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. This means lounges can get very busy during peak hours!
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.
There is free WiFi internet available throughout Schiphol airport.
There are 2 Aspire-branded lounges run by Executive Lounges (Swissport) located upstairs at Lounge 41 (non-Schengen) and Lounge 26 (European Schengen departures).
These Aspire lounges are open to all paying passengers including those flying economy class. Access is charged from £24/€27 by booking online.
Note, if you are not flying business class or don’t hold elite status then the Aspire lounges are your only option at Schiphol for purchasing lounge entry.
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: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, Air Serbia, American Airlines, Arke, Bulgaria Air, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Estonian Air, Etihad, EVA Air, Finnair, Flybe, Garuda, Icelandair, Iran Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, Surinam Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International, United Airlines.
Note that the Aspire Lounge 41 is used by Star Alliance airlines for non-Schengen departures. Singapore Airlines (which used to have its own lounge at Schiphol) even has a dedicated section of 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, in our experience Lounge 41 does get very busy at peak hours, it can be a challenge to find an available seat.
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 by using Flying Blue Award Miles.
Delta SkyClub members on Skyteam flights also get access.
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, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air.
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.
Both are open daily at 0445, until the last KLM flight. Note, the Intercontinental lounge is currently undergoing a renovation until mid-2019, although remains open.
British Airways Lounge
British Airways 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.
It’s open 0530-2130 (weekdays), 0600-2030 (Sat/Sun).
Star Alliance Schengen Lounge
In the Schengen departures area can be found a well-appointed Star Alliance lounge which opened in spring 2019.
Access is granted to Star Alliance business and first class passengers including Adria Airways, 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.
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 Schengen Lounge is open 0530-2130 daily. It can be found next to Aspire Lounge 26.
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.
Members are issued with a chip card on which the biometric data is stored rather than on a central database.
Privium Plus members (€215 per year) get access to the 2 Privium lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol as long as they are flying on that day.
The 600m² Privium ClubLounge 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. 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 0530-2100 weekdays, 0600-2100 Saturday and Sunday.
The 350m² Privium Airside Lounge can be found past security in the non-Schengen area on Holland Boulevard at pier E. The lounge has 54 seats and features Dutch beach scenes, food and drink options and free WiFi.
Members can also use the Privium Airside Lounge when arriving at Amsterdam.
It is open daily 0600-2100.
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 or a Railteam elite loyalty card 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. There are also Regus Express meeting rooms for hire.
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 food and drinks.
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, past Starbucks towards the Excellence Parking facility.
Rates for departing/arriving passengers: €315 (first passenger) plus €125 (each additional passenger). Rates for transfer passengers: €445 (first passenger) plus €185 (each additional passenger). Prices exclude Dutch VAT at 21%.
ABN Amro Lounge (closed)
This was a small lounge run by major Dutch bank ABN AMRO, however it is has been closed down following a significant renovation of the terminal. 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 €5,000 per month or hold a minimum balance of €50,000. See how to open a Dutch bank account
ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients are now directed to use the Aspire lounges.
Schiphol Arrivals Lounges/Showers
There are no dedicated arrivals lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol for passengers. Privium Plus members can use the Privium Airside Lounge as an arrivals facility. 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 €15.
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 €30 from the hotel reception, valid 0600-2200.