Schiphol to Leiden in a flash

At 16 minutes and €3.20 (with an OV-Chipkaart - NS), this is probably the most convenient airport transfer in all of Europe. Atleast in my experience that is. Leiden is also possibly the most conveniently located student town because of this. This is definitely not an exaggeration.

As a student it’s easy to overlook the nitty gritty details of air travel. But as an international student, I find this convenience is welcomed with open arms. In my experience there is nothing worse than getting off a long flight, then dragging your suitcase for miles, then sitting on a train for hours, only then to have to pay copious amounts of your hard earned parents cash on a cab for that last few km.

The welcoming gates of Nederlandse Spoorwegen

Arriving from Schiphol the transition to train is almost seamless, and having done this on multiple occasions already, being an international at Leiden is not so hard after all. Just don’t be confused by the crazy screens on the platform!

Aaaah!? What?

4 thoughts on “Schiphol to Leiden in a flash

  1. You are right. I am Dutch, but was raised in Italy and even when I was a child I was able to arrive in Leiden safely and without any problem. When you arrive in Schiphol you almost immediately see where the trains are and then you just have to wait for the train .. (I remember that the train at London Gatwick was easy to find too, but then, as you said, not as cheap as in Schiphol).

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