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Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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, it should be said that compared to other similar sized airports, Amsterdam Schiphol probably has slightly less lounge capacity available.

Schiphol airport is divided between Schengen departures (European) and non-Schengen departures (UK, Ireland, US and rest-of-the-world). You will find lounges located in both the Schengen and non-Schengen zones.

Schiphol lounges are generally denoted by a confusing lounge number. You can either follow the signs or check the maps of the airport which show the precise locations of the lounges.


Amsterdam Schiphol has the following lounges:

  • Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen)
  • Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen)
  • KLM Crown Lounge (Intercontinental Lounge 52)
  • KLM Crown Lounge (Schengen Lounge 25)
  • Oneworld Lounge Amsterdam (non-Schengen)
  • Star Alliance Lounge (Schengen)
  • Privium ClubLounge Departures
  • Privium ClubLounge West (non-Schengen)
  • Privium ExpressLounge (Schengen)
  • Schiphol VIP Service Lounges

If you have a business class or first class ticket or airline elite status you should be entitled to lounge access before departure. Check with your airline which lounge is available.

If you are flying KLM-Air France in economy class you can buy access to one of the KLM Crown Lounges via your booking for €50-€65.

If you are flying a Star Alliance carrier in economy class you can buy access to the Star Alliance Lounge for €50.

Are you travelling economy and want to buy lounge access? Paid entry to the Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen) and Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) is available for purchase from around €30-€40.

priority pass cardEntry to Aspire Lounges 41 and 26 is also available with annual lounge membership cards which includes Priority Pass and DragonPass.

Please note that such members could be turned away at peak times if the lounges have reached capacity.

The 3 Privium lounges at Schiphol are also open to paying visitors – these cost €50 for a lounge voucher.

The are NO arrival lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol. If you really need a shower you could make a short walk to the Sheraton hotel which has Fitness & Spa day pass for €35 – buy at the hotel reception.

Transfer passengers in non-Schengen departures can buy a shower at Mercure Schiphol terminal hotel (€19.50) or the YOTELAIR (€17.50).

There is free WiFi internet available throughout Schiphol airport.

Aspire Lounge 41 Amsterdam Schiphol (non-Schengen)

There are 2 Aspire-branded lounges at Schiphol run by Executive Lounges (Swissport) located upstairs at Lounge 41 (non-Schengen departures) and Lounge 26 (European Schengen departures).

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Entrance to Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Lounge 41 re-opened in February 2024 following a major refurbishment project. The lounge now has capacity for 180 guests though the footprint (625m²) has been reduced slightly to accommodate the new Oneworld lounge nextdoor.

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Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam Schiphol

The main space contains comfortable armchair seating but you will also find a communal table and some private nooks with individual seats. There is a small buffet area for drinks and food.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows offer good views of the apron. It also has shower facilities (at extra charge).

There is a glass partition which is an exclusive space for Singapore Airlines premium passengers.

The lounge is open to paying guests from €40 for a 3 hour stay.

Access is also granted via a number of other channels including Priority Pass, DragonPass, ABN AMRO MeesPierson Private banking client and various travel agents.

Business class/elite passengers of Star Alliance airlines to non-Schengen departures plus many non-alliance airlines (such as Emirates) get access to Aspire Lounge 41.

It is located upstairs (3rd floor) in the main area between the E and D gates. Follow signs to Lounge 41.

Opening hours for Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam Schiphol is 0600-2200 daily.

Aspire Lounge 26 Amsterdam Schiphol (Schengen)

Lounge 26 is run by Executive Lounges (Swissport) and is for passengers travelling to Schengen area destinations.

The lounge offers an array of seating, work tables and buffet station. Windows overlook the panorama terrace area.

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Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol

The lounge is open to paying guests from €30 for a 3 hour stay. Access is also available to Priority Pass and DragonPass members and ABN AMRO MeesPierson Private banking clients.

Note, Easyjet passengers to Schengen destinations cannot access this lounge.

Opening hours for Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam Schiphol is 0600-2100 daily.

KLM Crown Lounges Amsterdam Schiphol

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).

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Entrance to KLM Crown Lounge 52 (intercontinental)

Free access is available to elite members – Flying Blue Platinum and Gold or Skyteam Elite Plus which includes up to 1 guest. KLM economy passengers can access the lounge on payment of a fee (€65 for Lounge 52, €50 for Lounge 25) or by using Flying Blue Award Miles.

Delta SkyClub members on Skyteam flights also get access.

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, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Xiamen Air.

The revamped Crown Lounge facilities include bar and buffet, showers, free WiFi, comfy chairs and work areas. The intercontinental lounge includes the paid Blue bar and also special Sleep Cabins (at extra charge for 3-5 hours) which contain a bed, TV and sink.

KLM Crown Lounges are open daily 0445-2200.

Oneworld Lounge Amsterdam (non-Schengen, Lounge 40)

In February 2024 Oneworld opened a 473m² lounge facility with capacity for 118 guests in the space of the former British Airways lounge 40, nextdoor to Aspire lounge 41. The lounge is managed by Aspire (Swissport) on behalf of Oneworld and the 2 lounges share a reception desk.

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Oneworld Lounge Amsterdam – entrance

The lounge features some quirky design elements with arched entrance, funky seating and lighting, a buffet station, a full-service bar including cocktails and barista coffee, shower facilities and some good views of the apron.

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Oneworld Lounge Amsterdam – buffet station
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Oneworld Lounge Amsterdam – seating

Access is granted to Oneworld airline elite (Emerald/Sapphire) and business class passengers. This includes American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Royal Air Maroc and Royal Jordanian – though note Finnair and Iberia fly to Schengen destinations.

It is located upstairs (3rd floor) in the main area between the E and D gates. Follow signs to Lounge 40.

The Oneworld lounge Amsterdam is open daily 0530-2200.

Star Alliance Schengen Lounge

In the Schengen departures area can be found a well-appointed Star Alliance lounge which opened in 2019.

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Star Alliance Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Access is granted to Star Alliance business and first class passengers including Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss and TAP Air Portugal – which all serve the Schengen departures.

Business class passengers on other Star Alliance airlines (non-Schengen departures) will generally be directed to the Aspire Lounge 41. However they are welcome to visit the Star Alliance lounge but need to go through a border control to reach the non-Schengen gates.

Access is also available to Star Alliance Gold members, United Club and eligible Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members.

Paid access for €50 is available to economy passengers flying on a Star Alliance carrier.

The lounge has modern decor and capacity for 150 passengers. There are bar/dining facilities, business area, comfy seats, international newspapers/magazines but no showers.

The Star Alliance Lounge 27 is open 0530-2100 daily. It can be found next to Aspire Lounge 26.

Privium Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

Privium is a subscription service available at Schiphol for nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. It allows members to pass through Dutch passport control via an iris scan. Note, you cannot join Privium with a United Kingdom passport.

Members are issued with a chip card on which the biometric data is stored and encrypted.

Privium Plus members (€285 per year) get access to the 3 Privium lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol as long as they can show a boarding pass for on-the-day. Privium members can also access lounges when arriving at Schiphol as well as departing.

amex platinumIf you have a Netherlands-issued American Express Platinum card (apply here) you get complimentary Priority Pass and Privium Plus membership included. You also get a free Loungebox meal at GRAB&FLY everytime you pass through Schiphol.

Members can access the lounges as long as they can show a departing or arriving boarding pass. Guests are charged at €35 per person and any children must be 12 or over.

Non-Privium members can access the lounge by paying €50 for a lounge access voucher.

Privium ClubLounge Departures

The 600m² Privium ClubLounge Departures is located before security between Departures 1 and 2, behind check-in desk row 9. It can be entered immediately after passing through the iris scan gate.

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Privium ClubLounge Departures at Amsterdam Schiphol

With contemporary white decor, the Clublounge offers drinks and buffet food, work places, and an array of seating zones. Note, the lounge does not have any windows.

Opening hours are 0530-2100 daily.

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Privium ClubLounge West entrance at Amsterdam Schiphol

Privium ClubLounge West

The Privium ClubLounge West was opened in 2021 following a redesign and expansion of the previous Privium Airside lounge. It is found past security in the non-Schengen area on Holland Boulevard at pier E behind Dutch Bar & Kitchen. The lounge has a Northern Lights design theme and has a food/drink bar, individual workstations, shower and hand spa.

Opening hours are 0530-2100 daily.

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Privium ClubLounge West at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Privium ExpressLounge

The Privium ExpressLounge is another Privium lounge located after security at Lounge 1 (second floor) near the start of the D pier (Schengen area).

It is open daily 0530-2100.

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.

The stylish lounges are designed by Marcel Wanders and include food and drinks.

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One of the Schiphol VIP Service lounges at Amsterdam

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 at Arrivals 4 at the end of Jan Plezierweg, next to the Excellence Parking facility.

Rates in 2024 for departing/arriving passengers: €560 (first passenger) plus €360 (each additional passenger).

Rates (2024) for transfer passengers: €760 (first passenger) plus €530 (each additional passenger).

All prices exclude Dutch VAT at 21%.

NS International Lounge – Regus Express

Schiphol has an underground train station with both domestic and international rail services. If you have a first class international rail ticket from Amsterdam Schiphol or a Railteam elite loyalty card then you (and 1 guest) can access the small but stylish NS International Lounge – Regus Express.

Paid entry is available at €6 per hour or €15 per day.

It is located at the Arrivals 4 area near the HEMA shop. You get a free drink but no snacks. There are comfy seats and work tables with power outlets. There are also meeting rooms available for hire.

Open 0730-1930 Mon-Fri, closed Sat-Sun.

Book an onward international train ticket with NS International here

Schiphol Arrivals Lounges/Showers

There are no dedicated arrivals lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol for passengers. Privium Plus members can use the Privium lounges as an arrivals facility on production of a valid boarding pass. 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 on the upper level of Lounge 3 between piers E and F (non-Schengen) – it costs €19.50 for a shower. The YOTELAir on the upper level of Lounge 2 (piers D/E) offers showers for €17.50.

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 €35 from the hotel reception.

Overnight stays at Amsterdam Schiphol

If you want to remain in the terminal during your layover you could consider taking a pod-like room at the YOTELAIR which is in the airside Lounge 2 terminal (non-Schengen departures). The minimum stay is 4 hours, hand-baggage only.

There are also 3 hotels located a short walk from the airport terminal. The budget CitizenM design hotel has small capsule-style rooms. The Sheraton is a very comfortable but more expensive option with spacious rooms and an atrium bar. Finally the Hilton is within walking distance and has modern rooms.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has regularly been updated. Last update 23 February 2024.

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