walk across from the arrivals/train station hall. A Fitness & Spa day pass costs €20 from the hotel reception, valid 0600-2200.
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