Schiphol's variety of services is better than you can expect to find in most other European airports. Besides the usual crop of shops, restaurants, car hire outlets and bureaux de change , weary travelers can spruce up with a shower, massage and a haircut. In 2002 Amsterdam's celebrated Rijksmuseum opened an annex in the airport which has a small revolving collection, including works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you've still got time on your hands the Holland Tourist Information office will share their knowledge of the city with you, or book you a bed for the night. Any spare Euros can be quickly dispensed with at the airport's casino.
Once you've finally made it out of the airport, you'll have to turn your mind to how you are going to get into Amsterdam . Schiphol Airport is located 16km southwest of the city centre and is well-served by pubic transport. The quickest and easiest option is to catch the train from beneath the Plaza to Amsterdam's Centraal Station. Services run around-the-clock; with departures every 15 minutes between 6.00-00.30, and hourly at night. The journey takes 15-20 minutes.
Anyone traveling with cumbersome luggage should consider catching the Connexxion Airport Hotel Shuttle. The 'shuttle' is a minibus service which connects the airport with more than 55 of the city's leading hotels (if your hotel isn't on their list, the driver will be happy to drop you off at the nearest stop). Buses leave from platform A7 every 20 minutes and costs €10.50 one way and €19.00 return. Taxis queue up at the rank outside the airport and make the run into town in about 30-45 minutes, depending on the time of day. If you choose to go by cab; don't expect to get much change from a €50 note.